Established in 2012, NXT has been the breeding ground for WWE's stars of tomorrow for nearly six years, and it now boasts a collection of graduates capable of rivalling just about any independent promotion in the world.
The NXT experiment has been such a resounding success that it seems incredible to think that, just a decade ago, the company was still using barely-watched, minor-league territories like OVW and FCW to break in the new guys (and then, all the while, wondering why so many of them buckled under the pressure of the main roster spotlight).
Not all of those who made the leap from Full Sale University to Raw or SmackDown have reached the top of the mountain, of course. For every Seth Rollins or Sami Zayn, there's an Apollo Crews or Adam Rose - wrestlers who have, for various reasons, been unable to build on their initial promise.
But enough of them have made the grade for us to believe there's something in the water down in Orlando (or at the very least: a diligent scouting team with the phone number of someone in Ring Of Honor).
Note: this list will be comprised strictly of graduates from the NXT brand. Daniel Bryan and the rest of the 2010-era "rookies" don't count.