NXT is the breeding ground for the new generation of WWE Superstars and Divas. Sami Zayn is the latest to make the call-up to the main roster with his surprise appearances on this week’s edition of Raw and Smackdown.
Zayn is a veteran of 12 years and, after making a brief appearance on the main roster in 2015, is only just finally getting what looks like an extended call-up to the big time.
He is, though, arguably one of the best in the world today, so let’s take a look at five Superstars who aren’t even close to that calibre and unfortunately probably never will graduate from the NXT academy.
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Dillinger began his WWE journey all the way back in 2006, where he worked the developmental territories. After a brief stint in ECW, before being released and then re-signed in 2013. He has shown that, in the ring, he can work anybody and make a babyface look strong.
In August of last year, he debuted his ‘Perfect 10’ gimmick which has gone over surprisingly well with the NXT universe. At this time, Dillinger is getting the best crowd reaction he has ever received in his entire career.
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Throughout his independent career, Dillinger has won many championships, but with no mid-card championship on offer in NXT it’s hard to argue that he is good enough for a shot at the NXT title.
At the age of 35, and floating around the bottom of the card in NXT, it’s sad to say that Dillinger will never join the main roster. His gimmick works for NXT, but it would be impossible to translate it successfully to the main roster.
Blake & Murphy
Working as jobbers throughout 2014 in NXT, Blake and Murphy were then put together as a tag team where they found immediate success winning the NXT Tag Team Championships in early 2015.
Their underdog persona didn’t really get over with the fans, resulting in NXT creative turning them heel, pairing them with Alexa Bliss and giving them a more goofy persona.
They demonstrate good in-ring tag team psychology, however, there overall characters and mic work isn’t up to WWE standard and doesn’t look like it’ll improve anytime soon.
They are a good tag team, but not even close to the calibre required in WWE current landscape that is being dominated by The New Day.
This is a guy that people may feel for. Angelo Dawkins has been a part of NXT for a while now but hasn’t been able to burst onto TV as much as he would have liked.
He has worked some okay matches, and tried to be different with his gimmicks. His latest one of the ‘Lebron James/Basketballer’ is okay in theory, but seems to be not as well received by NXT management.
He definitely would benefit from some exposure via Breaking Ground if they do a second season.
He is a jobber at the moment, and he probably should be grateful for that. For his sake, let’s hope he can get a television rivalry, but really there’s no doubt we will never see Dawkins on the main roster.
After a successful NFL career, Sabbatelli was signed to NXT back in 2014 where he began his first form of any wrestling training.
Signed on potential and the look alone, Sabbatelli was given some major exospore through the WWE Network series Breaking Ground. Viewers watched Tino recover from injury and then get his opportunity to wrestle Apollo Crews at a Live Event.
What did he show us…That he can’t wrestle!
He’s a long term project for NXT, and he’s only 32, but with WWE stance on concussions tightening even more firmly, it’ll be hard to see Sabbatelli make it to the main roster, considering the amount of time he still needs training.
Do you think any of these guys can make it on the main roster? Let us know in the comments section.