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WWE is very aware that they have too many 40+ year old wrestlers on the main roster

On today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, there was a discussion about WWE looking to push younger talent. It was reported several weeks ago that the idea behind NXT 2.0 is to appeal to the younger demographic because the previous version of NXT skewed to the fans that are over 50 years old.

Dave Meltzer noted on WOR that WWE is well aware that the main roster has too many names over 40. Bobby Lashley, Goldberg, Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy, Brock Lesnar and several other top stars are well over 40 years old but over the last few weeks, it’s clear that there is a push in NXT to groom wrestlers for the future because Vince McMahon wants people who could potentially headline WrestleMania.

“They are very much aware and far more than just aware,” Meltzer said. “They are very much cognizant of the idea that they got a lot of 40 year olds on the main roster and that’s one of the reason why NXT has changed so much. They feel that they got to get some guys in their 20s and get them ready for the main roster. They are aware, it’s not like they are in denial…I think that they are blaming the old — whatever it is, the fact that NXT was loaded with guys in their 30s.”

As noted earlier, one of the reasons why Santos Escobar has not been called up to the main roster is because of his age, despite the fact that he is a great worker who can speak but English and Spanish, and WWE has been looking for their next big Hispanic superstar.

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