Ricochet believes fans of the black and gold era of NXT needed time to adjust to the new changes.
Over the past year, NXT has undergone many significant changes. In September 2021, the show transitioned to a brighter and more colorful aesthetic and introduced many new superstars to the brand. Suddenly, NXT became known as NXT 2.0 and brought forth a new generation of talents such as Bron Breakker, Tony D’Angelo, Grayson Waller, and others.
Gone were the days of people like Johnny Gargano, Adam Cole, Tommaso Ciampa, and Ricochet. A lot of former NXT talents were released during the switch-up, leaving only a select few behind.
Then on the September 13th, 2022, edition of NXT 2.0, a new logo that harkens back to the old black and gold era logo was revealed at the end of the show. The reveal signified to fans that the brand would indeed undergo another change.
In an interview with NBC Sports Boston, one of the faces of NXT’s black and gold era, Ricochet, spoke about why some fans were taken aback by the change in 2021 and how it may have something to do with timing.
“I think, again in this business, it’s forever. It doesn’t stop. They’re just trying something new, something different, and I think it was so sudden and so quick that people didn’t get a chance to adjust. So now I think changing again, not back to what it was but something different and something that I feel like will be better, because now I think they have the grasp on maybe bringing some Raw and SmackDown people in or some NXT people to Raw and SmackDown. It really might start being something bigger, who knows? I think it’s so cool to be thinking about the future and being excited to see what will come from it.”
Ricochet recently had a brief return to NXT when he wrestled Carmelo Hayes for the NXT North American Championship at Worlds Collide. WWE tapped multiple episodes of NXT last week. It will return to a live broadcast on September 27th.
H/t – Fightful