If you watched WWE Survivor Series, you saw NXT take the night in dominant fashion. The won 4 matches on the night and had impressive performances even in the matches they lost.
Keith Lee, Shayna Baszler, The NXT Women, Pete Dunne, and Adam Cole all walked away looking like superstars or at the very least, bigger superstars than they already were.
— Bianca Belair (@BiancaBelairWWE) November 25, 2019
Clearly, WWE used Survivor Series and the numerous invasions to try to build the Black and Gold brand. Surely, they were motivated by the losses to AEW on Wednesday.
The strategy worked. NXT finally beat, barely, AEW last week in the ratings thanks in large part to the open invitation to the other brands.
WWE was probably very happy about winning a Wednesday night. However, this NXT push may have come at some cost. Tom Colohue of Sportskeeda is reporting some of the main roster stars are not so happy:
“While many in the red and blue locker rooms believe that this has been good for business and have been vocally happy to put over their fellows, there are quite a few people who feel that NXT’s ascension has negatively impacted the perception of what was previously termed the main roster. Sources indicate that some talent have concerns about a lack of screen time similar to when the wild card rule was in operation…I have been told that Survivor Series was a particular low for some members of the roster.”
Triple H has commented the roster split will be more defined moving forward, but what does that really mean. If NXT doesn’t continue beating AEW, will WWE pull out the same bag of tricks?
Since the build to Survivor Series, some of the NXT stars we’d been seeing on Wednesday nights have been non-existent. See, Cameron Grimes and his hat.
This, of course, doesn’t even mention the main roster guys who didn’t get any time on the pay-per-view. Guys like Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode, Cesaro, Lucha House Party, Rusev, Lashley, and others didn’t collect a main show pay-day.
Given the morale and weekly release requests, this comes at a bad time. When backstage politics start getting questioned, this usually leads to bad things for products.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) November 26, 2019
It will be interesting to see how this impacts things going forward. Did the influx of Raw and Smackdown stars helping the ratings mean NXT will slowly become less like the show so many hardcore fans love? Will more WWE superstars grow frustrated because the can’t get screen time? Only time will tell.
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