There’s no denying that the current crop of talent in NXT is the best we have seen since the developmental branch was launched back in 2012.
We’ve now moved on from the likes of Wade Barrett, Daniel Bryan, Skip Sheffield and David Otunga to the likes of Adrian Neville, KENTA and other massive international stars.
Right now NXT possesses some of the greatest wrestlers on the planet, training every day at the WWE Performance Center and honing their skills so they’re ready to dominate inside the NXT ring and make a massive impact for whenever they make the jump to the main roster.
We have seen a number of impressive main roster careers as superstars made the jump from NXT; such as Wade Barrett becoming a four time Intercontinental Champion and finding great success under his ‘Bad News’ gimmick, Daniel Bryan went from a promising talent, to a laughing stock, to becoming the number one man in the company when he became WWE World Heavyweight Champion at WrestleMania XXX.
We certainly won’t be forgetting the past, present and future success of two of the greatest teams in recent years which were both formed and groomed in NXT; The Shield and The Wyatt Family.
We’ve also seen some major failures from NXT to the main roster, Adam Rose being quite possibly the stand-out name from all of the NXT graduates.
Now our attention turns to the current crop of NXT talent, and whether they can be successful when they make the jump to Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown; the five talents I have picked out are the ones I believe us fans should be excited about the most.
Notable omissions include Sami Zayn, who I believe will remain on NXT for a while longer, as well as Japanese sensation KENTA who will need to stay on NXT to get familiar with the WWE style of wrestling, which he will eventually do successfully. Solomon Crowe is another popular choice amongst NXT fans who will eventually make a big name for himself.
Let’s get the most obvious out of the way, and it’s obvious because Adrian Neville is just that good and there’s a reason he is the current NXT Champion, whether he retains it at Takeover II is a different story altogether.
Adrian Neville has it all going for him right now, he has a massive fan base so a crowd reaction wouldn’t be the worry, he has an incredible move-set which leaves fans shocked, he can talk, he has the charisma and he has the look of somebody you’d pay to come and watch, all eyes will be on Adrian Neville when he eventually makes his main roster debut.
Kevin Steen is yet to make his NXT debut yet after being the latest big name to finally sign for the WWE it shows the dedication and passion the company has for moving the direction of the company to the future, where actual wrestlers like Kevin Steen will thrive, no gimmicks involved. Like most independent stars, Steen also has a huge fan base and following that will follow him all the way to the top, his move-set is great but he will have to tone it down a little and keep the manoeuvres the WWE allow.
He is brilliant on the microphone too, whether he needs to be the best face around or a heel you just want to hit, Steen always does the job and it’ll be interesting to see how he is used on NXT before an inevitable main roster jump.
- KENTA signs for the WWE
- Prince Devitt signs for WWE
- Kevin Steen finally signs with the WWE
The diva the fans are desperate to see on the main roster. She has enjoyed fantastic success on NXT, building her character as one you wouldn’t want to cross and she has it all going for her. She has a perfect diva look, she can handle the pressure of being a champion, she is brilliant inside the ring and just as good on the microphone. The fact that she also carries the Flair name will be a big bonus for her on the main roster.
NXT has a long history of having impressive divas, AJ Lee, Kaitlyn and Paige are just some of the divas to come through the NXT ranks; expect Charlotte to be the next big diva in the WWE.
Another massive new addition to the NXT ranks is someone you should be excited by. Fergal Devitt was long rumoured to be joining the WWE and in May that rumour proved to be a fact. He too is yet to compete on NXT but he is seen as one of the brighter wrestlers that will thrive in any promotion. He’s a proven leader with the success he saw with the Bullet Club in NJPW. Although he’s smaller to most superstars, he has the build and the look of a good wrestler.
His thick Irish accent is probably the only question mark on how much microphone time he gets, but it won’t be a big worry as he thrives in every other area. It’s rumoured that he will be going by his real name ‘Fergal’ in the WWE; and the fans will be in for a much bigger treat if he does continue his use of face and body paint.
Kalisto is probably the favourite to move from NXT to the main roster, especially since the release of Alberto Del Rio and the odd situation with Rey Mysterio. Kalisto does have age on his side and at only 27 years old he still has the best years ahead of him as one of the greatest high-fliers out there in any wrestling promotion.
The good thing about Kalisto is that he looks very impressive for a lucha-libre style of performer, he is very energetic in every single match, he can actually speak English to he should be fine when it comes to talking on the microphone, his masks look very impressive and the fans are behind him in every single match.
The main roster needs a new high-flier as Evan Bourne is not around anymore and it looks as if Mysterio’s WWE career is winding down, you can bet Kalisto will be the next big high-flier in the company.
NXT fans – which main roster do you think fans will be most excited by? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.