I told y’all it was coming!
Last week I wrote an article about 10 WWE Superstars I think are in line for a breakout 2018 campaign. I published that list before this one because when people think NXT, they think about potential. It’s a fantasy booker’s paradise in that you can envision how a Superstar will perform in NXT and then dream of how you want them to succeed on the main roster. On top of that, many, if not most, of the best matches of the year come from WWE’s third brand. That all mixes together for a very interesting cocktail of hungry, motivated Superstars doing their best to put on great matches that will put them on the map (and the main roster).
This year saw Shinsuke Nakamura, The Revival, Bobby Roode, Samoa Joe, Asuka, Tye Dillinger, and half the Women’s Division all leave NXT. This list will look at the 10 NXT Superstars I think will have a breakout 2018 and pick up the slack for those who left. The criteria is based on recent booking, performance, character work, and some personal bias…deal with it. Let’s dive in!
The NXT Women’s Champion is a hard snub to make, but snub I shall. This isn’t because I don’t think Ember Moon will have a good, if not great, 2018. It’s more that 2017 already was her breakout year. She didn’t rack up a bunch of wins, but she went to war with Asuka time and time again in the best Women’s matches of the year. Ember Moon is already a bona fide star and should have a lengthy run as NXT Women’s Champion before making her jump to the main roster. She’s over as a performer, has the best finisher in the Women’s division by far, and is finally ruling the roost in NXT. I sincerely hope she proves me wrong and continues to innovate and improve this year.
The Street Profits:
One word: ELECTRIC! Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins, aka the Street Profits, made their way onto NXT TV in the middle of the summer and immediately became one of the most over teams on the roster. They bring so much swagger with them to the ring just in their entrance alone and back it up in the ring with incredible athleticism (not to mention their theme song is straight fire). The only reason the duo was left off of this list is that they’ve been relegated to squash matches and haven’t had any semblance of a developing feud, let alone a Takeover match. It’s a shame that we didn’t get to see a Dusty Rhodes Classic this summer, as these two would have PROFITED greatly (did you see what I did there?! Damn, I’m worth every penny). I look forward to see what these two can bring to the table when inserted into a proper feud.
Ok, time to get serious…………