WWE did many things in order to combat All Elite Wrestling. While some tactics worked, some might have actually damaged NXT. Wrestling legend Arn Anderson certainly has something to say regarding this.
On The Arn Show, Anderson discussed how WWE has handled AEW’s competition. He also explained how WWE managed to damage NXT due to this.
WWE’s idea comprised of bringing main roster Superstars. This is still going on as Charlotte Flair is the NXT Women’s Champion. Arn was definitely not a big fan of these changes.
“Well do you think that some of the guys from the main roster that were bumped back down so that you have more star power on that show. This is in the front offices mind, ‘Okay, we’ll take some of these proven talents and bump them back down to make that a more competitive brand with those people’, but when they come back down they bring their Raw or SmackDown style with them. So it’s not NXT or NXT style matches.”
“Now it’s guys from Raw or SmackDown that are bringing their style of work back down with them so that show dynamic changes. [The fans] are seeing a lot of stuff they see on Monday or Friday and now it’s on NXT so it’s not a pure NXT show.”
When a main roster Superstar gets involved in NXT, fans are unable to see what NXT is truly capable of. We will have to see how the Wednesday Night Wars progress during these troubling times.