Although there had been speculation that just like last year, WWE would use NXT stars, that’s not happening. Instead, WWE will be building on storylines heading into the TakeOver special on December 6th.
It should be noted that WWE did have colors of Raw, NXT, and SmackDown featured as part of the Survivor Series logo shown during an advertisement on the Hell in a Cell broadcast. There was also Survivor Series promotional material featuring NXT on WWE’s website and social media accounts, but that has since been removed.
Last year’s involvement of NXT talent in the build-up to this show did increase TV ratings for Raw, NXT, and SmackDown.
Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that there are two reasons as to why Vince McMahon decided to not use NXT stars at the show.
The first being McMahon wanting to keep brands separate as possible as a way to prevent more COVID-19 outbreaks. The second reason comes down to the mentality to not portray NXT as a major brand that is on the same level as the red and blue brands.
If you recall, this was also the same reason why no NXT stars were part of this year’s Draft.