The NXT Problem


Typically I would write a "What If" article on Wednesdays, but it ended up turning into my one problem with NXT. NXT is one of my favorite parts about WWE. I started watching FCW in it's final months and I was very excited to see NXT transform into the new developmental territory. We have seen all kinds of new talent there and now some of those guys and girls are taking over the main roster. 

The problem I have is the way some of the talent is treated when they get to the main roster. NXT has given us Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, The Wyatt Family, Cesaro, Damien Sandow, Big E, Xavier Woods, Paige, Emma, Rusev, Adam Rose, and Bo Dallas. It's safe to say that The Shield, The Wyatt Family, and Cesaro have definitely worked on the main roster after holding midcard titles and being in the main event scene.

We know that the crowd at Full Sail University is a great one and they express their opinion loud and clear. They are responsible for Bo Dallas turning heel and Paige becoming a top babyface. A lot of NXT stars are over in Florida, but I think that's misleading to company officials. I love that WWE takes some of their talent on the road with the main roster crew to see how they do on a bigger stage and what kind of reactions they draw. I have seen Sami Zayn and Rusev at WWE live events and it's interesting to see how many people watch NXT and how many don't have a clue as to who they are.

This problem has really become clear lately. WWE had Paige debut the night after WrestleMania 30 and beat AJ Lee to win the WWE Divas Championship. At the time she was also the NXT Women's Champion. I was excited to see Paige find success already, but at the same time I didn't understand why a "rookie" came in and beat AJ after AJ had beat everyone on the main roster. Couldn't they have had Natalya or Naomi take the Divas Title?

Paige held the title for three months before dropping it to a returning AJ this week on Raw. What? Why? This brings me to my next point. We know that Triple H has been running things down in NXT and Vince McMahon has the "final say" in what happens on the main roster. And we have heard reports that Vince isn't too high up on Paige. So why did WWE shove her right at the top of the diva's division? Paige is talented and I knew it was only a matter of time before she came to the main roster, but if I knew they were going to this, I would've rather just wait awhile to call her up.

And then seeing Emma's demise and Xavier Woods jobbing this week on Main Event was just the icing on the cake. They are both very talented in the ring and could put on some great matches, but WWE has treated them like crap! They are both stuck in a comedy role right now. I'm fine with comedy in wrestling as long as it doesn't go too far like we have some many times in the last few years.

But now I have just read the news that Emma has been released. I shouldn't be surprised, but I am. She had incredible matches with Paige in NXT. And she is better in the ring than half the divas on their roster! It's very disappointing to see such a talented worker get released after just months on the main roster.

Why do they do this to us? And the workers have to be devastated after being scaled back. We've heard that WWE has lost interest in Paige and Emma. Xavier Woods is used an enhancement talent and it's obvious Adam Rose has been pulled back a little after only appearing on Superstars and SmackDown. WWE really needs to give talent plenty of time in NXT to develop. I have been very vocal on Sami Zayn and how he should be on the main roster by now, but I think this has shown me that it truly is best that workers stay in NXT for an extended period before hanging with the big guys.

So what I'm saying is that Vince McMahon, Triple H, and other WWE officials need to make sure that their workers in NXT are well-developed and ready for the main roster. It really makes me angry when I read that officials criticize superstars and divas for certain things they do "wrong", like making it obvious a match is next or pausing when fans chant "CM Punk". Teach them! Sure that person may have messed up at that moment, but were they taught correctly? Don't push people to the top if they aren't ready. Simple as that. Let the experienced and deserving workers get the spotlight.

I think NXT stars would find more success on the main roster if Triple H and Vince agreed more on the booking of a character and if it really is their time to shine.

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