There's a lot more going on with WWE's feeder/in-house rival NXT than what we see on the Network each Wednesday night.
Last night's house show in Orlando featured a ton of talent that fans of independent wrestling or the Breaking Ground docu-drama are hoping will make the leap to television soon, such as Rich Swann, Adrienne Reese (Athena), Aliyah (Nhooph Al-Areebi) and Tino Sabbatelli.
Your winners! @WWE_Aliyah @WWEAsuka @Athena_Reese06 #NXTOrlando pic.twitter.com/ep4dnnlMre— Abbi / アビゲイル (@snkxwwe) December 4, 2015
It also saw in-ring interviews with a couple alumni of the most recent edition of Tough Enough, and one of the winners of a $250,000 contract. Daria Berenato showed up for a quick interview and a beating from Nia Jax.
@ToughDaria and your debut was going so well.."WAS" @NiaJaxWWE #NXTOrlando pic.twitter.com/QkQpdKxXBW— MaryAnn Mason (@gravenbabies) December 4, 2015
Male winner Josh Bredl got more mic time, however, and part of it was to reveal his new WWE-licensed name...
A wild shirtless yeti appears... Bronson Mathews is his new name #NXTOrlando pic.twitter.com/4f40u2Qcxj— JJ Williams (@Manic_Pineapple) December 4, 2015
Getting a new handle might mean Bredl is one step closer to NXT television and a push...or it might not mean anything.
We'll wait and see. In the meantime, what do you think of the name?