WWE might be facing a major sustainability issue. The main roster is aging quickly. With main event talents like Bobby Lashley, Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, and Randy Orton all over 40 years old, the promotion is pushing to quickly build up young talent in NXT. The company knows this problem is going on, and they are trying to prepare for it.
On today’s episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed the problem at length. Some superstars who are perceived by the company as too old are being held back. Santos Escobar is among them, despite his in-ring abilities and appeal to Hispanic audiences.
“They are very much aware and far more than just aware. They are very much cognizant of the idea that they got a lot of 40 year olds on the main roster and that’s one of the reason why NXT has changed so much. They feel that they got to get some guys in their 20s and get them ready for the main roster. They are aware, it’s not like they are in denial…I think that they are blaming the old — whatever it is, the fact that NXT was loaded with guys in their 30s.”
The recent WWE reboot of NXT has placed a clear focus on young talent. After losing some of the brand’s best workers over the past year, the youth movement is in full swing, even as ratings fall.
The push for younger superstars on NXT is obvious. Looking at the most recent October 12 show, there were tons of young talents featured. Bron Breakker is 23. Ivy Nyle is 29. Julius Creed is 27. The company is also very high on Von Wagner, who is also a member of the under-30 club.
Sources say that Vince McMahon wants to see NXT start grooming younger wrestlers as more than just ‘good hands.’ He wants WrestleMania headliners. It remains to be seen if the approach will be successful. The company has a great chance to showcase this young talent at NXT Halloween Havoc on October 26.
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