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WWE might have plans for Shayna Baszler in 2020

Shayna Baszler

Shayna Baszler made another appearance on this week’s Smackdown in order to continue the invasion angle for Survivor Series. However, she might be called up to the main roster next year.

On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that WWE “absolutely” had big plans for Shayna Baszler on the main roster in 2020. With NXT being on the USA Network, those plans might take longer than expected.

Meltzer thinks that Shayna is “earmarked” for 2020 and said that NXT going on USA changed a lot of plans. Before that, she was supposed to go to the main roster. He added that WWE is clearly still very high on her as she has been the NXT Women’s Champion for a very long time.

He also said that the only thing that could prevent Shayna’s call-up is if WWE no longer decides to call up NXT stars to the main roster, which would certainly be an issue especially as NXT stars are paid less than the main roster.

Baszler is already 39 years old, so the sooner they call her up to the main roster, the better. However, she is still perfectly capable of delivering a solid match.


  • Keith Learmonth

    I almost wonder if, given her age, it would be better to keep her on NXT. Just have her be nearly unstoppable, and then when she finally loses, she retires.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    I don’t think there will be many call up from NXT as the will be building there own brand. I also believe the NXT would rather be working with HHH right now then Vince.

  • Kayfabe_Is_Dead

    “Might” is the key word here. The main thing that makes sense for her (before she gets too old) would be to have a match with Rousey. I have to assume that they will try to build to that within the next 1-2 years.

    I agree with some of the comments about how NXT should be treated as a bigger deal and like less of a training ground or developmental (even though that’s what it is). They need to make up their mind here, if they don’t want it to end up like the new ECW when they added big names for enhancement. It just didn’t work and left talent and fans disgruntled.

  • CC

    Someone else tried to claim elsewhere that Balor to NXT was a demotion, totally ignoring the fact that he has been moved there to help make NXT into a bigger deal. It has been said elsewhere that the biggest disadvantage NXT has over AEW is the lack of “stars”, and it is true to an extent.
    By having them appear on RAW and SD during this “invasion” and having recognised main roster talent like Balor go back there is all part of NXT becoming a main roster show. From here on in, the only way people should go from NXT to RAW or SD should be during drafts.
    If WWE want NXT to beat AEW it needs to become a brand equal to the two main WWE shows, and that means by making stars out of its roster and maybe bringing in a few already esablished stars like say John Morrison if he has indeed signed with WWE.

    Constantly moving talent to RAW and SD will just continue to paint NXT as the developmental brand instead of being on a par with the other two.

    Ratings this week nearly matched AEW, and yes the Survivor Series angle has played a big part in that, but that just shows how much the exposure has done for them and how much they need to make household names, which you do not do by stripping the brand of its talent as soon as they reach a certain point.

  • CC

    We heard last year they would call her up. Then it was this year. Then it was part of a stable with Rousey.
    And now we have next year as a date, but in typical Meltzer style he gives himself a get out of jail free card with his comment that WWE may stop calling people up. That way whether she is called up or not, then he can claim he was right.

  • BAE-LEY’s buddy

    What’s the point of moving people off of NXT to the other shows at this point, when they can get the same exposure on Wednesday nights? Increase their salaries (to an amount that takes into consideration how significantly less they travel) and let the brand have its own stars. The people training off TV in the PC should be the new source of “call ups”.