NXT’s big 200

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December 18, 2013

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a part of NXT’s seasonal format, but in June 2012, I was equally lucky to be part of the show’s new look. Gone were the special challenges, the eliminations and the competition between a select few men and women. Now we had a show that would consist solely of Developmental System talent in their own environment. I was extremely proud to call the finals of the first NXT Championship tournament which saw Seth Rollins become the inaugural NXT Champion.

“I remember the chip on my shoulder. Feeling every day like I had something to prove to someone,” said Shield member Rollins. “Whether it be my peers in NXT, the NXT trainers, the WWE Superstars, or the WWE brass; I remember pushing myself in that vein to be better than I was the day before.”

One of NXT’s most popular champions and current Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston reminisced on the special environment of the NXT Arena.

“The fans in attendance comprise one of the most unique crowds you'll find for aWWE show. Their vocal support was a big reason I made it to the main roster,” Langston said.

As an in-ring competitor, commentator and ring announcer for the show, I’ve enjoyed the unpredictable environment of NXT. I’m equally confident that today’s stars like Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville, The Ascension, Paige, Bo Dallas and others will all spearhead a charge of household recognition like those before them. The coolest part? We get to watch it all happen one week at a time.

“I think NXT has been a great tool,” NXT announcer William Regal told WWE.com. “During the early seasons of the show, there was good and bad but sometimes you watched it just to see the bad stuff. Some of it was downright diabolical rubbish. But some people excelled in that environment and became valuable members of the WWE roster. Now, it’s just a spectacular show.”

Happy 200, NXT!

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