On Thursday, we revealed two names being considered for the cast of the new season of Tough Enough on WWE Network. We also discussed one big international star that is headed to WWE that will not be involved. Based on the names mentioned to us, it looks like the company is going in the direction of using actual trained wrestlers for the show as opposed to starting from scratch and offering a developmental deal. Preliminary information suggests the cast will feature talent already under developmental contract.
Speaking of WWE developmental, we’ve buried the lead on a possible change in philosophy in the company’s system. As we reported back in March, there have been internal talks about signing talent solely for use on NXT. The thinking is that NXT is its own brand and the company has to decide if it could be a permanent home for some talent where there isn’t a spot for them on the main roster.
While WWE has heavily considered producing a cruiserweight-only show as original WWE Network programming, the thinking is they may already have that with NXT.
The use of Tyson Kidd and Natalya on NXT are good examples of the company slightly pivoting when it comes to developmental. While the core purpose of NXT will always be to develop new talent, it’s not the only purpose with the evolution of WWE Network.
We have more details on the changes at this link.