In a move that may cause him to be resented immediately by his peers, Shinsuke Nakamura is being paid as much money as some of the main event guys on the main WWE roster. That might not sit well with NXT stars because developmental wrestlers are heavily underpaid. Some may be fine with what Nakamura is being paid because they know that he is a big name star from New Japan and might be a major draw for that country.
February 25, 2016
Since WWE wanted his debut to be a big deal, Shinsuke Nakamura has now been booked for a big match against Sami Zayn, an experienced performer that had spent years honing his craft in ROH. The two of them will be battling it out at a special NXT event in Dallas during Wrestlemania 32 weekend. Triple H wants to keep the momentum rolling for the developmental brand, so expect Nakamura and Zayn to be given plenty of time to work.
February 4, 2016
Since WWE had been collecting as much talent as possible, rumors of Jay Lethal finally signing with the promotion started to swirl. Well, those can be put to rest for at least another year, as the ROH World Heavyweight Champion has signed a contract extension to stay exactly where he is. The belief is that Lethal would much rather defend the world title around the globe instead of being forced to start over again in NXT, the developmental brand.
January 28, 2016
When asked about which performers in NXT that he would love to wrestle on the main roster in WWE, Ryback mentioned Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe but really focused on Finn Balor. The former Intercontinental Champion showered Balor, who currently carries the heavyweight championship in the developmental brand, with quite a bit of praise, noting that Finn brings his best night in and night out.
January 5, 2016
In a move that might cause a few performers to be placed on the inactive list, WWE is now doing random checkups on their performers to see if they have medical coverage. While they do not provide it themselves, Vince McMahon and company expect the performers to be properly covered out of their own pocket. Developmental wrestlers make less money, so they might be most affected by this rule.
December 24, 2015
When the NXT tour of the United Kingdom began this week, a noticeable absence was Triple H, the man that is in charge of the developmental brand. The reason for that was because he was needed for WWE business in the United States. HHH will definitely be heading over to Europe whenever they do the big Takeover show in London. He will more than likely head back home afterwards.
December 12, 2015
While doing a podcast interview show with Chris Jericho, Luke Harper revealed something very interesting about his personal life. Prior to being signed to a developmental contract with WWE, he was working on the independent wrestling scene. Since he needed to supplement his money, Harper also worked as a librarian for the city. He stated that he was in charge of keeping up with the text books.
November 24, 2015
Earlier today, a photo surfaced on social media that shows Austin Aries making his arrival at an NXT event in Florida. That has sparked rumors that the former TNA World Heavyweight Champion is on the verge of signing a contract with WWE to help add depth to the developmental brand. Management is now leaning towards the idea of having seasoned veterans mixed in with the fresher faces.
November 19, 2015
For years, Bill DeMott and Billy Gunn were staples of the developmental program in WWE. DeMott was fired after a major controversy. Well, now Gunn is following him out the door. Management was forced to fire Gunn after finding out that he was taking performance enhancing drugs for his power lifting career that he was doing on the side. The front office stated that they had no idea he was even doing that.
November 13, 2015
Reports have surfaced that Nick Dinsmore is in negotiations with WWE to make yet another return. Though there is a slight chance that he could be returning as an in ring performer, the general belief is that he is being brought back to be a trainer in the developmental system. Dinsmore worked in that capacity for much of 2014 before being released. Rumors stated that he was let go because of backstage politics at the time.
October 27, 2015