NXT is moving to the USA Network in the coming weeks, getting a two-hour time slot from 8-10, notably going head-to-head with All Elite Wrestling.
The yellow and black brand is in an interesting position and will arguably be on a bigger platform than Raw and SmackDown.
Historically, NXT has been a developmental brand for the main roster with talent being “called up” after establishing themselves and getting accustomed to the WWE style.
However, with NXT really becoming a third brand, the question presents itself: What happens to the tradition of talent being called up?
One of the biggest stars in NXT that has reportedly been on the call-up list for months is Velveteen Dream. So should he be called up going into this new era of NXT? I think the long-term answer is yes, but as of right now, I don’t think he should go anywhere.
Quite frankly, NXT has a few main stars, Undisputed Era, Dream, and Riddle. I don’t think they can afford to lose one of those names. I don’t think he should be called up because of his character. Not that his character is bad, I think its one of WWE’s best, but how would main roster handle it? Dream is a very unique character with some undertones and envelope-pushing that I fear would be watered down on Raw or SmackDown.
There is also the overwhelming concern of somebody like Velveteen getting lost in the shuffle. In NXT he is North American Champion and is one of the most prominent stars in NXT. Since his breakout match against Aleister Black at War Games 2017, Dream has been a staple of NXT, and has a very good spot.
Before the NXT TV deal, I would’ve said he should be called up before the end of the year.
The reason for that, is he’s a good performer. He’s not going to get as much exposure on the Network. However, now that NXT will be on a prominent network and be on the forefront of the Wednesday Night Wars, he should absolutely stay. Down the line he should go to Raw or SmackDown.
As of right now, I don’t think there is anybody in NXT that could fill that void. He is perfect to be one of the faces of NXT on USA, and he is not needed on main roster as much as he’s needed where he is now.
Nobody really benefits from him leaving NXT and like Undisputed Era, Dream leaving would hurt NXT tremendously.
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