Exclusive: Bronson Reed Recalls Talent Meeting About WWE NXT Revamp
Had the revamp been in the works for months?
WWE NXT has undergone major changes since the beginning of September. While the black and gold brand was often presented as a third WWE brand in recent years, the show has since been revamped as NXT 2.0 with a new emphasis on developing talent to accompany a new set and lighting.
While the revamp wouldn't be implemented until September 14, rumblings about major changes to NXT first emerged in early August.
Speaking with Cultaholic Wrestling's Ross Tweddell, former WWE talent Jonah (FKA Bronson Reed) revealed top NXT talent were informed about the revamp in a meeting with Triple H and Shawn Michaels.
"Before I had my dark match, maybe a week before that, about a month out from everything being rebranded, all the top TV talent got pulled into a room by Hunter and Shawn and they sort of let us know that things were changing, they're going in a different direction and it was all from Vince. This is what he wants, a complete overhaul. I think it shocked a lot of the people in that room, it also dampened some hearts. At the same time, some of us, myself included, thought we were going to Raw or SmackDown anyway so it was not really our concern," Reed said.
"I want to say the room didn't seem happy. I think because, again, for these last few years we've been having meetings and them going on about the spirit of NXT and how it's this third brand and how we're making something special. And I think we all felt like that's what we were doing and then to have it be like well it's completely changing and we're no longer going down this road sort of is a bit heartbreaking, especially for guys like Adam Cole or Johnny Gargano or Tommaso Ciampa who'd been there and really put in a lot of hard work to make it that third brand."
Reed competed in two main roster matches on June 18 and June 21, which would suggest WWE had been planning to revamp NXT for months.
Check out Jonah's full episode of Straight To Hell below: