11 NXT Call-Ups Who Are No Longer With WWE

Perhaps certain stars are better off staying in NXT.


NXT has built a solid foundation for the future of WWE since its re-launch in 2012 and has created a slew of stars, from Seth Rollins to Kevin Owens to Charlotte Flair. In fact, over half of the current WWE roster spent time in NXT at one point or another, making it the place to be for all up-and-coming athletes.

Of course, just because someone gets the elusive call-up from NXT to the grand stages of SmackDown Live or Raw doesn't necessarily mean they'll be successful. Far too often, WWE brings people up without a plan in place for them, and as a result, they crash and burn relatively quickly.

That's evident upon looking at most of the competitors who occupy the undercard on Raw and SmackDown today. There are even those who graduated from NXT to the main roster and were eventually released. Whether they requested it or were flat-out fired, they didn't pan out the way longtime fans of the black-and-gold brand may have hoped.

At a time when many main roster performers are reportedly aiming looking to leave for the independent scene, who knows how many disgruntled talent would rather be back in NXT where they were actually utilized to their full potential?


Since 2008, Graham has been a diehard pro wrestling fan and, in 2010, he combined his passions for WWE and writing when he joined Bleacher Report. Equipped with a master's in journalism, Graham has contributed to WhatCulture, FanSided's Daily DDT, Sports Betting Dime, and GateHouse Media. Along the way, he has conducted interviews with wrestling superstars like Chris Jericho, Edge, Goldberg, Christian, Diamond Dallas Page, Jim Ross, Adam Cole, Tessa Blanchard, Ryback, and Nick Aldis among others.