The NXT brand is no longer the beloved black and gold brand that wrestling fans grew to love. The new NXT 2.0 has turned into a developmental brand with more gimmicky wrestlers. The original NXT was the WWE version of Ring of honor, which made it special because Triple H was given indy wrestlers the chance to be seen on a bigger stage.
When NXT 2.0 debuted, fans were introduced to new wrestlers like Bron Breakker, Carmelo Hayes, Odyssey Jones, and Xyon Quinn to focus on the brand in the new NXT era. In recent weeks, fans have seen wrestlers like AJ Styles and Riddle appear, which would give the brand the needed star push. In this article, I will be discussing the five wrestlers who should make an appearance in NXT next.
5. Chad Gable
Chad Gable was part of one of the best tag teams in NXT History, American Alpha, alongside his tag team partner Jason Jordan. They would win the NXT Tag team championship. American Alpha put together classic matches with everyone who stepped in the Ring with them. Chad Gable has seen his share of success on the main roster winning the Raw and Smackdown tag team championships.
Still, he has yet to see the singles wrestler success that wrestling fans know he can have. Chad Gable is the best pure wrestler in WWE today and can cut a decent promo when he plays a serious character. He may lack the height, but he has the heart to capture the fans the same way Daniel Bryan did in the WWE.
Ricochet was one of the biggest signings in the history of NXT. Before coming to the WWE, he was a massive star for wrestling companies like Evolve, Dragon Gate, and New Japan Pro wrestling. Ricochet only spent a year in NXT before being called up to the main roster. Still, once he got to the main roster, he was able to win the United States Championship by defeating Samoa Joe. Ricochet scored huge wins over Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Seth Rollins and even had a WWE title shot against Brock Lesnar at the WWE Super showdown. If Ricochet was given a chance to return to NXT, he would impact the brand.
When it comes to Cesaro he is perhaps the best in-ring worker in the WWE today. Cesaro had high-profile matches against Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns last year. Cesaro has everything needed to be a WWE champion, but the WWE hasn’t given him the right push to get him to the top. The WWE should let Cesaro go down to NXT and impact there before returning to the main roster. Cesaro being down in NXT would help elevate any wrestler with whom he is in the ring.
2. Robert Roode
Robert Roode is one of the greatest wrestlers of this generation and has proved that throughout his professional wrestling career. Roode joined WWE in 2016 after an incredible twelve years with TNA Wrestling. He won all of the top championships in that company. When Roode came to WWE, he debuted on the NXT brand as the Glorious Bobby Roode and became the NXT World champion. When Roode debuted on the main roster, he would get a name change and demoted to a mid-card wrestler.
Robert Roode is a future WWE world champion, and everyone knows that, but before that can happen, he needs to be built up again as the top heel wrestler in the WWE. Roode should be sent to NXT for a couple of months to feud with NXT 2.0 top stars.
1. Seth Rollins
Seth Rollins returning to NXT would make sense because he was the first-ever NXT champion, so returning to NXT would be great for storyline purposes. The NXT fans would love to see Seth Rollins and Tommaso Ciampa enter a feud even if no title was involved. Seth Rollins is currently engaged in a feud with Big E. Still, a showdown between Rollins and any NXT 2.0 wrestlers could create some exciting television and views that the NXT 2.0 brand needs.