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NXT Creative's Evaluation (2015)

They are NXT Creative and Cageside Seats readers have reported back on what they love and loathe about the booking of NXT. Here's the full evaluation.

What you loved:

  1. Booking - Creative keeps things simple, and that works just fine thanks to the talent that they have. They are great at guiding wrestlers through character changes, and slow build stories.
  2. In-Ring Time - Their shows are rarely short on actual wrestling time.
  3. Women's Division - With a wide range of gimmicks, this division consistently puts on the best or second best match of the night.
  4. Live Shows - Reaching "can't miss" status, you guys felt these shows always pay-off in the right way. Need an example? Kevin Owens congratulating and then destroying his best friend, Sami Zayn! Evil!
  5. Triple H - It's clear this is his baby, and he cares about cultivating NXT to solidify WWE's future. I mean, the guy has a live feed to the performance center ring in his office.

Best comment comes via DoNotCallMeBilly:

"There’s trust in every talent who goes out though; both on the mic and in the ring. They can form coherent and actually engaging stories that at the base may be cliché or classic tropes, yet are done so well we look past it. Basically, NXT shows are what WWE could be and shows that there is indeed hope for the future."


What you loathed:

  1. Tag Division - With The Ascension and Lucha Dragons gone, this division needs some help. There's not much direction as of late, and the champs -- Blake and Murphy -- aren't exactly over.
  2. Mid-Card - Unfortunately, those not in the main event scene have very sporadic TV appearances. If they are involved, it's usually a quick squash match. More feuds are needed here as well.
  3. Too Many People - This is connected to #2, if there are too many people, it's tough to get everyone on the show consistently. With the recent news of a new class of wrestlers, this will continue to be an issue.
  4. Show Time - This could be the core problem that links #2 and #3, their weekly show is only an hour long. If NXT is going to continue to grow, it makes sense to extend their weekly show to two hours.
  5. Main Roster Disconnect - There's a distinct line in the sand here; Main Roster Creative and NXT Creative. The gap between the two is huge, and that's apparent by the lack of success with most call ups. More dialogue -- and Vince paying attention -- between both sides before a call-up may help the success rate.

Best comment comes via jaytalks:

"Not using guys like Tye Dillinger, Scott Dawson, Dash Wilder, etc. Too much focus on the NXT Five. How about giving some of these mostly WWE trained wrestlers a chance to work with a guy like Hideo Itami, so they can both learn and grow? The NXT Five (plus Breeze) for the most part know their stuff, aside from Hideo, who has caught fire in recent weeks. They shouldn’t have matches purely with each other, and that’s what it feels like at times."

On to the poll! With 425 votes, NXT Creative's average score is 4.4

Thanks, Cagesiders! We'll be back Sunday to recap the last couple weeks, and best comments of the week.

Until then!

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