Welcome to your new home. NXT is in a weird and unique situation as there is nothing else like it in wrestling. While it serves as WWE’s third brand and airs on national television, the show also serves as WWE’s official developmental system, meaning that a wrestler leaving the show for another brand is considered a promotion. NXT wrestlers try to make it to the next level, which we might be seeing again soon.
This is a busy week for NXT as they are presenting their first ever two night Takeover with Stand & Deliver. The show is featuring the usual stacked Takeover card, meaning all of the titles are on the line. This includes the NXT Women’s Title, with Io Shirai losing the championship to Raquel Gonzalez in the main event of night one. That is a big change, but it might be just the start.
According to Wrestling Observer Live, Shirai is expected to be moved up to the main roster following her loss. It is not clear when Shirai would be moving up or which brand she would be appearing on. Shirai’s title loss ended her reign at over three hundred days, putting her in the top five for longest reigns in the title’s history. There is no word on if she will be appearing on NXT again.
One of the shows is getting a heck of a star. Check out what Shirai can do in the ring:
Opinion: This makes sense as there is nothing left for Shirai to do in NXT, but at the same time I’m not sure how much she is going to be able to do on the main roster. I could see her lack of promos being a problem, but there are ways around something like that. Hopefully WWE comes up with something, because Shirai is way too good to let her waste away.
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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