Originally set up as a developmental entity from the ashes of the old FCW, NXT quickly grew in the third ‘brand’ of WWE beloved by fans of ‘wrestling’ not just ‘Sports Entertainment’. Thankfully nothing like the awful competition TV show which did introduce us to the likes of Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett, NXT continues to my favourite show the WWE produces.
Plenty of today’s top stars on the RAW and Smackdown brand came from NXT, these would include Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Cesaro, Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt. World renowned wrestlers such as Samoa Joe, Finn (Prince Devitt) Balor and Bobby Roode also came up through the ranks and onto the main roster as well.
This two disc Blu-ray set features a Top 25 countdown of NXT Superstars as voted by members of the WWE Universe. Each wrestler is showcased by a short segment featuring highlights of their matches and ‘talking heads’ from their peers. Whilst I disagree with a lot of the rankings, that is only my personal preference but all the main players are there and adequately covered.
The main part of the set is the matches and the archives have been mined for some real decent stuff. Kicking us off is Big E discussing the unaired pilot show where he took on Xavier Woods, knowing these two would team up with Kofi for The New Day, it’s great to see them on opposite sides of the ring. Another really good inclusion is Bo Dallas versus Bray Wyatt. being two brothers with totally different ring names again is an interesting inclusion. The ladies also get a big share of the disc with The Four Horsewomen, Asuka, Paige, Alexa Bliss and Ember Moon showcased.
Overall it’s an excellent value for money set with hours of decent action (with loads of title matches) and of great historical significance as it showed future World Champions learning their craft. My other gripe is WWE need to pull their finger out and do a FCW set or at least load up the shows on the network.
- Starring Bayley Big E Sami Zayn Kevin Owens Becky Lynch Alexa Bliss Rusev
- Distributor WWE/Fremantle