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15 hours ago, Brian Fowler said:

But, as smart as he is, I just can't imagine WCW/Bischoff giving a random midcard guy that kind of a role (although Vince apparently did even before H started dating his daughter).

In defense there, WCW did let Disco Inferno join the writing team. 

However, also in defense, Disco Inferno had some insane ideas and good, bad, or otherwise you could see Disco Inferno was a creative guy. By contrast, NXT is an amazing show, but NXT kind of lost the creative spark it had when Dusty Rhodes died (and there's reason to believe Dusty was behind all of the "characters" in NXT...with the all HHH era seeming to be "hire another indy darling and that'll let us coast for a taping spree or two."

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I think the biggest thing hurting NXT is that they've stopped calling up the main event acts as often.

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1 hour ago, Brian Fowler said:

I think the biggest thing hurting NXT is that they've stopped calling up the main event acts as often.

Then, you've got the issue of how poorly they're utilized when they do get called up.

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3 minutes ago, Nice Guy Eddie said:

Then, you've got the issue of how poorly they're utilized when they do get called up.

Well, yeah, but that doesn't hurt NXT.

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7 minutes ago, Brian Fowler said:

Well, yeah, but that doesn't hurt NXT.

I'd be begging to not leave NXT if I worked for WWE.

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15 minutes ago, Brian Fowler said:

Well, yeah, but that doesn't hurt NXT.

That's the whole problem, though.

Call a performer up too early, and it's guaranteeing they'll flail- a lot of the least popular NXT callups seem to have the same point of "they were called up too soon and couldn't get a crowd reaction."

Call them up too late, and you'll get their whole story arc written in one place and there'll be nowhere new to go with them (Bayley's a good example- they just told so much of the Bayley character and explored the room so much it became impossible to do anything with her on the main roster that wouldn't be a retread, and guaranteed she'd flail.)

And it's very rare they found the EXACT sweet spot of times to call someone up where there was a case of "leave them wanting more". Really, Enzo and Cass might be one of the only examples of the right time- they explored the room with them and told most of the story- but the fans still had that nagging "we want to see them finally WIN THE BIG ONE" so that there was a place to go with them.

(Actually, say what you will about Enzo, but WWE always had the right sense of the moment with him: Call up Enzo and Cass right before they won the big one in NXT so that fans would have something to hope for. When the Hardyz came back and slammed their window shut, break them up just as the fans would be devastated, but it would still mean something. And then finally, turn Enzo heel the second that it became clear the fans were getting sick of him.) 

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Yep, should have done the same with Ember Moon, rather than just giving her the title after Asuka was done with it.

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Jinder is a good solid hand that shouldn’t be a main eventer but could work your midcard for years.  He is a housecard hero where he’s not going to blow out your main event, going to get some cheap heat and do some fun gaga.  While his offense is the definition of pedestrian, he can have a role.

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