Since the beginning of NXT of the WWE Network one thing that has become common place is the NXT specials on the Network every now and again. From the first NXT Takeover all the way to NXT Takeover: R Evolution the NXT specials have set the bar incredibly high continue to either match or reset the bar with every show. Now going into the next NXT special which has been set for May 20th and will air on the WWE Network below are some matches that have been confirmed for the show:
NXT World Title Match:
(c) Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn
#1 Contender Match for the NXT World Title:
Tyler Breeze vs Hideo Itami vs Finn Balor
Rumored Matches Not Yet Confirmed:
NXT Women's Title Match:
Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks
Baron Corbin vs Rhino
NXT Tag Team Title Match:
(c) Blake & Murphy vs Enzo Amore & Big Cass w/ Carmela
Though I was originally doubting the long term success of the Network because I really didn't think it would work out due to lack of subscribers or any number of other reasons. But their is No doubt in my mind that NOTHING has benefited more from the advent of the Network then NXT has, because the rise in popularity NXT has seen since the Network began is Incredible.
Earlier this year the issues continued for TNA when it comes to letting go talent due to not being able to reach an agreement with them on a new contract. On and off since the day his release became official till now their has been talk between both fans & wrestling executives when said talent will be appearing in WWE.
Well first things first the wrestler being discussed here is the "Samoan Submission Machine" Samoa Joe and when he will finally appear with the WWE. Most people think that Joe would be better staying on the Indies or going to Japan, taking into account the amount of American wrestlers that are in Japan it would be better for Joe to stay State side. Also for Joe it might not be a bad thing if Joe learns to relax his in-ring style and adapts to the WWE style as a way to keep his career going longer. For anyone who thinks Joe going to NXT would be a mistake then your not totally giving the idea a fair chance to sink in, just think about the idea of Joe having the ability to face guys like Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, and who could forget Hideo Itami. Just imagine Joe vs Itami one more time, and this with WWE's budget that would be freaking crazy.
As of this writing the story making apparent rounds is that most people believe that Joe will be apart of NXT soon and would likely start with the company in June. That is if everything goes right and nothing gets in the way of Joe joining WWE and allowing some Dream Matches to finally happen. In my book Joe coming to NXT wouldn't be a bad thing and if you don't like then I believe all you need to do is give it a chance, because this could be something special.
As everyone knows by now former NXT World Champion Adrian Neville made his debut up on the Main Roster the night after WrestleMania. Many fans have been complaining about how Neville has been booked since getting the call to Main Roster. But the thing is I just believe that he is being booked different then talent normally is when they get the call to the Main Roster. The way talent is usually booked is they face jobs guys and go on an undefeated streak for a few months and then get lost in the shuffle. However, Neville has come up and immediately had solid matches with 2 former World Champion and the current World Champion.
Though he has lost a lot of his matches that doesn't mean that he is getting buried or anything, all it means is they are giving him an opportunity to be different and show why he is different against the top names in the company. That is something that nobody else that has come up has ever been able to display because they have all been booked the same until Neville; and that is why people don't like it because they have never seen it before. I think JR said it best:
"Some fans complaining about how Neville is being utilized but if he was driven down the fans throat they would spit him back up."
I firmly believe that Jim is right that if they were pushing Neville to hard then people would be complaining about him being overused or overrated. Also using that logic if they overused him then it would likely halt Neville's push before it even starts. All I ask is to give Neville sometime to get established on the Main Roster he has only been up for not even a month yet. Nothing in wrestling happens over night things take time and require patience, so give Neville's direction time to develop cause though you may not like his direction now in 6 months you may love it. So just relax and enjoy the ride, not everything needs to be ran over with a fine tooth comb and turned against.
Recently the news broke that WWE would be giving the Von Erich boys a tryout with the company this May. At this point not much is known about the tryout other then it including the Von Erich boys. For those who may not know Ross & Marshall Von Erich are Kevin's son's and have been training in Japan as a part of Pro-Wrestling NOAH, and they were trained by Harley Race in St. Louis. Also more recently the Von Erich boys made appearances for TNA wrestling they were usually one and done appearance as the Von Erich didn't stay on as regulars with the company.
Both of the Von Erich kids are very promising, talented kids with a lot of upside, and are third generation stars of the famous Von Erich Dynasty. If Ross and Marshall are able to break into the WWE they would be able to join many fellow third generation stars like: The Rock, Randy Orton, Natalya, Curtis Axel, and others. Though the Von Erich star isn't very bright in the WWE this could be the Von Erich chance to reignite the family name once more. One thing that WWE is known for is changing talents names before they debut in NXT like they have done with almost all of the Independent wrestlers they signed like: Sami Zayn (El Generico), Dean Ambrose (Jon Moxley), Seth Rollins (Tyler Black), Daniel Bryan (Bryan Danielson), and many others.
Those who know the Von Erich family legacy they are aware of how dark the legacy is and maybe being given new names to separate themselves from the past would help the kids succeed. In my book seeing both Marshall & Ross in the WWE would be great for the history of Wrestling as it may help the past become relevant again.
I see both perspective for changing the kids names, but I am always in partial to conserving history even if it means the kids are under a tighter microscope. However, much like numerous articles state it is fun to think what if, but they haven't even been offered a contract so we have to wait and see how the tryout goes and take it from there.
Since the brand NXT debuted in August of 2012 the brand has taken the wrestling world by storm and isn't stopping anytime soon. I think it's fair to say that NXT hit the ground in August of 2012 and still hasn't looked back, before NXT the WWE developmental system was in shamble's and barely even existent. But then something changed and the system started getting back track it's seemed like once they changed the name that's when they got the sense the developmental needs to be fixed.
I have heard a tremendous number of people state that they prefer watching NXT over watching either Raw or Smackdown, There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, because one could make a pretty good argument that NXT has better TV quality shows then the Main Roster.
I am not just here to bad mouth the Main Roster and speculate how jealous Main Roster talent that they aren't being give the same freedom and opportunity as the NXT talent. The purpose of this post is basically to say that this video below just show not only how highly those in the company think of NXT, but also how far NXT has come in a very short time. The WrestleMania weekend show from the San Jose State University Event Center absolutely did what it was suppose to do for NXT, because they not only sold out a 5,000 seat arena which is unheard of for a developmental, but they also raised the bar again for the brand of NXT.
Enjoy the Video!!!!!
Parker originally signed with the WWE back in 2011 to a developmental contract and he would debut on the July 7 edition of FCW TV. While the developmental territory was under the FCW banner Parker had some success in the Tag Team division as he was able to secure two Tag Team title wins with two different partners (Damien Sandow & Jason Jordan).
Once NXT began in July of 2012 CJ Parker eventually became the NXT jobber as he would lose to the likes of Roman Reigns, The Ascension, Rusev, The Miz, Cesaro, Great Khali and others. Although he did lose a lot during his tenure in NXT Parker did have sporadic rivalries with some other NXT talents like Tyler Brezze who he traded wins with back and forth for a few months. Also Parker feuded with Xavier Woods, but both feuds were largely unsuccessful and usually lead back to Parker doing jobs. In the last few months of Parker's NXT career, he became the "welcoming committee" per say because he was very often the one who lost to talent in their debut like Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin, & Solomon Crowe.
CJ is also known for being the guy who broke Kevin Owens nose during Owens debut match back at NXT Takeover: R Evolution. CJ Parker asked for his release from WWE after feeling like he has been in developmental for too long as Parker had been in WWE developmental since 2011, and felt if he was never going to get called up that he didn't want to become the guy who stayed in developmental for too long. I believe that Parker could have come up and became a Main Roster jobber because, I believe that jobber matches like we saw in the early 90's to late 80's is a lost art now and should make a comeback.
I would like to wish CJ Parker the Best of Luck in all of his Future Endeavors and I hope that in whatever company he ends up, he will be able to show how much talent he truly has.