With rumours circulating surrounding the future of NXT, WWE President Nick Khan has confirmed that changes are coming for the black and gold brand. This week’s episode of NXT featured some newer wrestlers on the show that were mixed in with some familiar faces as well.
Reports began shortly after NXT released thirteen members of its roster at the beginning of August that WWE’s developmental brand was heading towards a change of direction. New sets and logos were discussed as well as an overhaul of the recruitment process and the ethos of what they are looking for in potential NXT Superstars.
Sitting down with BT Sport’s Ariel Helwani, Nick Khan confirmed that NXT is set for an overhaul and it will be led by the man who built NXT, Triple H:
“We’re doing a complete revamp on NXT, led by Triple H, Paul Levesque, who was really one of the architects of the original NXT. So what we found, it’s part of why we did the try-out yesterday. What we want to make sure is easy for folks who want to be WWE superstars is figuring out how to become WWE superstars. So if you think of the life of an elevated athlete throughout their career, the opportunity to go play somewhere has always been easy. Being able to play somewhere is not. That’s what’s hard. But if you’re an amazing high school football player, colleges come after you. You get recruited, you go into their system, and either you make it or you don’t make it again. All that it takes to get there is very difficult, but the system is not difficult from my point of view.”
“So we want our system to be an easy system where people who want to be superstars, they know how to get to us and we can get to them in terms of an NXT rebrand, look for it in the next couple of weeks. It’s going to have a whole new look. It’s going to have a whole new feel. And we believe because a lot of the indie wrestlers, if you will, have come through our system and our in our system with Smackdown and Raw, now, we don’t want to just keep doing that same thing. We want to look elsewhere for great young talent.”
During the conversation, Khan also discussed the slew of recent releases in the company and why it’s “good by the company” when talents move on.