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“They feel that they got to get some guys in their 20s and get them ready for the main roster.”

Vince McMahon NXT relaunch

WWE boss Vince McMahon is said to be “very much aware” of the fact that there are a lot of 40-year-olds within the promotion.

Age has never really mattered to WWE and there are plenty of veterans who are involved in heavy action from time to time. But, according to Wrestling Observer Radio’s Dave Meltzer, it’s why NXT has changed as much as it has, with WWE now looking to appeal to the younger demographic by bringing younger talent in.

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In a discussion on WOR, Meltzer claimed WWE knows full well that there are too many stars who are over 40 – Goldberg, Bobby Lashley, Brock Lesnar, Jeff Hardy, and Randy Orton, just to name a few – and the plan is to groom wrestlers from NXT who could go on to headline WrestleMania.

“They are very much aware and far more than just aware,” Meltzer noted (H/T WrestlingNews.co) “They are very much cognizant of the idea that they got a lot of 40-year-olds on the main roster and that’s one of the reason why NXT has changed so much. They feel that they got to get some guys in their 20s and get them ready for the main roster. They are aware, it’s not like they are in denial…I think that they are blaming the old — whatever it is, the fact that NXT was loaded with guys in their 30s.”

An NXT Star May Have Fallen Victim

Santos Escobar

There has been speculation over Santos Escobar not getting called up to the main roster because of his age. The Mexican star is an excellent performer with great command of the English language yet he hasn’t been promoted despite reports claiming WWE is searching for their next big Hispanic star.

Santos is nearing 40 – he will be 38 in April – and that’s believed to be the only reason he hasn’t been called up to the main roster.

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