Bianca Belair speaks on what NXT means to her amidst the rumors of it revamping.
Rumors have been circulating the internet recently regarding NXT revamping and receiving a “facelift” of sorts. What this would entail we don’t entirely know yet and that is assuming the rumors are true.
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Bianca Belair was recently a guest on ViBe & Wrestling and discussed what NXT meant to her and why it is such an important place to develop wrestlers.
“NXT is home to me. They really built me from the ground,” Bianca Belair said. “When I came to NXT I didn’t know anything. It’s an amazing place to be and no matter how long you are there, there’s always gonna instill something in you that can ignite you. The fire in you and help you to succeed no matter where you’re at.”
Bianca Belair made her way to NXT in 2016 after leaving Crossfit after suffering an injury. She was only there for four short years, but in that short time she became one of the standouts in the women’s division.
What NXT Became
NXT has already gone through one overhaul as they went from a purely developmental promotion to train young wrestlers to have a successful run on the main roster and has moved more towards being a third brand while also nurturing young talent.
NXT has also become a haven for indie wrestling darlings to transition to the main roster. Guys like Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Samoa Joe, and Fin Balor among many others built up their names in NXT before debuting on the main roster.
Bianca Belair on NXT’s Shift In A New Direction
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer WWE is shifting away from the current status quo of wrestlers they use in NXT. Specifically they are moving away from smaller guys and wrestlers starting in their 30s. They want to return to massive guys who are younger and they can build a main event around. Think a 24-year-old Brock Lesnar as opposed to a 33-year-old Johnny Gargano. Personally I hate the bigger guys and they tend to lead to storyline issues down the line.
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WWE released a dozen NXT wrestlers last week including popular wrestlers like Bronson Reed, Bobby Fish and Mercedes Martinez. This falls in line with WWE trying to thin out the roster to make room for more “home grown” young big dudes for NXT to mold into main eventers. However, WWE has been releasing people like crazy so it could also be unrelated.
Bianca Belair also spoke on WWE’s ability to adapt and revamp things on the fly with short notice. She points to ThunderDome being an example of this.
“As far as repackaging NXT, I know no matter what happens NXT and WWE in general is so good at adapting and just being successful at anything that they do,” Bianca Belair said. “Look at the ThunderDome and how they adapted at what was happening in the world, making the ThunderDome and virtual fans being able to adapt no matter what to be successful and that’s what’s amazing about this company. Anybody that steps foot in this company, no matter what, can go off and be successful inside and outside.”
COVID changed wrestling a great deal and not having fans in the arena was a game changer more than anyone could have expected. The virtual fans of ThunderDome did help to fill that void. However, it isn’t hard to come up with new ideas, but it is hard for those ideas to be successful and be good ideas. WWE can revamp NXT, but will that be a good thing?
Do you like the idea of NXT getting a facelift? Is going back to only physically massive wrestlers a good idea? Should NXT forgo signing experienced indie wrestlers in their 30s for brand new 20-year-old rookies? Will this new direction take away the magic that is NXT? This could be very big news, based on what Bianca Belair said, and we want to hear what you think of it so leave a comment down below.
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Sources: Wrestling Inc., ViBe & Wrestling, Wrestling Observer