It’s a little bit longer. Wrestling is changing in a way that has not been seen in a very long time. With the rise of a variety of new wrestling promotions around the world, there are all kinds of places for talents to work. One of those is WWE and possibly their NXT developmental system, but what if someone wants out of there? Now it might not be as easy to get out.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, new NXT talents are now being offered five year contracts rather than the previous three year deals. These longer contracts are designed to help keep the newly signed talents from being able to move on to another promotion sooner. There is no word on any WWE attempts to extend current NXT or main roster talent deals.
There are a lot of famous talents to come out of NXT. Check out some of them reflecting on their time there:
Opinion: I can’t say I’m surprised by this as WWE seems to be rather nervous about the rise of new promotions. At the same time though, there is only so much room in NXT or on the main roster. How many wrestlers are signed to WWE but never get the chance to wrestle on television because there just isn’t enough time? Keeping talents around even longer might not be the best idea in the world, but I can understand why WWE would want to do it.
Does WWE have too much talent? Will longer contracts be a good idea for them? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the History Of In Your House.
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