Why watch NXT? What's the point?
Don't get me wrong, NXT is one million times better than Raw and Smackdown. Each Takeover blows the main roster's PPV out of the water with ease. The storylines are usually good, the matches are fantastic, the wrestlers are always passionate and hungry, the presence is great, it all checks out. I watched NXT weekly for a long time, but recently, I've lost motivation in keeping up with it aside from Takeover events; and here's why.
At the end of the day, NXT is a "developmental brand". Its purpose is to build and prepare the next generation of wrestlers for the main roster, the 'future' of WWE. The problem though, is it doesn't work. We have seen it over and over and over and over again where a certain wrestler, tag team, or stable being built up as legitimate stars with fun characters and gimmicks, but the moment they arrive to the main roster, they get unjustifiably fucked by Vince. They appear for a couple of weeks, and boom they're gone. Either written off TV entirely, or turned into a complete jobber. Some have gotten lucky to where they were fine for just a few months until being written off. NXT in a nutshell is to sign the top indie wrestlers so they don't wrestle for other competing companies and bury them, really that's it. The 'future', comedically has no future unless they leave the company.
Aside from Charlotte, Alexa, Billie/Peyton, Lacey, Seth, and Roman, I can't think of any call-ups that have been booked as a success since they have arrived. I barely count Billie/Peyton, but they do get consistent TV time and are happy with what they are doing, so there is that. And I'm not counting Becky, because honestly, she was an afterthought until her heel turn and "The Man" run.
Where is Asuka, Kairi Sane, Nakamura, Robby Roode, Heavy Machinery, Rusev, Eric Young, AOP (who appeared at Super Showdown in the battle royal, really?), War Raiders/Viking Experience/Viking Raiders/Viking Warriors (whatever the fuck they are), Cedric Alexander, Buddy Murphey, The Ascension, Sarah Logan, Liv Morgan, and Ruby Riott? Every one of them are just MIA.
Aside from the MIA, wrestlers like The Revival, Bray, Dean Ambrose, Harper, Sasha, Finn, Sullivan, Mandy/Sonya, Drew, Joe, Bayley, Black, and EC3 are being/have been wasted.
What happened to EC3 is criminal and should be illegal.
So I ask, what's the point? Why continue watching and supporting a brand where 99% of the wrestlers will never succeed? Why let yourself down by getting invested into a wrestler, only to watch them turn into a complete and utter failure upon being called up?