On today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, there was a discussion about WWE seeking to nudge young talent. It was reported several weeks ago that the idea behind NXT 2.0 is to appeal to younger people, as the previous version of NXT was biased towards fans over 50.
Dave Meltzer noted on WOR that WWE is well aware that the main roster has too many names over 40. Bobby Lashley, Goldberg, Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy, Brock Lesnar and several other big stars are well over 40 but Over the past few weeks, it’s clear there’s a push in NXT to prepare wrestlers for the future because Vince McMahon wants people who could potentially make headlines at WrestleMania.
“They are very aware and much more than just aware,” Meltzer said. “They’re very much aware of the idea that they’re a lot 40 on the main roster and that’s one of the reasons NXT has changed so much. They think they must have guys in their twenties and get them ready for the main roster. They’re aware it’s not like they’re in denial… I think they’re blaming the old folks – whatever it is, the fact that NXT was full of guys in their thirties .
As previously stated, one of the reasons Santos Escobar was not called to the main roster is his age, despite being a great worker who only speaks English and Spanish, and WWE searched for their next big Hispanic superstar.
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