The WWE has fully committed to its next generation by hosting multiple tournaments with talent from around the world and opening its doors to MMA fighters, allowing them to wrestle in the squared circle.
Their commitment is currently noticeable through WWE NXT. The show has recently begun to establish their headliners and have been allowing other superstars to build their characters on their televised shows, every Wednesday night. Now that the McMahons are back in the WWE, they’ve already announced several call-ups who will make their debuts soon. Nikki Cross, EC3, Lars Sullivan, Heavy Machinery, and Lacey Evans are the first round of NXT talent to make their way to either RAW or SmackDown.
According to a post by John Pollock of POST Wrestling, it is being said that creative would love to have called up names who were higher on the card, but they needed to leave NXT live events with a strong base.
As the WWE continues to grow, the following superstars will undoubtably take NXT to the next level and could potentially be a part of the second round of call-ups by the McMahons:
Predicting the second round of NXT call-ups
The minor leagues have outperformed the main roster on live shows before, but never more than they have this year. NXT continues to prove there is talent in the current crop who can be more reliable than their current superiors on Raw and SmackDown. With the McMahons shaking things up for the WWE Universe, they have promised more call-ups, better storylines, and the authority ultimately relying on their fanbase for the upcoming decisions. Take a look at our predictions for the next wave of NXT call-ups.
Yim has been ready since she debuted in the Mae Young Classic this year. She's been wrestling for some time now and has held belts in various promotions during her tenure. Yim could be ready to go at any moment, and begin to build her WWE presence on SmackDown or RAW in the next round of NXT call-ups.
The main roster spotlight is nothing new for Ricochet, who has headlined Lucha Undergound as Prince Puma prior to joining the WWE roster. Since then, he's gone to showcase his skills against some of NXT's best, and captured the North American Championship by beating Adam Cole. Ricochet could fit well in the mid-card of RAW or SmackDown. He could even claim the top spot on 205 Live as a future cruiserweight champion, since he's known for dazzling crowds with his high flying stunts in the ring.
Not only is Ripley young and your first ever WWE UK women's champion, the UK NXT women's division is stacked with talent from the Mae Young Classic. Although she's promised to reign for a while, it's inevitable that WWE will look towards their UK talent to fill a few spots when they call-up the second batch of NXT superstars to the main stage. Ripley is dominant and the powerhouse SmackDown needs in its women's division. Riley could drop the title after a few more defenses, to rising star and Mae Young Classic winner, Toni Storm before making an impact on the main stage.
Gargano, Tomasso Ciampa, and Aleister Black have been a feuding at the top of NXT for some time now, proving themselves as capable of holding main event spots for long stretches of time. Not only do they produce, they deliver fantastic promos and even better fights. Gargano has an underdog presence that the WWE currently needs now that Daniel Bryan is a heel champion on SmackDown. Gargano has built a fanbase that wants to see him in dream matches with main roster stars and the shake-up is the perfect time for his main roster debut. The other two will follow shortly after, since NXT cannot lose all their stars.
The Four Horsewoman
Ronda Rousey recently faced her only friend on Monday Night RAW, Natalya and WWE seems to be slowly building this Four Horsewomen future matchup. Due to the timing and Rousey not wanting to wrestle forever, it could be time for her friends to be called up, as backup she can trust. The rest of the Four Horsewoman of MMA: Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir, could potentially come to the aid of Rousey who is currently atop the RAW women's division in feuds with both Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch. Although Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir got off to a later start, they'll benefit from being able to learn as they go, relying on Baszler as the head of their trio in NXT for the time being.
Since he wasn't called up, we do believe the Velveteen Dream will make that second round. He doesn't have a belt on him currently and he's a huge draw for the WWE. According to Velveteen Dream on Twitter, it's up to the WWE Universe to ask for his call-up. He's been campaigning hard using #CallDREAMUp and if he does make it to the main card, he'd be perfect for the SmackDown brand where he could potentially be a headliner. Dream tweeted, "I don’t need writers and I don’t need a lot of time. A superstar should bleed through ur TV. And not when someone’s producing it." Needless to say, he wants it and is ready.
The Undisputed Era
Having made their debuts in 2017, Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly and Adam Cole formed The Undisputed Era, and the trio quickly made their way up the NXT rankings. Although they recently promised to all hold a gold strap again, the Undisputed Era has already fought everyone on the NXT scene and their arrogant personalities could be what the main roster needs. They've held championships and have been on the top of NXT for quite some time, it's time to take their talents to either RAW or SmackDown to continue their decade of dominance.