In 2008, the Florida-based wrestling promotion, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) became the official developmental territory for the WWE. Since then, several FCW alumni have gone on to join the WWE's main roster.
Former FCW members now in the WWE include: Alberto del Rio, Brodus Clay, AJ, Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston, Sheamus, and Ryback, among many others.
FCW's four-year tenure with the WWE has proven to be a successful one as the partnership has benefited both promotions, but it looks like this relationship is over—at least technically.
Already known for their NXT brand, the WWE has now merged NXT and FCW to create NXT Wrestling, as PW Torch notes. As of this month, all FCW events are to be billed as NXT Wrestling events.
The move comes on the heels of recent changes to the NXT brand, including the creation of a NXT Championship.
With many FCW superstars already part of NXT, the transition into the era of NXT Wrestling should be a smooth one.
Some of the most evident changes to help aid in the merger of these two properties includes the changes to FCW's website—the website's URL now links NXT Wrestling home page.
In the end the move may be a smart one.
The NXT brand was formerly nationally broadcast on the SyFy network (and continues to be broadcast on television abroad), as such NXT has international recognition.
Merging FCW with NXT into NXT Wrestling allows current developmental superstars such as Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose to receive more attention, which will aid their eventual transition onto the WWE's main roster.
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