WWE’s NXT brand is currently stacked with talent, comprised of several wrestlers who are well-equipped to make a big impact on the main roster when management decides to call them up. Seasoned NXT veterans like Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn and Tyler Breeze were recently joined by Hideo Itami and Finn Balor, with (the man still known as) Kevin Steen on his way.
The main roster injuries of Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns have left a big gap on RAW and SmackDown, the perfect opportunity for current Superstars to step up their game and for WWE to pull from their developmental system to enhance the thinning lineup.
With all the talent in NXT, which performers are next to make it to the big time?
According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, both Hideo Itami (Kenta) and Finn Balor (Prince Devitt) will be getting called up before most of the guys currently in NXT. While Itami truly wants to be part of the NXT system while he adopts the WWE in-ring style and improve his English, Balor “wasn’t brought in to spend (two or) three years” in developmental.
He’ll have to have a run there, because that’s how WWE develops their talent, but Meltzer speculates that Balor will be brought to RAW “before 90% or 95% of the talent in NXT that’s there now will be up.”