WWE Reportedly Aware Of Overabundance Of 40+ Year Olds On The Main Roster
Part of the reason for changes to NXT...
WWE is reportedly very aware that they are reliant on too many wrestlers over the age of 40 on the main roster.
WWE's failure to build more than a couple of new stars in the past 15 to 20 years have left the company reliant on ever-ageing individuals on the main roster. The likes of Brock Lesnar, Randy Orton, Bobby Lashley and Jeff Hardy are just a couple of names that, while are reliable main-eventers, have been in that bracket in WWE since the early-to-mid 2000s.
The relaunch of NXT 2.0 comes from a Vince McMahon edict to find superstars who can potentially headline WrestleMania in the future and, according to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE believes they need to get guys in their 20s prepared for the main roster.
Meltzer said: "They are very much aware and far more than just aware. They are very much cognizant of the idea that they got a lot of 40 year olds on the main roster and that’s one of the reason why NXT has changed so much. They feel that they got to get some guys in their 20s and get them ready for the main roster.
"They are aware, it’s not like they are in denial…I think that they are blaming the old — whatever it is, the fact that NXT was loaded with guys in their 30s."