Re: NXT needs to move forward it has got stale.
I will say NXT definitely has a bit of a "top guy" shortage ever since the Lars, EC3, Black and Ricochet call-ups. Before there were 8-10 guys in the main event scene that could vie for the NXT and NA championships. Now you have 5-6 at the most if you count Riddle and Bruiserweight. So they havent replenished talent like they were doing in the past. Before guys came and went so new blood kept flowing in but now it does feel like they dont have much wiggle room in terms of feuds etc. I do think though that Velveteen and Cole (plus TUE) need to stay in NXT. They will be the face of the brand for FS1 along with Riddle. The issue with NXT going outside of WWE network is that Vince is going to get his dirty old archaic hands all over the product and fuck it up like he has with the main roster especially if it;s going to a 2-hour format (which will help in getting more time for talent but will also make the show drag more and be less entertaining). Plus Dream has SO MUCH potential that I'm scared for his call up just because guys like EC3 and Bobby have done almost diddly squat (yes Bobby had a few title reigns but nothing memorable) and even Shinsuke who has at least gotten multiple pushes feels neglected. It just feels like the main roster is where NXT stars go to die. I like the idea of pulling some guys from the main roster WHO WERE ALREADY IN NXT AND featured on TV a lot and bringing them back there like they did with Breeze and Fandango. This is the only short term fix to their lack of top guys. The women's division isnt doing too badly. Obviously not as good as when Charlotte, Sasha, Bayley, Alexa, and Becky were all down there but also not in terrible shape given Io, Bianca, Candice and Mia. Shayna needs the call up because she can be a believable heel and frankly she's gotten stale (I like her mic work and edge but her matches are pretty boring - easily the worst match of Takeover Toronto). Candice, Bianca and Io should be the focus of the female division and of course Dakota Kai when she returns. Candice and Io took a crowd that did not care about the match and were pretty dead for their matchup (none of them got any pop when coming out nor in the early parts of the match) and made them really become invested in the match. It was one of the highlights of Takeover TO. I think their tag division is in the same shape as the men's, not enough viable teams to challenge Street Profits and TUE. I wonder if NXT becoming so big has affected their mindset and now they seem reluctant to give new guys pushes and want to stick to what's working.
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