Tonight served as the launch of NXT 2.0, which gave the former black and gold brand a bright and colorful redesign and the set itself a much bigger feel. There was also a focus on new stars right from the get-go with the debut of Rick Steiner (now Bron Breakker), who managed to defeat LA Knight in his first match. This is all a big shift from the previous look of NXT, and it didn't take long for reactions to come flying in from fans, and reactions are quite divided, with some loving the new look and others proclaiming NXT is dead. That last one is a pretty big stretch, but you can check out some of the reactions starting on the next slide.
As for me, you can check out my first impressions of the new NXT below, but essentially the new look and pop of color really works for me. There's an open feel to the CWC that was not there before, and it all feels less claustrophobic in there. Likewise, I really dig the logos being so prominent and acting as focal points that tie into the theme and color scheme of the stars in the ring.
Gotta say, the #WWENXT 2.0 looks is pretty slick. I dig it! Love how colorful it is, though not making any kind of judgement on the launch overall until the show's actually finished pic.twitter.com/K0TjHhBw7E— KnightofOA (@MattAguilarCB) September 15, 2021
They default to the swath of colors during matches, but when someone comes out to their theme the colors tie into it, like when they went bright white for Imperium's entrance.
As for the show as a whole, we'll have to wait and see how it all plays out before I give a final review, but it's off to a good start in my book.
Hit the next slide to see what others are saying, and let us know what you think in the comments or by talking all things NXT with me on Twitter @MattAguilarCB!
#WWENXT has been a breath of fresh air so far.
I’m genuinely enjoying my time as a wrestling fan so much across the board right now.— The God of Wrestling (@GodofWrestling) September 15, 2021
WTF? NXTs new set is the ugliest thing I have ever seen. It looks like someone ate an entire box of crayons then threw up🤢 #WWENXT— I Love Baby Girl Liv Morgan (@ILuvLivMorgan) September 15, 2021
Not really liking the mini-Raw entrance.— Werewolfery Joe (@wallacegreenway) September 15, 2021
Why does WWE have to be so cookie-cutter.#WWENXT
Part of me likes the new polished, bright and open NXT 2.0
but another part of me misses the underground, dark, and intimate old NXT.September 15, 2021
Ran Its Course
Dark NXT was awesome but ran its course, this new look rules #WWENXT— Saif (@SaifQuadri) September 15, 2021
Getting Used To
The new NXT set looks pretty damn nice. Giving me old school impact vibes. It’ll take some getting used to though I won’t lie. #WWENXT— Cameron 🇾🇪 (@AllElitePunk) September 15, 2021
NXT looks beautiful, I cannot lie. Looks 1000x better than what we’ve had the last year #WWENXT— WOLFE3Y ™ (@OfficialWOLFE3Y) September 15, 2021
So Much Better
The visual of NXT is already so much better but NO REX STEINER? We riot— Nick Piccone (@piccone_) September 15, 2021
I'm Getting a CWC/2013 NXT Revamp Vibe, And I Fucking Love It.
This Looks Badass.#WWENXT— Frankie (@FrankieCascio) September 15, 2021
Black & Gold
This look is nice, but I do miss the old NXT colors. #WWENXT— Chelle (@xChelleJay) September 15, 2021
Million Times Better
This is a million times better. #NXT— #LostFiles (@Jmbmj) September 15, 2021
Aesthetically, NXT 2.0 so far looks like early 90s WWF Superstars— buff (@buffmarte) September 15, 2021