WWE has an affinity for making NXT employees get haircuts. In storyline, Cameron Grimes and Duke Hudson had a hair vs hair match at Wargames in December. Behind the scenes, former coach Scotty 2 Hotty recently said he was told to get a haircut so he’d look younger. Even new recruits who air hair professionals are getting told to see a barber.
Javier Bernal is not a name most NXT fans would recognize. Bernal is one of the newest recruits at the WWE Performance Center and hasn’t yet debuted on TV. Bernal is a hair model when he’s not wrestling.
John Laurinaitis didn’t seem to care for Javier’s professional expertise. Dave Meltzer shared a funny story in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Johnny Ace ordered the hair model to get a trim.
“Just recently, Javier Bernal, a guy in NXT who hasn’t made television yet, but was a hair model, was pretty much ordered to get his hair cut by Laurinaitis. Keep in mind what Laurinaitis looked like during his All Japan heyday (and then cut his hair to fit into looking like an executive should after his wrestling career ended). During rehearsals, Laurinaitis saw him and talked to him and told him he should cut his hair although he did say the choice was up to him.”
WWE has been working hard to change the essence of NXT. Triple H’s chosen staffers were recently victims of a mass firing. The show is clearly moving in a more youthful direction.
Javier Bernal made a living as a hair model before joining WWE. John Laurinaitis has a vision for how he wants certain wrestlers to look. NXT’s next big hire could be Brutus Beefcake if the haircut edict continues.
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