WWE Plans Heavy Expansion Of NXT Brand For 2021

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Despite being locked down and losing the crowds that make NXT so special this year, NXT had a banner year. We saw our first ever double champion in Keith Lee, Johnny Gargano broke the scale for how many times a singles belt has been won with three wins of the NXT North American Champion, and NXT UK gave us the Match of the Year with WALTER vs. Ilja Dragunov.

They made some history this year, but they’re always just getting started. Triple H has plans to make 2021 possibly the biggest ever, at least in terms of the expansion of the NXT brand, as three new shows are planned.

Triple H Is Building Team For New NXT Show

While NXT UK & 205 Live are linked to NXT now, they also exist as their own brands. They can both be used to build up stars for NXT, like how Pete Dunne became a world title contender in NXT thanks to his excellence in NXT UK, but it’s not their sole purpose. However, Triple H wants to have a show where that is the purpose, to bring a true developmental product back to WWE.

Pitched as ‘NXT for NXT’, Triple H has built a team to make this a reality. This project will be headed up by Gabe Sapolsky, who has been given several writers and agents to get him more comfortable with writing for TV. Sapolsky was the booker for Evolve and also headed up Ring Of Honor for some of their best years. It wouldn’t be a stretch to call this project NXT: Evolve, and it’s goal is an early 2021 launch.

Two Regional Variants To Launch As Well

In addition to this ‘NXT for NXT’ project, we potentially have two NXT regional variants coming. We’ve already covered the NXT India plans, and that will be started in the WWE Performance center in early 2021, with a WWE India Performance Center set to open in 2022. That was big enough as is, but WWE is starting to chase another big market. They failed to get into Japan… but what about Mexico?

WWE has been discussing a potential NXT Mexico, though they mainly just want a lucha libre focused show. It would still air within the United States, and one of the names being considered is Chavo Guerrero Jr. This news was broken by WrestlingInc.com, who claim one of their sources compared the idea to the WCW ‘Festival de Lucha’ pilot from 1999. WWE has wanted to capture this market for a while, and could bring serious talent to a Lucha Libre focused show, having incredible names like Gran Metalik, Andrade and even Rey & Dominik Mysterio.

If they are able to pull off these NXT Variants, WWE could be in for a boost in business in 2021. Which of these ideas seems the best to you? Let us know what you think in the comment section down below.

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