WWE could face a major sustainability challenge. The main list grows old quickly. With key talents over the age of 40, such as Bobby Lashley, Goldberg, Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton, the promotion encourages the rapid formation of young talent in NXT. The company knows the problem is ongoing and they are trying to prepare for it.
In today’s issue Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed the problem at length. Some stars who are considered too old by the company are holding themselves back. Santos Escobar is one of them, despite his ability in the ring and his appeal to the Spanish audience.
“They’re very aware and more than just knowing. They’re well aware of the idea that there are a lot of people over the age of 40 on the main list, and that’s one of the reasons NXT is changing. they think they need to prepare for the list. They know, they don’t seem to deny it … I think they’re blaming the old one – no matter what, the NXT is loaded with 30-year-olds.
NXT’s recent re-launch of WWE has clearly focused on young talent. Although the ratings have plummeted since the brand lost some of its best employees over the past year, the youth movement continues to be intense.
The interest in young stars in NXT is clear. Judging by the last show on October 12, a lot of young talent was on display. Bron Breaker is 23 years old. Ivy Nial is 29 years old
Sources say Vince McMahon wants to see NXT’s training of young wrestlers more than “good hands”. He wants the CEOs of WrestleMania. It remains to be seen whether this approach will be successful. The company has a great opportunity to showcase this young talent at NXT Halloween Havoc on October 26th.
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