NXT is currently undergoing the largest number of changes to the show in recent memory.
On August 27th, the brand’s new multicoloured logo was unveiled along with a new theme song from Wale. The new graphics will soon be joined by a new set, while Vince McMahon will be the show’s new Executive Producer.
While McMahon won’t be involved with individual segments, it is believed that he will be overseeing the “bigger picture.”
The WWE Chairman’s influence over NXT has also extended to the rebranding. Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer reported that the new logo had no input from those within WWE’s third brand. Instead it was handled by McMahon and Nick Khan among others.
“The new logo came from WWE with no input from the NXT people and it’s when it comes to the future of NXT and its rebranding, it’s said the people making the decision, on their own, are the likes of Vince McMahon, Nick Khan, John Laurinaitis, Kevin Dunn and Bruce Prichard.”
The report appears to go against earlier suggestions from WWE President Nick Khan who said that NXT figurehead Triple H would be leading the revamp.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Meltzer noted that there had been something of a powershift within the brand in which Triple H had lost out.
“Well I mean they’re definitely – Paul Levesque [Triple H] has lost power and they’re [Vince McMahon and Bruce Prichard] gonna be in charge of the big picture stuff. How detail-oriented they will be, that remains to be seen.”
NXT TakeOver: 36 took place over SummerSlam weekend and saw Samoa Joe become the first three-time NXT Champion while Raquel Gonzalez retained her NXT Women’s Title against former partner Dakota Kai.