In an era where WWE has its own well-publicized and popular
developmental system, it has become the norm to see fully formed wrestlers
spring forth onto our television at various times throughout the year.
Whether intentional or not, debuting wrestlers have become
the lifeblood of the company, providing a shot in the arm to Raw and SmackDown
with fresh faces and new matchups. And since WWE is once again operating a
brand split with hours of TV to fill each week, there is a definite need for
more superstars to join the two brands.
This past year saw a good number of wrestlers debut on the
main roster, to varying degrees of success. None of the newcomers managed to
capture gold during their freshman campaign, but some definitely made a bigger
impact than others. And for some, it’s too early to issue a full report card.
But it’s worth taking a look at these debuting superstars
and seeing how they’ve fared on the main roster so far, with an outlook for
2018 for them. Could there be bigger things on the horizon for some of these
Nearly all of these wrestlers came up through NXT, so WWE
has no one to blame but themselves if they weren’t ready or weren’t booked
well. Let’s get to it…
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.