Which NXT Superstars will make their main roster debut during the Superstar Shake Up?
Last week, we witnessed the debuts of Shinsuke Nakamura, The Revival and Tye Dillinger on the main roster. With WrestleMania 33 done and dusted, the WWE fans expected a few call ups, and boy, they weren’t disappointed! The Revival came out on Monday Night RAW to answer The New Day’s open challenge, and went on to defeat the former RAW Tag Team Champions, and the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history!
On SmackDown Live, Tye Dillinger made his long awaited main roster debut, and defeated Curt Hawkins. The biggest shocker of the night however, was when former NXT Champion Shinsuke Nakamura came out to interrupt The Miz and Maryse. The A – Lister did not want any part of “The King of Strong Style” however, as the SmackDown Live crowd serenaded Shinsuke by humming his theme.
With the ‘Superstar Shake Up’ going down this week, more NXT Superstars are expected to make their main roster debut. In this article, we take a look at five NXT Superstars that could be called up to the main roster this week.
NXT Superstars that could make their main roster debut
Andrade “Cien” Almas
The former La Sombra came to WWE with a lot of momentum, and quite a lot was expected from him by the organisation. Almas was seen as the next Rey Mysterio Jr.; with the likes of Del Rio and Mysterio parting ways with the company, and the colossal failure of Sin Cara, WWE counted on Almas to become their next big Hispanic star. While Almas hasn’t done too badly for himself, he hasn’t quite lived up to the expectations.
As La Sombra, Almas won everything there is to be won in CMLL. Moreover, he is a former IWGP Intercontinental Champion. While Almas failed to make a statement in NXT, he would be the perfect fit for the SmackDown Live roster. With a lot of hungry Superstars vowing to prove themselves, Almas could find himself at home on the blue brand, under the watchful eye of Daniel Bryan.
“The Drifter” came to the developmental brand with a lot of hype, but couldn’t live up to the billing. His gimmick also confined his progress, and Samson soon became an afterthought on NXT. The fans didn’t take a liking to Samson’s character either; but Samson did show glimpses of what he is capable of during his run with the “developmental brand”.
Samson recently lost to Kassius Ohno in a “Loser leaves town” match, with the winner contractually obligated to leave the brand. While WWE has been pushing back Samson’s main roster debut, he is expected to be brought up to the main roster during the ‘Superstar Shake Up’. Samson is similar to Corbin – in the sense that neither Superstar blew the fans away during their NXT run, but have shown some promise.
Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa (#DIY)
“Johnny Wrestling” and “The Sicilian Psychopath” are two of the most respected veterans in the world of professional wrestling. Gargano and Ciampa started working for NXT on a part time basis, but signed exclusive contracts last year. Both the performers put on stellar matches during their run with NXT, including a phenomenal two out of three falls match last year, against The Revival for the NXT tag team titles.
Gargano and Ciampa also faced each other during the inaugural WWE Cruiserweight Classic, and put on yet another fantastic match. Johnny and Tommaso are former NXT Tag Team Champions, and last faced The Revival and The Authors of Pain for the NXT tag team gold at NXT TakeOver: Orlando, in a losing effort.
With The Revival making their main roster debut last week on RAW, we could very well see Gargano and Ciampa making their way to either RAW or SmackDown Live this week.
The current NXT Women’s Champion is perhaps the most dominant Superstar in WWE today! The Japanese sensation came to NXT as one of the brand’s high profile signings, and quickly made a big impact. Asuka then defeated Bayley to become the new NXT Women’s Champion, and has laid waste to every competitor she has faced on the brand.
The current Women’s Champion is currently undefeated, and defeated Ember Moon at NXT TakeOver: Orlando to retain the NXT Women’s title. Asuka can make her debut on RAW or SmackDown Live this week, and drop the title to Moon during the TakeOver special, similar to what Kevin Owens did when he made his RAW debut.