It appears as though even more changes have been made backstage to WWE’s NXT 2.0.
According to a report via Mike Johnson and PWInsider, there have been changes made to the NXT creative team. Johnny Russo, who is head of the NXT 2.0 creative team, will now report directly to Bruce Prichard and Christine Lubrano. The change now makes the structure for NXT consistent with how creative teams work for both RAW and SmackDown.
The report added that previously, when NXT was under the leadership of Triple H, the creative team would be “autonomous in nature, operating as a separate bubble within the company.” While WWE has noticeably making changes to remove Triple H’s thumbprint from the NXT brand, Dewey Foley, who is the son of Mick Foley, and Anthony Golden Jr. are still part of the NXT creative team.
In addition to their new roles with NXT 2.0, Christine Lubrano currently serves as the VP of Creative Operations, while Bruce Prichard remains the Executive Director of both RAW and SmackDown.
Johnny Russo was hired by WWE back in October of 2011. He eventually would be assigned to work on both the RAW and SmackDown creative teams from 2015 to 2018. It was in August of 2018 that Russo would be promoted to Senior Creative Writer and Producer. Since August of 2019, Russo has been working as part of the NXT creative team, but he was promoted to Lead Writer for the brand in July of 2020.
WWE had previously issued a statement to Fightful on January 5th, 2022 following the release of many key figures backstage in NXT, like William Regal, Road Dogg Brian James, Ryan Katz, Dave Kapoor, Samoa Joe, and others, which read:
“With the continued evolution of NXT 2.0, we’ve decided to part ways with some of the staff based in our Performance Center. We thank them for their many contributions throughout the years and wish them the best.”
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