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What SmackDown And Raw Can Learn From Their Baby Bro, NXT

This yellow brand is turning into gold real quick
by Emmanuel Calingacion | Jun 27, 2018
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It is no secret that NXT has gained a cult following over the recent years. The WWE Universe doesn’t even call it WWE’s developmental territory anymore. It’s created its own brand of devil-may-care wrestling, with powerful characterization, and engaging storylines that a lot of fans complain they can’t find in WWE’s main shows. With Triple H being the man in charge of this yellow brand since its conception, things can only go up from here on out. SmackDown and Raw, watch your own shows and spot the difference. It’s not that hard to see what you’re doing wrong and what NXT is doing right.

Don’t be afraid of experiments

If you don’t know who the Velveteen Dream is, go search his matches against the likes of Aleister Black and Ricochet on YouTube. Go ahead, we’ll wait.

Velveteen Dream is the best example of trying out something new. His flamboyant character will instantly remind you of pop icon, Prince. Dream’s finishing move is even named after one of  Prince’s album, Purple Rain(Maker). What fans love about him are his queer antics and inviting personality.

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The main shows have nothing of the sort, and are afraid of exploring that section of entertainment. They settle for bland, typical tough-guy personas that kick ass. It works sometimes, but not all the time, and not every character should be a macho man.

Recognize talent, put them in the spot they deserve

What Triple H does with talent is truly admirable. He recognizes how talented his guys are, so they put them front and center for them to shine, or fail. Even so, he knows who to put against who in order for them to create matchups that fans will be excited for and make them tune into the show every single week.

Raw, there are other superstars other than Roman Reigns that deserve the top spot. If you don’t know them by now, ask whoever keeps a tab on your roster and look for these names: Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler, Matt Hardy, Chad Gable, and Baron Corbin. These people deserve more than they’re getting, and the WWE Universe knows it, too.

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SmackDown, to be honest, you’re doing a better job than Raw, but also keep in mind that your stars have some character flaws. Please don’t relegate The Glorius Bobby Roode to someone who just smiles a lot because he’s got the best entrance in the world. Also, present Samoa Joe as a more dominant character. It's hard to look dominant if you keep booking him to lose. And good job with the start of the big push of Rusev. How about Aiden?

Capitalize on crowd favorites

Is there any wrestling fan who doesn’t know The Undisputed Era? Adam Cole (bay bay!) and his gang of devious fellows have taken NXT by storm since their arrival. They’ve basically owned the show and are taking shots at anyone they deem a block to their goal of claiming all the gold in NXT. And no one in the WWE Universe is complaining because, guess what, they love these crafty snakes.

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This is what the red, and blue brands are not doing. They have famous names on their roster and they barely use them. Take Matt Hardy as an example. Sure, he’s in a tag team with Bray Wyatt and they’re pretty good together, but how much time is given to them on air, especially considering Raw is a 3-hour show? Matt Hardy shined in the independent scene when he left the WWE before, so they brought him back to try and incorporate what he was famous for outside WWE. But they dropped the ball from the beginning and the Woken gimmick Matt is currently portraying is laughable, literally, in comparison to his indie persona that made the 43-year-old stand out from everyone. I guess you could say, this habit of not capitalizing on your stars must be . . . DELETED!

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