Congrats to our 2021 Gooker Winner: NXT 2.0!

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Out with the old (which was good), in with the new (not so much)!

All herald our 2021 Gooker Award winner, the transition from the black and gold heaven that was NXT to the multi-colored rainbow nightmare NXT 2.0.  There was a worthy crew of competitors, but in the end, Vince’s Frankenstein took the “prize”.

There is sooooo much to unpack with this one that we want to take a bit more time to get it together, so please join us in a week when the full induction hits.  Trust us, it will be worth the wait!

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19 Responses to "Congrats to our 2021 Gooker Winner: NXT 2.0!"
  1. Doomchicken says:

    NXT 2.0 winning is absolutely the correct choice. Don’t get me wrong, WWE firing a bunch of people during a pandemic is appalling, but let’s be real here, WWE weren’t using a lot of those people well and some of them at all.

    NXT 2.0 is supposed to building the stars of tomorrow, using a combination of their own unique look and the production of the main shows, a launching pad for what is essentially the future of the entire WWE. Instead they’ve created virtually no stars outside maybe bronn breakker, the ratings have declined even more AND somehow despite their younger stars, increased sex appeal and “trend” and “hip” new characters such as the skater girl Cora Jade, skew even older than they’ve ever done.

    If NXT 2.0 is supposed to be the future of WWE, then WWE’s future is looking pretty bleak.

  2. Mr-Forth says:

    A well earned one.

  3. jon tapper says:

    this will be a cool read. how vince can screw up somthing that was with out a doubt the best thing they had been putting out for years is just insane. basically all the work triple h did to make the fans happy has been dismantled completly and replaced with another crappy B show.

  4. Jerry says:

    I may be mistaken, but until the rebranding, shift in tone and mass releases, the consensus seemed to be, that NXT had already been on a noticable downward trend for a year or two. “Old” NXT had its glory days, but those included not that much the last stretch, and even less its first couple of seasons.
    Is it bad now? Sure. Is it worse than Kaval/Laycool though?

  5. Wesley Willis says:

    Pretty one-sided in the end, it had been really close at first between this and the mass firings but I think the right decision was reached. People often get their jobs back there relatively soon, but to basically destroy a whole brand – one that was considered by many to be the best and most diverse show not just from WWE but all of North American wrestling – is an absolute tragedy and a travesty.

  6. gerard says:

    just read on wrestling-inc that even wwe insiders are disapointed with the way nxt2.0 has been running on tv!! they were expecting it to be this big blockbuster of exciting new matches and superstars but instead the show is doing very poorly in the ratings and its not at all what wwe was hoping for!!

  7. ClawsomeMan says:

    And NXT 2.0 deserved to win. It made the infamous (and inducted) season two finale look like, well, anything better on NXT.

  8. Thomas Moffatt says:

    I fear NXT have already damaged their ace in the hole – YES, they had one and a big one – Walter being renamed Gunther… why…?

    • Bigbattle22 says:

      Because Vince has been openly showing off his fetish of punching the entire fanbase of the WWE in the dick by means of false hope and/or shit like this… Ever since 2010 at best.

      And has really gone crazy with it in the last 4 or so years.

  9. ThePWBPoster says:

    Somehow mass firings and NXT 2.0 are intertwined. Vince basically took whatever Trips built upon and did it dirty, all the cool guys from NXT Black and Gold dropping like flies then bringing in this new gross colored replacement. Bron Brekker can’t even save this ship, and don’t even get me started on GUNTHER or Sarray being turned into an anime japanese school girl.

  10. Christopher Haydu says:

    I assume there was a one percent margin of error….


    Dean Douglas should step in, declare the results null and void and be declared the winner of the Gooker, then defend it against NXT 2.0.

  11. Jon Milne says:

    It would be fascinating if, much like with comparisons in quality with what WWE and WCW were putting out on each RAW and Nitro as chronicled in the Death of WCW, we could see comparatively what Old NXT and AEW Dynamite were putting out each week. While NXT “1.0” (which is technically a lie, more like “4.0”, with the reality show being 1.0, the beginning of the developmental side and the NXT World Title being 2.0, the beginning of the Takeover events being 3.0, and then the move to the USA Network marking 4.0) obviously never had the quality lacking issues that the Nitro shows did, I would still be great to see what it was that comparatively would have made viewers more inclined to watch Dynamite based on the cards on each of the shows.

    And I hate to admit it, but I haven’t watched NXT since its last WarGames event. I just don’t feel the connection and passion for anyone in NXT anymore, beyond maybe whatever Kacy Catanzaro does. Gargano and the entirety of Undisputed Era are gone. Ciampa will almost certainly disappear with them. The WWE badly misused and then fired Keith Lee and Karrion Kross. William Regal is inexplicably no longer with the company. Couple this with the other mass releases the WWE did this year, and I now have very little interest in anything the WWE does this year, not even the Royal Rumble or Wrestlemania or any of the NXT PPV events which I would have normally been super hyped for, when I can just watch the consistent high quality that AEW Dynamite and Rampage and it associated PPVs are bringing us week after week.

  12. Slowly Goes The Last Vestiges of B&G NXT says:

    Among the many messed up things 2.0 has given, please make sure to mention how they have wasted one of their most talented women in Dakota Kai by turning her into a mockery of mental health instead of the one to take the title off Mandy.

  13. Michael Hunt says:

    I am never okay with people losing their jobs, but at the end of the day they hired way more people than they needed, realized AEW couldn’t have everybody and got rid of people they were never going to seriously push. In a way that would have been like the brass ring gooker, which I never re-read, so even though I voted for the movie tie-in, this was a worthy winner.

  14. Death to Neck Tats says:

    I have to say, after all these years, given how it’s impossible to honestly talk about the grim fate of Black & Gold NXT otherwise, it’ll be downright surreal seeing R.D. Reynolds be sympathetic to Triple H.

  15. Alex Henning says:

    Looks like NXT had…NO CHANCE (That’s what ya got!)

  16. MJames says:

    In my personal opinion, the golden age of NXT peaked at the first Brooklyn show and didn’t really recover after the Undisputed Era debuted. I know it’s weird to say that because I loved and still love the UE and there was still a lot of excellent wrestling going on. But the original point of NXT was to be a developmental, and it was so cool watching homegrown talent like Bayley, Enzo, Cass, et. al evolve over time with the addition of an established name here and there. Then it got pushed aside so it could be WWE presents ROH/PWG, which isn’t the worst thing, but when you are dually viewed as developmental and a third brand, it’s inconsistent with the original vision of what you had. And of course, we all know what happened to most of the call-ups to the main roster (booked into oblivion, misused, etc.).

    The talent in NXT 2.0 are in a super unenviable position where most of them are green as grass and not ready for TV, yet they’re being trotted out with these horrible characters putting on not-great matches over the course of a two hour show (although Bron Breakker is very good, weird name notwithstanding). It’s a damn shame to see it come to this. And I want to make it clear that it’s not the talent’s fault. It’s Vince and Bruce and all the minions trying to appeal to the young’ins, and it’s not working out.

  17. Doc 902714 says:

    Flying under the radar from the Inductions and (dis) honorable mentions include LAUGHING BAYLEY and SAD, BROKE CORBIN

    • Thomas Moffatt says:

      As did Shane vs Strowman… and the disappearance of Elias… and Twat McAfee: Obnoxious Commentator and All-round Dickhead…

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