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)

 

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 (1x)

 

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 (4x)

 

Curtis Axel – Intercontinental Champion (1x),

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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I was in attendance at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan for this edition of Main Event. In the first match, former United States Champion Antonio Cesaro invoked his rematch clause against the man who beat him for the championship, Kofi Kingston. It was back-and-forth action between the two, but in the end, Kofi beat Cesaro to retain his championship. After the match, Matt Striker interviewed Kofi; Kofi revealed that last week, his wife gave birth to their first son. A few minutes later, as Kofi is walking backstage, he gets jumped by Cesaro in brutal fashion. Then, Cesaro shocks everybody by actually ripping some Kofi’s hair right off his head before walking off. Finally, in the main event, Justin Gabriel goes one-on-one with his former WWE Tag Team Championship partner and leader of 3Mb Heath Slater (accompanied by fellow 3MB cohorts Drew McIntyre & Jinder Mahal). At one point in the match, the referee ejects McIntyre & Mahal from ringside after they attempted to interfere. In the end, just Gabriel hits Slater with his signature maneuver “The 450 Splash” to get the victory and end the program.…

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 …

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