An Interesting Crossover...

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  1. THTRobtaylor

    THTRobtaylor Once & Future Wrestlezone Columnist

    Jun 2, 2006
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    I just saw that NXT is now going to be part of the Download Festival in the UK this June.

    Download is what used to be "Monsters Of Rock" and this year is headlined by Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath & Rammstein.

    This is a pretty interesting move for WWE and NXT as a brand, sending them over to work 3 days in the UK at basically a festival ground. Advertised are Balor, Nakamura and a few others as well, so it's not like they're skimping.

    Personally I think it's a great idea, and has seriously made me think about going - normally I'd not bother, even seeing Sabbath doesn't make me WANT to go, but NXT there puts it over the top for me and makes me seriously consider it.

    From a crossover perspective it seems a really good idea and a way to "break" NXT in the UK with more fans. Sure it is a little bit "carney" but that's probably part of the idea.

    What does everyone think of this?
  2. Y 2 Jake

    Y 2 Jake Slightly Autistic

    Dec 31, 1969
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    Interesting but I'm not sure I feel the need to go Download to miss bands to watch house shows in a tent.
  3. rbv13

    rbv13 Championship Contender

    Nov 9, 2013
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    This isn't the first time NXT will be working a music festival. Its actually a practice utilized fairly often on the Independent scene. Anyway, it is a clever strategic move on WWE's part. It brings focus towards the NXT Brand in a different atmosphere.

    In another cross over attempt, especially with the ESPN partnership, NXT should try to work an event alongside the X Games. Maybe go big time with it. Takeover: X Games.
  4. dsotm5150

    dsotm5150 Pre-Show Stalwart

    Apr 15, 2011
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    It's not a new concept, WCW did it back in the '90s at the Sturgis Bike Rally. It's a cool way to get NXT some exposure in Britain though, and there's usually enough bands at these Festivals you don't want to see that you'd have plenty of time to check out the NXT tent and still make it back in time for Iron Maiden.
  5. Uncle Sam

    Uncle Sam Rear Naked Bloke

    Aug 24, 1973
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    PROGRESS actually did a show at Download last year.

    I'm a big fan of wrestling in unusual settings. A tent in which nobody in the crowd is either a) sober or b) a wrestling fan is about as unusual as it gets. I can't wait to see the highlights.

    Disclaimer: I'm sure there'll be at least half a dozen wrestling fans there.
  6. TWJC: The Beginning

    TWJC: The Beginning Royal Rumble Winner

    Feb 9, 2008
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    It should be fun. I've been to wrestling shows at music festivals before and it's a blast. Especially if they are given space where they can brawl around the fest.

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