NXT is currently no longer a developmental brand for WWE, but a legitimate third brand for the company. It boasts one of the most talented rosters of pro wrestlers on the planet and continues to put on solid in-ring work every week and during every NXT TakeOver event, though Triple H revealed a botch last week.
WWE commentator Corey Graves was joined by NXT Champion Finn Balor on the latest edition of his After The Bell with Corey Graves podcast. During the podcast, Corey Graves gave his thoughts on the current product produced by NXT and whether he is a fan of it.
Corey graves that said many fans watch NXT for its in-ring work which is perfectly fine. However, Graves then criticized the product and said that it certainly needs an injection of personality as far as to stand out.
“I got to work so closely with Dusty Rhodes and so many megastars on our roster now will credit Dusty with helping them figure out who they are. Dusty was very character focused. Dusty Rhodes could care less how many wrestling moves you knew. Dusty wanted to know what makes you tick because he could find the smallest little thing about you and blow it up and make it a persona or a personality and help people figure out who they are in the wrestling world. That was the one thing I noticed throughout TakeOver. There’s a wealth of talent. We have, arguably, the best wrestlers in the world in NXT. The matches, start to finish, are unbelievable. I was having a hard time, with few exceptions, knowing who these people are. What makes them tick? Why are they the way that they are? MSK for example, yea, they were spectacular to watch. They did some mind blowing stuff. They are obviously great athletes.
But, what makes them important to me, the viewer?… I would consider her (Shotzi Blackheart), one of the exceptions for sure. Visually speaking, Shotzi stands out. I don’t know what makes her tick, or why she is the way she is, but she stands out. She has a very discernible personality. This isn’t a shot at anybody. This is just what I would like to see more of. I would like to know why these people are the way that they are. What makes them stand out for reasons other than being great at pro wrestling…I think NXT could use a little injection of personality as far as to stand out. Everybody has metal music. Everybody wears trunks and kick pads. Everybody’s in great shape. Why does one differ from the other?
A lot of people just watch NXT for in-ring action, and if that’s your vibe, if that’s your flavor of ice cream, cool. I understand it. I’m just saying, for Corey Graves, the wrestling fan, knowing what I know and knowing the way my mind works obviously with RAW and SmackDown that I’m focused on now, I think we need to know who these people are a little bit more. When I compare everything to NXT, I think back to my time there. You knew who Bayley was. You knew what made Seth Rollins tick.