Kevin Owens has shared his honest thoughts on NXT 2.0, following the brand’s reboot.
Following Nick Khan confirming that WWE will be moving away from showcasing former indie stars, and focus on recruiting ‘bigger, younger’ athletes, NXT received a complete revamp ahead of the September 14 show.
Since the debut of NXT 2.0, a number of new faces, such as Bron Breakker and Von Wagner, have been given a spotlight.
Speaking on the les Anti-Pods de la Lutte podcast, Owens argued that NXT should’ve been renamed, as the current product is so different to the brand he helped to establish.
Unsure whether he’d enjoy a return to NXT now, Owens said:
“Today’s NXT is very different than the NXT I was part of, to the point I believe it should have a totally different name. And I don’t think it’s better or worse, but it’s just too different. So when I’m watching NXT, I don’t see the NXT I was part of. It’s not the same thing. It’s a little bit like Ring of Honor. The ROH of old days and the ROH now, it’s just not the same thing. So to me, it’s completely two different products, so when I’m watching it, I put myself in the mindset we had when I was at NXT and the mindset there seems to have right now, it’s completely different.
“It’s very hard for me to compare them. I don’t even consider that to be the same show. I don’t really feel any attachment to NXT now. Listen, there are very talented people working there, and I have watched the last TakeOver show they did and there were parts of it that I thought was really good, but it’s like a few years ago, if they had asked me to go back to NXT, I would have said yes.
“If they would ask me that now, I don’t think I would be as receptive to go back, because it’s not the same thing. I don’t think I fit in the new NXT as I was fitting in the NXT I was part of, with guys like Sami, Finn, Samoa Joe and Nakamura. When I watch NXT now, I don’t feel the same thing I felt when I was watching NXT two years ago.”
Owens recently re-signed with WWE, with his new contract reportedly set to last three years. The former NXT Champion has since explained why he chose to stay with the company.
Quote via PWInsider.
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