NXT lives. I would say it thrives even. Since I’m not sure what percentage of TJRwrestling’s readership lives in the United States (which is where I happen to live) I’ll explain the situation as I know it. The new season/format of NXT premiered this week as promised and just like last season it continues to air in international markets. Unlike last season, the WWE is no longer broadcasting the show from WWE.com, which means for NXT fans living in the US the only way you’ll be able to watch it is through Florida’s Bright House Sports Network (assuming the show replaces FCW TV’s old timeslot) or via the internet. At the moment the WWE is fighting to take down uploads of the show on youtube, which is both infuriating for us and futile for them. Because it was annoying as hell to find a full video of the show I’ve embedded the clip at the bottom of this review and will continue to do so until the WWE either provides American audiences with access to the show or stops blocking the uploads. I have no idea how long it will stay up.

But enough about that. This week’s show was a fresh start for a show that already had potential. Did they succeed in creating an engaging wrestling program? In a word, yes.

NXT Opening:

First of all, NXT’s new theme is Coheed and Cambria’s “Welcome Home”. I’ll give you a moment let that sink in. Feel free to do some research. Okay, you back? Yeah, that’s an awesome song, isn’t it? BAD ASS.

NXT’s new home at Full Sail University also looks nice and hits the right spot between intimate and packed with people. It’s definitely an upgrade over FCW’s old facility. Like the main WWE shows it has a ramp and a big screen but they’re not nearly on the same scale. I dig it. JR comes out to start the show and introduces the new general manager of NXT, Dusty Rhodes. The American Dream hypes up the show as only he can and all the zaniness that could happen. JR segues to a video about Bo Dallas.

Meet Bo Dallas: