NXT hasn’t been mentioned as being a part of the WWE Draft, but here are some names that they should have at the top of their draft board.
The WWE Draft is back once again. The plan is for numerous individuals to be selected starting with the October 9 edition of SmackDown through the October 12 showing of Monday Night Raw. While the red and blue brands are both mentioned, NXT is no where to be found. If the third WWE brand is to be a part of the draft, then there are names that NXT General Manager, William Regal should have in mind. Let us look at three individuals that should be at the top of the big board when selections start next week.
There is not much that AJ Styles has not done during his four-year run with the WWE. He is captured nearly every singles title available on the main roster. Doing so while being in the best matches that the promotion has to offer on an annual basis. Styles has run both shows as the top draw, but he is never step foot into NXT. If he were to do so after this draft, it would be the perfect time to take advantage of his prominence in professional wrestling.
Imagine Styles facing off with the likes of Finn Balor, Adam Cole, Kushida, Kyle O’Reilly, Timothy Thatcher and more. He is at the perfect position in his career where he can elevate the individuals on that show, while showing them how to become better performers in every fashion. There is no telling how much time Styles has planned to remain in the industry, or the WWE for that matter. Moving him over the NXT gives that show an immediate boost with matchups that become must watch television each week.
If there is one thing that NXT has as an advantage over AEW is the women’s division. It is expected that some of the ladies on the brand will be moved during the draft, so they will have to refill their coffers. Peyton Royce is someone that can help do so.
Royce is at a point where she has been separated from Billie Kay, and WWE has shown that they have faith in her potential. The question is whether Raw is the right brand for that growth to happen at this moment. She could be moved back to NXT to help that group keep big women’s names on the roster and help her grow as a performer. Royce is not ready for the main event sent at this very moment, but she can build those skills while performing for NXT. There is several women there that she can learn from, with and help teach due to her time being featured on the main roster. Royce is someone that has long-term value for the WWE and moving her back to NXT gives both the promotion and the wrestling time to grow into that role.
NXT needs a “general” type of performer that both hard core and mainstream fans enjoy. Kevin Owens is one who can help answer the call. The former NXT champion is not in the greatest of positions on the main roster. When he was placed into the title picture due to Seth Rollins’ injury, he showed that he can excel in the main event. Since then, he has not been leveraged in the same way. Moving him back to NXT gives Owens a chance to remind everyone that he can shine on the main event and deliver the type of matches that people change the channel to see.
Looking at the current NXT roster there are a list of names that would be fantastic dance partners for Owens. Damian Priest, Undisputed Era, Bronson Reed, Cameron Grimes and more. His return gives that roster a major credibility boost. Plus, he carries over to the hardcore fanbase that enjoys AEW over NXT, potentially syphoning off a few views from that show. Now is the time to move the KO Show back to NXT.
There has not been any mention about whether NXT will be involved with the draft, but here are three names that would jump off the page if they are moved to the Wednesday night show.