Vic Joseph has revealed that fans stayed behind chanting “black and gold” long after it was announced that the NXT brand would be returning to it’s roots.
On the September 13th edition of NXT 2.0, the brand celebrated it’s one-year anniversary. Throughout the show clips were shown featuring highlights from the last 12 months as stars such as Bron Breakker debuted and rose to the top of the brand.
However, it was the clip shown at the end of the show which has sparked excitement across the wrestling world. In the short video narrated by Shawn Michaels there was a nod to NXT’s desire to create stars of the future as well as acknowledging it’s past. At this, the NXT 2.0 logo morphed into an updated version of the black and gold one, signalling a move back towards the brand’s black and gold hey-day.
During the most recent of After The Bell, NXT announcer Vic Joseph revealed that fans were chanting and cheering the news long after the show had finished. He went on to describe the reaction as “unreal.”
Because at the end of the night, and it’s been on social media, and it’s been all the buzz and everything’s still loading, to steal the term. A new logo was shown with the black and gold outline, back to what you just talked about, with the tip of the cap to yesteryear.
After the show, and I don’t know if I’m gonna get in trouble for this for now. The show went off the air, five, six minutes, man went on and the crowd was just chanting ‘Black and gold.’ To give you an idea, Graves, the camera crew had enough time to leave and get brought back out, reconnect and get put back in position to film some of the audience and this organic reaction.
And I stood up and took my headset off, I’ll just standing there looking around like holy sh*t. Wade was even laughing and we’re like this is unreal. The amount of love that all of a sudden, it’s hard to describe, I guess maybe that black and gold means so much to so many you were there since day one. You’re an OG technically, if you want to look at it that way, it was hard to describe.”
Following the news that NXT will be returning to it’s black and gold roots it has been reported that TakeOver specials will also be returning. The ‘TakeOver’ name had been scrapped as part of the creation of the rebranded NXT 2.0.
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