NXT Becomes The Third Brand
Ever since WWE NXT ditched the reality show format and entered into its current phase, it received rave reviews for its presentation, story-telling and in the actual wrestling. In order to counter AEW, WWE landed themselves a TV deal for NXT beginning September, and so far, NXT has delivered on all fronts.
NXT was given a chance to be the part of Survivor Series this year, and the ‘developmental’ brand won the battle of the shows.
NXT’s expansion to two hours and a TV deal has been extremely enjoyable in these last few months, and the introduction of talents like Keith Lee and Rhea Ripley has definitely put NXT at par with the main roster.
The Fiend Wins Universal Title
Bray Wyatt has always been labeled as the next big thing in WWE, ever since he appeared onto the scene in 2013 with his Wyatt Family. He finally reached the top in 2017, winning the WWE Championship by pinning John Cena and AJ Styles, but had an underwhelming run which culminated in a disastrous match against Randy Orton at WrestleMania 33.
Wyatt went into obscurity soon after, and WWE dropped the ball with the Eater of Worlds once again. However, post-WrestleMania this year, Wyatt returned with a completely new gimmick, which immediately became one of the hottest things in professional wrestling.
The Fiend persona has become a terrifying image, similar to The Undertaker all those years ago. However, the Fiend character is just a few months old while the Undertaker managed to be at the top for over two decades in the company. It will be interesting to see how the Fiend continues his menacing run heading into 2020.