It’s no secret that the WWE have always liked superstars with a physical presence to be dominating the business. The looks, the charisma and the chiselled bodies is what the company believed a typical superstar should be like, someone built like an action figure.
The likes of John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Triple H, The Rock, Batista, Roman Reigns and even Vince McMahon himself have the muscular frames the company loves. But over the last few years or so it seems as if that criteria is beginning to change, and it’s about time the smaller, independent superstars took over the WWE by storm.
That is exactly what we are seeing right now. Even though the majority are competing in NXT at the moment, they are being trained to make a massive impact on the main roster when their times eventually comes. And in due time these former independent superstars will be at the top of the tree in the WWE.
Cast your minds back to 2012 when Kevin Nash was talking about Eddie Guerrero and Chris Benoit; in the interview he mentioned that ‘wrestling died’ when the two became WWE and World Heavyweight Champions respectively.
He couldn’t be more wrong in my eyes.
That opened the doors for the smaller superstars to step up, no longer was the norm to put the strap on someone physically impressive rather than technically gifted and the current crop of independent stars the WWE possesses will continue to prove just how wrong Kevin Nash was for saying that wrestling died, and the same superstars will change the minds of fans that believe they won’t make an impact.
Successful independent stars
We’ve already seen perhaps one of the greatest independent talents create a legacy in the WWE before quitting the company earlier this year. CM Punk was a massive talent in the independent circuit especially during his Ring of Honor days; given the chance he went on to become the longest reigning WWE Champion in the modern era and became a favourite amongst many fans.
Daniel Bryan who went by his real name Bryan Danielson and he competed in various independent promotions and grew a massive fan base, which we saw when the fans were excited that Bryan had signed and he headlines WrestleMania XXX when he captured the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Another independent superstar that has had great success in the WWE.
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Jon Moxley and Tyler Black are also two popular independent talents that achieved great success and popularity during their independent days winning many championships and who would’ve guessed that they would go on to form The Shield and now compete as Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins in what is possibly the feud of the summer. As well as the fact that Seth Rollins is almost guaranteed to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
It doesn’t end there either, the WWE has a brilliant diva in the form of Paige and at such a young age she will be destined to be very successful as well. They have possibly the best big man in the company right now, nobody would have thought an independent Brodie Lee would be a part of the most exciting team in recent years as Luke Harper in The Wyatt Family.
Time for change
This past week former Ring of Honor World Champion Kevin Steen finally signed with the WWE and he too will join an already impressive NXT division. In light of this announcement, his former partner and then bitter rival Sami Zayn tweeted about ‘his generation’ and how change is now occurring.
We already have Cesaro, Adrian Neville, Corey Graves, Solomon Crowe, Kalisto and Sami Zayn competing in an impressive NXT division, with the likes of Fergal Devitt, KENTA and Kevin Steen yet to compete.
These independent stars will take NXT and the main roster by storm, Sami Zayn is right; the time for change is now.
WWE fans – which former independent star are you most excited to see on the main roster? Let us know in the comments section below.
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