There’s been a change behind the scenes of NXT UK, with one member of the management team leaving and another promoted.
The brand’s talent was told in a Zoom meeting earlier today that Glen Joseph (the former co-owner of PROGRESS) had left his role as one of the show’s producers due to “personal reasons” and that Jim Smallman (another PROGRESS founder) had been promoted to the brand’s head writer.
Joseph was previously involved in PROGRESS until June of this year when he stepped down over allegations aimed towards him in the Speaking Out movement. Smallman had already left his position in December last year to focus on his full-time role with NXT UK management.
Although he is now leading NXT UK creative, Smallman still has to answer to Matt Bloom and Shawn Michaels, who are running the brand remotely from the US due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions
NXT UK talent is arriving at the UK Performance Centre today for the commencement of a three-week training session prior to the next set of NXT UK tapings at BT Sport Studios.
The reason for the extra-long session (typically, NXT UK talent spends a week training before or after the tapings) is due to several performers turning up “rusty” for the first BT tapings last month, with a number of matches requiring re-shoots.
In other news, several new talents are expected to debut in the brand soon in both the men and women’s divisions, some at the upcoming tapings, after having signed with the company last month.
The talent was also informed recently that they are no longer allowed to sell their own merchandise or make money from their names through third parties (both of which were permitted previously), which brings the brand in line with the changes that occurred throughout the rest of WWE a few weeks ago.