With many changes about to come the way of NXT, it has been reported that several veterans of the once black and gold brand could be “on the chopping block.”
A new logo and theme song have been the first indications that things are being shaken up on WWE’s developmental brand. WWE President Nick Khan promised “a complete revamp” for the brand, with its home of the Capitol Wrestling Center also undergoing a makeover.
Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez were discussing the future of NXT on Wrestling Observer Radio and discussed some changes that have already been seen – namely veterans of the squared circle going toe to toe with younger talent.
“You can see from the three shows that they have taped that the whole idea is different. It’s not about Kyle O’Reilly vs. Roderick Strong. It’s let’s put Roderick Strong against someone who is newer. Let’s put Kyle O’Reilly in with someone who is newer, it’s like a learning experience for all of these new people. It’s like a totally different show. The veterans are there to help the new guys learn.”
Dave Meltzer then added that he has heard names that have been on the brand for a while are potentially in line if any more cuts come to the roster:
“And then probably getting phased out. I mean I’ve certainly heard, again, I’ve heard names on the chopping block. And you don’t know until it happens, but I definitely heard names, and a lot of the guys who have been there for a long time, are the names that are being talked about.”
The two also provided an update on the latest rumours that the production of NXT was set to be taken over by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and Executive Director of RAW and SmackDown, Bruce Prichard.