WWE: Can Matt Striker Return to Rule the NXT Roost?

Mark PareCorrespondent IIAugust 11, 2011

Serving as the host of WWE NXT, Matt Striker has been out of the ring for quite some time.

Now he is stepping into the ring once again and is having moderate success.  He won a tag match on NXT last week but lost to Darren Young on Tuesday.

Striker performed well against Young.  He busted his lip a bit but for Young to call Striker a "washed up, never was" is a little insulting to a professional athlete, as Todd Grisham reiterated on NXT during the Striker-Young match.

Of course, during the tag team match on August 2, Grisham said that "Striker has a worse win/loss record than the Washington Generals.  That's how bad he is."

What does Striker do now?

It seems that he wants to get his wrestling career back on track, and after having two good outings after a three-year absence from in-ring competition, Striker has some momentum.

He may have lost a bit of steam off that loss on Tuesday, but Striker could see some more action as the NXT season winds down, with only three rookies left on the longest running NXT season to date.

Could a feud be in store for Striker on RAW or Smackdown following this season of NXT?  The winner of this season's NXT gets a spot on season six and a shot at a roster slot on RAW or Smackdown.

Could this be a way to get a rookie on TV following this season?

More importantly, can Matt Striker come back from a clean loss to an NXT rookie?

What do you think?

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