The future is bright. The future is also now.
Ask any WWE fan what their favourite part of the product right now is, and you'll probably struggle to find many who say Raw, Smackdown, The Bunny or Rosa Mendes being called 'Latina Heat' by Michael Cole.
The answer more often than not is NXT, and with good reason. It is arguable the roster depth in NXT is better than on the main roster, with the title picture set to get very crowded, with Tyler Breeze, Sami Zayn, Titus O'Neill and Hideo Itami all setting their eyes on Adrian Neville's NXT Championship. Add in the upcoming debuts of Finn Balor and Kevin Steen, NXT has never looked so good.
Making the transition
So, how will WWE get these potential stars onto Raw and Smackdown?
One angle that is possible is a NXT invasion, similar to the Nexus a few years ago. Of course if this storyline was to take place, there would only be one man who should be their leader. Tyson Kidd is almost unrecognisable from his last stint on the main roster, and his added aggressiveness has led to him being one of the top attractions on NXT. Given his experience with the main roster, him being their leader would make the most logical sense.
Keeping NXT relevant
Although a NXT invasion would make for fascinating viewing, times are different from when the Nexus debuted. NXT is now a weekly all year round show, and if 6 or 7 talents suddenly moved to the main roster, there would be a sudden gap in quality on the show, and with future NXT stars like Baron Corbin being green, the chance of a NXT invasion angle is slim at best.
At the last set of NXT tapings, the artist formerly known as Prince Devitt debuted under the new ring name of Finn Balor.
Japanese talent and title grudges
*SPOILER* Balor comes down to the ring to aid Hideo Itami against The Ascension, and hits Viktor (or Konnor) with a top rope head stomp. The fact WWE has teamed up the two big stars who made their name in Japan together could be a potential storyline when they are fast-tracked to the main roster, as reported by PWMania.com.
Another NXT live special is scheduled for some time in December, and it is expected that Adrian Neville will face off against Sami Zayn for the NXT Championship.
If these two were to face off, you would expect whoever loses to end up on the main roster, as no one has yet debuted on the main roster whilst still being NXT Champion, unlike Paige who was NXT Women's Champion and the Divas Champion at the same time. Speaking of the women's division, Charlotte is expected to debut sooner rather than later, and has begun to call AJ Lee out at WWE house shows, so expect a triple threat match for the Divas championship between Charlotte, Paige and AJ Lee in the next few months.
However WWE decide to utilise the depth and breadth of talent that NXT has to offer, the future is definitely bright.
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