For the past several years, NXT has served as WWE’s developmental brand where superstars would start their careers before being called up to join the main roster on Raw or Smackdown Live. However, during a recent conference call with media about the upcoming NXT TakeOver: WarGames II event this weekend, the man who runs NXT, Triple H, said he hopes this won’t always be the case.
“I think you can be at a place where you can see main level talent stay in NXT,” Triple H stated. “We are also at the point where you can see some talent that have been on Raw and SmackDown for periods of time, who have had some success or haven’t for whatever reason, who aren’t being utilized, go back to NXT. A talent who doesn’t get a lot of exposure on SmackDown and moves to Raw, it could be a game-changer for them, and all of a sudden they can do something different. I do think it (NXT) is a third brand.”
Although there have been main roster superstars that have made their way back to NXT recently, it’s been a one-time occurrence. Also, with the addition of NXT UK, Trips believes there’s even more room for expansion within WWE.
“I also think with NXT in the U.K., as we move forward, there is an opportunity to work within the system, work in different levels,” Triple H continued. “We’re clearly there now.”
NXT TakeOver: WarGames II takes place Saturday night on the WWE Network with the Kickoff Show starting at 6 p.m. ET.