NXT continues to show WWE how to do things right

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For someone like Triple H, who is living a lifestyle as hectic as being the Executive Vice President of WWE, it must be reassuring to know you will always have the success of NXT to fall back on.

With the role he has at WWE, The Game is undoubtedly faced with a huge amount of pressure as well as criticism, day in, day out.

Whilst the negativity surrounding some of both Triple H and his creative team's decisions seemed to be at a high throughout 2015, for his developmental brand; NXT, it was quite the opposite.


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2015 proved to be NXT's year as the brand took off in a way that few would have believed would happen so quickly in such a short space of time.

Nonetheless, NXT came out of last year in the best positive way, having promoted a whole host of new, hard-working and well-respected talent to its admiring fans.

NXT Awards

With this in mind, the past 12 months proved to be the perfect opportunity to have the first-ever NXT Awards created, with the winners being announced during this week's show on January 13th, on the WWE Network.

Despite there only being six awards on offer, the NXT Universe was certainly spoilt for choice following a memorable year for the brand.

For the male side of the roster, Finn Balor came out on top as he picked up both the Male Competitor award as well as the Overall Competitor prize.

Balor was one of the leading names for NXT throughout the year and was unquestionably one of the most consistent performers during every NXT show and live event.

As well as this, Balor has already started 2016 with a huge amount of popularity by continuously suggesting a move to WWE's main roster for his famous Bullet Club stable, which surely added to the NXT fans' decision making for these awards.

Female success

Possibly the most noteworthy NXT award winner was that of Match Of The Year, which went to Sasha Banks and Bayley for their title match at the Live Show Of The Year; Takeover: Brooklyn.

There were several plausible contenders for this category and to have two well-respected female wrestlers win the award, summed up what NXT has done for professional wrestling over the past 12 months.

Sasha Banks and Bayley put on not one but two of the most memorable women's wrestling matches in history. As a result, Banks showed up WWE's main roster Diva's Division.

Current NXT Women's Champion Bayley also picked up the award for Female Competitor Of the Year following a year which saw her gain the support of the entire NXT Universe.

Ultimately, the NXT awards were the final example of just how much the developmental brand did for professional wrestling both through its creative team as well as its talent, throughout 2015.

The NXT Universe, as well as the WWE Universe, can only hope that when these incredible wrestlers make their main roster debuts, WWE continues to give them the credit they deserve and promote them in the same style as when they set the standard at NXT. 

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