2018 is a very interesting year to be a wrestling fan. With matches such as Okada vs. Tanahashi, Zabre Jr. vs. Okada, Gargano vs. Almas, there sure isn’t any shortage whatsoever of great wrestling available to watch. And much like some of its top superstars, NXT has broken onto the scene as one of the most exciting promotions to watch, with some of their superstars easily out-performing their expectations and showing that they deserve a main roster call-up spot, I figure I should throw my hat into the mix as to who I think should be called up next. Here is my list of four NXT superstars who are next in line to be called up to the main roster.
Note: This list is in no particular order.
A new year, a new set of WWE bold predictions. Below are my 5 predictions from 2017:
Out of all my bold predictions I am shocked that Andrade “Cien” Almas winning NXT gold actually happened. I have been a big fan of Almas since his NXT debut but I didn’t see him winning the NXT Championship. I figured he would be positioned as a midcard champ but was ecstatic when Almas defeated McIntyre at NXT TakeOver: WarGames. I don’t expect him to hold the title long but his pairing with Zelina Vega has been gold.
Tye Dillinger got called up but he has been barely used. I didn’t fear this would happen because I was 100% certain they would turn this guy into a jobber. Alexander is still stuck in the Cruiserweight division but could win the title in the next few months and Finn Balor had a disappointing 2017.
Braun Strowman had an amazing 2017 and did defeat Roman Reigns on multiple occasions so I would consider that as a big star and is set up for a huge 2018.
By RJ Marceau
A series that hasn’t had an installment in about a year finally returns with my Top 5 Favorite WWE NXT Superstars. Past installments are here on the website (May 2015, October 2015, April 2016, November 2016). The turnover in NXT has been pretty decent with the Superstar Shakeup and call-ups from the beginning of the year. Before the honorable mention if you haven’t seen NXT Takeover Brooklyn III yet, you have to watch it after you read this article. I would say it was the best TakeOver so far with all 5 matches being good to great. NXT keeps showing why it has better wrestling than the main roster so if you want to see incredible in-ring action keep watching NXT.
By Phil Cooper
This year marked the tenth anniversary of Florida Championship Wrestling’s launch. Though the FCW became integrated with the new NXT in 2012, it oversaw the emergence of (seemingly) countless talents while a territorial project. Many of them slid effortlessly into the WWE roster on a full-time basis, and fans are naturally split as to the identity of the best FCW graduate. This review encompasses the top three FCW graduates from both the SmackDown and Raw brands.
Once the Cruiserweight Classic and the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament were considered successes, it was only inevitable before a women's tourney was announced. Sure enough, it was made official over WrestleMania 33 weekend back in April, with it later being named the Mae Young Classic. Additionally, it was revealed that the first three rounds would be available as on-demand content on the WWE Network starting in late August, so it will not be following the same format as the Cruiserweight Classic. Nevertheless, the crop of women that will be participating looks very promising with a number of names I recognize from other promotions and even WWE's past.
I wrote something similar to this piece last year for the Cruiserweight Classic (which you can read here) and everyone I picked fared pretty well in the tournament, so here's hoping the following eight women also advance at least past the first round if not ultimately win it all.
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