Note on production change at NXT taping

Feb 9, 2022 - by Marc Middleton

A new production technique was used for last night’s WWE NXT 2.0 episode.

Fans in attendance noted that WWE had a camera man in the ring during matches. PWInsider notes that the camera operator entered from the apron, and stood in the ring and filmed while the wrestlers were performing, with the talents working around the camera.

WWE reportedly experimented with the new production technique for just some of the matches on last night’s NXT, including The Creed Brothers vs. The Grizzled Young Veterans, but not all. It was also noted that the camera man did not stay in the ring for the full match as they were in & out at various points.

There’s no word on if this is a permanent change, or if it’s something they’re also considering for the main roster. WWE already had camera operators film from inside the ring for various interviews and segments, but this is the first we’ve heard of NXT wrestlers being forced to work around the camera while matches are going on.

Stay tuned for more.

5 Responses

  1. Alan Maynor says:

    2 words HORRIBLE IDEA

  2. What? says:

    Agreed. They already have to be super careful with themselves and each other without having to work around what’s essentially an obstacle. A cameraman, just by virtue of holding a camera, won’t have the reaction time or ability to quickly shift position if the need arises the way a referee can. The marginal benefit of a slightly cooler shot isn’t worth the added risk of injury to the cameraman or the wrestlers.

    If they really, really want that shot, it would be safer to use a drone – the technology is available, so why not at least try it out. Less importantly but still a factor, it would also be the same or less distraction to the audience.

  3. art123guy says:

    That explains why The Creed Brothers vs. The Grizzled Young Veterans looked messier than usual at times.

  4. art123guy says:

    And another thing. Wouldn’t this be better to try with EXPERIENCED wrestlers who know their way around the ring? It’s obvious how green a lot of the NXT 2.0 roster is. Let them get use to wrestling in front of a crowd first.
    And wasn’t one of the reasons they trashed Triple H’s NXT because he wasn’t training wrestlers specifically for the main roster? So in NXT 2.0, wrestlers will have to get used to working with a camera man in the ring, then move to the main roster and relearn how to work WITHOUT one?

  5. Disgruntled Jobber says:

    I worked for a couple of companies that tried this. It was an epic failure. Mainly because the camera would try for a “great shot” and end up right in the way of the wrestlers. Not to mention they also filmed things that really weren’t for the public eye (such as communications between in-ring workers)

    It’s horrible and dangerous idea on many levels, which means it could have come from Bruce Pritchard. This was one idea that should never of left the meeting room.

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