WWE has been going above and beyond in its effort to build new stars. NXT was completely overhauled with an emphasis placed on developing new talent in-house that could someday main event WrestleMania. Many believe the approach hasn’t been working.

The WWE Universe has been critical of the company putting over stars like Goldberg for big money in Saudi Arabia while younger wrestlers flounder. There have been a few stars from NXT 2.0 such as Bron Breakker who look to have bright futures. They still haven’t proven themselves as draws, though.

On the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez discussed WWE’s mismanagement of new and young talent. Alvarez went on a rant that was heavily critical of the company for constantly having established wrestlers beat younger or fresher faces. It’s an ongoing problem in WWE, he pointed out.

“Damien Priest, they didn’t make a big deal of this but he was undefeated for a full year. Now he’s lost four straight matches… This is what happens when they find out you’re undefeated, I guess. Doing this guy no favors…


But, I mean, the story of this show and every show, it’s like. How many times have you told me this, Dave? ‘Oh, they know they need to make young stars.’ Let’s beat Damien Priest with AJ Styles… He’s new, no one knows he’s thirty-nine. What about Austin Theory losing to Kevin Owens? What about [Cora Jade] getting squashed by Raquel Gonzalez last week?

I mean, we had New Day beating Los Lotharios. Have we had one young person in this company get a win any time recently?”

Meltzer responded that Austin Theory beat Kevin Owens last week. Bryan Alvarez responded by pointing out that Owens beat Theory immediately after. WWE may take some time to start seeing the benefits of their new approach to talent development. Eventually, the nostalgia acts won’t be there to fall back on anymore.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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