Tuesday night’s episode of NXT was the brand’s relaunch, with it now being referred to as NXT 2.0. Separate from the new graphics, the most significant change is that Vince McMahon, Bruce Prichard, and Kevin Dunn are now in charge of the bigger picture and promptly introduced six new wrestlers. Amongst them were three second-generation wrestlers who would all have varying degrees of accomplishment upon their NXT television debuts.
The first to appear was the son of Rick Steiner, Bronson Rechsteiner, who made an immediate impact. Going under the ring name of Bron Breakker, he would wrestle LA Knight in a competitive match and somewhat surprisingly got the victory. At the conclusion of the show, he would congratulate new NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa backstage, which led to a staredown between the pair, seemingly setting up a future match. Rechsteiner, or Breakker as we now need to get used to calling him, has been signed with WWE since February and was formally a football player with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent fullback.
Next to appear was the son of Bull Buchanan, Ben, who is utilizing a cowboy gimmick under the name Brooks Jensen. The 20-year-old would team with Josh Briggs losing to Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner of Imperium in just under four minutes. While it was too early to judge his ring ability, he showed charisma in a pre-taped promo and has only been training at the Performace Center for a short time, having just signed last month. He has though been wrestling since 2019 and previously teamed with his father on the indies.
Finally, Cal Bloom would debut under the name of Von Wagner. The 6’5 son of Wayne Bloom, best known as Beau of the Beverly Brothers, would replace Kylie O’Reilly in the four-way match for the vacant NXT Championship. Von Wagner had been a regular competitor on NXT house shows, losing almost 30 matches in a row since signing. He has though wrestled dark matches in recent months before SmackDown losing to Sheamus and defeating Austin Theory.
The belief is WWE wants NXT to create wrestlers who can move the needle when called up to the main roster. Therefore, recruitment and pushes are believed to be based around size and youth, which the trio have on their side. While Breakker was the only one of the trio to win their match and now looks set for a big push, both Jensen and Von Wagner did also do well in their first NXT television outing and should be considered regulars from now on.
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