Fans that attended the weekend NXT live events got a treat. As previously noted here on the site, Tyler Breeze made a surprise appearance at the show in Jacksonville, Florida. He defeated Marcel Barthel.
The Revival returned for matches against The Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly Roderick Strong) at the show in Oklahoma City on Thursday night. They wrestled against The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake) in Dallas on Friday night and they wrestled again against The Undisputed Era at the show in San Antonio, TX on Saturday night.
A couple of readers asked us why main roster stars were back in NXT. There’s really no story here. Basically, creative didn’t have anything for them on the European tour so this was just a chance to get them some work and something extra for the fans. As noted earlier, the main roster is bloated and they can’t get everyone on every show every week. It’s harder to get everyone on pay-per-views since they have gone back to the dual-branded format.
WWE is going to do whatever possible, via multi-person matches and other ways, to get as many names included on pay-per-views but the fact is that they have over 110 wrestlers on the main roster so you can’t book everyone on every show. The Elias segment at the Backlash pay-per-view was a perfect example of a segment scripted just to get some names on the show so they can get a pay-per-view payday.