A few days ago, only a few confirmed names were listed for WWE's Royal Rumble this Sunday.
Yesterday, WWE.com announced an eight-man tournament where one NXT star would earn a spot in the 30-man main event.
Today, Bo Dallas came out victorious (via Wrestlezone.com) and is set to make his WWE main roster debut at the pay-per-view that kicks off the road to WrestleMania.
It's a long time coming for a developmental wrestler that began his career in Florida Championship Wrestling in 2008.
Many are left to wonder why WWE would decide to make such a huge match a venue for a new talent who many casual fans wouldn't know anything about.
Watching Dallas in several matches with Leo Kruger, Seth Rollins and his brother, Husky Harris (a.k.a. Bray Wyatt) the last few years in developmental, I've noticed he is a fan favorite with his energy in the ring.
While I wish he had a more fitting finisher than the spear (sorry, he's not a powerhouse), he can become a universal fan favorite if the WWE officials set him up right.
It's no surprise how talented he is, considering his family's legacy in professional wrestling. His grandfather was Blackjack Mulligan and his father was Mike Rotunda (a.k.a. Irwin R. Schyster).
A few people commenting on other articles about the NXT tournament have compared Dallas' Royal Rumble debut to Maven in 2002.
Maven eliminated the Undertaker with a dropkick from behind that send the Phenom over the top rope. Shortly after, Undertaker went back and threw out Maven.
Now, if the WWE wants to maintain the energetic passion that has made Dallas the successful young prospect, they have to let him get a good rally going once he hits the ring.
I highly doubt officials will allow the third-generation wrestler to make it deep into the final four competitors.
But maybe the company wants to establish him right away and get the fans behind him.
Anything can happen, especially when no one would have thought the WWE would debut a new talent at a major pay-per-view just a few days ago.