The WWE Universe are gearing up for the impending draft which will see the brand split return, with unique rosters in place for both Monday Night Raw and Tuesday Night SmackDown.
There have been quite a few releases in the WWE and in a conference call before NXT TakeOver: The End, Triple H revealed the NXT will be ransacked for talent. This means more talent will be moving on to NXT television while the big stars of the brand could be set to join the main roster to make the numbers and balance out the rosters.
It's a great opportunity for most of the NXT stars; they’ll be given a platform to showcase their skills on the biggest stage in the sports entertainment world, here are five I believe will move on to the main roster and could be huge assets to the company.
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This one is obvious, as it’s only a matter of time until Finn Balor makes his way to the main roster. Now, it looks likelier than ever considering he dropped the NXT Championship to Samoa Joe and lost in his rematch at TakeOver: The End.
There’s no denying that Balor can be a massive star on the main roster, especially when it looks as if he’ll be entering any feud The Club are involved in so he’ll be in his element amongst good friends. That means he should transition into the main roster quite quickly especially since he has a massive following.
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I’ll be surprised if he isn’t included in the draft as I feel he’s achieved everything he can, and it’s the perfect time to pull off this enormous ‘surprise’ that will get the fans pumped up. The likelihood is AJ Styles and The Club will end up on SmackDown, and Balor is somebody who can draw attention to the brand.
Shinsuke Nakamura should also be included in the draft, and if he is, then it’ll be the quickest any NXT star has moved on to the main roster, but he’s backed it up since the day he arrived.
Every single one of his matches been of the highest quality, and Nakamura is a character that doesn’t need the NXT Championship right now as it wouldn’t change his status there. He’s always going to be the most popular and charismatic man around, while that championship can assist others trying to break through to dethrone Samoa Joe.
With so much quality on the main roster, it’s only a matter of time before the WWE decide they need the King of Strong Style to captivate the main roster audience, and there’s no better time than the draft. Again, it’s a surprise, and he’d be a tremendous asset to any show.
This one is a little tricky, though, as Nakamura can be catapulted as one of SmackDown’s biggest stars, while his talents could be utilised a lot better on Raw. This is certainly one to keep an eye on, and Triple H will do everything in his power to ensure he’s placed on the best possible show.
American Alpha are pretty much a lock when it comes to joining the main roster, the clearest indication of that came at TakeOver when they were dethroned by The Revival. The only question mark I have surrounding their inclusion in the draft is that they’re entitled to a rematch, while they’ll also want to face off against the Authors of Pain.
Those matches – along with clashes against Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano – are TakeOver standard, but with the draft approaching, we may see those matches on regular NXT episodes. Jason Jordan and Chad Gable are immensely popular, and the WWE will miss out big time if they don't include them in the draft.
We need solid tag teams on the main roster and NXT has done a good job of creating them, Enzo Amore and Big Cass are doing brilliantly so now the focus will be on Gable and Jordan. Their potential is endless; they can take over the tag team division within a year because of how much fans are drawn to them.
At the minute it’s difficult to determine which show would benefit the most from their arrivals, it all depends on where the other tag teams end up. If they’re able to be on the opposing brand and sit at the top, then it not only gives them valuable experience but they can become instant stars.
Bayley is a tricky one because she deserved to be on the main roster a long time ago. However, she has unfinished business on NXT while she’s also needed there so other women can break through.
If she leaves now, I believe the women’s division could fall flat very quickly, that’s how much of an impact she has and will continue to have. On the other hand, you can’t continue to waste valuable time and make her suffer when she should be doing big things on the main roster.
I’m on the edge with Bayley right now; I believe she should be in the draft and thrown into big storylines right away, but I think the WWE will keep hold of her in NXT for a little while longer and around SummerSlam, we should expect to see her move up.
The interesting thing about Bayley is that she’s incredibly popular, and she makes children want to tune in, so it seems like if the WWE want more eyes on SmackDown, Tuesday nights could be the way to go.
It’s time the WWE pull the plug on Tye Dillinger’s NXT run and bring him up to the main roster. The strange thing now is that Dillinger is over with the fans like never before, so it would make sense for him to stay on NXT to see how far he can go.
On the other hand, the longer he stays on NXT, the less likely it is that he’ll ever make it to the main roster, and that’ll be a huge shame because Dillinger is a unique character that can succeed. He has a great gimmick, and he’s made it work, he’s the sole reason fans are cheering for him, and he can be a big asset to one particular brand.
SmackDown is the way to go for Dillinger; we’ve seen what Raw can do to guys like Tyler Breeze and on Monday’s, he may not even feature. Whereas on SmackDown, I think a solid mid-card role isn’t out of the question because he can make anything work. He needs to be in the draft and try to make an impact right away.
With more and more stars breaking through on NXT, plus the continual arrivals of independent talents, Dillinger won't receive many more opportunities if he sticks around. Triple H will know what's best for him; he's talented enough to succeed at any level so the risk needs to be taken in July.
Who else do you think should be included in the draft? Have your say in the comments section below.
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