Triple H has discussed the much-discussed shift from the black and gold era of NXT to NXT 2.0 and says that shift was part of the plan.
Triple H was the founding father of NXT, creating the brand as a developmental league for WWE. Over the years with him at the helm, the likes of Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe, Sami Zayn, Adam Cole, Bobby Roode, Andrade, Malakai Black, Johnny Gargano, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Rhea Ripley, Asuka, and Alexa Bliss have all made their presence felt in front of a hardcore crowd of fans.
In late 2021 however, the writing was on the wall for NXT as fans knew it as the brand rebooted to become NXT 2.0. With a focus on younger, more unknown names, the brand returned to its original function as a true developmental brand.
Speaking to The Athletic, Triple H discussed the shift and says the plan is for the people featured on NXT 2.0 now won’t still be on that show in 12-18 months time:
“We said, OK, let’s reboot it and go back to what we originally were. Some of these people won’t be ready for television, but we’re gonna put them on television, and we believe the audience is invested enough that the numbers might come down, but a core group of them will stay, and now you’re creating fresh stars all the time. That’s where we are now. The numbers have stabilized.”
“People like Bron Breakker, he’s been training for a year. Half the women, they’ve been here a year maybe. There’s a lot that’s just so fresh and new. People used to say the constant churn of NXT was a negative. The churn is what’s great about it. The people here now, hopefully, a year and a half from now, none of them are even in NXT anymore, and the ones that make it will be on to Raw and SmackDown.”
“That’s the magic. It truly is the developmental league, the college football, Triple-A baseball. Yeah, they’re not all quite ready to be in that major-league role yet, but you’re discovering them before they become household names.”
Triple H added that the shift to NXT 2.0 was always in the works but came at an inopportune time as he had to undergo serious heart surgery which meant he had to take time away from the company:
“We were talking about this shift anyway. That’s where we were headed. It happened at a period of time where I had to leave for a bit. Luckily, Shawn (Michaels) had been doing it with me all that time, so it was a seamless thing. I stepped out, did what I needed to do, but that team has killed it. They’ve really created a show where you can really say that’s the next generation of stars.”