WWE’s booking has received a lot of criticism in the past year. Paul Heyman’s release from the Executive Director position of Raw meant that nobody in power was pulling for long-term booking anymore. That is not the plan in NXT.
It was noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that there is a big difference between RAW, SmackDown, and NXT. Where the main roster will book television week-to-week, usually with day-of re-writes, NXT takes a much different approach to things.
NXT is written with long-term stories in mind instead of booking at the last minute. Of course, it’s impossible to ignore some unexpected things in 2020, but the plan is laid out well ahead of time for the black and gold brand.
While Raw and Smackdown are famous for last-day rewrites and driving the writing team crazy, NXT is being written with the long-term booking in mind and there are almost never late changes the day of the show. And if there are, they are usually forced based on someone booked being pulled for COVID or other reasons
WWE is looking to expand their NXT brand in 2021. NXT India is apparently filming in January. There are other plans as well, but we’ll just have to see what 2021 brings us. Odds are the plans we see unfold on NXT television were laid out well in advance.