The head writer of WWE NXT has left the company.
Joe Belcastro has reportedly departed WWE, according to Wrestling Observer Radio. The news was first reported by Ringside News.
It was noted on the latest Observer Radio episode that like Renee Young, Belcastro also gave his notice to the company. He is reportedly gone from WWE already.
Belcastro was first hired as a writer in September 2013, to work on WWE TV and WWE Network programming. He was promoted to lead writer and a producer of WWE TV and Network programming in February 2016. He was then promoted to the role of Vice President of Television Creative in February 2019. Belcastro’s LinkedIn profile notes that the February 2019 promotion had him working as lead writer, showrunner, producer and talent development for WWE TV and WWE Network programming.
Triple H was asked about the NXT head writer position during Wednesday’s media call. He noted that a group committee heads up NXT creative, and that group includes himself, Shawn Michaels and “Road Dogg” Brian James.
“As far as the writing of NXT goes, we shift around a little bit,” Triple H said. “I won’t necessarily comment on people that aren’t necessarily talent for us, but we have a team that works with NXT that includes Shawn Michaels, Brian James and myself. So it’s a group and the ideas all go through that.”
There’s no word yet on if they are looking to fill Belcastro’s position, but the WWE Careers website does not currently have any listings for that job. They are hiring for writer’s assistants, writers and a lead SmackDown writer, but those job listings were posted more than a month ago.
Stay tuned for updates.