On the latest episode of “Oh…You Didn’t Know,” Road Dogg discussed a wide range of topics.
During it, the former WWE wrestler talked about the head-to-head war between WWE NXT and AEW Dynamite that started in 2019. Road Dogg noted that Vince McMahon used to view NXT as developmental, while Triple H thought it was the third brand.
“So this is up to me, this is a philosophical question [of whether NXT was a third brand or developmental in late 2019] and I can answer it anyway I want to but it doesn’t matter what I say. I always saw it as a… I don’t know that I looked at it as either to be quite honest with you but I’ll tell you who thought about [it], I felt like Hunter thought about it as a third brand and I think once we got that TV deal, that’s a legitimate argument, you know what I mean? This is a third revenue generator. So, is it a third brand? And so that’s definitely an argument to be made for that. I think Vince [McMahon] always saw it as developmental. Like oh, it’s small ball and look, I think to his dismay, he did that a little bit but I think there was some professional rivalry… because NXT was young and shiny and all the internet people were talking how great it was and so, I totally understand. For me, writing SmackDown, I used to get ticked off because they would bury my show and put over NXT and that was when it was the awesome black and gold and NXT was to be cherished at that time for a true wrestling fan and so, I don’t know. It’s a philosophical question and I think one guy’s philosophy was totally different than the other guy’s philosophy and for mine, I think it can be both. I think it can be developmental but it also can generate revenue and some of the… it made room for some of the people to come in like Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. Some of the people that are on top of the world now kind of came, filtered through that system, by design and hey, here’s how we do things. We do things a little differently here in WWE than you did at OVW, ROH, wherever you used to wrestle, you know? And so, I thought it was a bit of both. A little developmental and revenue generator so I don’t know. It’s up to you to see how you like it.”
H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription