There are plans in place to utilize WWE’s developmental brand NXT along with WWN Live, EVOLVE’s parent company, but talks between both sides are progressing slowly, according to Daily Wrestling News.
Last month, WWE Executive Vice President Paul “Triple H” Levesque addressed the rumors of WWN Live being in talks with WWE. Prior to Levesque’s comments, there was a bevy of rumors connecting both companies, suggesting that WWE and WWN Live could have a working relationship in place. Levesque said on a conference call prior to NXT TakeOver: Respect that WWN could become a “feeder system” for WWE (via Cageside Seats).
“As far as EVOLVE and Gabe as kind of a feeder system, yeah. I look at all of that as feeder system. I love what Gabe does. I love what EVOLVE does. I think that they are one of the sounder promotions as far as how they handle their talent, as far as how they tell their stories, and as far as how they handle their in-ring product.”
WWN quickly capitalized on Levesque’s comments, issuing a statement from the company.
“First, everyone in the WWN Family wants to thank Triple H for his comments. We are humbled and appreciative. This support is unprecedented. We are proud to be part of the independent undercurrent and will enthusiastically continue to promote and present today’s new stars.”
Going back to Daily Wrestling News‘ report, there are currently big plans in place for NXT. According to the report, if “Triple and others had their way,” NXT would a full-time touring brand by the end of 2017. But at this current time, despite NXT’s success, it would take tremendous progression for the brand to profitable enough to be touring full-time.
That’s where WWN comes in.
— Wrestling-News.Net (@WN_Net) October 15, 2015
To make the transition to a full-time touring brand, WWN would assist the company by giving wrestlers another place to wrestle. If the WWE does not feel that certain wrestlers are ready to go on the road with NXT, they can wrestle with WWN to get more seasoned and prepared for the rigors of being on the road full-time. Under this system, WWE would help to cover the costs of sending their talent to wrestle for WWN.
In recent months, both WWE and WWN Live have featured performers from each other’s company.
The WWE has already sent one of their contracted performers to appear for WWN. Shortly after Levesque’s aforementioned comments, it was announced that oft-injured former NXT champion Sami Zayn would appear at both EVOLVE 49 and EVOLVE 50 on Oct. 17-18. The wrestler formerly known as “El Generico” did appear at both shows, sharing the ring with EVOLVE mainstays such as Ethan Page, Johnny Gargano, and more.
— Gabe Sapolsky (@BookItGabe) October 19, 2015
Speaking of Gargano, he’s made several appearances on NXT alongside his tag team partner Tommaso Ciampa. In addition to tagging at NXT, Gargano and Ciampa have competed in singles match. Both men have been mainstays for WWN Live.
If these plans come to fruition, WWN would become a “WWE territory in Florida,” as Daily News Wrestling writes. The less experienced wrestlers under contract to WWE would slowly work to improve so they can contribute to WWE in due times. That matches Levesque’s conference call comments from last month.
“If I had somebody that I didn’t have room here for at the PC or I wanted to give them some further training out there before I had a space for them here, would I send them to Gabe? Absolutely.”
Talks between both sides are still ongoing and “everything is moving slowly.”
[Image by Mark Suleymanov]