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– by Michael Connally

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WWE Network News is reporting that the WWE Network has added more than fifty plus episodes of NXT to their on demand section. Going back to NXT’s debut at Full Sail University, WWE fans can see the birthplace of their current cast of characters with the NXT debuts of Bo Dallas, Seth Rollins, Cesaro, and others in these classic episodes. 

This is not the NXT that replaced the WWE’s version of ECW. That show, while introducing some pretty decent talent, was a joke. The NXT we know and love today was started by Triple H as a way to utilize talent in the WWE Performance Center in a setting that would closely resemble what conditions would be like when these superstars reached the main roster. It also gave a chance for Full Sail University students to get some much needed experience behind the scenes, training in television production with a company that hands down makes the best live television programs. 

NXT has been a great show because it doesn’t try to do too much. It’s a simple show and it’s that simplicity which attracts fans to the product. The biggest complaint I have about the WWE is the fact that their story lines can be so ridiculous at times due to any semblance of reality being tossed out the window. I think of a superstar like Fandango. How are we as the audience supposed to think a ballroom dancer is going to be anything but a joke in the ring? I’m not knocking the guy as a wrestler, I’m knocking the character. It’s silly. It’s stupid. You don’t see ballroom dancers become basketball players. They wait until after their career is over and they are being pursued by the IRS before they consider doing that.  

NXT reminds me of that saying “What’s old is new again.” They treat what’s happening like a sport. They’re allowed to spend the time in the ring to have a good match. While stories bring people to the arena to watch the shows, it’s the in ring work of the WWE superstars that keep them coming back year in and year out.

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These are must see shows if you want to see the evolution of the modern day WWE product. While it’s not perfect, you can’t knock the quality of talent NXT has been able to produce. It’s great to finally go back and relive some of these memories. 

Are you excited for the NXT back catalogue to debut on the WWE Network? Do you have any favorite memories of NXT? Are there any superstars that debuted in NXT that surprised you when they made it to the main roster? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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SOURCE: WWE Network News