Former WWE coach Scotty 2 Hotty has suggested that WWE are playing a risky game by using so many inexperienced talents on NXT 2.0 at the same time.
In November 2021, Scott Garland, better known as Scott Taylor or Scotty 2 Hotty requested his release from WWE where he had been working as a coach in NXT.
Garland, who had returned to the company in 2016 in a coaching role, described his time with WWE as the “highlight of his life.” Since leaving WWE, Garland wasted little time in getting back in the ring, facing Joey Janela at GCW Die For This on January 1st. The bout marked his first in-ring appearance since November 2016.
Speaking in a new interview with Chris Van Vliet, Garland reflected on the NXT brand that he had left behind. In September the show underwent huge changes which saw the launch of NXT 2.0. As well as changes to the overall presentation of the show, WWE have also made changes to their recruiting process.
This has seen WWE shift their focus to younger athletes who have little to no wrestling experience.
In conversation with Van Vliet, the man formerly known as Scotty 2 Hotty, was asked what WWE are looking for in new recruits. He explained that they’re currently focusing on youth, but he expects this to evolve. Furthermore, he said that putting too many inexperienced talents together at once, can be a dangerous recipe on live television.
“Well it might be different now [laughs]. But when I left there a month ago, they want young.
[Chris asks if they want people who have been in a ring before]
It doesn’t seem like it. I know that they are doing try-outs for people who have never done this, they are hiring all these college athletes. I have always said that you can’t teach passion, and you need passion to do this. No matter how much money you are making, if you are on the road doing 200 shows a year and you are travelling, which adds about 50 days, you are looking at 250 to 300 days a year on the road. No matter what you are making in money, you need passion.
I think at some point it will swing back the other way and they will go ‘Where are the men at? We need men!’ And then you will see a bunch of guys come in who are a little bit older and more experienced. Putting green on green on live television can be dangerous.”
On the recent NXT special New Year’s Evil one of the aforementioned young stars claimed the NXT Championship. Bron Breakker who has been arguably the break-out star of NXT 2.0 finally got the better of Tommaso Ciampa after a typically intense and hard-hitting affair.
After the match Breakker was joined in the ring by his legendary father Rick Steiner, who helped get the celebrations underway.
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