5 Most Notable NXT Alumni (Who Never Had A TakeOver Match)

28 Events. 98 Performers. Who never made the cut?

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NXT has undoubtedly been the best thing under the WWE umbrella for some time now. Since its debut in 2012, it has consistently garnered acclaim for the quality of its wrestling and storytelling, though many fans are only now experiencing it for the first time following the moving of its weekly show to the USA network and the inclusion of its performers on this year’s Survivor Series card.

The cornerstone of NXT are its TakeOver events. Just 4-5 are held per year, usually with five matches per card. This ‘less-is-more’ approach makes every bout mean something and as a result, every single event from Arrival in 2014 to last week’s third WarGames iteration has been well-received. This is something of an incredible accomplishment given that the company often struggles to put on two great ‘main roster’ events in a row – 28 would be unfathomable!

Now that the majority of the WWE roster (64/109 of Raw and SmackDown’s current ranks) have come through the NXT system, almost everybody has had a taste of the TakeOver spotlight over the last six years, with 98 different performers (active and alumni) in total having performed at least at one event.

There are a handful of exceptions, however. Here are five (technically eight) of the most notable, excluding those that graduated from NXT in 2012/13 before TakeOvers became a thing, such as Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Rusev and Big E.

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Alex was about to write a short biography, but he got distracted by something shiny instead.