NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin recently appeared on the Gorilla Position podcast in the UK. The NXT UK based performer became the NXT Cruiserweight Champion at the Worlds Collide event back in January of this year. Devlin defeated Angel Garza, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, and Travis Banks to win the Championship and become the first Irish born Cruiserweight Champion of the modern era.
During the interview, Devlin was asked how the NXT UK locker room feels about the brand as a whole. It is fair to say that NXT UK brand has become somewhat of an afterthought over the past year. WWE has been focusing on building the ‘full fat’ version of NXT in the United States, due to the ongoing competition of the AEW brand.
NXT UK itself was seemingly created to combat the return of WoS/World of Sport on UK channel ITV. At the time, the creation of a new brand on a major network such as ITV was huge news in the United Kingdom. WWE took extreme notice and began to hire as much talent as possible. Some of the names from WoS (such as Piper Niven and Dave Mastiff) would join NXT UK shortly after the first ‘season’ of the WoS reboot started.
Despite this, Devlin feels that the NXT UK locker room is still extremely positive and looking to build as much as possible. “I think the locker room is still as excited as we’ve ever been you know” Devlin began. When we started this whole thing, they [WWE management] told us that we were on the ground floor of something that was going to get bigger. And it’s hard to kind of picture in your head what that means, at the time. But if you had to sit there, what was it? A year and a half ago? 18 months ago? And tell us that we’d be on BT Sport and Paramount? On terrestrial television? It’s just It’s unbelievable.”