NXT Tag Team Champions the Street Profits made their first WWE main roster appearance on Raw this past Monday, and according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, the move was influenced by a lot of backstage politics.
Here’s a direct quote from Meltzer (via Sportskeeda):
“There was a lot of politics involved in the Street Profits thing, but they’re still technically NXT wrestlers. It was not a call-up but they are going to be on Raw TV. I think that was a Heyman move to have new faces on the show. When someone starts, you always want new faces, you always want young talent and you want to create new, wild stories.”
It was said that with Heyman and Bischoff appointed as Executive Directors of Raw and SmackDown respectively, the appearance was likely a Heyman move which was the first in somewhat of a “battle” between the brands as to who gets the best NXT call-ups.
It has been widely reported previously that Heyman’s “fingerprints” are likely to be on Raw as of this past week, whereas Eric Bischoff will take a bit more time to ease into his role on SmackDown, which could potentially give Heyman a little bit of a head-start where call-ups are concerned.
It was also added that the appearance was not an official main roster call-up, and the duo of Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford are technically still with NXT, likely due to Triple H not wanting them to be called up yet, which presents yet another interesting barrier in how call-ups will play out in the future.
The Profits are however still expected to turn up on Raw here and there while being part of the black and gold brand.