As great as NXT is as a weekly TV show, it remains WWE's developmental territory where they groom talent to one day be called up to the main roster. In the three years it's been the feeder system for WWE, it's given us a great deal of stars such as Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, and Neville.
But it wasn't always the primary proving ground: before there was NXT, there was Florida Championship Wrestling.
After WWE severed ties with Deep South Wrestling and Ohio Valley Wrestling in 2007 and 2008, respectively, they started up the developmental promotion. In fact, many of the main roster members of today graduated from there including Sheamus, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler, and Wade Barrett, though it's worth noting only one them held the FCW Heavyweight Championship, the territory's top title at the time.
Usually when a promotion gives their lead championship to a wrestler, that indicates they have faith in him to serve as the "face" of their brand. In FCW's case, it was a sign the wrestler was ready for the challenge of being called up to the main roster. Almost everyone who held that belt eventually graced WWE TV, but a majority of them found very little success on Raw and SmackDown.
For all the top-tier Superstars FCW gave us in the five years it was around, countless flops came of it as well.
Since 2008, Graham has been a diehard pro wrestling fan and, in 2010, he combined his passions for WWE and for writing and began writing for Bleacher Report. Equipped with a Bachelor's in Digital Journalism from Endicott College and a Master's in Journalism from Quinnipiac University in progress, Graham has contributed to WhatCulture, Daily DDT, Sports Betting Dime, and Gatehouse Media. Along the way, he has conducted interviews with WWE superstars like Chris Jericho, Adam "Edge" Copeland, Bill Goldberg, Jay "Christian" Reso, Diamond Dallas Page, and Jim Ross to name a few.