Dream matches in the WWE has often been the lifeblood of the company. Building those main attractions that fans clamour for and connects generations has always been a sure-fire recipe for money in Vince McMahon's pocket.
Take The Rock versus Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 18, for example. Or, when the shoe was on the other foot and The Rock faced John Cena at WrestleMania 28 and 29.
These days, the WWE has a whole brand for up and coming superstars called NXT. But at this point, it would be a disservice to call them a developmental brand; one could argue they are one of the very best products in the industry today.
With just how popular NXT has become, it got us thinking what a WWE vs NXT pay-per-view would look like. It would, of course, offer exciting, fresh matchups and perhaps it would have the same feel as the Invasion PPV back in 2001 where the Alliance (WCW & ECW) battled the WWE.
The genesis of this event is an easy one to create. Triple H finally confronts Vince McMahon about wanting to inherit his throne. He wants to show that he knows talent and how to run a brand, and his NXT troops are going to prove it for him. If Triple H wins and Vince is forced to retire. If Vince wins, he assumes power of NXT! Let's get into the card.
Sasha Banks Vs Bianca Belair
Banks is a four-time world champion in WWE and a one-time NXT Women's champion, too. The Boss has done it all; she, alongside Charlotte Flair became the first women ever to headline a WWE PPV and her match with Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn has been voted the greatest women's match in WWE history.
Banks has plenty of swag, but it's possible Belair has more. Both WWE Hall of Famer Lita and seven-time women's champion Charlotte have hailed the EST of NXT as the future of the women's business and she certainly has all of the tools. Believe it or not, Belair is three years older than Banks at 29 and while she has significantly less experience, she is still unbeaten during her career. How would Banks react to facing someone who reminds her or herself?
Johnny Gargano Vs Daniel Bryan
Face Vs Face affairs aren't always the greatest, but the action in this one would be so special. Here we have two of the best workers in the business and in the case of Gargano, he's had two five-star matches in 2018 from Dave Meltzer but for Bryan, a former four-time world champion, it hasn't been the smoothest return for him since he came out of retirement at WrestleMania 34.
The story tells itself. Triple H - revisiting his old bad blood with Bryan - says the Leader of the Yes Movement is done, Gargano is the new and improved Bryan. Gargano's task is to prove his worth and the same is on the line for Bryan - to prove he can reach the rare, dizzying heights he once did, again.
LARS SULLIVAN VS SAMOA JOE VS BRAUN STROWMAN
The battle of who has the biggest monster. The reason this is a triple-threat match and not a glorified handicap match is because Joe used to be an NXT champion and when he made his debut on the main roster, it was as Triple H's henchman against Seth Rollins. Vince McMahon would be asking if he could trust Joe leading up to the PPV, but no one would quite know.
Then you have the Braun Strowman wildcard element - he doesn't play well with others. All the uncertainty and paranoia surrounding this one would make for some great storytelling and With Sullivan, Joe and Strowman all big men with freakish athleticism, we'd see some unreal carnage unfold.
Velveteen Dream Vs John Cena
This would be something special. Velveteen Dream has become one of the most popular characters in the business today with his Prince-esque mannerisms, million-dollar look and, most importantly, he has the in-ring ability and athleticism to back it up. He seems to be the best character wrestler to have developed from NXT since Bray Wyatt.
John Cena is - if you ever listen to Michael Cole - the greatest of all-time. Certainly one of, anyway. He is a 16-time world champion and has done just about everything there is to do in the business. It's a simple tale of the next generation, the future of the business going up against one of the all-time greats in a bid to make a statement. Cena's duels with AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan and many more athletic guys suggest this would be one hell of a contest.
Ricochet Vs AJ Styles
These two have met before on the independent circuit, but never on a platform like WWE. AJ Styles is now a two-time WWE champion and has put on absolute clinics with the likes of John Cena and Roman Reigns. He's undeniably one of the best performers in the world, but, Ricochet has been garnering a reputation as the best high-flying athlete on the planet for years, even before NXT.
Could Ricochet prove he belongs not only in the WWE, but at the very top with the WWE champion? He needs to prove he deserves so much more than being put on 205 Live (although there's nothing wrong with that), he's good enough to be a world champion. Styles, now 41 and admits himself he is in the winter of his career, is the gatekeeper to that spot. He lies down for now man.
Kairi Sane Vs Asuka
Two of the finest female competitors on the planet, not just to come out of Japan. The Pirate Princess won the first-ever Mae Young Classic and has since gone on to win the NXT Women's championship, defeating Shayna Baszler on both occasions. She has the natural charisma of a big babyface and that would mesh well with her killer instinct.
Vince would tell Asuka in the build-up that he doesn't need her dancing with Naomi, she needs to be the killer she was in NXT and Sane is here to take her place. There isn't room for the both of them. The Empress of Tomorrow may be conflicted about the match, especially remembering her prime with the Yellow Brand and how things have gone for her under McMahon. It would make for an intriguing affair.
Tomasso Ciampa Vs Demon Finn Balor
The Sicilian Psychopath has proven himself to be the nastiest heel in the business over the past year and his battles with Johnny Gargano have been legendary. Who could possibly stop Ciampa? Who could be a match for his evil ways? Enter Finn Balor's demon.
Besides the fact these two could have an absolute wrestling classic, the idea of McMahon summoning Balor's demon to deal with the biggest demon in NXT is a very intriguing prospect. McMahon would promise Balor a future Universal title shot if he could put his fond memories of NXT to the side and, of course, the Irishman would oblige him.
New Day Vs British Strong Style
Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E have been around for five years as a trio now - five years! That's an incredible run that almost no other unit can match and, they somehow remain fresh. As five-time tag team champions and the longest reigning champs in the modern era, their unity is unparalleled at this point.
Then we have Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate and Trent Seven. Three British wrestlers that appear to put on a masterclass every time they step into the ring. With the Brits serving as the vicious, hungry challengers to the New Day's throne it would be a fantastic mesh of New Day's over the top antics and British Strong Style's serious craft complete with guaranteed magic in the ring.
Ronda Rousey Vs Shayna Baszler Vs Nikki Cross Vs Charlotte Flair
This is a fatal-four-way match that has all the ingredients to surprise the audience. Rousey and Baszler are two-fourths of the MMA Four Horsewomen and although they sit on different sides of the WWE/NXT divide, would Rousey have a hard time putting her friend away?
Charlotte Flair also has NXT blood running through her veins and, perhaps, the incentive to have Triple H - a very, very close friend of her father Ric Flair's - defeat Vince McMahon. Would she remain true to the WWE? Would she screw over Rousey setting up a date for them down the road? Cross is the wildest element of this match and her craziness is certainly a way to combat Rousey's pedigree. This match could truly go in any direction.
THE SHIELD VS THE UNDISPUTED ERA
There's no way you could have this event and not have these two factions go up against each other. The Shield radically changed the business when they arrived on the scene in late 2012. Since then, the trio have all won a world title with seven reigns (no pun intended) between them and they've garnered a combined 20 championships with two Money in the Bank victories and Reigns has also won the Royal Rumble.
They have become the pinnacle of the wrestling business and are bona fide main event stars in the WWE. The Undisputed Era are the spine of NXT. Adam Cole and any combination of Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong would be a formidable match for The Shield and the story is all about stable supremacy - who is the best? The action would be absolutely outrageous in a six-man match, it could even be the chaos of a TLC match, just like The Shield's debut.
Unfortunately, there's isn't room for everybody on this card, but what would you guys have on your WWE Vs NXT card? Let us know in the comments section.
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