Over the last several months, the NXT roster has done some incredible things. A few of those incredible acts came at the hands of NXT Takeover specials. WWE is working diligently to improve and perfect their developmental system, as well as change it to a global phenomenon. However, with greatness in a company comes jealousy.
There was a report that came out in December that the WWE main roster was jealous of the success that the NXT stars were having. At NXT R Evolution, which is becoming famous for its groundbreaking results, shot NXT up the charts in popularity. Now, every WWE fan wants to watch NXT, and sometimes thinks of WWE’s matches and programming as an afterthought.
That sounds like an asinine comment, but Twitter has proven that NXT is becoming more popular than the WWE flagship shows on television. Was there truly some jealousy coming from the WWE’s main roster? Adrian Neville, former NXT champion, spoke on the rumored-frustrations and put an end to the controversy, at least in his opinion.
“I don’t think so. I certainly don’t get that when I’m working the main roster shows. I think, if anything, the main roster guys are supportive and they are excited to see us thrive and make the transition from NXT to the main roster. And looking forward to standing across the ring from us and competing against us. I know, if I was on the main roster, and I saw the young guys coming in who were hungry and killing it down in NXT, I’d look forward to facing them. I don’t think that’s the case at all. I don’t think that’s true at all.”
Since Neville is a straight-shooter in interviews, this is a very candid response to a great question. Neville has toured with the WWE main roster for a good bit of time, which would give him great first-hand experience in the “jealousy” that follows the NXT roster.
Let’s be honest, some of the best NXT stars are better than WWE’s top guys. That’s purely based on wrestling ability. The top guys in WWE are Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler, Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose. If there is a man missing, comment below and add him. It’s fair to say that Neville, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, and Hideo Itami are better wrestlers than even some of those men atop the WWE’s main roster.
Of course, the “best wrestler” argument is always up for debate. Regardless, believe Neville when he says there is no jealousy between the two groups. If there were, NXT stars wouldn’t be rumored to enter the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 31.
Both groups need to act as a cohesive unit to truly execute perfection in the professional wrestling world. If they were to “invade” WWE’s main roster, the NXT group and WWE main roster would have to act as a team. I’m sure there would be no problem in that.
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