From the NXT thread…
"I think I'm giving up on NXT except for the live specials. The weekly show just is not doing it for me. I'd heard so much overwhelming praise for it that I started watching it a few months ago. However, I've been pretty underwhelmed and it seems like even the reviews of every episode I've watched have said something like "This show felt…..uneven." [Tommy Hall] or "Kind of a terrible show this week, really not up to the standards we’re used to." [Scott Keith]. Even in several months of watching, I'm yet to observe those standards.
I'm wondering, do people find NXT legitimately good on an absolute scale, or is it just that it's better than the current WWE product? How does it compare to TNA (I haven't bothered watching that in years)?
I don't know about TNA, but it's certainly valid to say that NXT can be very up and down due to being a developmental system. There's been lots of times my interest has ebbed and waned, like the "ANGRY ALEX RILEY SMASH GRRRR" storyline that was such a spectacular flop or the endless Baron Corbin v. Bull Dempsey feud. I think they really felt like the Riley deal was going to carry them for a while. Is it ALWAYS the best show on TV? No. But it's very consistent typically and even when it's bad it's only 45 minutes of your time and generally doesn't sink to the levels of RAW.