It’s incredible to see how much the NXT brand has changed since it first began back in 2010, as it’s odd game show style. Season 1 of this version was the only good thing that NXT brought us with the Nexus and Daniel Bryan. After that, however, NXT became the laughing-stock of WWE content. It wasn’t until NXT totally revamped itself in May of 2012 that it became more like what it is today.
NXT has continued to deliver incredible match after incredible match over the past couple years, that many fans actually prefer its content over WWE’s regular weekly programming. The story telling seems far superior, superstars have a way higher rate of being over with the crowd, and as the brand continues to grow, more and more popular indie wrestlers want to hop on board.
Guys like Samoa Joe, Finn Bálor (formally Prince Devitt), and Shinsuke Nakamura were very much responsible for adding popularity to what’s meant to be WWE’s ‘minor leagues’.
There was some huge news that occurred this past week involving the main event of the most recent NXT TakeOver in Philadelphia. Dave Meltzer, one of, if not the most famous wrestling reporter gave the main event between Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas and Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship the highest possible rating of 5 stars.
The last time a WWE match was awarded a five-star rating from Meltzer was when CM Punk defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank in 2011. If you have not seen that match, go watch it!
The majority of superstars that make a name for themselves in NXT continue their success once moving up to the main roster. However, there are some who have had a hard time with the change. Superstars like Tye Dillenger and Bayley were mega over in NXT, but have failed to capture much success on the main roster.
That’s why it’s important for everyone to watch NXT so they can see these superstars during what’s probably the prime of their careers. NXT is all about the wrestling, whereas Raw and Smackdown are about what’s “best for business”.
The matches seem way more hard-hitting, the stories feel much more realistic, and due to the fact that these men and women are trying to show that they have what it takes, they are putting everything they have out there in the ring each and every show.
Every TakeOver event outmatches the proceeding WWE pay-per-view, without fail. If you do not watch NXT, I highly recommend you do. If weekly is too much of a commitment, at least try to catch the next TakeOver event before WrestleMania 34. It’s going to be a fantastic show, and you will not be disappointed.
By: Patrick Gallagher