On June 7, 2010, the professional wrestling landscape changed forever. Wade Barrett and his group of NXT rookies tore apart John Cena, Justin Roberts, the ring, and everything WWE owned on the floor. It was truly one of the most shocking segments in WWE history. It’s amazing to think that a bunch of rookies had that much of an impact on wrestling. This goes to show that rookies are not just rookies in wrestling.
Cena was the perfect protagonist for a bunch of misfits to wreak havoc on Monday Night Raw. After that historic night, the WWE was never the same, and a multitude of different creative directions occurred that evening. Barrett became the perfect leader; he was destined to be a main event-player. One thing led to another, and it imploded. Let’s hope that never happens again.
On to today’s news, which will surprise every last member of the Internet Wrestling Community. WWE teased on their Twitter page that something new was coming this week on Raw.
You’ve waited long enough… Prepare yourself for the next generation. 9/22/2014
— WWE (@WWE) September 19, 2014
Now, there are no indications as to what will be coming in a few days, but with NXT booming these days, it is only a matter of time before the NXT 5 debut on WWE programming. For those who aren’t familiar, the NXT 5 were dubbed as Sami Zayn, Fergal Devitt, Kevin Steen, Hideo Itami, and Adrian Neville. Those five men are the future of World Wrestling Entertainment. Collectively, these men will change the wrestling industry forever.
A few of the NXT 5, as well as Tyler Breeze, will be traveling with the main roster for the next few weeks. It is a great thing to get these guys acclimated to the travel schedule, Raw and SmackDown locker rooms, and the overall atmosphere. NXT and Raw are two different things, as far as level of talent and attitudes go.
For NXT, they want to steal the show every single night. They are fighting for a spot on that main card. As for the main roster, some are simply satisfied with collecting a paycheck each month. That’s another article for another day.
NXT’s moniker is “The Future Is Now,” and they are backed it up with the debut of Itami yesterday on NXT. Their big shows, such as NXT Takeover and NXT Arrival, are often times better than WWE pay-per-views. Whatever Triple H is doing down in Full Sail, it is working, and he should not stop until his product is better than Vince McMahon’s.
Itami, Devitt, Zayn, Neville, and Steen, if they should arrive on Raw next week, will provide a huge impact by simply showing up. Their reputations alone will cause the fans to erupt in joy. WWE marks begged for the signings of those five guys. Now that they are here, it is time to start showing them off. Don’t recreate the Nexus — just make it better.
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