WWE NXT may have started as a development brand for the company, a kind of feeding system, allowing talents to express their skills before moving on to RAW and SmackDown. However, coupled with the abundance of new talent and engaging storylines, NXT has become more than just a stepping stone for the main roster in recent times. This is best exemplified by NXT’s PPV events – TakeOvers – which now give WWE Main List PPVs a run for their money.
While NXT provided a few main superstars to RAW and SmackDown, it was the Tag Team division that put NXT on the map with likes of DIY (Jonny Gargano and Tomasso Ciampa), The Revival, Undisputed Era, The Ascension, The The authors of Pain have set up instant classic matches on the TakeOver brand and PPVs.
And in the lineage, following the great legacy of the NXT tag division, the young duo of Wes Lee and Nash Carter Aka MSK. Since their debut on NXT TV in January of this year, the duo have yet to lose a team match and have won the prestigious NXT Tag titles in a very short period of time. They beat the team of James Drake & Zack Gibson and Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza to win the TakeOver: Stand & Deliver title in April.
So what is it that makes this young dup climb to the top of one of the toughest divisions in the business in such a short time?
“MSK brings energy and enthusiasm to the tag division, I think they feel fresh and new. They get the crowd moving, ”Paul Michael Levesque aka Triple H, executive vice president of Global Talent Strategy & Development for WWE and Founder and Executive Producer of NXT told News18.com.
Levesque echoes the sentiments of many NXT fans who have seen the tag titles lose some shine since The Undisputed Era dropped the titles in 2019. Since then, a few strong teams have been in the mix, namely Imperium , Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne’s team, Breezango, but had lacked freshness after the departures of War Raiders, Authors of Pain, Sanity.
MSK is now in a rivalry with another exciting young duo from Legado Del Fantasma – Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza – both of whom are similar in style to MSK and the chemistry between the teams is something that brings out the best of both.
“I think they have the energy and excitement that was needed, I’m happy and excited for them and another thing is every little opportunity we gave them they took it out of the park and when someone ‘one does that and brings that motivation and ethical work, I’m happy to stand up for them and help them achieve the success they are looking for, ”adds Levesque.
Even though it is still early days for MSK in the company their work is being noticed and he was asked if he sees any nuances of some former WWE team duo in MSK, Levesque praised the duo. .
“In terms of comparison, I guess you can compare them to other teams like the Rock and Roll express because they’re this pure babyface tag team, the midnight rockers,” he said before adding that finding their own identity is the key to success for them.
“But me, everyone wants people to compare themselves to others, but I don’t like to do that. While there might be some sort of grouping they could fit into, I want them to be the first MSK, I want them to do something original. One of the conversations I have with the talent as they walk through the door is – be you, bring yourself to the table and don’t try to emulate something you’ve seen in the past, don’t try to be what you’re not, You know all artists, I did it Shawn did it, Hogan did it, Austin, Rock; you try to bring something from someone, bits and pieces that you take from people along the way, and then you hopefully turn them into yours and make them yours and become the first you, and that’s what MSK does, ”explained Levesque.
At NXT TakeOver: In Your House on June 14 (4:30 am IST), MSK and Bronson Reed will face Legado del Fantasma in a Winner take All-match contest. The Sony Sports Network owns the broadcast rights for NXT TakeOver: In Your House in India. The NXT Takeover: In Your House can be streamed live on WWE Network and the SonyLIV app.
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