Daniel Bryan believes NXT is the third brand, but that leaves more questions than answers.
Since NXT moved to USA Network in September 2019, many have believed that NXT is the third brand of WWE. Adam Cole recently sparked the conversation again with a tweet saying NXT is the main roster.
Speaking to Lucha Libre Online, Daniel Bryan agreed with the sentiment but had a follow-up question.
"I definitely don't think NXT is considered a developmental territory anymore, which leaves the question; do we have a developmental territory? We need one to develop talent. If NXT is not our development, which it isn't, those guys are awesome. I do consider NXT a third brand. That begs the question, where are we going to develop our talent if it's not NXT? The other interesting thing is you can have a great career and never come to the main roster. If you're Johnny Gargano or Tommaso Ciampa and you want to stay in NXT and be Mr. NXT, you can do that. The benefits of coming to the main roster are exposure worldwide, you get paid better. So, there are positives, but one of the cool things about NXT is, it's different from Raw and SmackDown. That's why they have their own unique fanbase. Sometimes the NXT fans may not be a fan of Raw or SmackDown. That diversity adds a lot to the WWE brand," said Bryan.
NXT was not part of the WWE Draft in October 2020 and thus far, no NXT talents have been announced for the upcoming WWE Royal Rumble.
Bryan is part of the Men's Royal Rumble match, which takes place on Sunday, January 31. You can find the updated list of participants in the match by clicking here.
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