Quite a few things have changed in the last 6 months in WWE, and one of the smallest but most impactful changes was WWE’s acknowledgment that other wrestling companies exist. You used to never hear about anyone other than WWE on WWE TV, but nowadays commentary will mention people’s histories with other companies during their matches. Then WWE shocked everyone by teaming up with New Japan Pro-Wrestling with Karl Anderson, and now they’re taking it a step further by bringing NXT talent to work with select independent promotions, starting with Reality of Wrestling.
On Twitter Bryan Alvarez wrote, “NXT will enable talent to work with selected Indies in the future, which is quite a big deal.” News also reached today that Reality of Wrestling, which is owned by Booker T, will be one of the first examples of this. The company will work with NXT on crossover matches, and the first will feature Ivy Nile.
Nile will appear in Reality of Wrestling on February 11 at the World Gym Arena, and you can find the official Reality of Wrestling announcement below. No other gigs have been announced yet, but we’re sure many more will follow.
The official Reality of Wrestling Instagram account wrote, “Wrestling is taking roster to the NEXT level! We are proud to announce that Reality of Wrestling will be partnering with WWE/NXT to bring our fans incredible matchups they won’t find anywhere else. to see differently.
Don’t miss the chance to see the first female champion of NXT Superstar and NBC’s Titans Games, @ivynile_wwe, in action on Saturday, February 11 in Texas City at the World Gym Arena.”
WWE NXT working with ROW makes sense in the world. Not only does Booker T have a long-standing relationship with WWE, but he is also currently part of the weekly commentary team for NXT. NXT Women’s Champion Roxanne Perez also trained with Reality of Wrestling, and it showed, as Booker T got emotional when Perez won the NXT Women’s Championship.
It remains to be seen if this kind of crossover will happen with other companies outside of ROW, but this is a pretty big move and something that seemed like a pipe dream just a year ago.
What other crossovers would you like to see happen? Let us know in the comments or as always discuss all things wrestling with me on Twitter @MattAguilarCB!
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