I’ve written articles on another site about my affinity for pro wrestling, something that’s been an addiction of mine since childhood. (wwenews.net) While writing there I’ve done a couple articles about different workers, storylines, connections to pop culture, and even defending the in ring legacy of Chris Benoit. (wwenews.net) One thing that’s been a big topic for me as of late is the developmental company created by WWE in order to have a farm system for the future of their business. (wikipedia.org) NXT originally started as a reality/game show concept to replace the fledgling rehashed version of ECW that was running as a part of the WWE rotation of shows. This was a way for workers in the developmental organization to be able to get some television time and get a bit more accustomed to working on the big stage. (prowrestling.wikia.com) While it was cheesy and over the top, it actually churned out quite a few stars who are currently climbing the ranks of WWE, as well as one who’s on the verge of becoming the face of not only the company, but the entire business of pro wrestling. (bleacherreport.com) Developmental has become the pet project of Triple H, the future head of the company, and he’s done an amazing job improving it as it’s grown.
Late last year WWE inked a deal with Full Sail University in Winter Park to use a studio on their property to record weekly television shows with the stars of the NXT promotion, using this as a method to get the workers more comfortable in front of a camera, as well as getting them more recognition. (fullsail.edu) This was a big step as it essentially spelled the end of WWE using Florida Championship Wrestling and their facilities in Tampa as their developmental territory as they tried to bring everything in house. This eventually lead to the development of the WWE Performance Center, a world class facility that’s inspired by the training centers of large sports franchises, that will be used to train new workers as well as rehab workers coming back from injuries. (wwe.com) This was another of Triple H’s babies, something he felt was needed in order to develop workers from the level of unheard of talent to top-level superstars of tomorrow. This is a great move since the business has been down for a while, having no real competition means workers don’t have the chance to go elsewhere and improve. (kbwrestlingreviews.com)
When people first hear that the NXT roster is comprised of workers who aren’t ready for the main WWE roster yet, their first response is usually to turn their nose up at it. I’ll admit I had the same reaction, until I attended my first live event put on by NXT. (wwenews.net) With an amazing staff comprised of head trainer Bill DeMott, as well as legends Dusty Rhodes, Terry Taylor, Steve Keirn, Gerald Brisco, Ricky Steamboat, and Jim Ross, as well as Billy Gunn, Joey Mercury, and Sara Del Ray, these up and comers are going to get some of the greatest training anyone could want in wrestling. (wikipedia.org) This is a bold step by WWE, but knowing how big a student of the game Triple H has always been, it’s likely to be a very successful venture. (bleacherreport.com) As a fan of the business I’ve given NXT a try and I am now obsessed with their product. If you’re a true wrestling fan, you’ll take wrestling any way you can get it, not just from one source. The big question is, if competition ever does arrive in the business, will NXT continue to be a priority in the future?