Adrian Neville, Becky Lynch and Latest WWE NXT Developmental News
Opportunities of varying types await WWE NXT stars Adrian Neville and Becky Lynch.
Neville will be throwing a first pitch at a baseball game with his old tag team partner and rival at his side. Lynch, meanwhile, will get a chance to impress against the women's champ.
Other WWE developmental news centers around another set of tryouts on the way, word on NXT's part in WWE 2K15 and when to expect the fourth-ever NXT live special.
If Neville isn't soaring on Raw and SmackDown by then, expect him to be a key part of that upcoming show. He's made previous editions the gallery for his high-flying art.
More Tryouts Coming
NXT's stock of talent could soon grow. After scouting potential prospects from Australia and New Zealand in early August, per Nathan Ryan of FoxSports.com, WWE is set to comb the independent circuit for future stars.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestling Inc), many top indy wrestlers have been invited to a tryout in September at the WWE Performance Center. There's been no word yet on who those men and women are.
With Kevin Steen now a part of WWE developmental, Adam Cole and Uhaa Nation are among the best remaining talents for the company to bring aboard. Add Ricochet to that list if officials can get past his size.
WWE's recent signings (Steen, Kenta, Fergal Devitt) have shown that the company is committed to bringing in the very best mat workers in the world, regardless if they fit the typical WWE mold.
Former NXT Tag Champs to Make Appearance at Minor League Baseball Game
A pair of NXT talents will get a sample of the kind of promotional work being a WWE Superstar requires.
Per the St. Lucie Mets' website, "WWE NXT champion Adrian Neville and fellow NXT wrestler Corey Graves will be on hand Friday throwing out the first pitch, signing autographs, taking pictures and giving away prizes." That game is set for Friday, Aug. 22.
Neville's name is expected here. He's the top champ for WWE developmental, and the company has to be curious how he handles these kinds of public appearances.
Graves is likely going to be more of a company spokesman than anything else. PWInsider reported back in July (h/t PWMania) that he was likely done as a wrestler and that WWE was looking for new roles for him.
WWE must believe in his charisma and presence if he's getting selected to represent NXT in this fashion, despite his lack of in-ring future, rather than join Travis Tyler, Slate Randall and the recent victims of budget cuts.
Word on NXT Live Special
The total number of NXT live specials in 2014 looks to be stopping at three.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestling Inc), NXT's next live special following September's Takeover 2 likely won't happen until the beginning of next year. That would mean one less stellar special from Full Sail University this year but also make the next one feel more significant.
The overload of the WWE pay-per-view calendar makes shows like Battleground feel like unimportant add-ons.
If NXT sticks to just a trio of live specials a year, it won't suffer that same problem. That leaves plenty of room for the company to build storylines in between and not oversaturate the product.
If NXT Takeover and NXT Arrival are any indication of what to expect with 2015's first special, competition for the best match of the year is going to start early.
NXT Coming to WWE 2K15
The overlap of NXT and WWE will soon include the video game world.
IGN's Vince Ingenito had reported in early August that WWE 2K15 would be getting a career mode much like the one featured in NBA 2K14. Details about the mode were scarce, though. The latest word points to WWE's developmental system being the starting point for players' created wrestlers.
2K Sports community manager Chris Manning tweeted, "MyCAREER in #WWE2K15 will start in NXT and you will work your way up to becoming a WWE superstar."
There are no NXT wrestlers on the game's roster listed on WWE2K.com as of yet. It's hard to imagine the game incorporating the NXT experience without prospects like Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville.
Including NXT stars would be smart marketing. It's an easy way to entice folks to start watching NXT's weekly show or introduce casual fans to stars who may soon join the main roster.
Becky Lynch to Face Charlotte Again
Becky Lynch will get another opportunity to showcase her skills opposite the NXT women's champ. WWE NXT's Twitter account announced that Lynch will take on Charlotte on the Aug. 21 edition of NXT.
That follows Lynch's best NXT performance to date, an aggressive showing on July 31 vs. Charlotte.
For Charlotte, this could be one of her final tuneups before heading to the main roster. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestling Inc), there has been talk of her dropping her title at NXT Takeover 2 to set up her call-up.
If things play out like that, there will be room atop the Divas division for new top talent. A memorable performance on Thursday night can push Lynch toward that spot.