WWE's main roster is as different from NXT as everyone says it is.
No Way Jose recently joined the Wrestling Perspective Podcast and openly discussed his time in WWE and compared and contrasted NXT with Raw and SmackDown. According to the now IMPACT star, NXT was more akin to high school, while the main roster was more businesslike. Here are his full remarks:
"Yeah man, 100%. NXT was basically, I say, like a high school. You went in there every day, you saw the same people every day, you got to talk with the coaches. Then with that, Triple H is there every week and so are the writers, and we get to talk to them and they'll tell you what they want. It's legit, as much as high school. They had the cliques and all that BS and the good and the bad that come along with it, but then you get to Raw and SmackDown and it’s a different beast. A lot of every man for himself type of thing and everybody wants a certain amount of spots. Everybody's still cool but it's more business up there. I think that was the change that I really wasn't ready for and I didn't expect, because I was like, ‘oh okay, it's kind of going to be like NXT.’ Oh hell no. They told you in NXT like, ‘get ready for it.’ Bloom, A-Train, Tensai, whatever you want to call him, he was like, ‘this is the purest place you'll see in the system.’ I just thought he was kind of BSing with me and he was right."
No Way Jose was signed by WWE in 2015. He made his NXT debut a year later and remained on the black and gold brand until 2018 when he appeared on Raw the day after WrestleMania 34. Jose was released by the company in April 2020 as a result of budget cuts brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
After 15 months away, No Way, as he's called now, reemerged at IMPACT Slammiversary 2021 as the surprise partner of Fallah Bahh.
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