Ridge Holland is someone to keep an eye on because WWE management has high hopes for him.
Despite not spending a lot of time in NXT, Holland was drafted to WWE SmackDown. Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE believes that he can be a future WWE Champion.
Holland has the look and size that Vince McMahon wants. Other names that management sees as potential stars include Von Vagner and Bron Breakker (the son of Rick Steiner).
The feeling on Holland matches up with the previous reporting on McMahon wanting bigger wrestlers who he feels would stand out in an airport. McMahon wants people who he feels could eventually be in the WrestleMania main event. Adam Cole is considered a world class worker by fans but McMahon apparently didn’t see things the same way because he wanted him to cut his hair and manage Keith Lee.
Expect to see more wrestlers who look like Holland getting more opportunities to break through into the top tier of the roster.