Imagine Raw or Smackdown without all of the Touts, tweets, WWE.com exclusives and social media plugs.
Imagine a WWE program that was free from excessive recaps. A program that went back to the roots of pro-wrestling.
WWE NXT does exactly that, and it's effective.
NXT goes back to wrestling's basics, flowing from match to match with the occasional simple promo.
Stripping Raw or Smackdown of its elaborate entrances, pyrotechnics and live crowd would leave little for show. NXT however needs no more than simple entrances and a small live crowd who are fans of pure wrestling.
With William Regal, Jim Ross and Byron Saxton at the announce table matches are actually commented, with play-by-play of wrestling moves and expert analysis. There’s none of Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler’s bickering here.
The young talent of NXT is eager to prove themselves, and it shows, as they go out there and give it their all. It’s not just going through the motions.
Names like Richie Steamboat, Seth Rollins, Shaul Guerrero (Raquel Diaz), Bo Dallas and Brittani Knight (Paige) prove that NXT has both talent and lineage.
Nowhere else in WWE programming will you see Scotty 2 Hotty and the Worm make a guest appearance.
With almost always one—and sometimes two—divas matches, NXT has a healthier divas division than the rest of the WWE. With tag-teams like The Ascension, its tag outlook is also far brighter.
Now with its own championship belt, courtesy of its General Manager Dusty Rhodes, NXT is the legitimate under-league to WWE's two main programs.
If WWE has a must-watch wrestling program, it isn’t Raw, it's NXT.
Raw’s three hours are clogged with theatrics, social media, recaps and commercials. Smackdown’s two hours are much the same. Get rid of what’s wrong with WWE’s premiere shows and you get NXT.
It’s simple and effective.
When it comes to pure wrestling NXT is WWE’s best hour of programming. Sadly, it isn’t even televised in the United States. Something’s wrong there.
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