Wednesday, December 2, 2015

NXT Advent Calendar Day 2: The Shield debut

I don't think it can be underestimated how important this moment was to the future of WWE. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns are clearly three of the superstars that would take the promotion to the next level. They both spent their share of time in FCW (where they had their only match featuring all three against one another) but it is in NXT they came into their own.

The skull masks didn't last long, but they were cool. Image credit: Wikipedia.
Seth Rollins was the very first NXT champion while Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns both had significant places on the development brand's roster before they made the leap to WWE during Survivor Series 2012. They interrupted the triple threat match where CM Punk defended his title against Ryback and John Cena. Ryback became the first victim of their dreaded triple powerbomb in a moment that shook the foundation of WWE.

Fast forward three years. Two of the men have been WWE champion (though one for just over a minute) and all three have dominated the main event picture of the WWE in 2015.

NXT's first success stories were two amazing independent stars and a WWE manufactured star clearly ready to come into his own as a major star, even if the fans might not be ready for him. Not a bad way to start.

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