It has been reported that NXT showrunners Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque and Shawn Michales were not involved in the most recent round of NXT cuts.
Dave Meltzer reported on Saturday’s episode of Wrestling Observer Radio that Vince McMahon, Bruce Prichard and John Laurinaitis oversaw the latest set of releases and were in the process of redirecting NXT towards its original iteration of developmental:
So Paul Levesque and Shawn Michaels didn’t have anything to do with the cuts. I mean, it was it was done by Vince McMahon, Bruce Prichard and John Laurinaitis. And the basic gist is that NXT is going to change in some ways and they think that the competitors, or the lot of the competitors, are too small and too old.
Later in the show, Meltzer summarised the shift in mentality and the disconnect that currently exists between the main roster and NXT:
The line has been that when they (new talent) get to NXT, we have to teach them not to do indie style. And then when they come to the main roster, we have to teach them not to do NXT style. And that becomes a double whammy too, because that’s the mentality right now.
Big changes appear to be afoot for NXT and the position of Michales and Triple H, as custodians of the brand, will be interesting to monitor over the coming weeks.