As many of us have expected, the plan for Shinsuke Nakamura is indeed to move him up to the main roster shortly, likely after WrestleMania. The advertising for the upcoming NXT tour of the UK does not include Nakamura so they sort of gave that away this week but they had to get the ads out in time so they can promote ticket sales. Dave Meltzer noted that there are others that may be brought up as well.
Nakamura will be challenging Bobby Roode for the NXT Championship at NXT Takeover: Orlando on the night before WrestleMania so it seems likely that Roode will retain. Other than Kassius Ohno, I don’t see another guy that would be able to step in as a top challenger for Roode after Mania weekend. Adam Cole is believed to be on his way to WWE so perhaps he’ll be the next guy to challenge him unless they want to do the Ohno vs. Roode rematch or they can get enough steam behind Roderick Strong. Ohno lost to Roode on this week’s episode of NXT TV.
Asuka is included on the advertising so she is likely not moving up to the main roster in the near future.
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