WWE: What Does the Future Hold for NXT Redemption?

Graham GSM MatthewsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2012

NXT: Redemption
NXT: Redemption

In nearly 48 hours, WWE NXT: Redemption will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Leap Day.

On last week's show, the host of NXT, Matt Striker, promised "change" come this Wednesday night. What could he possibly have in store?

On the day of March 8, 2011, rumors rapidly spread among dirt sheets that indicated we were in for something "never before seen" for the fifth installment.

However, it would later be revealed that this particular season would instead be used for returning rookies, who would be given the chance to redeem themselves and earn a spot in the sixth season roster.

Since last June, an elimination has yet to take place, whereas the remaining competitors, including Titus O'Neil, Darren Young, and Derrick Bateman, aren't even involved with angles with each other.

In addition to that, the pros, commentators, and other lower mid-card talent compete on the broadcast every week just to kill time, much similar to Thursday's WWE Superstars.

While I don't mind the wrestling or lack of consistent angles on the show all that much, it's the fact that they can't make up their minds regarding the competition concept of the program. Some week it's a contest, and other weeks it isn't, with the Redemption point that once meant something now being deemed completely irrelevant.

For months on end, reports had indicated the season (or show for that matter) would soon be coming to a close, but with no such luck. I've had my hopes up of seeing breakout FCW stars Seth Rollins, Xavier Woods, and Dean Ambrose eventually make their NXT debuts, but they've apparently been forgotten for no actual reason.

Speaking of Rollins, he commented on the issue just recently when a Twitter user asked him if he'll partake in a future season of NXT. Rollins replied by saying that the NXT: Redemption was "never-ending" and it's unlikely we'll see another installment come to fruition due to it evolving into a "third brand."

The original Redemption rookies.
The original Redemption rookies.

If that's the case, then what exactly was the point of ending WWE's version of ECW in the first place?

Two weeks ago, ECW celebrated the two-year anniversary of the day it closed its door for good in favor of the innovative NXT. During its tenure, ECW was known as the "C-show" of the WWE, which NXT has subsequently taken the role of due to its move to WWE.com in late 2010.

Ironically enough, the only difference between the two programs was that ECW featured championship matches, something that is evidently missing from NXT since it's early beginnings. The talent is much of the same as well, seeing as both shows brought up talent from FCW.

Main event talent such as WWE Champion CM Punk, Christian, Mark Henry, Sheamus, and The Miz wouldn't be where they are today if it wasn't for ECW.

From my knowledge, the only true rookies to benefit from NXT were current reigning world heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett, whereas the rest have been floundering since their respective departures from the program.

At this point, the only logical thing to do would be to award Titus O'Neil, Darren Young, and Derrick Bateman (and maybe even Percy Watson and Maxine as well) with Raw or SmackDown contracts since they all rightfully deserve it.

As for everyone else, they might as well go back to WWE Superstars, due to the fact that wrestling for the ten people that watch NXT for no cost at all simply isn't worth it.  

One can only hope that on this week's edition of NXT, Matt Striker will either announce the demise of the season or the show itself (or both if we're lucky) in order to progress towards the future.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy watching the wrestling on NXT on a weekly basis, but its repetitive angles and never-ending competition and challenges is not only irritating, but disrespectful to those who watch it given the fact that the writers believe we're stupid enough to not realize that a conclusion to NXT: Redemption is long-overdue.


Thanks for reading, Bleachers, and make sure to drop a comment below with your pending thoughts on NXT: Redemption and what you believe is in store for the program come this Wednesday night. As always, your criticism and overall feedback is greatly appreciated.

GSM out.


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