Has Elias been a revelation on the main roster? That might be too strong a word, but it is clear that The Drifter has been much more at home on RAW than he ever was on NXT. On the developmental show the former Samson felt like a square peg in a round hole - on the flagship show he comes across as a useful cog in the machine.
The Drifter is still clearly positioned as an undercard performer, but he could well be in line for a big 2018. The fate of the WWE Intercontinental Championship remains to be seen, as it is unlikely that Roman Reigns will carry the title all the way until WrestleMania. Elias had a competitive match with The Big Dog recently, and another championship opportunity could be in his future.
A move to SmackDown could also see title success for Elias. The blue show is known as the ‘Land of Opportunity’, and a switch to Tuesday nights saw unimagined success for Jinder Mahal. Could The Drifter make the same move and enjoy similar success? Don’t rule it out.