NXT producer Shawn Michaels was reportedly influenced by his wife to implement a change into the show’s presentation recently.
You may have noticed that entrance time has been very short on NXT recently, which, according to the Wrestling Observer, is because Michaels’ wife advised him it gave viewers more time to become disinterested and switch stations – specifically to AEW on Wednesdays.
Even though that’s not a problem anymore, the shorter entrances still do allow more time for segments and action.
Dave Meltzer writes:
One of the reasons the ring entrances have been cut back on as far as time on the NXT TV show is Shawn Michaels felt that long ring entrances gave the viewers more time to check out AEW. Even though that’s no longer an issue, because Michaels is Paul Levesque’s main guy, they have done it with the idea of getting more time for in-ring and angles. Whether this is true or not, within the company the story that has gone around is that it was Rebecca, Shawn’s wife, who was watching the show and told him she thought the ring entrances were too long and giving people too much time to switch stations, and he brought that up to Levesque.
While entrances are a big part of wrestling, you can at least see the logic of trying to keep the pace up when you’ve only got x amount of time on an episode of TV.