In an ideal world, there'd be no real conversation driving a list like this.
NXT wouldn't need nor want the odd main roster star to shore up the ranks, because it wouldn't be gaining an extra hour and moving to USA Network in order to counter-programme an impending new threat to Vince McMahon's North American monopoly. It wouldn't need nor want the shock of a big surprise arrival on Night One because the race to get on television before All Elite Wrestling's TNT broadcast has resulted in a clunky half-and-half rollout between USA and the WWE Network. It wouldn't need nor want any change at all - it was in relatively rude health as a wrestling show (if not a developmental brand) for several years before it.
Yet here we all are. The potential Wednesday Night War is pretty exciting, even if it's a voyage into the unknown for both brands. AEW will rely heavily on their own talent and the former WWE stars they've already managed to lure over. NXT should operate the same way, but with the advantage of having near-total access to the current bunch.
There's a way to get this sort of thing wrong, but the prospects if they get it right could quickly turn a near-the-knuckle ratings battle into a relative squash. Especially if they start at the very top...
We Need To Talk About Kevin (Nash).
Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.