WWE NXT is continuing to take the professional wrestling business by storm with their excellent in-ring shows and beautifully written storylines. The rivalry between Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville was written to perfection. Each match tied into the next one with superb precision. Of course, it takes two to tango and both men worked the crowd with jaw-dropping spots and emotional acts of courage.
There are moving pieces to make WWE NXT a brand that travels year-round. In big news involving new venues, an earlier report on the Inquisitr is reporting that NXT may be using the old ECW Arena in Philadelphia for a future show. It just goes to show that WWE NXT is the place to be in professional wrestling.
As for the most recent news involving WWE’s developmental system, the WWE is all about the benjamins. Money is a big deal in pro wrestling, as it helps companies remain stable. Merchandise is very important to the WWE. One of the reasons why John Cena is so successful is due to his merchandise sales. According to Wrestling Inc., few NXT superstars are starting to impress WWE officials with their merchandise success.
“We’ve noted how WWE NXT Champion Kevin Owens has impressed company officials with strong merchandise sales already. Finn Balor is also doing big merchandise numbers apparently. Expect to see more items for each Superstar to be released soon.”
Normally, John Cena, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns dominated the high-ranks of WWE’s merchandise list. Around this time last year, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter came out with the top-list of WWE merchandising giants looked like this:
- John Cena
- CM Punk
- Daniel Bryan
- The Wyatts
- The Shield
- Hulk Hogan
There isn’t an updated list right now, but Bryan, Dean Ambrose, and Cena are in the top 5. As for the rest of the list, it wouldn’t surprise the casual WWE fan if Balor and Owens were in the top 10. The WWE doesn’t sell their stuff at live events, but a ton of fans are seen with their shirts. Sooner or later, both men will have more than five shirts.
At last count, Balor has two t-shirts, while Kevin Owens only has his patented, “KO” t-shirt. Other men in NXT like Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville continue to do well with the WWE fans. That is something that must impress Vince McMahon. Upon arrival to the WWE main roster, their merchandise-selling ability needs to be key. While McMahon is no stranger to booking, he also likes his WWE superstars to sell too.
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