Former RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff was a guest on After 83 Weeks with Christy Olson, where he joined the conversation about the length of NXT episodes- given that the show has improved so much over the years and attracted so much attention.
Bischoff believes that the jump from one hour per week to two would be more dependent on how much talent WWE has- without overexposing their stars and leading to fans becoming burned out with the product. NXT has long been referred to as WWE’s best brand for wrestling and storylines, and a decision to impact the time they have could significantly change this opinion.
Bischoff had the following to say:
“I think a lot of that depends on how much of a talent base they have. Keep in mind NXT serves two purposes. It’s a real-life, real-time, as close as you can get to primetime training opportunity and the next step.
“It’s kind of like AAA baseball or AA baseball. It’s that next step right before you get to primetime, so it has two purposes. Obviously, you want it to be as successful as a television property as it can be. But I think the real purpose of that show is really more to groom people, to get them ready for the next step [more] than anything else.”
Furthermore, Bischoff believes that the NXT roster has enough diversity and depth to succeed. If WWE themselves feel the roster is as deep as he does, they would be wise to increase the amount of time per week. If they feel the roster is thin, they run the risk of overexposure.
Another note to keep in mind is that once WWE makes the decision to upgrade from 1 hour per week to 2, it isn’t an easy change to go back to 1 hour if the main roster requires a significant portion of new talent. WWE always build stars down in NXT, but they run the risk of any of those talent being taken at any moment.
“I think if they’ve got a deep enough roster, and if there’s enough people there that need that exposure and two hours can accommodate that, then bam! Do it! Why would you even wait? But if the roster’s thin and you find yourself really tapping into that same roster of talent on a weekly basis, you may run the risk of overexposing at least some of them.”
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With H/T to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.