NXT Alums Who Went on to Hold Major Championships

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When WWE NXT first started, it involved pros from the main roster mentoring NXT rookies. Eventually, WWE decided to turn NXT into its developmental system. Since its inception, there are many great Superstars to come out of NXT and up to the main roster and many would go on to hold major championships. Below is the list of both current and former WWE Superstars to come out of NXT and to go on and hold major championships.

 

AJ Lee – Divas Champion (3x)

 

Alexa Bliss – Raw Women’s Champion (2x), SmackDown Women’s Champion (2x)

 

Bad News Barrett – Intercontinental Champion (5x)

 

Baron Corbin – United States Champion (1x)

 

Bayley – Raw Women’s Champion (1x)

 

Becky Lynch – SmackDown Women’s Champion (1x)

 

Big E – Intercontinental Champion (1x), Raw Tag Team Champion (2x), SmackDown Tag Team Champion (2x)

 

Bray Wyatt – WWE Champion (1x), SmackDown Tag Team Champion (1x)

 

The Brian Kendrick – Before NXT – World Tag Team Champion (1x), Raw Tag Team Champion (1x), After NXT – WWE Cruiserweight Champion (1x)

 

Chad Gable – SmackDown Tag Team Champion (1x)

 

Charlotte Flair – Divas Champion (1x), Raw Women’s Champion

My Royal Rumble Hopes/Predictions

Royal Rumble 2015

Kickoff Match

The New Day (Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston & Big E) vs. Adam Rose, Cesaro & Tyson Kidd

The trio of Adam Rose, Cesaro & Tyson Kidd has formed an alliance with one another under the common purpose of feeling that WWE keeps overlooking them. While they may have a good argument for that, I personally feel that all three members of The New Day are being overlooked as well. Instead of being bitter and complaining about it like Rose, Cesaro & Kidd do, however, The New Day is spreading the positive message that as individuals, they are great, but together, they can be even better. Not only do I hope that The New Day comes out victorious in this match, but I hope that all three members of The New Day end up being participants in the Royal Rumble Match as well.

 

Paige & Natalya vs. The Bella Twins (WWE Divas Champion Nikki & Brie)

Paige & Natalya have recently formed an alliance against common enemies The Bella Twins. All four of these divas are current star cast members of WWE reality show Total Divas. One particular thing that has been bothering me about the recent reunion …

NXT Has Made a Huge Impact in WWE

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Whether it was the original version of NXT where an NXT Rookie was paired with a WWE Pro or NXT the current developmental system of WWE, many of today’s WWE Superstars on the main roster have come out of NXT. Some of these superstars have made it to the top, some have made a huge impact and some still have yet to make their presence felt. I am very confident that there will be many more superstars to come out of NXT in the near future.

 

NXT Alumni

 

The following superstars listed below have managed to land spots on the main roster. Some have gone on to become top stars, some are still working their way to the top and some even still spend part of their time down at NXT.

 

 

Adam Rose and some of his Rosebuds – Adam Rose owns numerous victories over former World Champion Jack Swagger and The Rosebuds continue to follow him.

 

AJ Lee – 3-time WWE Divas Champion and Slammy Award Winner.

 

Alex Riley – Owns victories over 3 former World Champions and current panelist for the Raw Pre-Show and for Kick-Off shows before the WWE Pay-Per-View events.

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WWE Takes over Grand Rapids Once Again

Van Andel Arena

Last night, I was in attendance at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI for WWE Live. This event was not televised, but one of the best things about that is that something newsworthy can happen that a lot of people do not get to see.

 

Two Divas Switch Roles

 

Summer Rae and The Funkadactyls (Naomi & Cameron) teamed up against Layla, Eva Marie and Rosa Mendes; therefore, this means that Summer Rae is now a face and Eva Marie is now a heel. What began as a dance-off ended up turning into a Six-Diva Tag Team Match. In the end, Summer and The Funkadactyls were victorious.

 

Dancing Confidently

 

It would appear that Cody Rhodes has regained his confidence to team up with his half-brother Goldust once again because they teamed up against WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jimmy & Jey) and Wyatt Family members Luke Harper & Erick Rowan in a Triple Threat Match for the The Usos’ Championships. While I am a fan of both The Usos and The Rhodes Brothers, I was rooting for The Usos to win this one. I would also like to point out that during the match, both The …

NXT Takes Over the Night After WrestleMania

Paige WWE Divas Champion

Introduction

 

WrestleMania 31 is in the books. The following night on Raw, the WWE Universe was still feeling the impact that was made the previous night; however, what they did not expect to feel was the impact that NXT was going to be making throughout the entire Raw show. Whether it was the original NXT that featured pros and rookies paired together or NXT, the current developmental system for WWE, this night mostly belonged to NXT.

 

The Wyatt Family’s Mind Control?

 

During NXT alumni’s The Wyatt Family’s (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan) Six-Man Tag Team Match against the team of John Cena, Sheamus and current Intercontinental Champion Big E, there were a lot of WWE Universe members who rallied behind The Wyatt Family. Anybody who is familiar with them knows that they are all about the mind games. Is it possible that The Wyatt Family have gained control of some of the WWE Universe members’ minds? I guess only time will tell. I should also point out that The Wyatt Family was victorious in this match.

 

Emma Continues to “Emmaze”

 

NXT alumnus Emma recently arrived on the main roster. Ever since, she has impressed people with …

Things That Need to/Should Happen In WWE In 2014

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The new year of 2014 has officially begun and there are many things that I feel that need to, or at least should, happen in WWE in 2014.

Changes with the Championships

Both the Intercontinental and United States Championships should be unified because just about every other current major championship has been merged into one. WWE should also bring back the European Championship so that superstars can once again get the opportunity to join the list of WWE’s Grand Slam Champions (e.g., WWE World Heavyweight or World Heavyweight Championship, Intercontinental or United States Championship, World, WWE, or Unified Tag Team Championship, and European or Hardcore Championship). Lastly, the WWE Divas Championship needs to be put on the line at WrestleMania 30 this year because it has never been on the line at any WrestleMania in history.

Superstars Who Deserve to Become Champions

Sin Cara should become either the Intercontinental Champion or United States Champion because he has proven time and time again that he is worthy, he is way overdue. Also, Zack Ryder needs to be put back in the championship picture because he busted his ass to win his first and only United States Championship a few years ago …

WWE Money In the Bank 7-14-13: Two Brand New Mr. Money In the Banks Crowned

 

Money In the Bank Kickoff

During the Money In the Bank Kickoff (Pre-Show), WWE Tag Team Champions and Shield members Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns defended their championships against #1 contenders and Reigns’ second cousins The Usos (Jimmy & Jey). The Usos came within inches of becoming the new champions, but in the end, it was Reigns who hit Jimmy with his signature maneuver “The Spear” to get the pin and the win for his team and retain their championships. I sure hope The Usos aren’t done with The Shield because Jimmy & Jey are way overdue for a WWE Tag Team Championship reign.

It’s Not Cryback, It’s Ryback

Chris Jericho went one-on-one with Ryback. During the weeks leading up to their match, Jericho played mind games with Ryback by referring to him as “Cryback”; unfortunately, it was not enough to over come the powerhouse when Ryback rolled up Jericho to get the pin and the win.

Kaitlyn’s Injury May Have Cost Her

In a WWE Divas Championship rematch between BFFs-turned-bitter enemies, Champion AJ Lee (accompanied by Big E Langston) and Challenger Kaitlyn (accompanied by Layla El), Kaitlyn came into the match wearing a sleeve over her injured left …

WWE NXT 6-26-13: Can The Wyatt Family Be Stopped?

 

Emma Advances

In the final first-round match of the tournament to determine the first-ever NXT Women’s Champion, Emma went one-on-one with Aksana. In the end, it was Emma who defeated Aksana by submission to advance to the semi-finals. After the match, Emma invited young members of the WWE Universe into the ring to dance with her, which indicates that she has turned face.

The Wyatt Family Continues to Terrorize NXT

In a match to determine the #1 Contenders to Wyatt Family members Luke Harper’s & Erick Rowan’s NXT Tag Team Championships, the team of Kassius Ohno and Corey Graves took on the team of Scott Dawson and Garrett Dylan (accompanied by Sylvester Lefort). In the end, it was Graves who won the match for his team by submission to become the new #1 contenders. Immediately following the match, The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, & Erick Rowan) came out to attack Ohno and Graves. Dawson and Dylan eventually joined in on the beat down. Then, Adrian Neville came out to aid Ohno and Graves and eventually, William Regal left the announcers’ table to aid them as well. But in the end, iall four men were left lying in …

WWE Raw 5-27-13: Bret Hart Appreciation Night

This Memorial Day edition of Raw was dedicated to all the men and women serving in the U.S. Military. The show began with WWE Champion John Cena coming out to address Ryback’s challenge to an Ambulance Match at the upcoming Payback Pay-Per-View event. Cena announced that at Payback, he will defend his championship against Ryback in a Three Stages of Hell Match. A Three Stages of Hell Match consists of a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match with with each fall having a stipulation. Cena said that the first fall’s stipulation will be a Lumberjack Match, the second fall a Tables Match, and, if necessary, the third fall will be the very stipulation Ryback challenged Cena to, an Ambulance Match. Ryback then came out and accepted the challenge. So, it’s official, at Payback, Cena will defend his championship against Ryback in a Three Stages of Hell Match. After Ryback accepted, Paul Heyman and his newest client, Curtis Axel, came out and issued a challenge to Cena for a non-title one-on-one match for the main event of the evening, which Cena accepted. Also, the WWE Universe were given the opportunity to vote on the WWE App on which role The Miz would play in …

WWE NXT 5-22-13: Newcomer Makes Huge Impact

The show began with newcomer Sami Zayne going one-on-one with Curt Hawkins. In the end, Zayne was able to pull off the upset when he beat Hawkins. Also, Yoshi Tatsu went one-on-one with Antonio Cesaro with Cesaro coming out on top. After the match, Cesaro said that there was no competition for him. All of sudden, Sami Zayne emerges and challenges Cesaro to a match right there and now, which Cesaro accepts. After back-and-forth action between the two, Zayne manages to roll up Cesaro for the pin and the win to pull off a huge upset. Unfortunately for Zayne, he made the rookie mistake of turning his back to Cesaro when Cesaro jumped him from behind for a post-match attack. I’m not 100% positive, but I think Sami Zayne is the man formerly known as former ROH Superstar El Generico unmasked. Finally, in the main event, Corey Graves went one-on-one with Wyatt Family leader Bray Wyatt (accompanied by fellow Wyatt Family cohorts and NXT Tag Team Champions Luke Harper & Erick Rowan). In the end, thanks to some interference from the tag team champions, Bray Wyatt was able to get the victory. Afterwards, The Wyatt Family gave a post-match attack …

WWE NXT 5-8-13: New NXT Tag Team Champions

The show began with Baron Corbin going one-on-one with Damien Sandow. Despite a valiant effort, Corbin was not able to pull off the upset and Sandow was victorious. After the match, Sandow issued an open challenge to NXT Champion Big E Langston for his championship. Later on, the challenge was accepted and Big E will defend against Sandow next week on NXT. While I am not a fan of either one of these guys, I will be rooting against Big E. Also, Paige went one-on-one with Bayley. After Paige defeated Bayley, Summer Rae came out and jumped Paige from behind in a hit-and-run attack. A little later on, while Renee Young was interviewing Natalya Neidhart, Summer Rae interrupts. Natalya then issues an open challenge to Summer for a match next week on NXT, which Summer accepts. Also, Briley Pierce went one-on-one with Mr. Sakamoto. I am not a fan of either one of these guys and wasn’t sure who to root against in this one. In the end, it didn’t really matter because during the match, Conor O’Brian comes out and attacks and lays out both men. Shortly after, during a backstage interview with Renee Young, both Pierce and Sakamoto …

WWE NXT 5-1-13: Chris Jericho Schools Bray Wyatt

The show began with a Triple Threat Elimination Tag Team Match between the team of Bo Dallas and NXT Tag Team Champion Adrian Neville, The Colons (Primo & Epico), and Wyatt Family members Luke Harper & Erick Rowan. The Colons were the first team to be eliminated, then, shortly after, The Wyatt Family eliminates Dallas and Neville to get the victory. Also, after weeks of pent-up frustration boiling over, Paige finally went one-on-one with Summer Rae with Paige getting the victory and some much deserved retribution. Also, NXT Commissioner and WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes revealed while he realizes that NXT Tag Team Champion Oliver Grey is currently out with an injury, the NXT Tag Team Championship needs to be defended. Instead of forcing Neville & Grey to relinquish the championships, Dusty has allowed Neville to choose a tag team partner to fill in for Neville until Grey returns. The partner that Neville has chosen is Bo Dallas. Next week on NXT, they will defend the championships against Wyatt Family members Harper & Rowan. Finally, in the main event, Chris Jericho went one-on-one with Bray Wyatt (accompanied by fellow Wyatt Family cohorts Harper & Rowan). The stipulation of this …

WWE NXT 4-24-13: All Champions Retain

The theme for this edition of NXT was “Clash of Champions”. There were four championships on the line. The first match was for the United States Championship. It was announced on the bottom of the NXT screen that this match was taped several weeks ago, meaning that Antonio Cesaro was the champion at the time it was taped, but since then, Kofi Kingston had beaten Cesaro for the championship on Raw. Therefore, we already knew Cesaro was going to retain. As for the match, Cesaro defended against NXT Tag Team Champion Adrian Neville. After back-and-forth action between the two, it was Cesaro who hit Neville with his signature maneuver, the Neutralizer, to get the pin and the win to retain his championship. The next championship match was for the WWE Divas Championship with Kaitlyn defending against former BFF AJ Lee. In the end, Kaitlyn hit AJ with her signature maneuver, the Spear, to get the victory and retain. While AJ may have come up short in this bout, she did win a Divas Battle Royal on Raw this past Monday to earn an opportunity at the Divas Championship, so she will be getting another opportunity at the championship in the …

WWE NXT 4-17-13: The Shield’s Crusade Continues

The show began with Justin Gabriel going one-on-one with his former friend Leo Kruger with Kruger coming out on top. Also, Yoshi Tatsu went one-on-one with Bray Wyatt (accompanied by Erick Rowan and Luke Harper) with Wyatt coming out on top. Wyatt then gave a post-match attack to Tatsu followed by sharing some strange and disturbing words with the WWE Universe. Also, during an interview with Renee Young, Paige challenged Summer Rae to a one-on-one match next week on NXT, which lead to Summer jumping Paige from behind and accepting the challenge. Also, Bayley went one-on-one with Emma with Emma coming out on top. Finally, there was the main event Lumberjack Match between Corey Graves and Shield member Seth Rollins. While I am not a fan of either one of these guys, I was rooting against Rollins. In the end, despite the fact that Rollins gave his Shield cohorts Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns the night off, the two of them show up and not only take out the Lumberjacks, but Ambrose also decks Corey Graves (unbeknownst to the ref) which allows Rollins to pick up the victory. Overall, this wasn’t one of the better editions of NXT because all …

WWE NXT 4-3-13: Big E Langston Gains Valuable Momentum

The commentary team for this week’s edition of NXT was Tony Dawson, the Assistant to the Raw Managing Supervisor (Vickie Guerrero) Brad Maddox, and Kassius Ohno. The first match of the night was a tag team match between the team of Bo Dallas and NXT Tag Team Champion Adrian Neville against Wyatt Family members Luke Harper & Erick Rowan. It was reported that Adrian Neville’s NXT Tag Team Championship partner Oliver Grey is out of action with an injury and will be out of action for at least 6 months. I’m not sure how many days a championship needs to be defended within, so hopefully they won’t have to relinquish their championships. As for the result of the match, despite interference from the leader of The Wyatt Family Bray Wyatt, Dallas and Neville still managed to pick up the victory. The second match of the night was a Divas Tag Team Match between the team of Paige and Sasha Banks and the team of Summer Rae and Audrey Marie. I guess WWE saw my post from not to long ago suggesting this match between these two teams. As for the match, at one point during the match, Sasha and Summer …

WWE NXT 3-20-13: Oliver Grey Returns

The show began with Justin Gabriel going one-on-one with his former friend, Leo Kruger. Kruger ended up forcing Gabriel to submit. Commentator William Regal called out Kassius Ohno to apologize to him for unprofessionally attacking him the previous week. Instead of excepting the apology, Kassius told Regal that he has no legacy and that he has become a joke. Regal responded with a punch to the face. I have a feeling we might see more between these two. In divas action, Paige went one-on-one with Bayley. I’m a fan of both women, but I rooted for Paige to get the victory and she did. After the match, Summer Rae tried to once again sneak attack Paige, but Paige caught her and Summer backed away. The issues between these two women are far from settled. In the main event, NXT Tag Team Champion Adrian Neville went one-on-one with Luke Harper with the other members of The Wyatt Family in his corner. Thanks to some outside interference from the the other two members of The Wyatt Family, Luke Harper was able to get the victory. After the match, The Wyatt Family wasn’t done yet as they continued the attack on Neville. Fortunately, …