A new report has suggested that Shawn Michaels was in charge of the debut episode of NXT 2.0.
WWE unveiled their new revamped version of NXT on September 14th, complete with new set, logo, theme song and numerous new Superstars. After Samoa Joe relinquished the NXT Championship only days before the show, a new champion was also crowned.
Leading up to the show there had been significant speculation over who would be running the show, especially in light of Triple H’s recent health issues. Early reports suggested that Vince McMahon would be producing the brand going forward, while NXT talents were said to be in the dark about the situation leading into the show.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that Shawn Michaels was in charge of running the debut episode.
“Shawn Michaels was the guy running the show, because Triple H is obviously not back. He probably won’t be back for a while. So Shawn was running it, Kevin Dunn was there, no Vince [McMahon] and no [Bruce] Prichard. Although Prichard had gone down recently. Vince hasn’t been down… Vince only went that one time, a long time ago. It was all publicised he was there, and everything was great and nobody has to worry about Vince, and then the next thing they do is cut a whole tonne of guys without even consulting Triple H on who to cut.”
“Vince did review the script of the show, he was involved in the creative of this show, but not there, and he wasn’t the key guy or anything like that.”
Meltzer added that it’s unclear whether the shows would continue to be run in the same way going forward.
The first match on the revamped NXT saw the son of Rick Steiner, Bron Breakker, made his in-ring debut quickly defeating LA Knight.
In the show’s headline bout, Tommaso Ciampa regained the NXT Championship. Ciampa over came debutant Von Wagner, LA Knight and Pete Dunne in a Fatal-4-Way Match. Meanwhile in the main event segment, Indie Hartwell and Dexter Lumis finally tied the knot. Wrestling may not have the best track record where weddings are concerned, but on NXT 2.0 love conquered all and the ceremony passed off peacefully.
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