With 12 more NXT superstars released last week, here are the backstage details about the decision and how Vince McMahon is planning the changes for the WWE brand
WWE has been releasing more than half-a-dozen superstars every month since April and WWE fans are having a hard time wrapping their heads around as to what exactly is happening backstage. Recent reports claim that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is working on some major changes for the NXT brand. Read on to know more.
Box-Office Attractions Over Midgets, Here Are The Changes Vince McMahon Wants For WWE NXT
On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed some shocking news regarding the 12 NXT superstars who were released last Friday, including Bronson Reed and Melanie Martinez. The analyst reported that instead of Triple H and Shawn Michaels, it was Vince McMahon, John Laurinaitis and Bruce Prichard who had picked the names of the superstars.
So I'm reading people say Triple H will no longer be in charge of NXT after NXT Takeover 36.
I haven't seen any sources confirm this yet, but knowing WWE has a "no more midgets" policy now…
It's probably true. pic.twitter.com/VDN1wyyfVC
— Just Alyx (@JustAlyxCentral) August 8, 2021
WWE believes that a lot of its superstars are ‘too small and too old.’ NXT was previously seen as a rookie brand with a developmental roster, as compared to the main ones of Raw and Smackdown. The idea was to find new mega-stars for WWE who could wrestle at Wrestlemania. Though over time, WWE started promoting NXT as its third brand, the company now feels that the latter is losing the war against their rival-promotion AEW.
Vince McMahon Wants “No More Midgets” In New Format
Chairman Vince McMahon thus, wants to tweak things a little bit. He wants to take NXT into a new direction with ‘bigger and younger workers’ like Roman Reigns. “No more midgets, no one starting in their 30’s” was how Vince put it, according to Meltzer. Aside from the budgetary cuts, this seems to be another reason why so many superstars have been released lately.
However, exceptions exist to this new policy. The company is pushing to retain Adam Cole who does not really fit the mold of ‘bigger and younger’ WWE is planning to cast over its future talent.