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Monday, October 12, 2015

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Top NXT Prospects

By @stevesignore 

For the last several weeks I've noticed a number of fans commenting that NXT isn't as good as it used to be. Unfortunately, they're missing what NXT is in the process of doing: transitioning. Over the past six months they've moved on from a number of stars, including the likes of Neville and Owens, Lucha Dragons and the Ascension, Charlotte and Becky Lynch, and you've most likely witnessed the end of Sasha Banks in NXT. Soon you may get a returning Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami, along with the arrivals of Nia Jax and (spoiler alert) James Storm. In the meantime, the powers that be at NXT are looking to grow some new stars and storylines. I guarantee by the upcoming NXT Takeover we're going to have new rivalries evolving. Two solo stars and one tag team come to mind when considering the near future of NXT:

3. Jordan and Gable


-These two performers both carry amateur backgrounds, albeit Gable's was a bit more high profile. This pairing almost brings you back to the days of Haas and Benjamin. The only difference is these perfomers have a little more potential in the way of charisma. While they're not in line for an Academy Award, you see glimpses of personality from time to time. Jordan is still very young, age 27, despite the fact he's been down at NXT for over three plus years. The veteran of the group, Jordan has the look and the ability to become a blue chipper for WWE in the future. He just needs to put it all together in NXT before he gets that chance. Gable reminds me of Kurt Angle in some ways. Maybe not in stature, but in what he brings from an Olympic background and his quasi-comedic promos. Let's not forget, Angle didn't come out and deliver great promos, or at the least, comical promos from the start. It took him awhile. But you're already getting glimpses from Gable. I don't want to jump the gun here, but the stars are aligned for him to eventually become a breakout star.... In a perfect world, the tag team stays together long enough for the return of Angle, maybe to NXT as a part-time wrestler/coach. Okay, okay, maybe it's a pipedream, or maybe I'm rehashing a storyline that took place years ago, but it would be fun to watch.

2. Apollo Crews


-Who else is sick of the Lashley comparisons when it comes to Crews? Yes, they have a very similar appearance, but as far as agility in the ring, I don't think it's close. He does moves in the ring that some of the most agile superstars can't even do. The one thing you can see with Crews is he's green on the mic. Will that change? In the world of the Performance Center you never know. Nevertheless, he's gonna put on alot of great matches in the coming months. I'd love to see him have a run with Balor or Samoa Joe. And I wouldn't be shocked if that's the ultimate goal here.

1. Asuka


-When I first heard of Asuka's arrival to NXT, I wasn't sure what to expect. As a WWE/NXT loyalist I don't watch much wrestling outside of the company. I had to ask around about Asuka's ability, and as you'd expect, it was very positive.

Her first match at NXT Takeover had me mesmerized. She's unique. She's not like any woman wrestler we've seen in WWE or NXT and that's a good thing. While we can't ever expect a solid promo, she has a way about her that makes you want to root for her. She's gonna be in the title picture in no time, and the matches she'll have with Bayley should be entertaining.

Have any other prospects? List them below.

-Steve

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