WWE NXT was designed to create new stars for the next generation of sports entertainment.
So why is up-and-coming star Daniel "Screw you and anything you've done that we haven't made money off of" Bryan laid out while established WWE superstar The Great Khali celebrates his misery?
Your guess is as good as mine.
The WWE's answer to sinking ratings on SyFy was to showcase talent that no mainstream wrestling fan has even heard of. Many were skeptical.
WWE NXT affirmed said skepticism.
WWE NXT does not need to stand the test of time, nor does the first season need to mercifully come to an end before this program can be considered a flop.
From the beginning of the season, WWE NXT just seemed like a shotgunned attempt to pop a rating as the WWE panicked and used the "let's just make it up as we go along, people will watch" theory.
The inaugural show had impressive ratings, and it should have. There was curiosity. Curiosity sparks ratings. People wanted to tune in to see what this show was all about.
What were the rules? Who were the rookies involved? How will this competition work? How will this be different from anything else the WWE offers?
All questions about WWE NXT would fail to be answered in a timely fashion. This would translate to viewers tuning out from the sloppily-booked program in droves and never coming back.
Nothing was explained. The only thing that made this show different from the previously failed WWE ECW was the letter F. This was nothing more than WWE FCW: The "Superstars" of WWE Developmental.
And that was a passable suggestion to draw ratings?
If the no-name replacements on ABC's Scrubs ran that show into the ground from a ratings standpoint, what makes you think no-name wrestlers on WWE TV will do any better?
Live arenas sat on their hands as (mostly) green wrestlers they didn't care about battled each other. The only fans who weren't sitting on their hands had already left to take their hour-long bathroom break before the SmackDown! tapings fired up. Then they could see real superstars.
The most talented rookie of the bunch was far and away Bryan Danielson. But he wasn't picked to be on WWE NXT.
In his place would be the upstart Daniel Bryan. Daniel Bryan was the same person as Bryan Danielson, minus everything that made him arguably one of the world's more successful wrestlers.
The WWE attempted to book Daniel Bryan as a lovable loser. What they didn't realize was that in order to be a lovable loser, you have to first appear that you have a chance at winning despite a losing effort.
Landing two to three impressive offensive maneuvers before taking your opponent's finisher in less than two minutes does not make you lovable.
It just makes you a loser.
And that's what Daniel Bryan was to 90 percent of the WWE Universe. A universe that had never heard of his incomparable accolades on the independent circuit.
To make matters worse, the WWE featured the rookies in ridiculous challenge segments that actually made it onto the air.
"Dude, switch over to Syfy! NOW! There is this guy who I've never heard of drinking a coke! You've gotta see this, it is must see TV!"
The WWE tried sustaining ratings by utilizing established WWE Superstars, or pros, and pairing each pro with a rookie. NXT host Matt Striker would even go on to announce the inclusion of a Pro's Poll which would determine which rookies would be eliminated from the program.
It didn't help. In what would become the overall theme of WWE NXT, the reasoning and logic behind the Pro's Poll was poorly explained and is now virtually rendered irrelevant.
Ratings would soon regress back to pre-apocalyptic WWE ECW numbers.
"Dude! He's STILL drinking that coke! You've gotta switch over to Syfy! He's just...drinking it! It's freaking amazing!"
Perhaps WWE could take cues from American Idol (which airs on the same night as WWE NXT) when it comes to building stars.
Perhaps this program needs to be more reality based, following the proven Ultimate Fighter model.
Placing more emphasis on the characters and their day-to-day lives followed by one wrestling match between the rookies at the end would create the all-important emotional connection with the fans.
Through 13 weeks, WWE NXT has accomplished nothing. In fact, it may prove to be far more detrimental to the careers of these next generation rookies than helpful as first imagined.
The goal of this show was to kill two birds with one stone: Draw ratings, create stars.
So far, there is one potential star in Wade Barrett, and a bunch of green grown men wearing underwear for some reason. Nobody cares. Nobody watches. Nobody wins.
Thank God for TNA. The insufferable garb they air on a week-to-week basis reminds consumers of what a real incompetent wrestling show is supposed to look like. This makes WWE NXT bearable (but nevertheless a flop) by comparison.