Three Reasons You Shouldn't Blame The NXT7 For Their Storyline
The rookies of NXT Season One have recently gone on a rampage of WWE's flagship show RAW, apparently in an attempt to gain wrestling contracts for the remaining members of the group currently dubbed the "NXT7".
However, some within the Internet Wrestling Community feel that the angle has grown quickly stale because the group attacks week after week in the same fashion. There could be any number of reasons as to why the NXT7 isn't given anything else to do, but here are what I think could be some of the underlying issues:
1. Going First Isn't Always The Best Time
When NXT was first announced, everybody expected the first "class" to come from WWE's developmental promotion Florida Championship Wrestling, what was not known was who would compose the first class. Looking back it appears the WWE established a formula where the Final Two were the ones most likely to fit the "mold" for being a top superstar and the rest would have to pay their dues to get the third spot on the proverbial podium.
But with this group being the "Plank Owners" of NXT, its entirely possible everybody was promised a shot at making the main roster, irregardless of their finishing position. The simplest way to do this would be to create a faction for them to "invade" RAW and cause as much damage as possible, however this has prevented their individual personalities from being given a chance to shine in front of a new audience. And except for the Final Two (winner Wade Barrett and runner-up David Otunga) will probably not have much of a chance at maintaining their careers in the WWE.
2. Making a Mess to Cover Up Underlying Writing Issues
Another issue facing the WWE lately is an apparent lack of creativity during the "PG Era". Quite a few people in the IWC believe that without the inhibition-liberating rating of TV-14 the overall product feels stale and unexciting. The Wrestlers perform essentially the same routines repeatedly, commentators calling the match the same way every time and save for a different date and stage its the same cookie-cutter program every week.
Perhaps the NXT7 is an attempt to give the fans what they wanted: An outlaw group who would do whatever they wanted to and didn't care about who they stomped in the process. However this still being the WWE and still being rated TV-PG, they quickly fell into the same quicksand enveloping the other wrestlers. They're doing the same routine every week, trash the backstage areas and beat up a random individual.
3. Brian Danielson Really Was Released
When the roster for NXT S1 was announced, nearly everyone in the IWC cheered when Daniel Bryan (alias Brian Danielson) was on it. The anticipation was he would trounce the rest of the roster and become a global superstar overnight.
Then came the first eliminations, lo and behold Daniel Bryan was gone just like that. In an instant the dream suddenly crashed down to earth in a smoking heap, and with it any hope the IWC had of seeing their "change" in the WWE.
But for some reason they kept bringing him back on to talk about his elimination, and he even had a brief feud with play-by-play announcer Michael Cole over some of the IWC's concerns about Cole's announcing style and their belief that he "took" longtime RAW broadcaster Jim Ross' seat.
Then came the Initial Invasion, Daniel Bryan was a part of the NXT8 group that tore up John Cena, Cole, Jerry Lawler and the ring area. The cameras also caught a glimpse of DB choking ring announcer Justin Roberts with his own tie, zooming in to fill television screens with the apparently not TV-PG moment.
Days later Brian Danielson was let go from his WWE Contract. The IWC's opinion was split on this, some thought the Tie-choke was overkill and the Management had no choice but to terminate Danielson's employment, others thought a phone call from the campaign offices of U.S. Senate Candidate Linda McMahon (R- Connecticut) over concerns the incident might be used in a political ad forced the WWE to fire him.
But perhaps a more likely reason lies with the man himself, perhaps once he got into a WWE locker room for the first time he realized that the WWE wasn't for him and immediately began talks to be released from his contract. Even with the high praise he received from his peers in the locker room for his work ethic and in-ring skills, he simply was not comfortable in that work space. If this was the case we may not truly learn of it until well after he retires, which one would hope isn't for many years after a long and successful career wherever he does decide is where he belongs.
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