For such a limited roster, in terms of numbers, there are multiple honourable mentions - highlighting the strength of what remains a superb wrestling product.
Omitted for his relatively short tenure is former brand talisman Shinsuke Nakamura, who did incredibly well to soften his incompatible, full-blooded King Of Strong Style schtick. A cerebral couplet of TakeOver matches opposite Bobby Roode proved, definitively, that there is a WWE sports entertainer within the puro practitioner. If only the main roster agent regime didn't paint the Artist with such broad strokes.
The Revival wrestled just one standout bout on the yellow brand - but what a match it was. Their incredible, shared-enemy work with #DIY opposite the Authors of Pain, at TakeOver: Orlando was something very special; a fitting and insanely dramatic bow to their thread on the gorgeous patchwork quilt that is the NXT doubles division.
Lars Sullivan ended the year in some style, as a monster both entertaining and believable. Nikki Cross worked wonders as a weirdo - ditto Alexander Wolfe. SAnitY ringleader Eric Young, meanwhile, quietly restored his aura after a middling start. Hideo Itami actually wrestled - and very well, in a sorely underrated bout with Roode overshadowed by the moonlighting Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne. The Velveteen Dream wrestled one categorical classic this year; his CV is prohibitively thin elsewhere.
Most everybody who faced Kassius Ohno emerged in a loftier position - but he was a star-maker, not a star...