Over the last few weeks, we have seen Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado wrestle on both Raw and NXT, something that many people thought wouldn’t be happening with the ongoing COVID pandemic.
The reported reason that Raw Underground was scrapped was due to higher-ups not wanting rosters to mix, which makes Lucha House Party’s appearances on both Raw and NXT all the more interesting.
Writing about the matter in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer has stated that Vince McMahon has changed his mind on talent from different rosters not being able to mix with COVID:
An interesting note with the Lucha House Party on both NXT and Raw is that months back Vince made the call that nobody from NXT comes to Raw or Smackdown for fear that if there was an outbreak at the Performance Center, that it wouldn’t spread to the major shows because there would be no interaction. Of course, that ignores that these people live social lives and so many are based in the Tampa and Orlando area and unfortunately, as Paul Levesque even noted publicly, some of the talent thinks this thing is over and it’s not over. That’s also why no NXT people were booked for Survivor Series and they didn’t use Raw or Smackdown people on NXT for so long to try and boost NXT’s ratings when they had gotten so far behind. But Vince evidently had a change of thoughts about it, because obviously there is no great business reason to put the Lucha House Party on NXT.
Vince McMahon’s change of heart on the matter likely means that we’ll be able to see some members of the NXT roster appear in both the men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches later this month.