Mike Bennett: WWE NXT 2.0 Doesn't Know What Fans Want To See
“I just don’t think the people that are in charge there understand it.”
WWE NXT 2.0 is in full swing now, but is still dividing opinion with wrestling audiences.
The colourful identity, new breed of stars, and some slightly stereotypical character tropes sums up the new NXT, but according to former WWE star Mike Bennett, the promotion has no idea what wrestling fans want to see.
“It’s one of those things where I don’t think they know what’s good in wrestling anymore,” Bennett stated on That 90s Wrestling Podcast, “The proof is in the pudding. I can’t sit through the show ’cause as a wrestling fan, I don’t consider it good wrestling. They can talk about that they’re gonna spice it up a little, or make it more Rated R, or whatever they’re gonna do, but at the end of the day, if you don’t have a pulse on what wrestling fans want to see, it’s just not gonna be good.
“I was reading something the other day that still said the average age of the people that watch NXT are high 50-year-olds or 60-year-olds. That’s not exactly targeting the younger audience,” he said. “And again, I just go back to – what might have worked for the younger audience back in the late ’90s, early ’00s, early ’90s, just isn’t gonna be what’s popular nowadays. You need someone that understands what those age groups wanna see, and unfortunately, I just don’t think the people that are in charge there understand it.”