has undoubtedly been the best thing under the WWE umbrella for some time now.
Since its debut in 2012, it has consistently garnered acclaim for the quality of
its wrestling and storytelling, though many fans are only now experiencing it
for the first time following the
moving of its weekly show to the USA network and the inclusion of its
performers on this year’s Survivor Series card.
cornerstone of NXT are its TakeOver events. Just 4-5 are held per year, usually
with five matches per card. This ‘less-is-more’ approach makes every bout mean
something and as a result, every single event from Arrival in 2014 to last
week’s third WarGames iteration has been well-received. This is something of
an incredible accomplishment given that the company often struggles to put on two great ‘main roster’ events in a row – 28 would be unfathomable!
that the majority of the WWE roster (64/109 of Raw and SmackDown’s current
ranks) have come through the NXT system, almost everybody has had a taste of
the TakeOver spotlight over the last six years, with 98 different performers
(active and alumni) in total having performed at least at one event.
are a handful of exceptions, however. Here are five (technically eight) of the most notable, excluding
those that graduated from NXT in 2012/13 before TakeOvers became a thing, such
as Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Rusev and Big E.