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WWE sending main roster talent to NXT during next Superstar Shake-up?

Imagine working your entire life to be a WWE Superstar and you’ve finally achieved your life-long dream. You’re on SmackDown Live and while the crowds might be lukewarm at times, it doesn’t stop you from doing your best. Then out of the blue another Superstar Shake-up is announced and your name is called. But instead of moving over to Raw, you are sent back to NXT.

Some might consider this a slight on the worker’s ability and could get disheartened by this news. Although this doesn’t seem like anything that could happen, the most recent issue of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter confirmed this is actually a likely scenario.

Apparently Vince McMahon is playing with the idea of having another Superstar Shake-up in the fall. They aren’t called drafts anymore because Vince doesn’t want to call them that. He likes “Superstar Shake-up” as the verbiage and it looks like WWE is going to keep using it.

Meltzer said at least one current main roster WWE Superstar is being considered for a switch down to NXT, but there could be more. If there’s a guy Vince McMahon isn’t pushing, isn’t getting over, or could be useful in developmental then that all creates chances for a Superstar’s move to NXT.

Superstars aren’t told about what brand they’ll be moved over to during one of these Shake-ups either. Therefore hearing you’ll be moving down to NXT might come as a shock.

It could also be a feather in a Superstar’s cap if they took the news of going back to NXT as a good thing. But overall if a Superstar is moved down to developmental it can’t be a great sign or at least it’s a test to see how they’ll handle it.

Only time will tell how far this thing goes because Vince McMahon and Company could always scrap the idea. But as of right now it looks like they’re at least batting around the idea of sending a few WWE Superstars down to NXT for one reason or another in the fall.


  • Nicholas2778

    This just tells me more and more the wrestler can’t wait for HHH to take over WWE full time. I love what Vince Mac has done for Pro Wrestling. But his days are done in Pro wrestling. HHH has a better sense of the wrestlers today.

    But I do think there are some wrestlers in NXT that will make in the main roster. Bobby Roode is a given he will a be a champion once he makes to the main roster.

  • CC

    Nobody has ever been sent from the main roster to NXT before … said Zak Ryder and Sin Cara.

  • oppa

    Dolph

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I do prefer it personally. Working under HHH and being more relaxed and comfortable and working with new talent and probably a much lighter schedule. I’m sure some guys would probably see this as a good this IMO. Maybe a pay cut, but the stories are usually a lot better and so is the quality of the matches. And I could imagine you get some creative freedom as well.

  • Sarrkazztic

    I can see them sending Lana back down……and maybe Enzo….which I feel would be a huge mistake.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    Its not so much “not getting over” but more the staff/vince not knowing a damn.

    Those writers and creative have nothing to do with nxt which is more Hunter & Regals department. and as a result stars are getting over having great matches and achieving sucess. Its when they leave that department t go to raw or smackdown that they get kicked in the teeth. Look at all the people like the ascention, vaudvillains, Nakamura, austin aries, sami zayne just to name a few.

  • MrDr3w

    Who I would send down to NXT to improve/freshen their character up a bit:

    -Dolph Ziggler
    -The Colons
    -The Ascension
    -Nia Jax
    -Chad Gable
    -Sami Zayn

    This is nothing against any of these superstars. I’m a big fan of half the guys on this list. I just feel like they have been underutilized, misused, or just aren’t connecting, and could benefit from another stint in WWE’s “developmental” territory.