Rising Star & phenomenal
Since the reboot of NXT a few months ago at this point we have seen the introduction of a number of new stars. The new stars include Tony D, Bron Breaker, Carmelo Hayes, and others. Recently though we have seen the quick ascension of Australian native Grayson Waller. Since the War Games event we have seen the arrival of Grayson Waller who has been keeping his name in the headlines taking out both Johnny Gargano and Eli Drake in the span of a few weeks. The beatdown on Gargano would actually end Johnny’s run with his home promotion.
In the days prior to this week's edition of NXT 2.0 the loud mouth Aussie had been running his mouth calling out AJ Styles. Well we got the confrontation we were waiting for when Styles appeared on the broadcast for a confrontation with the rising star. Based on what we saw Styles give the rub to the youngster again elevating his rising stock in the promotion. I don’t believe that this will see the end of the developing rivalry between Waller and Styles to be honest. I would like to see this continue a little longer as it could continue to elevate Waller while reestablishing Styles as a good guy.
CHange the Perception
In the past I've done a variety of booking series on this site, most recently keeping the series simple and not really going too crazy. Over the last few months I have mentioned that WWE needs to refocus and work on not only changing perception, but changing preparing for the future. At one point, WWE's Women's division was the deepest division in North America. A division that once included the likes of Deonna Purrazzo, Ruby Riot, Chelsea Green, and others now isn't in the best place. Recently, I wrote that WWE needs to change the face of the division and allow a new generation to gain some traction at the top of the division.
Both Toni Storm and Liv Morgan have seen their stocks rise in recent months within the division feuding with their respective brands Women's champions following the most recent "Superstar Shake-up." It is more than time to shake up the division and have some new stars take up the mantle of the division as we enter the new year. That is the focus of this article! With Day 1 right around the corner it would be the perfect time for the switch and kick off 2022 with a new vision for the women's roster. Let Toni Storm and Liv Morgan take up the mantle. Unless the long term plan is for one of them to take the Rumble win and gain the eventual title victory on the grandest stage. Either Toni or Liv would be a perfect choice for the win at this point though I think that Liv should take the win on Day 1.
Let the established stars take some knocks to the armor they've built up over the years and bring some new stars forward finally. Toni Storm, Zelina Vega, Doudrop, and Liv Morgan are among those poised to breakthrough and with names like Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez waiting in the winds the division needs a refresh. The best time for the refresh would be on Day 1 to start the new year off with fans wondering if we finally will see new stars take the lead. It's time for a change, and not a new era!!
Grayson Waller: Betting on Yourself
Though the rebranding of NXT has faced a ton of criticism in recent months it was time for WWE to make a move with the talent on the brand and they chose to move on instead of keep the status quo. We have seen Bron Breaker breakthrough pretty rapidly in the last few months, but we may have seen someone else breakthrough. Grayson Waller! Before War Games that's a name I never heard before and now he's the hottest heel on NXT and clearly is showing a ton of potential to become a future star on the brand.
Recently, I wrote about pole bearers for the Women's division on the main roster needing to change with others ready to take the lead. I would toss Bron Breaker, Grayson Waller, and Carmello Hayes in the category of the future of NXT. Grayson took a big step last week being the guy who took out Johnny Gargano ending his NXT career. It is unclear if a future match with Wade Barrett could be in the cards based on Grayson's recent personal attack toward Vic Joseph. Grayson is getting a loud negative reaction from the NXT universe and is a future champion on the brand.
This proves that WWE needs to do this on the main roster, and allow fresh talent to poke the foundation and become stars to refresh and slacking brand. Within a year I do believe that those who are spotlighted on NXT right now should be joining the main roster, the only problem is WWE needs to a shot in the arm right now and not in a year. In early 2016, AJ Styles broke the forbidden door down and WWE needs to do that again. This year they shook the foundation of NXT and next year they need to shake the foundation of the main roster.
The New Pole Bearers
Flash back to the beginning the year is 2015 and the "Women's Revolution" has begun in WWE or at least on the main roster. One announcement from Stephanie McMahon changed the perception of women in WWE with the introduction of Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch to the main roster. Since then these three women have helped changed the perception of how women are viewed in the WWE and show that women can sell tickets just as well as the men. Bayley & Alexa Bliss arrived later on, but helped just as well aside from some bumps in the road.
It is hard to put into words the amount of talent that WWE has had and still has within the ranks of the women's division. Look at Impact where a number of former WWE stars have ended up or AEW with Ruby Soho, WWE had depth and let go. But potential only goes so far and WWE doesn't always recognize potential until it's to late. Drew McIntyre is the exact example of this someone who was lost in the shuffle and didn't find his way until he left the big company. Take a look at what Deonna Purrazzo has accomplish since leaving WWE and arriving in Impact Wrestling. For the better part of a year Deonna carried the Knockouts Division on her back and proved not just that she had potential, but that she is one of the best women's wrestlers in wrestling today.
Recently, both Charlotte and Becky have begun feuding with unproven names specifically Toni Storm and Liv Morgan respectively. From the outside looking in it appears that Liv and Becky's rivalry is a bit more intense. However, as I've mentioned countless times WWE needs to find stability next year and change the perception of the company and it starts with the good long term decisions. Almost seven years ago WWE made the decision to invest in Becky Lynch, Charlotte, and Sasha Banks now they need to do it again and invest in Liv Morgan, Toni Storm, and Raquel Gonzalez.
A Trio of Departures
Until news has been confirmed of the next step for these three individuals I will not speak on where they will go next. As any talk about where they will go is speculation until the time comes that it can be confirmed that they are free from WWE and can move on to somewhere new. Recently, Johnny Gargano and Kyle O' Riley have both seemingly said farewell to NXT which is a tremendous loss for a brand still within transition. Gargano and O' Riley couldn't have peaked a more trying time to join the free agent market as the market is the deepest it's been ever. Out of the two former NXT champions I think it is more likely Kyle ends up in AEW joining up with his former Undisputed Era stablemates with Gargano likely remaining free.
Former Universal Champion and former United States Champion Kevin Owens soon to be a free agent at the end of next months. It is crazy to think Kevin Owens will be returning to the Independents after spending so many year under the WWE banner. In my opinion, Kevin had limitations place on him a long time ago and it seems like some may believe the former champion underperformed the first time with the title and that's why he never really hit that status again. Owen belongs in the main event and could be a World Champion. It would be interesting though to see Kevin head back home for a spell to lend his name to a certain local Canadian organization in need of a little shot in the arm.
I mentioned this in the last article that the only WWE needs to focus on in 2022 is stabilizing the promotion. This year has been very unstable for WWE with far to much time spent on who could be leaving as oppose to something positive the company needs to work on changing the perception next year. However, that can only start when the contracts set to expire are thing of the past and we as fans can move on from talking about who could be leaving.
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