Based on talks backstage this past week, it looks like Finn Balor is going to be cutting in line. Rather than going through the process of NXT and carrying the heavyweight championship first, the front office is talking about spring boarding him up to the main roster shortly after Wrestlemania. The belief is that when he signed with the company, Balor was assured that he would not be stuck in developmental for too long of a period of time.
March 24, 2015
Since word going around is that Samoa Joe is willing to go through the NXT program in order to get to the WWE main roster, some attention has been turned back to AJ Styles. Many want to know if he would be willing to do the same thing, especially since his friend is doing so. As of right now, that appears to be very unlikely, as the amount of money he would have to sacrifice by leaving New Japan for the developmental program would be quite steep.
March 22, 2015
It was long rumored that WWE was going to use NXT performers at Wrestlemania before the front office decided to load up the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal with known wrestlers on the main roster. Well, it has now been revealed that one of the spots will be given to a developmental wrestler. During Axxess, a tournament will be held with Adrian Neville, Finn Balor, Hideo Itami and Tyler Breeze to determine the spot filler.
March 21, 2015
The status of Brittany has been a mystery for much of the year. Some believed that was signing a contract with WWE to become a developmental diva in NXT, while others were saying that she had agreed to make a return to TNA. Neither of those scenarios has happened. The woman legally known as Santana Garrett is definitely not too injured to be used, as she still frequently performs on the independent wrestling circuit.
March 21, 2015
As many of you already know, wrestlers are required to work in NXT before they get a chance to work on the main roster in WWE. Apparently, the front office is trying that out with the creative department as well. Jimmy Jacobs is said to be leaving ROH, so he can start writing for the developmental program. There, he will work very closely with Triple H. If he does well, then he might start writing Monday Night Raw and Smackdown.
March 20, 2015
As many of you already know, WWE has a big developmental program that seeks out new performers constantly. Not everyone makes it through the doors, though. For those that are not quite ready for the developmental program, the front office has been suggesting that they attend the school ran by Bully Ray and Brother Devon as a way to get up to par. The former tag team champions are said to be top level trainers.
March 18, 2015
In case you have not noticed, accusations against Bill DeMott have not been as vocal as they previously were. Joey Ryan hinted on social media that the WWE legal department might have had something to do with that. He was one of the more vocal of the people who believe that management should have fired DeMott for his inappropriate behavior towards the developmental wrestlers. Ryan has a well known hatred of DeMott.
March 16, 2015
In a very positive sign for WWE, tickets to the NXT show being held in San Jose during Wrestlemania weekend sold out in approximately an hour. No word yet on how many seats were actually sold, but the San Jose State University Event Center can hold nearly 5,000 people. That easily makes it the biggest event that Triple H has ran for his developmental program. The shows in Ohio also sold out pretty rapidly as well.
March 16, 2015
Being an independent wrestling promotion is going to get a lot harder come May. That is when WWE is tentatively planning on having the stars of NXT begin touring the country. Unlike the main roster, the developmental wrestlers would be performer is smaller venues in towns that might not normally get the big name stars coming through. Guys like Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Hideo Itami, Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville are hard to compete against.
March 15, 2015