If you’re a regular NXT viewer, this week’s episodes of Raw
and SmackDown presented a mixed bag for you.
You most likely are huge fans of Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa,
Ricochet and Aleister Black, and while you’d hate to see them leave the friendly
confines of the black and gold brand, you obviously want the best for them. At
the same time, you realize that being elevated to the main roster is not
necessarily what’s best for them. You’ve seen this story before.
WWE’s current main roster is littered with the carcasses of
former NXT standouts who wowed audiences at TakeOver events, only to take up
residency during PPV kickoff shows and in various moronic segments on Raw or SmackDown.
And you might almost want the current crop of NXT superstars to stay put until the
But that’s not what happened. Although it was
unclear on Raw, it looks like the NXT superstars will become main roster mainstays.
Knowing that this might well be a permanent thing, it casts
a different light on the situation, and it raises several concerns, which we’ll
explore here. But it should be noted right away: This writer is rooting for all four wrestlers and for WWE to prove this
column wrong. Don’t let four of the brightest NXT call-ups in recent memory
go the way of so many others.
Let’s take a look at the troubling signs surrounding these recent
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.