The former NXT North American Champion weighs in on NXT 2.0.
NXT underwent a complete overhaul this year and as quickly as acts like Hit Row, Leon Ruff, and Bronson Reed rose to stardom, they were released by WWE.
One of the last stars of the black and gold era of NXT, Bronson Reed has an interesting perspective on the NXT brand and the sudden changes that were made right as he was at a crossroads during his tenure with the brand.
Speaking in an interview with Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp, JONAH says that he has continued to watch the brand in an effort to support his fellow Australians such as Duke Hudson, Grayson Waller, and Indi Hartwell, but now when he looks at the brand, he just sees another entertainment show like Raw and SmackDown.
"I watch bits and pieces and try to support my friends like Duke Hudson, Indi Hartwell, Grayson (Waller), all the Australians, I support those guys. I still have other friends that I made that I watch, but I don't particularly enjoy it."
He added, "I understand what they're trying to do and the direction they are going in. The thing I like least about it is Hunter had such a vision for what NXT was and that whole vision is just gone now, especially after [NXT WarGames] and it seems to be -- I'm not there at the moment -- but it seems to be the end of black and gold. It's disheartening because the guys that were there for that era were trying to make it that third brand and make it different. When I was there and wrestling, I'm a huge pro wrestling fan, and I love WWE, but I saw Raw and SmackDown as the entertainment shows and NXT as the pro wrestling show. Now, it's just another entertainment show."
For JONAH, his time in NXT will always hearken back to his relationship with names like Shawn Michaels and Triple H. JONAH expands on his relationship with Shawn Michaels and the brief interactions he's had with Vince McMahon elsewhere in the interview with Fightful. You can read his comments here.