The night after WrestleMania is known for many things. It's known for its raucous crowds, its new champions and, in more recent years, the main roster debuts of stars from NXT.
Paige, Neville and The Lucha Dragons have all made their main roster debuts the night after the show of shows and have gone on to become stars on the main roster (well, for the most part).
With WrestleMania 32 looming and a whole host of talented, young stars chomping at the bit to get onto the main roster, here are the wrestlers that, in my opinion, are most likely to make their main roster debuts on the Raw after WrestleMania this year.
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Love him or hate, there's no denying that Baron Corbin has been a key player in NXT. The Lone Wolf has been the huge, crushing monster heel for a long time on NXT now and has had his fair share of great matches, against the likes of Apollo Crews and Samoa Joe.
However, it's clear that Baron isn't going to win the NXT title, so, is there really anything else for him to do down on NXT? If Baron Corbin made his Raw debut the night after WrestleMania, it could be the start of a huge push for him.
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He could go on an undefeated streak, tearing through everyone in his path until the right face can topple him. His NXT career has been lengthy and successful, but I think it's time for The Lone Wolf to move on to a new hunting ground.
EMMA AND DANA BROOKE
The queen bs (and I think you know what the b stands for) of NXT. Emma and Dana Brooke have been the annoying sorority girls of NXT; putting everyone down and thinking themselves to be the best.
They’ve been down in NXT for a while and teamed up in mid-2015. I know this is a short period of time, but the two women aren’t realistically going to be NXT Women’s Champion. With so many hot contenders for the gold in the NXT’s women’s division, Brooke and Emma are in danger of being overlooked if they stay in developmental much longer.
A debut on the night after WrestleMania – perhaps as Charlotte’s new henchwomen if she loses the belt at Mania – would be a great way to push these two ladies into the main roster fold and reintroduce the WWE universe to the character of Emma, who had a previous Raw run with her disastrous dancing gimmick.
After a great run in NXT, these two women should get the call-up to the main roster very soon, hopefully on April 4.
When a person or a team loses their titles on NXT, it’s only a matter of time before they make their main roster debut. With the exception of Blake and Murphy, who, in my opinion, still need time in NXT to work on their ring skills and support Alexa Bliss, every former team of NXT Tag Team Championships still wrestling for WWE are now on the main roster, except The Vaudevillians.
Incredibly popular due to their outlandish gimmick, The Vaudevillians haven’t been seen on NXT for some time, which could be an indicator that the WWE are planning to push them to the main roster.
A debut as the macho, old-fashioned strongmen that got them over in NXT as faces or, as has been teased on NXT, vicious new heel personas would be a great way to push two great athletes in Aiden English and Simon Gotch, who could follow the Lucha Dragon path of success in the WWE.maybe even splitting up later in the year as both of these men can hang as singles competitors.
They could even split from each other down the line, as both of these men can hang as singles competitors and have more individuality to explore than the Lucha Dragons.
FINN BALOR OR SAMI ZAYN
This scenario pivots on the result of NXT Takeover: Dallas. So far, the NXT title match for this event has not been decided; Samoa Joe and Sami Zayn have been repeated battling for the number one contendership to a series of no contests. The result of this bout depends on who should debut after Mania.
If Joe wins, then Sami (who would probably end up fighting Shinsuke Nakamura at Dallas instead) should make his main roster debut, perhaps entering a feud with long term rival Kevin Owens should Owens retain his Intercontinental Championship. This is based on the assumption that, if Joe and Finn should fight at Takeover, that Finn would retain – I don’t see a heel winning the NXT title at NXT’s version of WrestleMania.
However, if Sami fights Finn at Takeover, I think that the belt will change hands. A face vs face confrontation might not make sense on paper, but it could offer up some interesting dynamics. It makes sense for Sami to win; his story as the comeback kid whose reign was cut short and missed so much time through injury would resonate well with the crowd, who have fallen in love with Sami Zayn.
If Sami wins the belt at the expense of Balor, this could be the perfect opportunity to pull the trigger on a storyline the fans have been wanting for a while; Finn Balor, the demon. If the Takeover event takes place just before WrestleMania, then it seems likely that NXT will resume programming after WrestleMania to avoid getting lost in the shuffle.
If this is the case, then it would keep Balor off TV for a long enough time to make his Raw debut a huge surprise. Imagine, the night after Mania, maybe halfway through a match, the light go down and Balor’s music starts to play. Then, instead of his usual entrance, out comes Finn in full demon makeup. The loss of the belt has awakened Finn Balor’s dark side – he is no longer Finn, he is only the demon.
Demon Finn could run rampage on Raw and Smackdown, annihilating everyone in his path as the demon character takes more and more control of the man once known as Finn Balor. A great way to add another dimension to the Balor character, a great way to introduce a new top heel and a chance for a very interesting storyline that could propel Balor to the top of the WWE in a matter of months.
Depending on the outcome of Takeover: Dallas, one of these two men definitely needs to bring their talents to the main roster and inject a huge dose of excitement into Monday Night Raw.
For these stars, the time is right to make the jump to the main roster. With hugely successful NXT careers under their belts, let's hope and pray that the company continues their momentum if they do join the main roster on 4th April this year.
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