Swerve Strickland Recalls Backstage Reaction To WWE’s ‘Drastic Change’ To NXT 2.0 (Exclusive)

4 months ago by Connel Rumsey

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Swerve Strickland Recalls Backstage Reaction To WWE’s ‘Drastic Change’ To NXT 2.0 (Exclusive) WWE/WrestleTalk

When WWE made the call to change NXT Black & Gold to NXT 2.0 back in September of last year, Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott (Sw3rve The Realest) was the reigning NXT North American Champion as part of Hit Row.

Speaking with WrestleTalk, “Sw3rve The Realest” reflected on the backstage reaction to the change, claiming that it was ‘drastic’.

He said:

“We started seeing the higher-ups come down more. We were seeing the guys in suits a lot more. The coaches started wearing suits instead of track jackets, they were asking for certain things of us this week that they were totally against the week before and the month before. It was a drastic change.

“Then you’re seeing the focus shifting to different types of talent. The benefit was a lot of the guys that were just being stored down there as far as the big athletes that were coming in from not pro-wrestling, the pro-wrestling world, that wasn’t their foundation, those guys were getting on TV and getting opportunities.

“But also kind of a negative because you were seeing them learn on TV, and I don’t think a fanbase wants to see guys learn on television, I think they wanna see stars on television. They’re going to be stars, I feel like there’s a lot of potential stars in the Performance Center, but I don’t think there’s much intrigue watching them grow up to be the stars.”

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“Sw3rve The Realest” also discussed what Roman Reigns told him following Briana Brandy’s WWE release, which you can read here.

It was reported earlier today that Swerve is expected to sign with All Elite Wrestling.

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