NXT is a bold step. It is a clear indication that WWE are looking at this main eventer drought as a real problem and have decided to address it accordingly.
It isn't as if ECW is going to be missed. It has over the two years varied from bad to worse to average and then back to bad. It was a third rate show with largely third rate stars. It has only really ever be used and marketed as the reserves league of Professional Wrestling. It was obvious, that over time that ECW wasnt going to get any better and SyFy were threatening to pull the plug.
So, it has been mentioned here already that NXT will feature all new fresh-faced youngsters from FCW and the independents. This is really encouraging. WWE does have some good young talent on the FCW roster and this new direction is clearly designed to showcase this all. WWE are engineering this as a a look into the future and it is clear they are going to make much more of an effort to bleed some of the youngsters into the main event picture. I mean, lets face it, WWE has brought some talent through but has largely just accomplished stocking up the mid card and creating directionless tag-teams.
When you look at it though, NXT may have all of this bluster and massive fan-fare attached to it, but who is going to watch this? ECW was thought to be a winner because of it's name. It was soon apparent that it was failing because none of the older fans wanted to watch it and none of the supposed new target audience felt it worthy of their time. NXT I hope will have a new roster and something to hook fans in. Instead of trading off a former glorious federations name, WWE has decided that it should try and look at creating its own federation with something different.
This difference maybe the Cruiser-weight Title belt that is apparently being made up. The possibility of a legitimate Cruiser-weight division is exciting, simply because WWE has debuted several new smaller wrestlers over the last 6 months and has plenty in order to make this division work. We can expect Management to attempt to make a few of the Wrestlers figureheads of the promotion and to push more than others, but with many average mid-carders moved out of the way, we can be sure that there will be plenty of competition for the coveted top spots on NXT.
ECW had become just another WWE show, a small step up from Superstars, and whilst there is no guarantee NXT will not go the same way, WWE have clearly decided that drastic action is needed and in order for that to happen, the future as been deemed the key. Im all for it, as long as WWE sticks to its perceived promise.