Back in 2011, I discovered someone was in YouTube land was awesome to post the broadcasts of Florida Championship Wrestling.
I remember several years before that that WWE developmental was run separately in the Ohio Valley and Deep South Wrestling territories, but it was hard to find clips of those shows except for when Sunshine Network (now Sun Sports).
Long story short, when I got back into wrestling after a four-year hiatus in 2005, I wanted to always get a feel of who could make it into WWE. Without any federations like WCW or ECW to watch, I tried to see what their developmental territories would come up with…not much.
Flash forward to FCW, something about watching these broadcasts were different because of some of the characters and good workers I started noticing. Wrestlers like Leo Kruger (looking caveman wearing lion skin), Ritchie Steamboat, Bo Rotundo, Paige, Summer Rae, Maxine (love me some Maxine, i miss her) Seth Rollins, Leakee (soon to be Roman Reigns), Dean Ambrose , Paige and a new character alongside Eli Cottonwood named Bray Wyatt.
This cast of characters got me so interested into this chaep tiny Florida promotion that used to run on cable in Tampa every weekend.
Thursday night with NXT arRIVAL was the official coming out party to the WWE Universe. For those of you that I have told time and time again on the Wrestling is Real podcast is arguably the best wrestling show on tv every week.
For my in-ring criticism of HHH, he in return gets my overwhelming praise for what he has been doing with the creation of the WWE Performance Center and NXT. Since the merging of the old NXT program and FCW in 2012, the program has been a show that HAVE NOT missed. I always found a way to watch this show. I feel a lot of pride and happiness that all of the guys and gals in this Florida-based promotion (my hometown promotion) are getting called up and are excelling in the main roster. The Shield, The Wyatt Family, Big E, Cesaro, Damien Sandow, Emma, Summer Rae will be WWE Superstars and Divas that I will always hope to stand behind.
I hope all of the new viewers of NXT thanks to WWE Network, will begin to open their eyes to looking to see the future of WWE excel on Raw and Smackdown and someday their WrestleMania moment, instead of calling back to the long gone Attitude Era.
As for the show on Thursday, I will comment on the podcast how much I love the special, and why I continue to tell all of you…WATCH NXT!!!-KOP