WWE is starting to come out of the Coronavirus pandemic and that makes for some interesting situations. Above all else, fans are coming back to the events in less than a month, but they are going to need something to watch. I don’t think I’m breaking any new ground when I say that most of what WWE is doing at the moment wouldn’t work, but what else is there? That is where the cavalry comes into play, and they’re wearing some fetching black and gold.
One of the bigger stories to fly under the radar as of late is a group of NXT wrestlers likely being called up to the main roster. This can make for some of the most interesting moments of the year and now it seems that it is time for the new generation to rise up. I have no idea how that is going to go, but this week we are going to look at some of the names who might be on their way to the main roster.
Note that most of these are names that could work and most of them are not rumored at this time. Also, I’m intentionally leaving off some of the bigger names available. For instance, there won’t be people like Adam Cole, Finn Balor or Ember Moon. They have either been on the main roster before or they are the easiest layups you can have. We’re going for something a bit more interesting here.
I’m cheating a bit to start as Reed is one of the names who seems all but destined to be moved up to the main roster. When you add up his appearance on Main Event last week and losing the North American Title this wee, there is very little keeping him in NXT. Reed is the textbook example of someone who was ready for the main roster the second that he debuted in NXT, but then the Tsunami made it even better.
Monsters can monster:
Karrion Kross w/Scarlett
We’ll get the other pretty obvious one out of the way, as Kross seems like a lock to move up as well. This is another example of someone who was ready to go on the main roster the second that he signed, but becoming a two time NXT Champion gave him some credibility. Kross might be more about the setup than the actual execution, but that is where WWE has a tendency to shine the most.
They debut very well:
This would also fall under the category of being ready for the main roster right now. Storm has more star power than she knows what to do with and it would make sense to use that star power in a division that is dying for it. The Monday Night Raw women’s division in general needs all the help that it can get and Storm would make quite a lot of sense as an upgrade.
Sometimes you can just feel it in someone:Storm is one of the few wrestlers who feels like she could be the face of the division. The rocker gimmick (especially the little hat) works well and she can back it up in the ring. If she gets to showcase her natural charisma and attitude, she could be a heck of a star in a hurry. I’m not sure how well WWE would go about doing that, but at least she could give the division a spark.
Legado del Fantasma
I know NXT is trying to beef up the cruiserweight division, but how much do you need these three to be down there? Santos Escobar is an excellent lead heel and can cut the promos to back up the in-ring abilities. Throw in a pair of lackeys and this guy is ready to go in all kinds of roles on the main roster. Let the three of them go up there and do their thing because it would be successful.
Three at once:
This isn’t going to be a popular one because Grimes is probably the most entertaining thing in NXT at the moment. He has made everything given to him work very well and it would be nice to see him getting to do that on the main roster. It could be anything from the rich guy to the pest to the fan favorite who shouts TO THE MOON all over the place and just like it worked in front of a small crowd in NXT, it would work in front of the masses.
Let him take you TO THE MOON:
She has the look, the swagger, the talent, the experience and the resume. Aside from not being Eva Marie or Nia Jax, what more could you need to be a success on the main roster? Monet continues the trend of wrestlers who were ready for the main roster the second that she signed with the company but it isn’t going to hurt to establish her in NXT for a bit first. As long as they don’t waste her down there, everything should be fine.
She started fast:Monet (which I really need to stop typing as Money, even if it might be a better name) is one of the best female talents in the world and has wrestled in different parts of the world. She knows what she is doing and can be a star in WWE if she is given the chance. Again, just like some of the other names, there is always the chance that WWE will sabotage her, but one shot might just be enough.
And then, the names who jumped off the page at me the most:
Grizzled Young Veterans
A few years ago, Zack Gibson was at an OTT show in Ireland and I could not understand his promo because the fans were booing him so loudly. You do not get this kind of thing you see these days and that is why he would be a good help to the main roster. Assuming they let him be anything close to himself, Gibson (and James Drake) can be some of the most valuable people on a roster: the wrestlers the fans want to see get beaten up.
It works in any language:
The NXT talent pool is rather deep at the moment and the main roster talent pool could use a boost. I’m not sure if I believe that the NXT wrestlers are the answer to WWE’s problems, Right now we need to see someone new to wake things up a little bit and with the Draft coming up sooner rather than later, this might be the kind of thing that makes the company all the better. WWE has developed a lot of issues, so maybe developmental can get them out of this development.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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