WWE NXT could be using more wrestlers from Raw and SmackDown.
Vince McMahon’s impatience is taking hold again, as he removed Paul Heyman from his role as Raw’s head of creative. According to a report from WrestlingNews.Co’s Paul Davis, the Chairman and CEO isn’t ready to exert his influence on WWE NXT yet, but he is “frustrated”.
NXT has been tight with AEW in the ratings on Wednesday nights, and while that’s a situation most wrestling fans couldn’t care less about – we’re just here for a good time, after all – Vince probably underestimates AEW and thinks NXT should be lapping them in the ratings.
WrestlingNews.Co reports that while Vince, thankfully, isn’t going to make any creative changes with the Black and Gold brand (we seriously don’t need Bruce Prichard running every show), he may have one idea planned to boost the ratings.
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Yes, there is “talk” of using “more talent” from the Red and Blue brands on Wednesday nights, as per Davis’ report.
WWE NXT has already added Finn Balor to its roster, and Breezango have given the NXT Tag Team Division some much-needed intrigue.
Most recently, Charlotte Flair won the NXT Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 36 before dropping it to Io Shirai at TakeOver: In Your House. Charlotte is a big star, no doubt, but it seems like the title reign didn’t really help the brand.
Randy Orton and Tommaso Ciampa have been getting into a back-and-forth on Twitter, and while it doesn’t seem to be for storyline purposes, maybe Orton has a program with the “Blackheart” after he finishes up his Raw rivalry with Edge?
There are plenty of possibilities, but any Raw or SmackDown star moving to NXT either on a temporary or permanent basis must be there for the long haul and must put over others. Even Finn Balor, who rarely loses, has done a great job of making everyone else look better.
The former NXT Champion actually feels like part of the brand again. He recently lost to Cameron Grimes and even though he beat Damian Priest at In Your House, he helped Priest produce his best career performance in WWE thus far.
Temporarily spiking the ratings doesn’t really work. WWE’s tried it before on Raw and SmackDown, so why would it work for NXT? Using star power on Wednesday nights from Monday and Friday could work, but it has to be done deliberately and in a way that helps the Black and Gold’s rising stars.