Back in August, a pilot for something called “NXT Kids” was leaked, supposedly by a WWE production worker. The half-hour pilot featured NXT matches with children accompanying Corey Graves on commentary, kids interviewing NXT performers, and, of course, a whole lot of Bayley.
Now, according to this casting call published by Backstage.com, WWE appears to be moving forward with this kids-oriented program:
WWE NXT is casting a pilot for a new wrestling show aimed at kids.
REHEARSAL AND PRODUCTION DATES & LOCATIONS:
Production will be taking place monthly on Thursday nights at Full Sail University in Orlando, FL.
Males & Females, ages 7-14, All Ethnicities
Announcers & Interviewers: (Supporting) with high energy. Must be personable, lively, quick on their feet and a good talker. Kids should have an understanding/familiarity with WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment programming. Kids will be acting as announcers/backstage interviewers/presenters.
I guess WWE realized they could get the same amount of work out of multiple children as they could from one Devin Taylor. What’s next, two toddlers stacked in a business suit instead of Michael Cole? Actually… actually no, that would probably be great.
The casting notice expires November 8, 2015, so we’ve got a ways to go before we see half an hour of kids programming pop up on the network. If WWE can successfully and intelligently play to this segment of their audience, and give us a hybrid of everything we loved about Slam City, Saturday Morning Slam, and NXT, it’ll be a hit.