A former NXT star has spoken about the differences between the “developmental” brand and the WWE main roster.
Riddle has had a taste of all three brands, currently on Raw as the United States Champion, and he’s pointed out how completely different Raw and SmackDown are to NXT.
Speaking with ViBe and Wrestling, Riddle said:
“From the beginning, you start training, you go to the indies and work your way up and eventually you make it to NXT. NXT is probably one of the most professional places I’ve ever worked and there was so much when I was there, they got the TV deal with USA Network. It’s huge but I didn’t realize how the main roster was until I got there on SmackDown and it is a completely different monster, completely different machines with a lot of parts and pieces and then you go to Raw and you’ve got three hours and it is even a bigger monster… craziness.
“When you are dealing with live TV, things are going crazy, even if you plan for things not to go crazy, they get crazy sometimes because you can’t plan it, things happen. The big difference for me when I was on NXT the things were a bit more planned out while on the main roster everything should be planned or there is an idea but most of the time you just shoot from the hip and that is why the people need to be prepared and be professional on the main roster because anything can happen and you have to be ready and professional, you have to be ready for anything, anytime, and Vince McMahon is right there at Gorilla looking at you so it’s not like, ‘Oh man, I hope nobody saw that’ because Vince McMahon is watching closely.”
Riddle won the WWE United States Championship on February 21 at Elimination Chamber in a three-way against John Morrison and former champion Bobby Lashley.
He’s also a former NXT Tag Team Champion alongside Pete Dunne, reigning February-May last year before he got called up to the main roster in June.
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