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 new superstars?
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…