NXT 2.0 debuted in September and brought about a significant number of changes to the product. However, not all of the changes were met with a positive reception. This is especially the case when it came to the overall presentation and feel of NXT and also the new talents.

NXT 2.0 came about after undergoing a variety of changes compared to the previous version of NXT. This is especially true regarding the kinds of talent the company hires now.

With a fresh look and coat of paint, came a new sense of direction which has seen a new set of WWE Superstars, especially the likes of Bron Breakker. However, not every talent has been seen in a good light by fans.

While speaking with Denise Salcedo, WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels talked about the drastic change from NXT’s gold and black era to the current version of NXT. Michaels revealed that the planning for NXT 2.0 came down to the very last week.


“Well look, I think the biggest thing was that I didn’t know I was going to be the one having to do everything. I was hopefully going to assist Hunter and obviously put into place what it was that he wanted us to put into place. It sort of came a bit quick, obviously, and unexpected, but it’s no different really for the last 35 years I’ve been with the WWE.

When we make a decision, when they make a decision, it’s done, it’s quick… I think that was probably the biggest adjustment. I think we had three weeks and we didn’t have a whole lot of information. By the time we got the information, it was coming down to the last week and we applied everything that we could. It’s fun. It’s a nervous excitement. You really don’t know what to expect.”

Sean Waltman previously criticized NXT 2.0 for having 60-year-olds being in charge of the product. NXT 2.0 is focusing on an entirely different direction with talents. We will have to wait and see if the system has also changed or not as the company will certainly need to produce new stars.

h/t to WrestlingNews for the quotes

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