Despite losing to Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver: In Your House, Velveteen Dream will continue to compete under the NXT banner, according to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (m / s Ian Carey of SEScoops).
By failing on Sunday, Dream can no longer fight for the NXT championship as long as Cole holds the title belt. This left some fans wondering if the result presaged the transition from Velveteen Dream to Raw or SmackDown.
With the transition from NXT to USA Network, wrestlers do not leave Full Sail University as often as in previous years, but moving to Raw or SmackDown is always a step up. Matt Riddle is the most recent NXT star to change brands.
Even though he will be excluded from the future of the NXT championship at the moment, many fans will say that Velveteen Dream is better where it is.
No voice is stronger than Vince McMahon’s, and anyone can guess how the WWE president would handle a character as different as Velveteen Dream.
WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon said in August 2016 that “when it makes sense… we will absolutely integrate LGBT stories into our programming. “
Promotion has had little to show in this regard since then.
During Lana and Bobby Lashley’s wedding ceremony, Liv Morgan spoiled the opportunity by referring to her feelings for Lana. Rather than using it as a springboard to compelling homosexual dynamics on Raw, WWE treated the revelation as slideshow, with Morgan and Lana immediately fighting in the ring.
Vices Rob Rousseau raised the question in November 2017 whether Velveteen Dream would be able to maintain the type of nuance it displayed when it appeared in NXT.
Maybe her arrival on Raw or SmackDown heralds the start of a new era for WWE, but the company does not deserve the benefit of the doubt based on its history.