New format rumored for NXT, Jericho takes dig at WWE for releases

Aug 7, 2021 - by Colin Vassallo

PWInsider.com is reporting that the releases appear to be a part of a rumored change coming to NXT. Dave Scherer and Mike Johnson said that there have been talks that there will be a complete overhaul of NXT, including new logo, lighting, and a different television show that would focus on the younger talent that are truly considered developmental.

The NXT cuts, revealed during Smackdown last night, were a surprise to many, especially Bronson Reed as he had some tryouts a few weeks ago to move to the main roster. But the former NXT North American champion found himself on the unemployed list and now has 30-days to recharge and find a new job.

“This monster is back on the loose … you don’t know WHAT you’ve just done,” Reed wrote on Twitter, tagging AEW, Impact, ROH, and New Japan in his tweet.

Chris Jericho, considered to be a WWE-lifer but now works for the successful AEW promotion, took a dig at WWE in a tweet after the releases. “I think now more than ever it’s obvious, – @AEW is the best pro wrestling company in the world today,” Jericho said. “Both for fans…and especially for performers. Nothing can stop us now!”

6 Responses

  1. Mackdeezy says:

    Idk if I’d consider that a shot…. but if it was, AEW needs to stop being so dumb. We cant have TWO wrestling companies being dumb.

  2. Stonz says:

    Jericho is correct. AEW is far better than WWE, and technically if they wanted to they could put WWE out of business. How? Keep in mind the Khan’s have WAY more money than Vince could ever think to have lol.

  3. Joseph says:

    It doesn’t matter how much money the Khan’s have. Look at Ted Turner. I’m pretty sure he had way more money than Vince McMahon. Ted also put a ton of money into WCW and while they were beating the WWE in the ratings, the WWE ended up putting them out of business.

  4. Smear says:

    Fighting a bank-addicted drug robber on national TV and falling through crashpads really does make AEW better, eh?

  5. art123guy says:

    @Joseph–While bad booking played a large part in it as well, I was under the impression that Turner lost power/control and the networks got more involved which was the final nail in the coffin. Also, today’s WWE is NO WHERE NEAR the juggernaut that WWE 2000 was.

  6. Joseph says:

    @art123guy – I think booking played a small part, but I don’t think it had much to do with booking because both WCW and the WWE have had good booking and bad booking throughout their histories. When AOL bought out Time Warner WCW lost their financial backing. When the new CEO of Turner Broadcasting came on he cut all WCW programming because it didn’t fit their new image. Plus WCW was losing millions due to those guaranteed contracts they were handing out.

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