Projecting NXT and Developmental Stars' Chances of Succeeding in WWE

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Projecting NXT and Developmental Stars' Chances of Succeeding in WWE

It's an exciting time to follow WWE's developmental system. NXT Takeover 2 is in a few weeks on September 11, and if it's anything like the previous pair of NXT specials, we know the in-ring action will be some of the best of the year.

Also, WWE just announced its third big signing from the independent/international wrestling scene, formally introducing Kevin Steen as the newest talent to take up residence at Full Sail University. Steen, one of the top draws on the U.S. indie scene for the last few years, joins recent international signings Kenta and Fergal "Prince" Devitt as the latest additions to WWE's rich farm system.

NXT has regularly been one of the best pure wrestling shows on a weekly basis since the launch of the WWE Network. The show has introduced a number of talented performers to the WWE Universe with hopes they will carry momentum to the main roster and become stars of Raw and SmackDown.

Recent NXT graduates, though, haven't found much luck after moving up. Adam Rose jumped to the main roster quickly after debuting the Exotic Express gimmick and has floundered. Bo Dallas, the former NXT champion, has struggled to make an impression. 

With some names already starting to circulate as potential call-ups and new talent arriving in NXT shortly, I'd like to share my thoughts on how some of these NXT favorites may fare at the next level. 

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