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WWE: 7 Developmental Wrestlers in FCW Who Should Be Called Up Right Now

Drake OzSenior Writer IIJanuary 7, 2017

WWE: 7 Developmental Wrestlers in FCW Who Should Be Called Up Right Now

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    Florida Championship Wrestling seems to be taking over the WWE's main roster.

    Just since WrestleMania, we've seen three superstars from the WWE's developmental territory (Damien Sandow, Ryback and Antonio Cesaro) debut on the SmackDown brand, and they all look poised to have big roles on TV going forward.

    The WWE isn't going to stop there, though.

    FCW is as loaded with talent as it's ever been, and there is a boatload of stars who is just waiting and ready to get on the main roster in the near future.

    Some still have a while to go before they get there, but just as many could make an impact on Raw or SmackDown if they were to debut tomorrow.

    Here are seven developmental wrestlers in FCW who should be called up to the main roster right now.

7. Bo Rotundo

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    Bo Rotundo is a name you're going to want to remember.

    The third-generation star comes from a family with a long history in professional wrestling. His grandfather is Blackjack Mulligan, his father is Mike Rotunda (a.k.a. I.R.S.), his uncles are Barry and Kendall Windham, and his brother is former Nexus member Husky Harris.

    As you might imagine. Rotundo has wrestling in his blood, and his experience in and around the business has turned him into one of the best all-around talents on FCW's roster.

    He's won the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship twice, was ranked No. 191 on the PWI 500 in 2011 and has recently worked a number of WWE house shows.

    Rotundo is about as ready as anyone to be called up to the main roster, but the only reason he's this low on this list is because he's still just 21 years old.

    There's no need to rush him up to Raw or SmackDown, even though his talent already merits a spot on the main roster.

6. Xavier Woods

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    Does that guy look familiar?

    If he does, then you probably know him as Consequences Creed from his run with TNA from 2007 to 2010, where he was a two-time TNA World Tag Team Champion.

    Following his release from TNA in March 2010, Creed was signed to a developmental deal by the WWE in July 2010 and started working in FCW under the name "Xavier Woods."

    Although Woods didn't have a huge amount of success in TNA, he developed into one of the better young workers in the business there and sparked the interest of the WWE.

    Unlike many of the WWE's developmental talents, Woods has a ton of experience working on TV in front of a national viewing audience, and that experience can't be overlooked as he approaches the main roster.

    Woods may not be a bona fide main eventer waiting to happen, but he would definitely be a welcome addition to the WWE's mid-card scene or tag team title division.

    Oh yeah, he's still only 25 years old, too. 

5. Richie Steamboat

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    Yes, Richie Steamboat is the son of the legendary Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

    Though Steamboat will always be in the unfortunate situation of being compared to his father, he's doing his best to make that comparison a legitimate one by developing into one of FCW's best in-ring competitors.

    Although Steamboat may not have quite the charisma that some other FCW stars off, his wrestling ability alone warrants a spot on either Raw or SmackDown.

    The current FCW 15 Champion, Steamboat has a ton of training under his belt, including stints working with Harley Race and in the Pro Wrestling Noah Dojo.

    Not surprisingly, he has a ton of in-ring skills as a result, and as is the case with many other FCW stars, is still young.

    Steamboat is only 24 years old, but has more experience than a lot of veterans. 

4. Bray Wyatt

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    Bray Wyatt has already been on the WWE's main roster before, but you knew him as former NXT star and Nexus member Husky Harris.

    Harris performed on the second season of NXT, and though he didn't win the show, he established himself as one of its best performers, primarily because of his ability to move as a big man.

    Unfortunately for Harris, however, he was written off of TV in January 2011 and hasn't been seen on Raw or SmackDown since then.

    After being sent back down to FCW, though, Harris adopted his new "Bray Wyatt" character, which is based off the movie Cape Fear and is quickly turning heads.

    Wyatt has dropped a considerable amount of weight and, with his new gimmick in tow, has worked a number of dark matches recently.

    It appears as if his main roster call-up is right around the corner, and as a big fan of his work, I wouldn't mind seeing the 24-year-old star get another chance to make it big.

3. Kassius Ohno

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    Kassius Ohno is yet another guy who probably looks familiar. 

    Ohno made a name for himself in Ring of Honor under the name Chris Hero, and he is perhaps best known for his time spent with Claudio Castagnoli (a.k.a. Antonio Cesaro) as one of the top indy tag teams around, the Kings of Wrestling.

    After a number of holdups during his WWE contract negotiations, Ohno finally signed with the WWE in February 2012 and has instantly established himself as one of FCW's top stars.

    This should come as no surprise, as Ohno had worked for many of the top indy promotions around and established himself as one of the very best workers on the independent wrestling scene.

    He was ranked No. 36 on the PWI 500 in 2011, and given his prototypical size (6'4", 236 pounds) and look, a call-up to Raw or SmackDown should happen in the not-so-distant future.

2. Seth Rollins

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    The WWE has made a habit out of prying away talent from ROH, and Seth Rollins is one of the best.

    The man formerly known as Tyler Black was the youngest ROH World Heavyweight Champion in history and one of the most accomplished indy stars in recent years, having performed for a number of the top promotions around the country.

    He thrived when working for ROH while a member of The Age of the Fall and as a singles star, and his incredible talent earned him a WWE developmental contract with the WWE in August 2010.

    Pretty much from the moment that Rollins signed with the WWE, wrestling fans were wondering when he would debut on the main roster. But nearly two years later, he's still down in FCW.

    Rollins' in-ring work is fantastic, though, and should he continue to develop in other areas, his call-up should be right around the corner.

    He is one of the most talented wrestlers in FCW, and it's actually very surprising that he's not already on Raw or SmackDown.

1. Dean Ambrose

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    Dean Ambrose has become the Internet's favorite FCW star.

    Following in the footsteps of Daniel Bryan, Ambrose has developed a reputation as the very best "indy guy" out there, and like with Bryan, it's probably true.

    Ambrose is the total package.

    He can wrestle his tail off (just watch this), he's got a ton of charisma, he's a great mic worker and he carries himself in a wonderfully weird way in the ring.

    Ambrose is one of those stars that you instantly take notice of, and thanks to his Internet feud with Mick Foley, more people are already starting to notice him before he's even gotten called up to the main roster.

    Speaking of that main roster call-up, Ambrose's should be and likely is imminent.

    This guy is an incredible talent, and he will make a huge impact in the WWE in the very near future.

     

    Drake Oz is the WWE Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter and ask him any wrestling-related questions (to be answered in the B/R Mailbag) on Formspring.

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