A lot of WWE fans had reservations about last night’s TLC pay-per-view. Those fans weren’t wrong, as the feelings going towards the show was that it’d be “cookie-cutter” and just a regular WWE special. It’s often been called “Sunday Night Raw.” A lot of those PPV’s do have that feel, and the WWE just doesn’t deliver, but last night was an exception to the rule. It had a great beginning and ending, with a couple of great matches in between.
The Triple Threat Ladder match was a spectacle to witness, as the New Day retained their WWE Tag-Team championships. The Lucha Dragons and Usos also put on a great show, along with one of the best ladder spots in recent memory. Kalisto hit his finisher off the of the ladder onto another ladder on the ground. Jimmy Uso was the recipient of that move. Needless to say, the entire WWE Universe got off their seat.
While the main roster is doing its thing, WWE NXT is gearing up for a huge special in London on Wednesday. NXT Takeover London is expected to be one of the best wrestling events in recent memory. Finn Balor was a guest on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, and Balor keeps saying he’s not in a hurry to get to the main roster.
“I really believe that what we’re doing here in the [WWE] Performance Center [and] what we’re doing with NXT is something that’s going to be remembered for years. I feel like to get quote, unquote called up to the main roster would be, maybe, like a step back for my career right [now]. Obviously, instant gratification, you get called up to the main roster, that’s great, but I think what we’re doing here in NXT will stand longer in history as kind of like a revolutionary period and to kind of pull myself out of that would be detrimental to my career in the long term.”
Is Balor off-base about what he’s saying? WWE NXT is revolutionary, and it has that excitement the WWE fans have wanted since ECW folded. Every show, the fans chant, “N-X-T.” They don’t chant the promotion’s name anywhere on the main roster. They’re lucky if a chant breaks out in excitement or drama.
— Cageside Seats (@cagesideseats) December 15, 2015
WWE NXT is special, and there’s no reason why the talents there don’t want to leave. When Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch, there was emotion, for sure. The last of the Four Horsewomen, Bayley, is currently the NXT Women’s champion. Several weeks ago, she shared Balor’s sentiments about NXT vs. the main roster.
“I definitely want to be a part of it but I’m not in any rush right now. NXT is so huge and we’re already doing something very special here, so if I was on the main roster right now I’d feel that I was missing out with what’s going on in NXT.
“We have Asuka, Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss, Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Carmella, and all these girls who are just waiting to change the division even more than it already has. They’re going to take it to a different level so selfishly I still want to be part of that.”
NXT Takeover London will probably out-do TLC, but that’s the opinion of WWE fans. Balor and Bayley aren’t wrong, though, that it may feel like a step-down from WWE NXT to the main roster. Fans at Full Sail and those on the WWE Network are still happy to see them where they belong right now: NXT.
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