It all started with Adrian Neville and Sami Zayn. Triple H did an amazing job bringing the best Independent stars to WWE and usher in a new era of professional wrestling. Both men were putting on 5-star matches wherever they went. Zayn did it in Ring of Honor, as Neville worked for Dragon Gate USA and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Both men ended up in the WWE, and are hopefully here to stay. After HHH saw the success of those two, he thought it was time to bring in more Independent darlings. So, he then signed KENTA, Fergal Devitt and Kevin Steen. The last one is clearly the most surprising, but HHH found a way to bring him to WWE.
They are now called the NXT 5. Steen, Zayn, Neville, KENTA, and Devitt will then revolutionize the WWE and make it a better place for the future. Since everybody complains about a boring product with predictable storylines, hopefully these five gentlemen can change it forever. After KENTA, now known as Hideo Itami, debuted last week, it was time for another to strut his stuff.
"Prince Devitt will be using the name Finn Balor in WWE NXT. There was talk of letting him use his real name, Fergal Devitt, but that is not the case. Devitt may be in action at tonight's NXT tapings from Full Sail University."
It wasn't just a maybe, as Balor made his debut at this past week's NXT tapings. His debut should be on the November 6 tapings.
That came from an Instagram post at Full Sail. Balor, even after his first match, is one of the most-talented wrestlers the company has. Devitt was a huge part of the Independent scene, and will do larger things in the WWE. There was turmoil, however, with Triple H and Vince McMahon.
Since HHH started to get more power in the company, McMahon silently started to lose his power and responsibilities. Well, with a lot of power comes frustration and struggle. Both men were not in favor of changing KENTA's name. Obviously, McMahon wanted to change KENTA's name to something else. Triple H wanted to keep the name the same for marketing reasons.
There is no blame to be had for HHH, as he understands the public and their Independent wrestling. McMahon is simply out of touch with society. Plus, he doesn't even watch NXT. How would he know what is best for that program, if he never watches it? I'm not insinuating that McMahon should retire, but Triple H needs much more responsibility than he has currently.
Who knows, maybe NXT will become better than WWE Raw. It is certainly on its way of doing so.
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