NXT has been a reliable source of fresh main roster talent since its inception as a game show in 2010, with the brand's alumni comprising a huge percentage of WWE's current top stars. From Finn Bálor and Kevin Owens to Charlotte and Sasha Banks, some of the company's most important performers cut their teeth in NXT, and the Performance Center has proved itself as a fertile breeding ground for the next wave of talent.
Intended as the ultimate pro-wrestling finishing school, it takes wrestlers from a wide variety of different backgrounds and sculpts them into TV-ready superstars. It has been extremely successful in doing so, but adding "NXT" to your resumé is no guarantee of success, and dozens of talented wrestlers have lost their way in developmental.
NXT has served up plenty of disappointment over the years. It's an effective system, but not a flawless one, and its history is laced with squandered potential. Excluding any wrestler who ever transitioned into a permanent, long-term main roster spot (a success in itself, regardless of card position), here are the wrestlers who should've been stars, but couldn't live up to their own hype, even if it wasn't entirely their own fault...
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