In a move that was rumored for quite some time, the WWE recently announced that SmackDown will air live on Tuesday nights, starting July 19, on USA Network. As part of the move, a brand split — in which SmackDown and RAW will have their own unique rosters — will shake up the WWE product.
The interesting X-Factor will be how WWE’s developmental brand, NXT, will be involved in beefing up the rosters. With some young performers and established veterans holding down the ship at Full Sail University, those talents figure to play a role in filling out both of WWE’s major brands.
— Channel Guide (@ChannelGuide) June 2, 2016
One-half of the NXT Tag Team champions, Jason Jordan, recently spoke with Scott Fishman of Channel Guide Magazine to promote NXT Takeover: The End. At the show, Jordan, along with his American Alpha partner Chad Gable, will defend their gold against The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder).
However, the duo and the rest of NXT is not looking past the realistic chance that NXT will be heavily relied upon in the near future.
“There is going to be a need for more and more talent… I think NXT can definitely carry the burden of producing top tier talent. I think because how hot a brand NXT is, we’ve proven that we can take that workload and show everyone that we have some of the greatest superstars in the world. I think the brand split will be good for everyone as a whole. I think more NXT guys will get opportunities on Raw and SmackDown.”
More closely related to Jordan, he and Gable has ascended the NXT ranks to become arguably the most popular tag team in the brand. With a mixture of technical wrestling, backgrounds in amateur wrestling, and light-hearted sincerity that the fans love, American Alpha have captured an audience that remains loyal to them.
Their style has been compared to The World’s Greatest Tag Team, Shelton Benjamin, and Charlie Haas, two veterans who were just as heavily praised for their athletic talents a decade earlier. In fact, Benjamin and Haas’ former leader from Team Angle, Kurt Angle, has praised Jordan and Gable for their talents.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) May 19, 2016
In a recent interview with The World According to Wrestling, Angle discussed potentially returning to WWE and re-forming a modern-day Team Angle with American Alpha.
“I’m 47 years-old. And that’s why those guys would be perfect as my team, like a Team Angle, because they could do the wrestling for me until the big one comes. So it would be kind of cool to have that. I’m not going to say those guys are going to be my guys, but they’re almost ready to come up – if not they are ready. I’ve watched them wrestle and they’re really good. It would be really cool to have a new Team Angle.”
There has been a lot of speculation about the future of NXT. That speculation escalated when Triple H, known by many as the key brain behind the operations of NXT, sent out a tweet recently in which he questioned NXT’s future.
While the endorsements of wrestling legends and the future of NXT have American Alpha and several other performers questioning the future, Jordan believes that he and his partner are putting tag team wrestling “on the map.”
“We are all extremely driven. We love sports entertainment. I just don’t believe there is so much added pressure. I understand there are these expectations, but we 100 percent believe that we can definitely steal the show at TakeOver,” Jordan said. “That is our goal. Our goal is to steal the show at TakeOver: The End and continue to put the tag team division on the map and NXT. Of course, we want to push the talent on Raw and SmackDown and show them what NXT can do. That competitive nature that we all have is definitely going to be good for the brands. I think it’s going to take everything to a whole new level.”
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