In the past year, WWE. through its developmental brand NXT. has successfully stacked its roster with veteran indy wrestlers.
Guys like AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and Eric Young have all made the jump and signed with the WWE.
Contract value can sometimes be an issue. however, as WWE don’t want to be paying top dollar for a guy to be on the NXT brand. But, nevertheless, here’s a look at five superstars WWE should splash the cash at and bring onto the roster.
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Kazuchika Okada (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
This is a man who has arguably the best finisher in the business today and who has been on the cusp of signing with the WWE before. At SummerSlam last year, Okada was given a ‘tour’ by the WWE of the event and speculation since has been that he could make the jump.
Reports have also come out that Okada has rejected a five-year deal with New Japan. This could mean WWE have a real shot at signing him.
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Okada has worked with western promotions before. In 2010, he had a brief run with TNA and since then has been regular on ROH pay-per-view. There is a strong enough following of Japanese wrestling in the US and with Nakamura joining NXT more recently, the switch may very well be on.
WWE would have to offer a fairly sizeable contract to get Okada over the line and may have to grant him automatic main roster status. But it would be worth it in the long run, because Okada can put on great matches with just about anyone and could rekindle his feuds with the likes of AJ Styles and Samoa Joe.
Jay Lethal (Ring of Honor)
The current ROH Heavyweight champion is a veteran of the business at just 31 years of age. With 15 years of experience on the circuit, Lethal would be an excellent signing by the WWE.
After morphing his character from a comedic babyface into a realistic narcissistic heel in ROH, Jay Lethal has become one of the best wrestlers in the world. Rumors emerged that Lethal could one of the participant in the upcoming NXT Cruiserweight tournament, but obviously that won’t come to fruition.
Lethal would be the perfect superstar to begin a rebuild of sorts for NXT and WWE should do their utmost to sign the charismatic superstar.
ROH have begun an angle where Adam Cole has joined the infamous Bullet Club, and he could be very well end up being the man to end Lethal’s reign as champion. After that, who knows where Lethal may end up.
The Wolves (TNA)
It’s debatable whether WWE’s current tag team status is a good or a worrying point for the company. Nevertheless, there’s nothing wrong with adding another top two guys to the cattle.
Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards are an accomplished tag team. As former two-time ROH tag team champions and former five-time TNA tag team champions, there isn’t a lot left for the two to achieve out there.
Richards and Edwards dominated not just ROH when they were there as a tag team, but the singles ranks as well. Both men are former Heavyweight champions and excellent singles workers.
ROH in on the verge of a takeover of TNA, and if this happens both men could be working for ROH again. Now there isn’t any ill feelings between the two parties, but the Wolves left because they wanted to go on to something better.
WWE actually trailed the tag team before at NXT, but after failing to offer them a contract, the Wolves moved onto TNA and has dominated their tag team scene ever since. Fans of NXT and WWE are ready for the Wolves now and WWE should have another crack at getting them to bolster their tag team division further.
Nick Aldis (Global Force Wrestling)
Like Lethal, Nick Aldis (formerly known as Magnus in his time in TNA) is the current heavyweight champion of a promotion. Unlike Lethal, though, WWE could probably get away with signing him before he drops the belt.
Aldis burst on the scene in 2008 and was a big part of TNA up until 2015. He won the world championship at one point, and even has singles victories over the likes of Sting and AJ Styles.
At only the age of 29, Aldis could be a great signing for WWE and particularly NXT. Also with him being in a relationship with former WWE Diva, Mickie James, there could be a possibility of her following suit and could help re-bolster that division with a match or two.
It’s a potential two for one deal that WWE can’t afford to look past, and many Brits would be extremely happy to see the arrival of one of their brightest stars.
Who would you like to see WWE poach from other companies? Let us know in the comments sections.