WWE Hall of Famer Sean Waltman (X-Pac) has said that he believes ‘young, fresh blood’ should be making creative decisions in NXT.
Despite NXT now being geared towards a younger demographic, the median age of viewers who tuned in for the October 5 episode was 62.
Speaking on his Pro Wrestling 4 Life podcast, Waltman argued that you need people who understand what young people want to produce a show that individuals within the demographic would be interested in.
Explaining that the brand needs to be self-aware, Waltman said:
“Who’s in charge of the creative direction of of NXT? You can’t have 60+ year-old people in charge of the creative direction of a show that’s geared towards young people. Maybe oversee it but you got to let young, fresh blood make those decisions.
We got to be self aware enough to know that we don’t and I’m including me too as a 50-year-old man, we don’t f**king know what they (young people) want. We might think we do or we might think we know what’s best for them, but we don’t f**king know. We need to f**king listen to people that do.”
Waltman also discussed the introduction of Joe Gacy’s ‘woke’ character, noting:
“That was f**king brutal. If you’re doing that to specifically get at a certain group of people, you lost the f**king plot. That was f**king rotten. Some of the worst s**t I’ve ever seen on a wrestling TV show.”
Following the October 5 edition of NXT, it was reported that a USA Network source was disappointed by recent viewership figures, but was hopeful they were just a ‘bump in the road‘.
Total viewership for this week’s show was the same as the previous Tuesday’s, but the 18-49 demographic rating was slightly up.
Quotes via WrestlingInc.