Re: What is the purpose of these shows?
NXT actually does have a true purpose, which is to groom the developmental guys who are ready to be on TV, but still aren't really ready for primetime. The main roster talent such as Antonio Cesaro, Alex Riley, Tyson Kidd, Jinder Mahal, and Michael McGillicutty are meant to be "draws" for the NXT shows, to draw eyes to the new guys. However, I hate when the commentators talk about the main roster guys as possible contenders to the NXT Championship, as the minor league belt would be a step down for them
They are on the main roster, having 'proven' that they belong there, so they should be expected to easily handle the rigours of pursuing the NXT Championship.