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Eric Bischoff on if NXT should be two hours

Eric Bischoff

Eric Bischoff joined the After 83 Weeks podcast with Christy Olson, where he discussed whether NXT should be a two-hour show or not. It is certainly a valid consideration, as the show has continued to improve over the years and has its TakeOver events upstaging the pay-per-views from the main roster.

Here is what Bischoff had to say on the matter:

“I think a lot of that depends on how much of a talent base they have. Keep in mind NXT serves two purposes. It’s a real-life, real-time, as close as you can get to primetime training opportunity and the next step.

“It’s kind of like AAA baseball or AA baseball. It’s that next step right before you get to primetime, so it has two purposes. Obviously, you want it to be as successful as a television property as it can be. But I think the real purpose of that show is really more to groom people, to get them ready for the next step [more] than anything else.”

Eric was initially reluctant to create WCW Thunder as he thought an additional two hours a week of content would make storylines feel less important. Nitro went from an hour-long show to three hours, before it was cut to two hours by the time WWE bought WCW. Bischoff noted that NXT becoming two-hours long would be a good idea if WWE does not overexpose the talent.

“I think if they’ve got a deep enough roster, and if there’s enough people there that need that exposure and two hours can accommodate that, then bam! Do it! Why would you even wait? But if the roster’s thin and you find yourself really tapping into that same roster of talent on a weekly basis, you may run the risk of overexposing at least some of them.”

h/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.

  • Mike the Ike

    I’d like NXT moved to two hours as well because while I don’t want the show to resemble Raw at all, it would be nice to have a few more promos and not have what we have now where we get Mauro going “hey, remember how The Mighty and the Street Profits had some beef six weeks ago? Well, now we’re getting back to that.” As for 205 Live, it would be nice to see more guys showcased each week, I don’t know when they would tape it since the area is already empty during the first half of the show.

  • CC

    I honestly think that the likes of NXT and 205 live could benefit from an extra hour, just as Raw could benefit from one hour less.
    The problem with a one hour show is that it does not lend itself well towards developing everyone and all feels a little rushed. We do not want the overly long promos that plague Raw (which is why that needs an hour cut from it), but an extra hour on NXT and even 205 would enable better promos during feuds, and would not impede on match length.

    One of the biggest faults I can aim at both of those shows is that with the very little time they have on a weekly basis, if they do promos it cuts down on matches and match length. This also stops some talent from getting regular exposure.

    Now while a PPV should always look better than a TV broadcast show, you really do see a huge step up on Takeover shows from the weekly show as the extra time really allows them to go all out.