WWE expanded to the UK market with the introduction of NXT UK in June 2018. This project gave birth to numerous top talent such as Tyler Bate, Pete Dunne, Gunther and many more. WWE has now announced NXT Europe, as NXT UK is a thing of the past.
As previously reported, NXT UK talent assumed that WWE was going to shut down the brand for good. It seems that is exactly what is happening.
Fox News reports that NXT Europe will “reimagine the brand and talent pipeline” with a renewed focus on Europe. NXT UK will be going on hiatus a few months.
Prior to that, WWE will be running the premium live event Worlds Collide featuring the top NXT and NXT UK superstars. Shawn Michaels also told Fox News Digital he was “pretty excited” about NXT Europe.
“Given the success of NXT UK, we felt like it was time to expand beyond that.’
HBK said the company will work with the staff and talent to launch NXT Europe “bigger and better.” Shawn Michaels also added what will become of the NXT UK talent.
“So some of it, like everything with the WWE and NXT, that pipeline is always fluid. It’s going to be one of those situations where we’re going to have a lot of representation going into Worlds Collide,” Michaels told Fox News Digital. “It’s what NXT has always been and that is to be a pipeline for the WWE in support of RAW and SmackDown. That process is going to continue. We’re going to use the UK talent that we can to go into Worlds Collide and keep that representation out there for as long as we can. And as we move things over here in the process, we’ll make all those decisions in 2023 about who’s a part of NXT Europe and who continues to stay here in NXT in hopes of getting a main roster call up.”
We will have to wait and see how NXT Europe will end up being received by fans. One thing is for sure, Triple H’s fingerprints are all over this move.
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