With the injuries piling up, and with both John Cena and Brock Lesnar off of television, the WWE main roster is hurting. Their lack of depth has caused thousands of WWE fans to spend their Monday nights doing something other than watching RAW, and a good amount of those people have wondered why WWE hasn’t brought some of their NXT stars to the main roster to help circumvent their obvious depth issues.
There are plenty of wrestlers down in NXT who are ready to be on WWE’s main roster, and have been ready for quite some time. Guys like Samoa Joe, Sami Zayn [who is getting ready to return from injury], and the NXT Champion Finn Balor are all more than ready to be called up. But, as of right now, WWE hasn’t felt the need to bring any of those three men up to their main show.
Earlier this week, while promoting the upcoming NXT Takeover: London show, Triple H, who is WWE’s head of talent relations, was asked why someone like Finn Balor hasn’t been brought up to help add some depth to the thin WWE roster.
Triple H responded to the question by saying that, if he brought Balor up now, it would just be as a spot-filler until the guys who were injured came back, and then he would just be lost in the shuffle. Basically, Triple H wants Balor’s role on the main roster to be more than a temporary band-aid.
“I hate taking a guy like Finn Balor and saying, ‘Hey look, you’re the band-aid to hold us over until these other guys come back and then we’ll see from there. If we don’t have that game plan in place when we call these guys up, especially a guy like Finn Balor, then it’s not the right time. You need to have something in your mind and hopefully a long-term plan in place that gets them to where you want them to be. Or at least that would be the goal.”
Balor, who is 34, is set to defend his NXT Championship against Samoa Joe at next week’s NXT Takeover: London show, which should be a great match.
Both Balor and Joe are more than ready to be on the main roster, however, it seems like both men are content being in NXT. Balor said in a recent interview that he isn’t in any rush to leave NXT because he enjoys being the face of WWE’s developmental brand.
It does seem that Balor has changed his tune about being in NXT, because before last year’s WrestleMania, he seemed to be chomping at the bit to get called up to the main roster, saying that “only death will keep me off of next year’s WrestleMania card.”
Furthermore, when Balor signed with WWE, he was under the impression that he wouldn’t be stuck in the developmental system for very long, which is why he was willing to leave New Japan Pro Wrestling.
There are those who believe that guys like Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, and Sami Zayn are better off staying in NXT due to the lack of freedom on WWE’s main roster, and also due to the fact that Vince McMahon can’t seem to get behind pushing more than one or two guys at a time, and right now he’s dead set on making Roman Reigns the next top guy, so almost everyone else is stuck in what’s known as the 50/50 club.
If Balor ends up dropping the NXT Championship to Samoa Joe at the NXT Takeover show, that could mean that WWE is planning on calling him up at some point in the near future. However, as of right now, Balor retaining the title is probably a safe bet.
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