|The skull masks didn't last long, but they were cool. Image credit: Wikipedia.|
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.