While the brand extension seemed like good news for the WWE fans, it was also an incredible opportunity for NXT stars to impress in developmental, and be given a push to either Monday Night Raw or SmackDown Live.
Finn Balor and Nia Jax were among the six lucky individuals that were drafted to either show, and attention now turns to the remaining big-name stars we see on Wednesday nights.
It’s no secret that the NXT roster is depleted now, compared to a couple of years ago when it was stacked with elite talent, from the top of the card to the bottom.
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Now, the bona fide big-names include Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura.
Obviously, there are some other huge names there, but injuries and being recent arrivals means they won’t stand a chance of moving up right now.
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Somebody who was expected to move up relatively soon was the current NXT Champion, Nakamura.
However, right now he’s preparing to make a title defence against Joe at NXT TakeOver: Toronto and plans could change drastically after that.
THE KING OF STRONG STYLE
There have been plenty of rumours regarding Joe’s main roster call-up, and it’s being suggested that once the TakeOver event finishes, he’ll step up to the plate and challenge Braun Strowman, making him a Raw superstar.
The King of Strong Style may not be as lucky, though.
The Wrestling Observer newsletter are claiming that Nakamura won’t be moving up to the main roster anytime soon, posting: “Right now, there are no plans for bringing Nakamura to the main roster.
“At least for now, he’s pegged to be the flagship star of the NXT brand.
The WWE are in an extremely tricky situation right now with Nakamura; they are struggling with face stars on the main roster, and nobody receives a reaction quite like Nakamura, you only have to tune into any episode of NXT to realise that.
On the other hand, NXT desperately needs to keep hold of him.
Stars have moved on, and Nakamura is somebody who can help put on incredible matches in great feuds with incoming talent, once the foundation has been laid, then he can move up.
He’s a money-making machine and one of the best wrestlers in the company right now, the WWE need to make their decision wisely, but they need to make it fast.
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