The Grizzled Younger Veterans are the newest WWE NXT Superstars to bear obvious identify adjustments.
WWE is now referring to James Drake and Zack Gibson by solely their final names – Drake and Gibson. They’re additionally teasing a NXT 2.0 departure for the previous NXT UK Tag Workforce Champions.
Final night time’s NXT 2.0 episode noticed Drake and Gibson confront NXT Tag Workforce Champions Fairly Lethal in hopes of securing a title shot. They had been rapidly interrupted by Legado del Fantasma’s Cruz Del Toro and Joaquin Wilde, which led to a brawl whereas Fairly Lethal appeared on. Later within the present, Wilde and Toro defeated Drake and Gibson in tag crew motion.
It must be famous that WWE is referring to The Grizzled Younger Veterans as “James Drake and Zack Gibson” and “Drake and Gibson” in recaps and movies associated to final night time’s NXT 2.0 episode, nevertheless it seems like the primary names have been dropped altogether.
As seen within the post-show video beneath, McKenzie Mitchell spoke with a disenchanted GYV after the present ended. She requested about their frustration.
“I feel we’re a bit previous frustration now,” Gibson stated. “Actually, I’m embarrassed. How lengthy have we been saying ‘quickly’ now? We left our household and buddies throughout a pandemic, to maneuver the world over to develop into champions, and to be the crew that we knew we might be. Effectively, you simply watched, it’s not precisely going to plan is it? So, I’m sorry… I’m completed, I’m completed. I’m going residence.”
Gibson then walked off as Mitchell turned to Drake for feedback.
“You received’t be seeing Drake and Gibson round right here anymore,” Drake stated as he walked off, leaving his scarf with Mitchell.
Moreover, Drake took to Twitter and Instagram and posted a photograph of his empty locker. He captioned the picture with, “Thanks @WWE”
Drake and Gibson haven’t supplied any extra feedback as of this writing, and it stays to be seen if they’re headed again to NXT UK, or in the event that they’re due for some type of re-packaging in NXT 2.0. They haven’t modified their names on social media.
Drake started working with WWE in 2017, and Gibson began in 2018. The Grizzled Younger Veterans grew to become the inaugural NXT UK Tag Workforce Champions in 2019, and held the straps for 230 acknowledged days. They later labored the 2020 NXT Dusty Rhodes Tag Workforce Traditional however misplaced within the finals to The BroserWeights. Drake and Gibson have been working the primary NXT model since February 2020.
Keep tuned for extra on what WWE has deliberate for Drake and Gibson. You may see associated clips and Drake’s tweet beneath:
— James Drake (@JamesDrake_GYT) April 20, 2022
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