There has been a ton of buzz and speculation surrounding both the WWE roster and those still in NXT due to the brand extension that’s set for next month. We know that the WWE superstars will be split up into two exclusive rosters making up Monday Night RAW and SmackDown, the latter of which will move to Tuesday nights, airing live. There have been reports that Vince McMahon plans to raid the NXT roster to help fill things out. So what lies ahead for the likes of Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Bayley, American Alpha, Shinsuke Nakamura, and others?
The Inquisitr reported Thursday that Balor’s promotion is being delayed by the returns of the Wyatt Family, Randy Orton, and Neville. The WWE doesn’t want to overload one show with numerous returns/debuts, making sure to give each star his just due. But Bayley and American Alpha’s call-ups are imminent in conjunction with the brand split.
Samoa Joe still has an NXT Championship to defend before he can make the jump for good, though Kevin Owens pulled double-duty while he held that same title. If WWE were planning a raid of their developmental system, it would stand to reason they’d go after the brand’s best. But Triple H wants to make sure the cupboard isn’t left completely dry as a result. And that’s potentially where Shinsuke Nakamura and others come into play.