Trading 5 WWE Superstars for NXT Prospects to Improve the Product
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Trade WWE's least impressive Superstars for promising NXT prospects and the company's programming is suddenly invigorated.
The WWE roster is too crowded to just add every worthy NXT prospect without having their talents go to waste. Room has to be made.
Sports teams use trades to attempt to get better every year, but it's not something we've seen with WWE since the fizzling out of the WWE Draft. Trades between NXT and WWE would allow the developmental show to get some publicity and the main roster to move toward a brighter future.
WWE has recently done well to develop its NXT talent.
The success of relatively recent call-ups like Big E. Langston and The Shield show us that NXT will continue to funnel stars into the main roster. Men like Bray Wyatt, Kassius Ohno and Corey Graves as well as the Anti-Diva will impact the company's future—a future that could start now.
Dynamos, warriors and madmen await their moment on the big stage. In order to make space for them, the underachievers and unpopular stars have to find a new home.
Bray Wyatt for Great Khali
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The Great Khali isn't offering much of anything to the company. The novelty of his size has faded. His run as a dominant monster is just a memory now.
Instead of forcing Khali on fans, having Bray Wyatt terrorize WWE foes will be far more entertaining. NXT fans have long been familiar with Wyatt's engrossing, deranged and hypnotic promo work. Wyatt's words and demeanor make him a far more intimidating force than Khali.
Wyatt has improved in the ring, recently having an excellent match with Chris Jericho. He'll never be Dean Malenko in terms of mat wrestling, but going from Khali to Wyatt is a stratospheric jump in talent.
Paige for Nikki and Brie Bella
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Let The Bella Twins be the stars of WWE's new reality show, Total Divas and let Paige be the centerpiece of the Divas division.
The Bellas have a single tool in their toolbox. Twin magic has gotten tiresome. Maybe Nikki and Brie Bella can make appearances and do photo shoots for NXT while Paige's well-rounded talents are put to use.
Whether or not WWE will give her the time and attention she deserves, she is undoubtedly a marked improvement over the Bellas.
Adrian Neville for Sin Cara
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Sin Cara is apparently on his way back from injury as he has been working live events (h/t WrestlingInc.com), but what's going to happen when he's a fixture on the main roster once more?
Can we expect more underwhelming crowd response and injuries?
When Sin Cara returned to WWE SmackDown in 2012, he received a tepid reaction. A huge star in Mexico, Sin Cara hasn't made much of an impact with WWE. He has spent much of his tenure either suspended or hurt (h/t Wrestling Observer via WrestleZone.com).
Trading him to NXT allows him to work out the kinks in his game and prove he can go for an extended period without ending up on the disabled list. Meanwhile, Adrian Neville, a thrilling NXT performer, gets a shot to see how his electric style translates in WWE.
Trading Neville for Sin Cara is trading speed for speed, athleticism for athleticism. Neville's small but bulky frame makes him an improvement in terms of durability. Neville isn't great on the mic, but he can better connect with fans than Sin Cara.
Kassius Ohno for Zack Ryder
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Whether or not Zack Ryder has the talent to make in WWE is not as important to his success as whether or not the company believes in him.
From his exclusion from Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania this year to his recent string of being dominated on WWE Raw, it's clear that WWE has little confidence in him.
Why not replace him then with a highly talented star who could get over in a big way with fans?
Kassuis Ohno's energy, confidence and experience has him standing out at NXT and could lead to him having a significant impact once he's a part of the main roster.
Reunite him with Antonio Cesaro or else have those two become hated rivals. They have already shown they can put an excellent match together while in FCW/NXT.
Corey Graves for Darren Young
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Corey Graves has the "it factor" that Darren Young lacks.
Graves is striking in his gait when he speaks or when he's attacking his opponents. Intense and aggressive, Graves will be more compelling than Young.
As fun as Young has been as one-half of The Prime Time Players, Graves has the longer shelf life in the company. Young struggles on the mic and is constantly outshined by partner Titus O’Neil. Graves wouldn't fit as a replacement Prime Time Player, but his scintillating energy has to be placed somewhere.