What’s more, thank goodness for the new incarnation of NXT – apparently the replacement for FCW, which was regularly awesome in its own right but usually occurred in front of an audience of eight, albeit including William Regal.
Here are some reasons for the brilliance of the new NXT. And I will brook no argument.
1) It has wrestling. Actual wrestling. With characters. Actual characters. And they are building these characters through storytelling and vignettes. You can’t possibly have watched the Bray Wyatt VTs and not been excited by them.
2) It’s structured as a proper wrestling show now. There’s a permanent home, there’s a crowd who aren’t just sitting through these matches because they got there too early for the big stars, there are commentators (which include Jim Ross, giving it a sense of authenticity and a stamp of approval), and as yet there have been no occurrences of people resigning from the company because they are so very very bored with the show.
3) There are no “redemption points”. Now, obviously NXT Redemption forgot about the entire purpose of the series midway through, which was a plus, but it was a stupid concept for a show to begin with.
4) Damien Sandow. A man with pink trunks, purple boots, an ability to cartwheel, and a beard. I love him and so should you.
5) Tyson Kidd is a big name here.
6) There may be only two Divas in competition so far, but they are Divas who can wrestle.
7) The poor Americans don’t get to watch it, giving Regal full rein to let his British humour (mostly shocking innuendo) loose.
I’m not saying the new NXT is perfect (for example, the Regal element is slightly reduced; Caylee Turner is still there; there’s the ever-present fear that Matt Striker may re-emerge at any second) but this is a damn sight better than anything we saw on Redemption.
What do you think?