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kilik850 02-27-2013 12:57 AM

The NXT Generation
Inside WWE headquarters, thereís a closed door meeting about to take place. Vince and Stephanie McMahon, along with Triple H and John Laurinaitis are all seated along one side of the table with folders in front of them looking at the empty chair on the other side.

Triple H: Does anybody know who this guy is?

John Laurinaitis: Iíve heard of him, but I donít think anyoneís ever met him in person.

Stephanie McMahon: *shuffles through the papers in the file in front of her* I know heís got some connections to the independent circuit, but other than that Iíve got nothing on him more than whatís in this file.

Vince McMahon: I donít like this. I want to know everything about a person before I even start talking business with them.

The door to the conference room opens and a secretary walks in and holds the door open.

Secretary: Your 4 oí clock appointment is here.

They all stand as a 6í2Ē man in a business suit walks in. He walks past the secretary and thanks her for the introduction. He walks over to shake their hands as they all take in the sight of him. Heís dressed in a blue Japanese-style (Nehru collar) suit and looks about as clean cut as anyone could expect from a mystery businessman. After they all shake hands, they all take their respective seats. The man places his briefcase on the table and removes 4 portfolios. He gives them to the secretary, who places a portfolio in front of each member of the board. He closes the briefcase and puts it on the floor.

???: Iíd like to thank you for meeting with me on such short notice and with such little knowledge of who I am or my intentions for this meeting.

Vince McMahon: Well when Jim Ross recommended that we meet with you, we were skeptical at first. But when he told us that your ideas could revolutionize our company, we decided to hear your proposal out.

???: And I thank you for doing so. My name is Devon Cross. As Mr. Ross explained, I have several ideas and a proposal for your consideration. First of all, I apologize in advance if my comments come across as harsh or insulting in any way. But I donít really like to mince words when discussing business.

Vince: *smirks* I believe everyone at this table is thick-skinned enough to take some honest crtiticism. Go ahead.

Devon: Thank you sir. With Rawís expansion to 3 hours, the ratings have begun to decline. Smackdownís ratings arenít really doing any better either. Even with The Rockís involvement with the WWE Championship, the numbers just arenít where youíd expect or want them to be. I believe I have an answer to this problem, but it starts at a different avenue than you might expect.

Devon stopped to survey the looks of the board members. Since all of them were neutral, he continued.

Devon: The problem is the talent and the content of the shows. Raw may have expanded to 3 hours, but the amount and quality of wrestling in the show hasnít really expanded with it. The talent pool needs enhancing. But most of your developmental talent is not ready for a call up to the main rosters to help with your ratings problem. The proposal I have is to let me take charge of the NXT show and talent. Give me control over the roster and I guarantee that the ratings for NXT will increase over the next 4 weeks. If they do, we can talk about more ideas I have. If not, then Iím fired.

The board members all had mixed reactions.

Triple H: *shakes his head and blinks his eyes in disbelief* So letís say, for a millisecond, that weíre even remotely interested in your proposal. What experience do you have running a roster or a program? Do you have any initial plans that we could take a look at?

Devon: In the portfolios in front of you are some of my initial roster changes. The portfolio also contains profiles for 6 wrestlers who Iíve been in personal contact with. Each one of them has agreed to sign with the WWE provided that my terms are met. I believe you recognize some, if not all, of the names.

All of the board members looked at the profiles, then at each other in shock.

Vince: And you guarantee that these 6 will sign if we have a deal?

Devon: Thatís correct.

The board members all looked at each other again and then back to Devon.

Vince: Mr. Cross, itís a very interesting proposal. Weíll of course have to take some time to deliberate and weíll contact you with our decision.

Devon and the board members all stand.

Devon: Thank you for your time and for the chance to present my proposal to you all. I hope to hear from you soon.

They all shake hands and Devon leaves. When the door closes behind him, Vince blows a gasket!

Vince: Who the hell does he think he is?! Insulting my roster like that?! Iíve spent countless hou-

He stops as he takes in the glares of the others.

Vince: -weíve spent countless hours putting together the best talent pool available for the WWE universe to have the best product possible and he comes in here and says itís crap?!

Stephanie: Hold on Dad. Donít you see the beauty part of all this? These 6 alone are worth the deal!

Vince: Steph, you canít be serious.

Triple H: Actually, I see where sheís going with this. The roster changes this guy wants to make arenít that impactful in the long run. And theyíre pretty much all changes I wouldíve suggested making in his situation anyway. Besides, they said they would sign as long as we signed on to his proposal. He didnít say anything about what happens if he fails.

John: Overall sir, weíd come out ahead on this deal. Worst case scenario weíd let him run NXT until we see thereís no progress, fire him, and be left with not only a good roster to develop but these 6 signed with us! Itís a win-win!

Vince: Iím not sure about this. Iím just not sure. But I suppose we could take a deeper look at his changes and see if we could accommodate this plan for now.

Triple H: Iím just wondering how he got them all to sign in the first place.

Devon: *outside on the phone* Yeah, theyíre biting. My footís in the door. Next step is to break it wide open.

Lariatoh! 02-27-2013 08:50 PM

Re: The NXT Generation
Who are the 6 guys? Look forward to your next installment :)

THE_sXeBeast 02-27-2013 11:54 PM

Re: The NXT Generation
You have hooked me. I will be waiting for your next post! This is very interesting.

rainyday22 02-28-2013 02:34 AM

Re: The NXT Generation
Very interesting!

kilik850 03-04-2013 09:45 AM

Re: The NXT Generation
Thank you very much for your interest in my thread. The 6 won't be revealed just yet. I'm saving that for later. But without further ado, here's the next installment.

The talks between Devon Cross and WWE had been going well for the most part. One of the things that had been decided was that NXT would be extended to an hour and a half. They had one final meeting by teleconference because Cross had to go to Japan on business. Triple H, Stephanie, Vince, and John were all sitting around the conference table about to call Cross.

Vince: So this will be the last meeting we have. If Crossís final proposal is acceptable, weíll give him the green light now and heíll have control of NXT in a few weeks.

Stephanie makes the call. The speakerphone rings for a while before Cross picks up.

Devon: Sorry for the delay. I was speaking with a member of my potential roster.

John: Wait a minute. You went to Japan to recruit?! We havenít even approved your final roster yet!

Devon: I was simply negotiating a potential deal thatís all. I like to give anyone Iím approaching the courtesy of speaking with them face to face. Besides, a portion of my prospective roster is here, so I could meet with most of them at once instead of calling them all one by one. Speaking of which, Iíd like to email you my final roster for approval if youíre ready to receive it.

Vince: Go ahead.

Devon sent the email and it came up on the screen. As they all read the roster, they saw that it had drastically changed since the one he handed them weeks ago. And they also noticed something else.

John: What the hell is this?! This isnít anywhere close to what we agreed on!

Triple H: Where are the 6 you promised us?! Theyíre nowhere on this list! Were you screwing with us or something?!

Devon: Everyone please calm down and Iíll explain. First of all, I did say the roster I handed you were initial changes that I would make, not final changes. Second, the six arenít part of this list because theyíre not going to be on the roster right away.

Vince: Damnit! Do you have a deal with them or not?!

Devon: Yes. My deal with them is in writing and their contracts are drawn up. Theyíve even gone so far as to sign them already. Their contracts are just waiting on your approval Vince. And so is the rest of the roster. I have initial deals set for them in that email I just sent. They should contain the salaries that theyíll consider working for and any other terms some of them may be requesting.

Stephanie: Terms? What terms?

Devon: Nothing major. Like some people just wants their initial flight to the states paid for by the WWE. But I took care of their terms already.

John: We didnít give you any money toÖ

Devon: Itís not coming out of the WWEís pocket. Itís at my own expense. Iím just going to fly them back with me in my jet. Donít worry about it. Everythingís pretty much taken care of. If we still have a deal, I just need their contracts written up, reviewed, and ready to be signed by next week.

John: Next week? Why next week?

Devon: Because thatís when Iíll be flying back. A couple of people need to cut ties with their current promotion, get ready to head out, etc. Iíll need all their contracts by next week, but Iíll need at least a verbal agreement today and a written one tomorrow.

Stephanie: Hold on for a minute.

Stephanie puts him on hold and looks up at the others.

Stephanie: So what does everyone think? Is it a yes or a no?

Vince: *mumbling something under his breath* Iím not sure anymore. Before, it was a minor change and 6 big additions. Now, itís a massive change and Iím unsure that he even has them signed on at all.

Triple H: Iím just not sure about the roster change. Itís a much heavier impact to what weíve spent time building than weíd originally anticipated.

John: Iím more concerned about the impact to the talent. To be let go like that due to new management is pretty devastating. Besides that, what do we tell them? Sorry but you canít work here because you didnít make the cut?

Stephanie: Well I still think itís a good idea.

All 3 men glared at her with disbelief as she put up her hand to explain.

Stephanie: Granted itís a major change, but itís not like we havenít done it before. And if this guyís promising newer talent that we can develop into superstars, why not? And if weíre still concerned about the 6 people, then weíll just ask for the contracts upon approval. Okay?

They all looked at each other for approval. Triple H was the first to nod, then John, then Vince. Vince rocked back in his chair.

Vince: Then itís settled. Weíll go with his proposal. And if things donít turn out the way he guarantees they will, weíll send him packing just as fast as we approved it.

Stephanie took the call off of hold.

Vince: Mr. Cross, we have a deal. Weíll need those contracts that are already signed sent to us as soon as possible.

Devon: Thank you very much. Believe me, you will not regret this decision. Everything will be delivered to you tomorrow. Once again, thank you.

Vince: No problem.

Both parties hung up and Devon immediately began dialing another number. He chased down a couple of people and told them to pack their bags and covered his other ear to drown out the screams of excitement.

Devon: *on the phone* Yeah itís me. Itís set. Yeah they agreed to everything. I donít think they suspect a thing. Itís time to break the castle down from the inside.

helgey7212 03-05-2013 03:55 PM

Re: The NXT Generation
Very Intriguing, can't wait to see where you're going with this.

LegendofBaseball 03-05-2013 08:16 PM

Re: The NXT Generation
This has the potential to be awesome and I'm very intrigued by it all. It gives the sense it's like "anime-based", the way the action is described and I really like that a lot.

Will be looking for more for sure.

THE_sXeBeast 03-05-2013 10:59 PM

Re: The NXT Generation
Very very intrigued. Looking forward to see what changes you do and where this is going.

kilik850 03-06-2013 03:45 PM

Re: The NXT Generation
Thank you all for your interest. I was going to try something new by basically summarizing what happens on Raw and Smackdown (for a short while) and writing the NXT show in full until they become involved with each other. Do you think that'll work or should I just write every show in full? Also, I'm kind of stuck between one more backstory installment or just revealing the roster. I'll leave it in the capable hands of my audience :)

A)I do one more backstory installment and then show the roster
B)Reveal the roster in my next post

LegendofBaseball 03-06-2013 07:32 PM

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My answer is "A"

And probably do one final post before unveilling the roster.

Also, I'd go ahead with summarized RAW & SD'S until all becomes one... if that makes sense.:)

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