By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
Mojo Rawley spoke with Brian Fritz of Sporting News about the evolution of the NXT brand. “The monster that NXT has grown into is nothing short of unbelievable,” Rawley said. “To having been there from very earlier stages from when FCW (Florida Championship Wrestling) progressed to NXT and starting out in essentially that little barn, the dingy gym if you want to call it, in Tampa to the Performance Center in Orlando and seeing the ride in-between, it’s been unreal but it’s well-deserved. It’s well-earned and it’s what the people want. So, it’s awesome that they’re going to be primetime on USA.”
Rawley spoke more about the brand moving to USA Network. “They are as unique as it comes and that’s why they’ve been upgraded to this platform,” said Rawley. “Then, NXT was essentially a stepping stone, an opportunity to showcase what you’ve got with the only goal to get to the main roster. Now, there’s guys on NXT that have no desire to move to Raw or Smackdown because a lot of people don’t consider moving to Raw or Smackdown a vertical move anymore. A lot of people now consider it a horizontal move.” Read the full interview at SportingNews.com.
Powell’s POV: NXT certainly has come a long way since the Florida Championship Wrestling days. Rawley also noted in the interview that he is still living in Orlando because he takes advantage of the WWE Performance Center on his off days. The company hasn’t done much with him on the main roster, so it’s hard not to wonder if he will be a candidate to be moved back to NXT at some point.
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