During a recent appearance on the “Ringsiders Wrestling” podcast, former WWE Superstar AJ Francis (Hit Row’s Top Dolla) commented on the recent rebranding of WWE NXT, why he’s a big fan of the 2.0 version, and more. You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On being a fan of NXT 2.0: “I love NXT 2.0 because people think that because NXT the older version was very wrestle-centric, there’s more than enough other things that you can watch if that’s what you’re tuning in to watch. There’s more than enough of those, okay. They put on great matches, right? If that’s what you’re in it for then there’s more than enough of those. But NXT 2.0 is heavy character-centric. That’s the wrestling I grew up on, that I love. Some of the most ridiculous characters were our favorite characters, like The Godfather. To pretend that I don’t like that would be inauthentic.”
On understanding why some people aren’t fans: “Now, I can understand why someone who loved the old version of NXT for what it was, as in like the wrestling show, wouldn’t like NXT 2.0. Because that’s not what it is anymore. But if you don’t bite into an apple expecting to bit into an orange, you’re not surprised when it’s an apple.”
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