The Redemption theme for NXT season 5 was not the original theme the company was going to go with. WWE cameras filmed interviews with a number of developmental talents over the last several weeks for introductory packages, but the decision was made to hold off with that and go with the Redemption theme. The feeling internally was that Season 5 was going to be overlooked due to the debut of Tough Enough. Since Tough Enough is the higher priority, they did not want to compete with themselves as they looked to build new personalities.

The original names for season 5 could be used for season 6, but that could change as they move forward with planning.