I loved it when Sami Zayn stunned the WWE Universe when he emerged in his hometown of Montreal to accept the open challenge of United States Champion John Cena. With a stamp of approval from WWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hit Man” Hart, the former NXT Champion put on the performance of a lifetime against The Champ, kicking out of the Attitude Adjustment and taking Cena to the limit. Zayn’s incredible bout has the universe looking at the NXT roster and wondering who might be next to make that big jump. I have picked three superstars who might be making that journey soon.
The tag team division is hotter than it has been in a long time. That success can be heavily credited to NXT, as The Lucha Dragons, The New Day’s Big E & Xavier Woods, The Ascension and Tyson Kidd all came from NXT. But there is still one team in NXT whose call-up would inject even more energy into the division and bring it some East Coast panache: Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady. The Certified G’s have a charisma about them when they come down to the ring. Enzo’s body language, energy and ability to talk on the mic are unparalleled, while Cassady’s imposing 7-foot frame makes him a standout physical competitor who also has a charm to match that of his partner’s. Their abilities may have them hot on the heels of current NXT Tag Team Champs Blake & Murphy, but they’re ready to do the same to the WWE Tag Team Titleholders. And, as the duo loves to remind the NXT Universe, “You can’t. Teach. That.
I have noticed that Baron Corbin commands attention wherever he goes. The Lone Wolf slowly stalks to the ring for his matches, barely even giving a glance to the Superstar standing across the ring from him. A 6-foot-8, 275-pound monster waiting for the bell to ring. He quickly shows that he doesn’t work by the hour. I can only count seconds for how long it takes for Corbin to put away his rivals. He has unbelievable strength that could allow him to continue along his path of destruction on the WWE main roster against titans like Ryback, Kane and Big Show.
When announcing themselves to the WWE Universe for the first time, all NXT Superstars face the uphill battle of reintroducing the reputation they built in NXT to a much wider audience. That won’t be a problem for Finn Bálor. Every move I have seen made by the enigmatic Irish brawler is incredible. From the second the lights go down and Bálor creeps toward ringside to the moment he finishes off an opponent with a Coup de Grace. I strongly think the WWE Universe won’t be able to take its collective gaze off of him. I think Bálor is ready for WWE. Now it’s time to see if I and the WWE Universe are ready for him.