Major League Baseball has the minor league system in place to crop younger talent and send talent down that needs to find their confidence and fine-tune some of their skills before coming back to the MLB level.
The NBA has the summer league and the NHL has their own minor league system.
I believe though that the newest level of the "minor" leagues will be the most successful as the WWE is now using the NXT name for the future.
I was watching some of the new NXT action on YouTube this past week, and I have to say that the product they push in an hour show has easily surpassed the WWE's level of a three-hour RAW or a two-hour SmackDown.
NXT used to be a show that just focused on younger talent who hadn't yet gotten their shot in the WWE mainstay shows. While the first season was successful under that formula, the NXT show fizzled out and was cut by SYFY last year. Then WWE ended the weekly show earlier this year.
The WWE made a smart choice when they decided to rename Florida Championship Wrestling into NXT because they made the focus on their younger talent. Now what made the show even better to me was the idea that NXT was using talent that had been on WWE television at some point in time like Jinder Mahal and Joe Hennig.
This was very refreshing because NXT was a place that was welcoming guys who needed to be repackaged or needed to find their in-ring groove before hitting the road for WWE again.
Who off the NXT roster has the brightest future in the WWE?
OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling) was a company that WWE formerly used to bring up younger talent. It was also was a place for the veterans to find their groove. The company was booked by guys like Paul Heyman and Jim Cornette, but it was a place that sent out superstars to the WWE. That mold of OVW is now being applied to NXT, and it could lead to a very bright future.
Superstars that came from OVW and made it big in the WWE make the list a who's who: Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, Beth Phoenix, Melina, John Morrison and Mr. Kennedy. The OVW company pushed their younger talent to a level never seen before by using highly regarded WWE talent to push them like Kane, Big Show and Eddie Guerrero.
NXT is trying to become a successful farm system, and they have all of the right tools and talent to do so. Having the NXT championship is wonderful, as it shows which talent is next in line to get their shot in WWE, while having some veterans come back to NXT and work with the younger talent to gain some confidence.
If I had one wish for the WWE, it would be to show the new NXT product to the fans on television. I believe giving the young guys some exposure will be beneficial as fans will start to get behind talent at a younger age, and it will allow the NXT brand to potentially gain enough confidence with Triple H and Vince McMahon to maybe be the dark match for a pay-per-view event.
This new idea of a farm league is very smart, as they are already solid now ,but they are building a brighter tomorrow one step at a time. TNA might want to take notice in this idea, as it is now working with OVW. They too may need to go with a similar idea in order to make the future of pro wrestling a very bright one. NXT is the top farm league system right now and should stay that way for a very long time.
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