WWE NXT: 5 Stars Who Deserve Bigger Spotlight After TakeOver: Chicago

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1. Drew McIntyre

If anyone is in the same kind of boat as Ohno, it’s McIntyre.

The big difference here is that Ohno competed in NXT before his release, and returend to the same place. McIntyre was a full-fledged WWE superstar during his first stint in the company. He was a Tag Team Champion and an Intercontinental Champion prior to his 2014 release.

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Like Ohno, McIntyre spent time on the independent scene, and perhaps had an even better run there. When he was shown sitting ringside at TakeOver: Orlando, McIntyre received a huge reaction thanks to the surprise of his potential (and later confirmed) return.

Fast forward six weeks to now, and McIntyre was completely left off the TakeOver: Chicago card. He’s only had a handful of matches, none of which had much importance attached to them. His next upcoming program seems to be against Wesley Blake.

For a guy once billed as “The Chosen One” on SmackDown, a match against the Jannetty from Blake & Murphy doesn’t exactly set the world on fire. In fairness, it’s only been six weeks, and Aleister Black – a guy hyped for weeks before debuting – was also not on the Chicago card. Also absent were Andrade Almas, Oney Lorcan, No Way Jose, the Iconic Duo of Billie Kay and Peyton Royce – everyone can’t make the card every time out.

But McIntyre is one of the biggest stars in NXT right now. He should be a major focus of the programming going forward. If he’s not in the title hunt, a high-profile feud should be the order of business. Not this floating from midcarder to midcarder thing he’s doing now.

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Who do you think should get a bigger spotlight in NXT going forward?