One of the biggest aspects about NXT these days is the SAnitY group that appears on the show. At least one member of the team appears on NXT just about every single week, and they appear together quite often as well. Apparently the faction is not exactly a new idea, and it’s been floating around creative meetings for several years now. That is what former NXT superstar Marcus Louis claims in a new interview on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show. In addition to the SAnitY group first being envisioned many years ago, Louis also has revealed what some of the original plans were for the group when it first first devised.
Louis stated that the faction was originally set to contain himself, Sawyer Fulton, and Sami Callihan (the former Solomon Crowe in NXT). Triple H himself apparently informed Louis that they would be moving ahead with the idea, and also told him that they would each be “punk-looking people.” The story wasn’t set to move forward for several months however, and eventually it was considered “a long shot” by Louis. It fell apart completely when Callihan left NXT, and the concept was scrapped until the group finally formed in 2016, with Fulton still being in the group, and even he was exiled from SAnitY after getting injured. Louis said, “they were talking about bringing in somebody new to be the leader of this faction.” and that the stoyline has was on hold until then.
The SAnitY concept was obviously used eventually, with the current incarnation consisting of Nikki Cross, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain, and with Eric Young serving as the group’s leader. Louis appeared on NXT from 2013-2016, and was mainly used as an ‘evil Frenchman’ character after aligning himself with Sylvester Lefort. After Lefort lost a hair vs. hair match to Enzo Amore at NXT Takeover: Fatal 4-Way in 2014, he fled and left Louis to be shaved bald instead. This led to Louis turning on Lefort eventually, but he was barely used after that. He was released from NXT back in 2016, and joined TNA that same year with the Lefort, who had also been released on the same day. As Baron Dax and Basile Baraka, the two Frenchman formed an alliance with Al Snow to create a stable known as The Tribunal. Both of them departed TNA Wrestling late last year.
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