I've seen some speculation online that the eliminations are hapening fast because WWE wants to get another "season" of NXT in before it gets taken off the air (which is itself speculation, right?).
As far as people showing up on RAW or SD! -- I'd put it off until the current "season" of NXT is over, myself. It'd be weird for Barrett to be languishing on SyFy while the eliminated Danielson holds gold on RAW.
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A lot of what John O. said I do agree with. Sheffield seemed better when he starting becoming more of a badass then fully playing into the "yep yep yep, what to do" / cornfed-meathead persona.
It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that Wade Barrett acts like he has this in the bag because I think he does too. After all, what is the point of winning the open-mic skills competition and having your own entrance music if you really don't have a chance of being in the WWE? I thought a few weeks in Barrett was the favorite overall and right now, I honestly don't see anyone (including Otunga) knocking him down from NXT.
I can see other people re-appearing in the WWE but not with expected shelf-life that Wade Barrett potentially has. Other people can come as extras in a stable but stuff like that doesn't normally last a long time.
I honestly do not know how much longer NXT will be running or at least for this season. NXT should be getting a few more views now with the eliminations and curiousity to see who makes or what will happen.
NXT getting taken off the air isn't speculation - they don't have a home once SmackDown starts on SyFy. Vince has said they may get on a different network or make it internet exclusive, but they haven't actually announced anything and ratings have not been good.
Meltzer reported the three eliminations this week were because they were trying to shorten it by a couple weeks to make two seasons fit (and get the new one started ASAP; there does seem some admission that this season has been a failure.)
Well, Smackdown starts on Syfy 10/1. Assuming they run every Tuesday up until then, there are...let's see...*20* episodes left. Assuming they want to have equal arc lengths, you'd have to wrap up this series in four. Originally they wanted a 17-week season, yes? So they'd really only have to shave off one week to get it to 16,16. Given all the filler we've had thus far, it shouldn't be too difficult. :)
Originally posted by me, last week (The W)Clearly, booking the Tarver/Bryan match last night means it's all but guaranteed that one of them is gone next week, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's Bryan after all.
I just wanted to see that again. Credibility, thy name is CRZ™.
I completely disagree. When Steph walked down the ramp and past Vince to join Paul and Shane, the place went bonkers. The eventual development of the story may have not been stellar, but the defection of the Million-Dollar Princess was the kicker.