I will be honest that I really have never been the biggest supporter of Women's wrestling and it's ability to be the top draw on the show. Admittedly I guess you could say my opinion of the divas division was the same as Vince's opinion and I can honestly say that NXT and the talent that those have down there has made a believer out of me. I never thought I would ever hear the chatter of divas possibly main eventing a WWE branded event. I know some people forget that NXT is a brand under the WWE banner, but it is and it has limitless potential to change the future of the WWE.
Due to the success of the their most recent matches and the fact that at the last NXT special I heard a "This Awesome" chant for the first being chanted at a Divas Match. Triple H has changed the fans thought process and how they perceive women inside a WWE ring and that is an amazing accomplishment. As of this writing, there is at least talk within the WWE of doing an NXT special where the women go on last in the Main Event position. Of course it would depend on the persona's or gimmicks and the storylines involved however, Triple H & Stephanie are heavily behind the idea of changing the way women are used in the WWE.
If it were to happen this would be the first time in the history of the WWE that they have ever promoted a women's match as the Main Event of an important high profile event. This is honestly something that I never thought I would see coming from the WWE as something they were even talking about. But NXT has done wonders in changing how fans and management view the women's division and their ability to draw money. This just proves that given the chance to develop and the opportunity to get over, you just never who might surprise you. To quote a saying that my favorite announcer coined "Anything Can Happen in the WWE."
For those who may have missed WWE NXT Takeover, you missed one of the biggest debuts in recent memory for the WWE as former TNA World Champion Samoa Joe made his debut following the Main Event. Samoa Joe walked away from TNA Wrestling earlier this year after around nine years with the company and has had rumors surrounding where he'd end up since he left TNA. Samoa Joe is the first former TNA World Champion to make his debut in the WWE and not only that he is also the first to not be given a new name in his debut since CM Punk.
Considering the fact that Samoa Joe actually kept his name which is extremely rare for the WWE to do with could be seeing a changing of the guard when it comes to the names certain talents are given when they arrive in the company. As many of you are aware Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn for the NXT World Title was the Main Event tonight and as expected it was a brawl. But also as expected the feud didn't end tonight and will continue in the future, I also think for at least sometime Sami will be on the shelf. While Sami is on the shelf Samoa Joe will likely be the one who is chasing Kevin Owens and his NXT World Title.
To say that NXT was on fire before, is there a word to describe how hot it is down there right now. I don't know about you, but Joe vs Owens is one of those matches you always wanted to see, but got the chance. Who would have thought we'd be given the chance to see this match in the WWE. Like I said before NXT is Special and things are only just beginning. Take a look at Samoa Joe's debut from last night and listen to the crowd's reaction when Joe made his entrance to the ring, the reaction was incredible.
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Last Night on Raw we saw John Cena come out for what has become his usual weekly open challenge that he does were he defends the United States Champion against a random challenger. Thus far the likes of Neville, Stardust, Sami Zayn, Dean Ambrose, and King Barrett have accepted the challenge just to name a few past challengers. Also this open challenge concept has added an aura of mystery that Raw hasn't had in a while, because you don't know who is going to accept the challenge.
This week we were shocked when the current NXT World Champion Kevin Owens accepted John's open challenge leading many to think Owens was going to be facing Cena. However, what did happen was Cena & Owens traded words on the microphone showing the skills both men have on the microphone. Before the end of the segment Kevin Owens made by far the most impactful debut on WWE TV in recent memory when took down the US Champion. You don't believe just watch:
Kevin's debut on Raw showed just a glimpse of the talent that WWE has in NXT and why Kevin is the NXT World Champion. Also Kevin Owens not only will face Sami Zayn in the Rematch between the two for the NXT World title this Wednesday Night on the WWE Network, but also on May 31st at Elimination Chamber Kevin Owens will face John Cena in his Main Roster PPV Debut match. To me that honestly shows just how much faith WWE has in Kevin Owens to put him against Cena on PPV.
Anyone who saw last weeks episode of WWE NXT saw that the WWE has signed a new talent as this new talent was seen in the segment with William Regal "signing" his contract. However, in the segment the newly signed talent remained nameless. The reason behind that is because as of this writing said talent has yet to be given a name different then of what he used while on the independent circuit.
The talent I am taking is the man formerly known as Uhaa Nation and now since he has debuted with the WWE he will be given his "WWE Name." For the first few years of his in ring career Uhaa spent most of his time working shows in the southern part of the United States in companies like Pro Wrestling Alliance in Houston and Great Championship Wrestling in Alabama. Then his career really started to take off in the fall of 2011 when he received a tryout with Dragon Gate USA and was immediately signed to not just that company, but Dragon Gate in Japan, and Full Impact as well as Evolve in the states. Uhaa would go on to become a huge star in Japan for Dragon Gate as well as a household name for all of the other promotions he worked for. At only age 27 I firmly believe that Uhaa Nation can have a bright future ahead of him in the WWE and I am excited to see what the future holds for him.
Now if you haven't already Welcome one of NXT's Newest Roster members and the first that I know of to debut without a name: Uhaa "Unnamed Right Now" Nation.
For the last few months, rumors have been traveling like wild fire around the wrestling sites about if and when Samoa Joe will be ending up in the WWE. Well it seems as though those possibilities are becoming realer than ever with the fact that Joe was backstage at the most recent NXT tapings for a meeting with Triple H about coming into the company. Currently the projected date for him to start with the company is in June, but things could change depending on how long pre-signing testing lasts.
For those who don't know what the pre-signing testing is well, I don't know exactly what it is, but what I do know is that every talent WWE signs has to go through the testing before they sign and before WWE is willing to invest in them. As they don't want to invest in someone with any pre-existing injuries and that is how WWE finds out about them.
So for what it is worth it seems pretty likely that Samoa Joe could be signed by WWE over the course of the summer to be specific either June or July. This would actually be the first time WWE signed a "TNA made talent" which is ironic because TNA does that all of the time with "WWE made talent" but the fact still remains Joe would be the first "TNA Homegrown Star" that WWE has ever signed.
I thought that the E: 60 documentary was a very unique portal of what it is like to be a WWE superstar down in the developmental. Also I felt that giving us the backgrounds of the talent allows us to see a different side of the talent and also may allow more fans to get invested into who the talents really instead of just the gimmick or who they are on TV. The thing that most surprised me was when they showed the "creative" meeting for the NXT guys and seeing how many people are even a part of the team down in NXT is incredible. It was a great job by ESPN giving the WWE center stage at Primetime to show off just how great their developmental is.
But now if you missed it on Tuesday night don't be mad, because there are many different ways you can have another chance to see the E: 60 documentary. First is by following the first link below which would bring you right to a site called vid.me to watch the full documentary. The other links provided are also able to give you information about the show and upcoming documentaries that E: 60 does; that is because one of the links is to their twitter page and the other is to bonus footage not seen on TV. The bonus footage gives an inside look into two other NXT talents that weren't featured in the documentary.
Last piece of business is that you can also watch a replay of the E: 60 documentary on ESPN next Tuesday. That's right
E:60 WWE Behind the Curtain is set to replay:
Tuesday, May 12 2015
Time: 9PM EST