Triple H built NXT into one of the finest wrestling promotions in the United States. WWE allowed him to seek out and sign the top independent talent from around the country. The show was booked with wrestling fans in mind. Things are currently very different in Orlando.
WWE took the brand in a completely new direction late last year. They attempted to modernize the show to draw a younger audience by introducing new young wrestlers and a colorful new set. Many NXT fans have not been happy with the changes.
NXT 2.0 presented New Year’s Evil last night. The show culminated with an NXT Championship match between Tommaso Ciampa and Bron Breakker. During his entrance, Breakker kicked the classic NXT logo in half on his way to becoming the new champion. It was yet another symbolic dagger into the NXT many once loved. The reaction on Twitter had viewers begging for Triple H’s version of the show.
“Impact was “killed” by Hogan, Bischoff etc’s nonsense. ROH, has lost most of its hype thanks to a bunch of their big stars going to WWE. NJPW would do way better if it wasn’t for the pandemic & Dick Togo’s nonsense. AEW didn’t kill Triple H’s NXT, Vince McMahon did.”
“The black and gold NXT was the precursor to AEW. It’s a shame that they’ve gutted it and basically spit on it. My only hope is that Triple H is healthy because everything changed when he had the cardiac issue and wasn’t around. Brand is gone but he did good while he had it.”
“Vince killed Triple H’s NXT, Hogan and Bischoff killed Impact, NJPW is still going strong and ROH is on a break”
“Vince McMahon and Bruce Prichard just spit in the face of the old NXT logo, smh… This rubbed me the wrong way as it just proves that Vince McMahon NEVER valued Triple H’s version of NXT. #WWENXT”
WWE appears to be sticking with their plan. NXT 2.0 will be the conduit for new talent to become more seasoned and make their mark. Triple H’s vision for the brand is not coming back any time soon.
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