As noted last week, WWE is interested in a significant number of wrestlers from Ring of Honor. The company is waiting for key contracts to expire so they can go after them. The reason for this is because of the changes with NXT and the idea of making it a nationally touring brand. Paul Levesque (Triple H) loves all of the praise that the brand gets from social media. The original idea for NXT was to train guys from the bottom but if you look at the talent over the years, they haven’t had many homegrown wrestlers that became successful on the main roster and the ones that are there now that are really good, with the exception of a couple, were good before they were signed to WWE deals. Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns are two main roster guys that have had success and are homegrown stars trained from scratch all the way up to the main roster.
The buzz with NXT now is due to guys like Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville, Hideo Itami, Kevin Owens, and Finn Balor. All of those guys were great wrestlers before they signed deals with the company but the illusion is that NXT is producing all of this great talent. Also, guys like Dean Ambrose, Cesaro, and Seth Rollins spent time in FCW but were already established elsewhere. Tyler Breeze is the closest thing to a guy training from scratch that they can point to as being good. Charlotte is good and a lot of credit goes to her because of her athletic background.
There has been a lot of talk of bringing up NXT wrestlers to the main roster. The names being talked about are Adrian Neville, Sasha Banks, and maybe Charlotte. The talk is that Neville and Banks could be starting soon but that could be after this month since they typically don’t like to debut people until after WrestleMania. The idea right now for NXT is to replace the independent stars that they have (since they would move to the main roster) with independent stars that are not currently signed because they can have great matches and that would allow them to take NXT on the road more.
One note on the women in NXT…The reputation on them is that they train as hard or harder than the men but the one negative is that they are having great matches because they practice the matches out like crazy. The four-way at the last TakeOver show was something they were doing at house shows and on the main roster they won’t have the time to work out matches like that move for move.
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