Jim Cornette has commented on his thoughts on NXT’s potential rebrand and says the shows have to get better going forward.
On the one year anniversary of NXT 2.0, a new NXT logo was unveiled and seems to signal the end of the rainbow brand. NXT built its name with the colors black and gold, establishing itself as an alternative to Raw and SmackDown in both branding and in-ring presentation.
However, in September of 2021, the black and gold era came to an end with the advent of NXT 2.0, represented by a colorful rainbow swirl and a drastic shift in presentation as it returned to its focus as a developmental brand. This seemingly came as an edict from Vince McMahon, who’s since retired from WWE amidst allegations of sexual misconduct and hush money payments.
Now, the logo has changed once again with the gold colour back and the 2.0 branding gone as WWE’s developmental brand looks set to get back to its roots.
Speaking on the Jim Cornette Experience podcast, the man formerly in charge of WWE’s developmental territory of OVW discussed his expectations for the revamped NXT, as he clearly wasn’t much of a fan of 2.0:
“I decided because of the buzz, the report that they are trying to fix the sabotage on NXT I thought I’ll check into NXT – we enjoyed that programme. Until one year ago last week, when they changed it to a Nickelodeon Game Show and did the psychedelic colours and you know, unicorn vomit and whole nine yards and took away all the good talent, changed everybody’s name and generally sh*t all over the whole thing.”
“Well, now it’s a year later, and they celebrated the one year anniversary of NXT 2.0. by admitting not in so many words, but by admitting they’ve made a mistake and taken away the logo and all the colours and the 2.0 business and going back to just NXT with now instead of a black and gold, a black and white and gold logo.”
“[…] It’s got to get better from here, whatever they’re going to do to it. Whatever changes they’re gonna make. It’s got to be better than this. Right?”
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