Confusingly referred to as NXT 2.0 despite this being the fourth iteration of the concept, the all-new, all-different developmental show came out swinging immediately, doing away with Triple H’s Capital Wrestling Center mancave for something brighter, cleaner, and unlike anything else in wrestling right now.
Reaction on the set and the shows visuals have been mixed, running the gauntlet from “it feels less like a biker club” to “for a show about TUFF MEN there’s a lot of BULLSHIT PAINT SPLATTERS.” I’m more towards the “this feels welcoming” end of the spectrum.
— WWE (@WWE) September 15, 2021
While it’s gotten a lot of attention, a new coat of paint doesn’t really matter as much as some like to pretend. You could shoot NXT on the moon and it would still be a WWE product, for one, with all of the flaws and infrequent pleasantness that entails. While there were a ton of new, showy debuts—none more so than Bron Breakker, the son of Greatest Wrestler of All Time Rick Steiner, who won his debut match against LA Knight—it still felt like the USA Network era of NXT, only clear in its purpose as a developmental brand.
And that’s the metaphorical impact of NXT 2.0’s set. It doesn’t feel like the brand is hiding in the dark anymore. Everything is wide open, ready to be dissected under the all-knowing eye of Vince McMahon. Whether or not that’s a good thing is beyond my realm of caring. I’m just here for the aesthetics, y’all.
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"Looks like Nickelodeon" would be a dope burn if Nickelodeon slime wasn't near-universally GREEN.
- Feels less like a music venue where I'm going to have to Google every band to find out if they have fascist leanings before they go onstage.
- Being able to see shit is extremely underrated.
- When a wrestler wins or defends a title, the entrance's stark white and text combo looks like a half-assed Warhol x Pollock soup can.
- Matched Bron Breakker's gear, which means it matches early 90s Steiner Brothers gear. Imagine speaking ill of the Steiner Brothers.
- A photo from this debut show may someday hang in whatever replaces Scott Steiner's Shoney's, which would elevate the status of NXT 2.0's set to the same level as a good WrestleMania. Imagine having that kind of potential as a gathering of inanimate objects meant to convey meaning to an uncaring audience of people who just want to make fun of shit on Twitter. IMAGINE.
- "Black & Gold brand" was more identifiable than "sucks at paintball brand."
- 1000% more visible fan leg than any other wrestling show.
- One you give above the last row of bleachers, has a real "this space left intentionally blank" vibe, like the top 1/3 of a Best Buy or a standardized test.
- Poppy might be too pale to play this venue. She'll blend right into the walls.