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Triple H explains why the WWE draft won’t hurt NXT

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With WWE bringing back the brand split with the draft next Tuesday night, it’s fair to wonder what that means for the future of NXT. After all, they’re going to need more talent for Raw and SmackDown and the developmental brand is the most likely to be raided for it.

But while you might assume that would hurt NXT, Triple H doesn’t think that’s the case. Here’s what he told ESPN about it:

“It's funny that when people talk about it to me, some will say, 'Well, isn't that the downfall of NXT because when a superstar becomes big enough that he's immediately going to be taken away from you?' I feel that's the strength of the brand. If you look at the growth of NXT in the last couple years, there are points in time when people said, 'Oh no, these characters are getting called up and [NXT] is doomed.' We made somebody else the lead characters of the show and that's the challenge and the beauty of it. It's always fresh, it's always different, it always feels like there is something new going on to me.

“With NXT being different, it complements Raw and SmackDown. You have the opportunity to see these guys come in and make a name for themselves on a bigger platform. They can grow themselves while helping to create NXT's brand. Then, if you're following NXT, you're ahead of the curve when they come to Raw and SmackDown. You know everything about them and their backstories. It's like being a fan of the band before they hit it big. You have that claim to fame. And to our most passionate fan base that's an exciting vibe that we have. I think that's why social media is so strong for us -- it's people that want to be ahead of the curve.”

It’s hard to argue with his points here. After all, it wasn’t that long ago that Charlotte was carrying the flag for the women’s division in NXT and she is now carrying the same flag in WWE. One could argue NXT is actually better off now than before, with Asuka, Bayley, and many other talented women leading the division with new women debuting all the time (warning: link includes spoilers).

So while there will surely be NXT stars called up soon to help strengthen the WWE roster, you shouldn’t worry about it affecting the quality of your favorite Wednesday night pro wrestling program.