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Ranking The Success Of Every WWE Star To Debut In The Crowd At NXT TakeOver

10. Kushida (TakeOver: New York)

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Even with WWE's on-air product arguably worse than it's been in many years, talent from all across the world are still willing to sign with the company and attempt to make a name for themselves - or at least within the NXT system.

For nearly a decade, Kushida was a staple of New Japan Pro Wrestling's junior heavyweight division, where he reigned as the Junior Heavyweight champion and as the Junior Heavyweight tag team champion on multiple occasions. He also won the Best of the Super Juniors tournament two times.

He reached a point where he accomplished all he could in the Land of the Rising Sun and decided to take his chances by coming over to NXT. There were rumblings of him signing with the black-and-gold brand as early as December 2018, and shortly after Wrestle Kingdom 13, he announced his departure from NJPW.

It took some time, but he finally arrived in NXT at TakeOver: New York over WrestleMania weekend when he appeared in the crowd. The signing was actually announced by the company earlier that day on WWE.com, but he received a great reaction from the fans in attendance nonetheless.

Seeing as how he is still relatively new in NXT, it's too early to tell how high his ceiling will be, but with wins over Kassius Ohno and Drew Gulak, he's already off to a strong start.

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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.