Why an NXT Match Should Be Held on the WrestleMania 30 Kickoff Show

Graham GSM MatthewsFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2014

If given the chance, which NXT stars should appear on the WrestleMania pre-show?
If given the chance, which NXT stars should appear on the WrestleMania pre-show?(Courtesy of WWE.com)

We're less than a week away from WrestleMania 30, and the card for this year's Show of Shows is nearly set in stone. From the Triple Threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship to John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt, the event is shaping up to be one of the best in years.

On March 19, it was announced that this year's pre-show will be two hours long as opposed to just one, featuring a match during the second hour shown exclusively on the WWE Network. As of this writing, however, the match for the WrestleMania pre-show has yet to be announced.

Once the WWE Tag Team Championship match pitting The Usos against The Real Americans, Los Matadores, Ryback and Curtis Axel was made official on the March 25 Main Event broadcast, many fans assumed it would be bumped to the pre-show. That could still very well be the case, but until it is made clear by WWE, it's all up for speculation.

Personally, I'd like to see the Tag Team title match occur on the main show, if only because The Usos have earned the opportunity after all of their hard work. Instead, I'd rather see the Superstars of NXT featured on the kickoff show.

It was long overdue, but NXT finally made its debut on the WWE Network on February 28 with its ArRIVAL show. The event was critically acclaimed by fans and wrestlers alike and has given new exposure to NXT.

It's no secret that NXT has been one of the most consistently entertaining programs over the last two years. The only issue was that many members of the WWE Universe who resided in the United States didn't have access to it.

In the last month, new viewers of NXT have been introduced to the likes of Sami Zayn, Bo Dallas, Adam Rose and of course NXT champion Adrian Neville. All of these Superstars and various others have made excellent first impressions and have shown a great deal of potential in becoming WWE's next breakout Superstars.

So what better way to further expose the NXT brand than to showcase it on The Grandest Stage of Them All?

It's obviously too late to start building toward anything on NXT since the next several episodes were taped weeks ago, but an impromptu match between Neville and Dallas for the NXT Championship would be logical given their recent feud.

An over-the-top-rope Battle Royal involving the stars of NXT might out of the question since an Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal is already slated to take place, but a multi-man tag team match could be fun. Also, this wouldn't be the first time that NXT wrestlers have competed prior to a major pay-per-view.

An NXT tournament was held on the weekend of 2013's Royal Rumble event to determine which lucky rookie would earn a spot in the annual Rumble match. NXT Superstars were also present at the SummerSlam Fan Axxess events during the weekend of last year's biggest party of the summer.

The NXT roster has similarly been confirmed to appear at WrestleMania Axxess, but their role at the event should go beyond that. Wrestling on the pre-show will expose them to a much larger audience and give them the chance to make a name for themselves on the grand stage.

It would also give viewers an extra incentive to watch the pre-show to see some exciting new faces instead of a Tag Team title match that belongs on the main show. If not, WWE is dropping the ball on the perfect opportunity to show the world that the future is now with their next crop of NXT talent.


Graham Mirmina, aka Graham "GSM" Matthews, is a journalism major at Endicott College. Visit his website at Next Era Wrestling and "like" his official Facebook page to continue the conversation on all things wrestling.