WWE NXT: 5 Superstars on the Rise

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2. Ruby Riot

When the NXT Women’s Division lost Alexa Bliss, Bayley, Carmella, Eva Marie and Nia Jax within two months, it was bound to create problems. We were left with a recently-debuted Ember Moon, the still-developing Peyton Royce and Billie Kay, the likes of Aliyah and Liv Morgan … and Asuka. A huge disparity from those first five and the NXT Women’s Champion.

Since then, the problems have steadily disappeared. Kay and Royce have come into their own, Moon is rising and Nikki Cross has burst onto the scene. The same goes for the newest of the women — Ruby Riot.

Since debuting to help Strong, Tye Dillinger and No Way Jose fend off SAnitY, Riot has been thrust into the upper-echelon of the NXT Women’s Division, eclipsing Royce, Kay, Morgan and Aliyah. The former Heidi Lovelace has done this through her impressive in-ring work (the already-existing pedigree helping her) and a character that’s becoming quickly established as a punk rock girl that wants to “start a riot” or a revolution in WWE NXT.

What brings Riot all the way to No. 2 is the NXT Women’s Championship opportunity she’s receiving at TakeOver: Chicago. She, Cross and Moon will challenge Asuka in a Triple Threat Match for the title in what should be an exciting showing. It’s a chance for Riot to make a name for herself on a bigger stage with a larger spotlight, cementing the latest stalwart of the NXT Women’s Division.