Believe it or not, it’s an exciting time to be involved with the WWE right now. Whether it’s in WWE NXT or on the main roster, the buzz is returning. Beginning with NXT, it was hard to hide the spoilers last week. Former TNA Heavyweight champion Austin Aries made his debut with the company at the last set of tapings. Unfortunately, folks in attendance spoiled it. That made the WWE’s website make it official, along with the video of his debut.
Aries seemed to be in his element simply because of how talented he really is. His debut in the WWE was a long-time coming as well. Much like Samoa Joe, most expect him to have a huge impact in WWE NXT. AJ Styles just debuted with the company at the Royal Rumble. The reception for the wrestling veteran was expected. Even casual fans were excited to see Styles for the first time.
As most WWE fans already know, Shinsuke Nakamura is expected to get medical testing done in the coming weeks, followed by a WWE Performance Center arrival after that. Alongside Nakamura, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson are expected to make their debut soon. Early reports suggested that both men will debut in WWE NXT. However, those plans could be changing.
According to the latest report by Daily Wrestling News and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson may start on the main roster.
“We noted before via The Wrestling Observer that there was talk that Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows will debut in WWE NXT some time in March. PWInsider reports that talk going around says the if and when the two are signed to deals, it will be for the main roster and not NXT.”
Is this the best option for these two? After all of the tweets from Gallows, Anderson, the Bullet Club, and Finn Balor, it became apparent they’d work together as soon as they got there. If WWE wanted to maximize on an opportunity, it would make perfect sense to put those three in a group and call themselves the “Balor Club.”
Hopefully, the WWE does as good of a job with Gallows and Anderson as they did with AJ Styles. If anyone knows about debuting talents, it’s clearly Vince Russo. Some may think that’s a joke, but he’s still a respected mind in the industry. Judging by the reaction of Styles’ debut, Russo wasn’t impressed. Is anybody surprised?
“I’m not so sure that out of the 3.5 million the WWE has these days, how many of them knew who AJ Styles was. There’s a huge difference in the pop in the house, and the 3.5 million people at home. In my opinion, I don’t think this was the best way to debut AJ Styles,” Russo said.
He added, “I would have had a little bit more of a build up and have him come in being somebody for those who didn’t know him. I’m thrilled to death for AJ. At this point in his career, he needs to be on the main stage.”
Including Russo’s comments about Styles’ debut, how should the WWE debut Gallows and Anderson? There will always be differing opinions, but perhaps his way of booking makes more sense for a stable that will make an impact.
WWE is investing a lot into Styles just by the outlook of his matches and appearances in the last few days. If the WWE pays the Bullet Club well, then they’ll use him. The “Balor Club” has major potential.
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