Moving on up? NXT has been shaken up in a huge way over the last few months and that seems like it could be continuing for the foreseeable future. At the end of the day though, NXT exists as the developmental program for WWE and that means the wrestlers need to move up at some point. One wrestler seemed ready to go but there is a specific reason they are sticking around.
According to Wrestling Observer Live, Raquel Gonzalez was ready to move up to the main roster but the move was postponed for the sake of the women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. There are not enough teams available so Gonzalez is staying around to help fill in a spot. No teams have been announced for the tournament, which is scheduled to begin at some point in February.
Gonzalez has been in NXT since 2020, where she debuted as Dakota Kai’s enforcer, a role she would continue in for over a year. The team would win the first ever women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and the first NXT Women’s Tag Team Titles. Gonzalez also had a lengthy singles feud with Rhea Ripley and won the NXT Women’s Title, holding it for 201 days.
Opinion: This is the kind of thing that is going to happen, but it also shows that it might not be the best idea to have a tournament after the roster has been taken apart. There aren’t many wrestlers left in NXT at the moment and having a tournament involving sixteen women is a bit difficult. Hopefully Gonzalez gets to move up soon, as she seems ready to head to the main roster.
What do you think of Gonzalez? How would she do on the main roster? Let us know in the comments below.
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