With NXT slowly becoming everyone’s favourite wrestling show out there right now and with an influx of the top independent wrestlers from around the world signing for NXT, the question is “is NXT good for the independent wrestling scene?”My personal view is yes, surely with all these ex Indy wrestlers performing on NXT and WWE each week it shows every independent wrestler out there that they have that chance to make it there too. This will only make the independents such as ROH, PWG, CZW and the uk’s ICW and Progress Wrestling better as with wrestlers upping their game this will make the cards for companies around the world much better. With wrestlers moving up to NXT this makes room for new stars to start a career and create a new guy for fans to get behind or boo the hell out of each week.
Wrestlers that have made the step up have become champions with Sami Zayn, Kevin Steen, Finn Balor , Neville and current WWE champion Seth Rollins all holding the NXT championship since making the jump from the Indy scene. The independents providing the WWE with ready to go performers who have been wrestling for years before joining NXT and this is proof as they are being thrown straight into the championship picture. WWE have even carried on storylines from the independents with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn reigniting their feud from the days they were known as Kevin Steen and El Generico which was unfortunately cut short due to Zayns injury. Also showing that you don’t need to be 6’10 and over 300lbs to make it to the WWE which must give heart to many of the Indy guys.
Recently in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and on episodes of NXT we have seen non contracted stars Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano advanced to the second round of the tournament and also on the same episode British grappler Martin Stone and Crazy Mary Dobson took on Tye Dillinger and Bayley respectively, showing that the WWE are willing to also give wrestlers the chance to show their skills on a worldwide stage.
With wrestlers such as Jay Lethal and Adam Cole currently on top form on the U.S. Indy scene and Jimmy Havoc, Tommy End and Zack Sabre Jr from Europe all making a big noise, is it a matter of time till they catch Triple H’s eye and make the move to Florida and the WWE network?
LONG LIVE NXT AND LONG MAY INDEPENDENT WRESTLING CONTINUE TO GROW!!!
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