WWE's developmental is as important to the companies success as an AAA baseball team is to a franchise consistently winning for years.
I've often heard rumors from those in WWE of Triple H wanting to move WWE's developmental system to Stamford, CT, where the rest of the company is headquartered.
Makes total sense.
Triple H can check in daily and easier to be involved in the future of the roster. You can't win championships strictly from free agency. Trust me; I'm a Redskins fan. I know.
In pro wrestling, there really isn't much in the way of free agents anymore. The talent you find at an indie show, in a gym or on a football field all still needs to go through WWE's developmental system, some for longer amounts of time than others.
Take a look at the first season of NXT from spring of 2010. The competition show for who would get a WWE main roster spot was comprised of eight talents who were in WWE's developmental territory at the time.
Michael Tarver is the only talent not currently signed to a WWE deal. I can tell you firsthand, good riddance. WWE's better off.
Everyone else on the list, with the exception of Justin Gabriel, is currently having their best year ever in WWE.
I rank best year ever based on television time, character development and general fan interest.
Seasons 1-4 contained new contestants each time. After that, it became redemption where they were tossing many of the scraps from the previous seasons, and it went on for what seemed like forever.
There were 28 different talents, male and female, who participated in the first four seasons. As of now, 28 of them are still signed to a WWE contract.
Eleven of the 28 are in regular weekly featured roles. More than a third of the talent featured from developmental has found their way to prominent roles on the main show. This means you can watch either Raw or Smackdown and expect to see them on one or both of the shows.
Those 11 names are Ryback, Wade Barrett, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Darren Young, Daniel Bryan, Titus O'Neil, Naomi, AJ, Aksana and Brodus Clay.
This leaves out names such as Michael McGillicutty, Kaitlyn, Husky Harris now performing as Bray Wyatt and Alex Riley, who we've seen in random spurts that many would agree has a lot of potential for the future.
Triple H's involvement and control over WWE's developmental continues to encourage for the future. The new NXT filmed at Full Sail University is an entertaining production that highlights the stars of tomorrow in WWE. It has an old-school studio wrestling feel complimented with the top-notch WWE production value.
The biggest thing I would want to add if I had control would be a better simulation of the territory days. Strike a working relationship with some of the top independent promotions in North America and rotate different groups of NXT talent to work those companies top talents.
New crowds, different styles and much more keep humbling the performer who is paying their dues.
WWE might be PG that many dislike. WWE might be pressured with decisions, whether they admit it or not, based around Linda McMahon's political campaign. There are many other complaints from pay-per-view prices to the length of Raw that currently gets critically reviewed.
But let's critically rave the amount of quality, rising talent that is being turned out in this developmental system that continues to improve.
I've said it before in regards to a talent like Antonio Cesaro who made his name in ROH prior to being put in WWE developmental―WWE likes to create their own stars. They want to succeed and fail with their own creations.
WWE's developmental is leaving a lot to be desired for tomorrow and seeing what other creations rise to the top of the wrestling world.