If you haven’t been watching NXT, you should really start doing so.
In the past year, The Shield, The Wyatt Family, Fandango, and Big E were just some of the names that have jumped from the NXT to the main roster and made big impacts. Summer Rae and, more recently, Emma has done the same in the Divas Division. However, Monday’s Raw took it up a couple notches.
On Monday, WWE showed a vignette for the re-emergence of Bo Dallas and all his BO-lievers. That was quickly followed a vignette for Adam Rose and The Exotic Express, which is the name of his party bus, but will probably also be the name of the people he crowd surfs on during his entrance. Those two vignettes were followed by the singles match debut of Alexander Rusev, accompanied by the “Ravishing Russian” Lana, as Rusev squashed Zack Ryder. Between Rusev, Dallas and Rose, NXT had a great night; little did anybody know, NXT’s biggest moment of the night was still to come.
After retaining her Divas Championship at WrestleMania, AJ Lee came to the ring on Raw to gloat. AJ said she is the best Diva, and mocked the whole division, saying that they are no competition for her, when Paige made her shocking Raw debut. AJ challenged Paige to a match, but Paige declined, saying she wasn’t ready and just wanted to congratulate AJ. However, AJ demanded the match, and she put her Divas Championship on the line. At the end of the match, AJ locked in the Black Widow, but Paige powered out and hit the Paige Turner for the shocking win.
Things are certainly changing in the WWE. With Daniel Bryan as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Dean Ambrose as United States Champion, and The Usos as WWE Tag Team Champions, Intercontinental Champion Big E is the only current champion who looks like a traditional WWE Superstar.
Following his excellent match with Bryan at WrestleMania XXX, and considering his spot as the man in charge of NXT, so much credit goes to Triple H. There are reports of him making some pretty curious decisions at times, but it’s impossible to see this Monday’s Raw and not give him all the credit in the world. Don’t start cheering him though, save that for after his program with Bryan ends. They, along with Stephanie McMahon, Randy Orton and Batista, are telling an incredible story and they deserve the chance to continue to do so.
Hopefully, Vince McMahon doesn’t go anywhere any time soon, but at least we can now be assured that the WWE will be in good hands when his time comes.