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

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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My Hopes for WWE in 2015

 

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  1. All the heel commentators get removed (e.g., JBL and Byron Saxton).
  2. The Authority is put out of power once and for all.
  3. Sting vs. Triple H at WrestleMania 31
  4. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and The Undertaker each have a match at WrestleMania.
  5. “Macho Man” Randy Savage goes into the WWE Hall of Fame.
  6. Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella walk out of WrestleMania as WWE World Heavyweight Champion and WWE Divas Champion, respectively.
  7. The New Day win championships (e.g., Kofi Kingston finally wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship).
  8. Roman Reigns wins the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
  9. Seth Rollins cashes in his Money in the Bank Contract unsuccessfully.
  10.  Ryback beats Rusev for the United States Championship.
  11.  The Intercontinental and United States Championship become unified.
  12.  NXT Superstars debut on the main roster (e.g., Charlotte, Bayley, Alexa Bliss, Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville, Hideo Itami, Finn Balor, Kalisto).
  13.  CM Punk and Kelly Kelly return to WWE.
  14.  Hulk Hogan competes in his final match that he promised.
  15.  JoJo competes in the ring more.
  16.  Erick Rowan wins his first major singles championship.
  17.  Zack Ryder returns from injury and wins either the Intercontinental or United States Championship.
  18.  Tyson Kidd apologizes for mistreating his wife Natalya and turns

NXT Superstars and Divas Who Should Be on WWE’s Main Roster

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NXT is WWE’s developmental system. I know that there are many superstars and divas on that roster that have a very bright future in WWE. There are, however, a few particular superstars and divas that have proven themselves worthy of having spots on the main roster. Among these superstars and divas are current NXT Champion Adrian Neville, current NXT Tag Team Champion Kalisto, Sami Zayn, Hideo Itami, Mojo Rawley, Colin Cassady, Enzo Amore, current NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte, Bayley and Alexa Bliss. There have already been some superstars and divas that have come up from NXT and have made a significant impact on WWE’s main roster; such as Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Big E, Xavier Woods, Adam Rose, The Bunny, Emma, JoJo and the list goes on. I honestly feel that all the current NXT superstars and divas mentioned above have proven that they have what it takes to make a significant impact on WWE’s main roster as well.…

The New Age Outlaws with The Authority?

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 The Outlaws Turn On CM Punk

 

On the January 13, 2014 edition of WWE Raw, CM Punk teamed with The New Age Outlaws (“Road Dogg” Jesse James & “Bad Ass” Billy Gunn) against Authority members The Shield (current United States Champion Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, & Roman Reigns). Just as Punk was reaching over to tag in one of his partners, The Outlaws shockingly walked out on him, thus turning heel in the process, and it would allow The Shield to pick up the victory. Afterwards, Punk was convinced that The Outlaws are in cahoots with The Authority, the very faction that Punk has had issues with as of late. Punk believes this is due to the fact that Triple H has history with The Outlaws in their days as members of D Generation-X.

 

Signs Start to Become More Clear

 

Four days later on Smackdown, there were some signs that pointed to Punk’s assumption. First, The Outlaws were conveniently in a non-title tag team match against WWE Tag Team Champions The Brotherhood (Dustin “Goldust” & Cody Rhodes). If The Outlaws were able to knock off the Tag Team Champions, it would put them in line for a future …

The Rhodes Brothers Will Team Up for the First Time Ever

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On this week’s September 30, 2013, edition of WWE Raw, abusive power couple WWE Executive Vice President of Creative and WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H invited the entire Rhodes Family (NXT General Mananger and WWE Hall of Famer Dusty and his sons Dustin “Goldust” & Cody) to Raw for a “business proposition”. Both Goldust and Cody were recently uncerimoniously fired from WWE by the abusive power couple. The power couple ended up proposing a non-title tag team match between The Rhodes Brothers and current WWE Tag Team Champions and Shield members Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns at the upcoming WWE Pay-Per-View event, Battleground. The stipulation of the match would be that if The Rhodes Brothers beat The Shield, then they will be rehired; however, if The Rhodes Brothers lose, then in addition to their father, Dusty, being fired, niether members of The Rhodes Family would ever get to work for the WWE again, as well. The Rhodes Family decided to accept the challenge. Personally, I have always wondered whether or not The Rhodes Brothers would ever team together. Believe it or not, almost everytime people have seen them cross paths with one another, they were at eachothers’ throats. People …

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

 

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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 NXT 6-19-13: NXT Women’s Championship Tournament Continues

On this edition of NXT, it was another first-round match for the tournament to determine the first-ever NXT Women’s Champion when Sasha Banks faced Summer Rae, with Summer coming out on top and advancing to the second round. On the upcoming edition of NXT, the final first-round match will be between Emma and Aksana. While I am not a fan of either of these women, I will be rooting against Aksana. Also, new NXT Champion Bo Dallas announced that while he was not at this edition of NXT, he will be at the upcoming edition of NXT.…

WWE NXT 6-12-13: New NXT Champion

On this edition of NXT, the first round of the tournament to determine the first-ever NXT Women’s Champion continued when Bayley went one-on-one with Alicia Fox. I would like to point out that I am convinced that Bayley has turned face because of how she was acting all shy and nice around everybody both prior to and during the match. Unfortunately for Bayley, Alicia Fox came out victorious, thus advancing in the tournament. The first match for the second round of the tournament is now set; it will be Alicia Fox taking on Paige, who also won a first-round match two weeks ago on NXT. There are now two more first-round matches left, which continues next week on NXT. Also, in the main event, NXT Champion Big E Langston defended against #1 contender Bo Dallas. In the end, after accidentally pulling off the padding and exposing the steel turnbuckle, Dallas rammed Big E’s head into it and then hit him with his signature maneuver to get the pin and win to become the new NXT Champion. I would also like to point out that Dallas had also ended Big E’s undefeated streak on NXT.…

WWE NXT 6-5-13: Tournament for the NXT Women’s Championship Kick Off

On this edition of NXT, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross held the official contract signing for the championship match between NXT Champion Big E Langston and Challenger Bo Dallas. After some intense words for one another, both Champion and Challenger signed the contract, making their match official. Also, the tournament to determine the first-ever NXT Women’s Champion kicked off with a first-round match between Paige and Tamina Snuka. In the end, it was Paige who beat Tamina to advance to the second round. There will be two more first-round matches in the coming weeks on NXT. Also, after Conor O’Brian beat Alex Riley, as he was making his way back up the entrance ramp, the mysterious figure that appeared after one of O’Brian’s matches a few weeks ago appeared yet again. Both men acknowledged one another and then posed to the crowd together. This must mean that the two are in cahoots with one another; however, we still don’t know who this mysterious figure is.…

WWE NXT 5-29-13: New Championship for NXT

On this edition of NXT, WWE Executive Vice President Stephanie McMahon announced that beginning next week on NXT, there would be a tournament to determine the first-ever NXT Women’s Champion. The participants included in the tournament are Emma, Summer Rae, Paige, and other NXT Divas, as well as, Divas from both Raw and Smackdown. I think this is awesome because I was wondering if they were ever going to make a women’s championship for NXT. Also, in the main event, there was an 18-Man Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender to Big E Langston’s NXT Championship. In the end, it was Bo Dallas who eliminated Adrian Neville to win the Battle Royal and become the new #1 Contender.…

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 5-15-13: Conor O’Brian Conquers Two Men

On this edition of NXT, Natalya Neidhart went one-on-one with Summer Rae. Towards the end of the match, Paige came out and jumped up on the ring apron. While Natalya was attempting to lock Summer in her signature submission hold “The Sharpshooter”, Summer kicks Natalya away and Natalya inadvertently ends up bumping into Paige, knocking her off the apron. Summer then takes advantage and rolls up Natalya and pins her to get the upset. Summer, however, did not have time to celebrate her victory as Paige was hot on her heels heading backstage. I would like to point out that Summer may have also hooked Natalya’s tights for added leverage while pinning her, but it was hard to tell for sure. Either way, Paige’s presence pretty much cost Natalya the match. Also, backstage, it was revealed that there will be a battle royal next week on NXT to determine the #1 contender to the NXT Championship. Both Bo Dallas and Adrian Neville had revealed to one another that they would be entrants in the battle royal. I would also like to point out that during their interaction backstage, Bo Dallas was kind of acting uncharacteristic; hopefully, Dallas won’t turn his …

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 …