In December 2010, Connor O'Brian made his WWE debut as a participant in NXT Season 4. He was originally paired with Alberto Del Rio, who later traded him for Brodus Clay after O'Brian was eliminated from the competition.
At the time, O'Brian was relegated to a gimmick that saw him act like a rat. However, he dropped the horrendous persona upon returning to television a part of NXT: Redemption in March 2011, but was once again eliminated a few short months later.
Once the painful fifth season of NXT came to an end, the show permanently moved to Full Sail University, but ceased to air on WWE's official website. Nonetheless, WWE's finest talents from developmental were finally given the opportunity to shine, including Connor O'Brian.
This time around, O'Brian completely revamped his look by sporting a black trench coat and gothic make-up. He formed an alliance with Kenneth Cameron to create The Ascension.
They quickly dominated the tag team division in NXT, receiving rave reviews from fans and officials alike. It was heavily rumored late last year that the team was close to being promoted to the main roster, but Cameron's abrupt release from WWE unfortunately prevented those plans from coming to fruition.
O'Brian unsuccessfully returned to singles competition for a brief while before being joined by Rick Victor. The two have since started a feud with current reigning NXT Tag Team Champions Corey Graves and Adrian Neville.
At the moment, there are close to nine tag teams in WWE, meaning that there is no better time to bring The Ascension up to the main roster than now. T
hey may not be able to contend for the tag titles right away (The Shield and The Ascension are both heel), but they could still engage in a rivalry with The Usos or The Prime Time Players.
However, it's worth noting that WWE may be hesitant to bring up another creepy NXT tag team after recently promoting The Wyatt Family to the main roster.
While The Ascension is a very unique tandem, there is no doubting that their act is somewhat similar to that of The Wyatt Family's.
O'Brian and Victor have such great chemistry together that it'd be a shame to not utilize their talents on either Raw or SmackDown, but WWE should pull the trigger on them sooner rather than later.
They have been involved in countless squash matches over the last year, so it's time they move on from NXT before their act starts to grow stale in front of the Full Sail University crowd.
Once their feud with Graves and Neville runs its course, I hope to see The Ascension on either of the two main shows by the end of the year. With the tag team division as hot as it is at the moment, The Ascension would fit right in amongst all the other tandems.
Thanks for reading, and be sure to drop a comment below with your thoughts on The Ascension and when you believe they should be called up to the main roster. As always, your criticism and overall feedback of my latest piece is welcomed and greatly appreciated.