Make room on the roster. WWE is in the middle of a huge roster shakeup at the moment as there have been all kinds of changes taking place in recent months. In addition to the dozens of wrestlers being released from the company, there are also stories of names coming up from NXT to take some main roster spots. Now two of those seem to have become a reality.

This week on SmackDown, NXT’s Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blackheart made a surprise appearance, defending WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Natalya and Tamina in a non-title match. Both women have recently wrestled dark matches prior to WWE television tapings, though there is no word on if these are permanent callups or just one off appearances. Both have wrestled on SmackDown before, appearing in a battle royal on the August 14, 2020 SmackDown.

These two could do something. Check out their time in NXT both on their own and together:

FULL MATCH - Tegan Nox vs. Dakota Kai - Street Fight: NXT TakeOver: Portland

Shotzi Blackheart vs. Raquel Gonzalez – WarGames Advantage Ladder Match: WWE NXT, Dec. 2, 2020

Bayley & Banks vs. Nox & Blackheart – Women’s Tag Team Title Match: WWE NXT, June 17, 2020

Opinion: I’m not sure if this is going to be something that changes the game on the show but it is a sign that things are moving around a bit. With Bayley out of action for the rest of the year, there are some wide open spots that some NXT wrestlers could fill in rather well. This is something that could lead somewhere else and I’m curious to see what WWE has in mind going forward.

What do you think of the callups? Who do you want to see moved up? Let us know in the comments below.

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, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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