WWE’s developmental brand has gone through a lot of changes over the years, and it’s apparent that there is a lot of room to cover. The company is also giving them a new focus, and even Road Dogg has commented on the big changes that NXT has gone through.

During the most recent episode of the Oh You Didn’t Know podcast, Road Dogg, a WWE Hall of Famer, delved into the establishment of the WWE Performance Center and its significant influence on the wrestling industry.

“I think NXT is still to this day going through growing pains,” Road Dogg said. “I wouldn’t say pains because I think it’s exactly by design, but going through growth spurts where man, they were Black and Yellow to hardcore indie, almost like a Progress or Evolve or whatever with a huge budget.”

“There was really a core audience for that. It was like a third brand for a minute. Now they’re thinking more like, okay, we should probably get back to it being developmental. They went really hard back on that. Now I think they’re trying to find a balance. Went too far this way, went too far this way. How can we make the best of both worlds here while still developing young talent and also have a third brand, a third brand that sells merchandise, that sells television rights? It’s still developing itself into exactly what it needs to be.”


WWE is giving an increased focus for their NXT brand, in hopes that they can pull a bigger deal when television rights deals come up again.

NXT has certainly gone through a lot of changes. Now, it seems that they are well on their way into a new phase, one that separated itself from the last 2.0 era.

WWE certainly has a lot of eyes on them, as main roster Superstars like the Judgment Day are now bound to show up on Tuesday nights. Only time will tell what’s next.

What’s your take on NXT? Do you miss any episodes? Sound off in the comments!

Felix Upton

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