WWE Hall of Famer Sean Waltman has criticised the NXT 2.0 creative process, questioning the wisdom of putting “sixty-plus-year-old guys” in charge of the show.
NXT 2.0 debuted on September 14th, with the goal of shaking up the current show and returning it to its roots as a developmental brand. The show now has a new logo, theme song, and a slew of new Superstars in the ring.
It was also revealed that the revamped show would be produced by WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and Executive Director Bruce Prichard.
However, since its relaunch, the show has received mixed reactions from fans as it attempts to appeal to a younger audience. Despite this push, the show recently drew a television audience that had a median age of 62.
Sean Waltman was outspoken in his criticism of the show’s creative team on the most recent episode of his Pro Wrestling 4 Life podcast. The former WWE European Champion who has worked at the WWE Performance Center questioned the wisdom of having over-60s produce the show:
“Who’s in charge of the creative direction of NXT? You can’t have 60+year-old people in charge of the creative direction of a show that’s geared towards young people. Maybe oversee it but you got to let young, fresh blood make those decisions.”
“We got to be self-aware enough to know that we don’t – and I’m including me too as a 50-year-old man – we don’t f**king know what they (young people) want. We might think we do or we might think we know what’s best for them, but we don’t f*cking know. We need to f*cking listen to people that do.”
Sean Waltman did not hold back in his assessment of some of the show’s action. In response to a recent segment starring Joe Gacy, Waltman called it “some of the worst sh*t I’ve ever seen on a wrestling TV show.”
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