Charlotte, Brian Kendrick and Latest WWE NXT Developmental News
An opportunity on Raw awaits Charlotte, and a chance to join the WWE NXT team awaits Brian Kendrick.
WWE is set to merge its main roster and NXT Divas division once more. It also has the chance to shore up its developmental staff with the addition of a former tag team champion.
In other NXT news, a prospect gets engaged, and WWE may be readying for a change with Adrian Neville. In addition, NXT Takeover: R Evolution made an impact beyond the ring. Charlotte was a huge part of that, putting on a stellar performance against Sasha Banks.
She'll soon find a different foe in front of her—WWE Creative.
Charlotte Getting Another Shot
Charlotte is returning to the main roster. It's not clear when she will make a more permanent transition, but fans now know when they will see the NXT women's champ on Raw again.
According to PWInsider, "WWE NXT Women's champion Charlotte is booked for the 12/22 Raw taping."
The last time out, Charlotte lost a short match that irked many of her fans. She and Natalya didn't get a chance to do much and certainly couldn't produce what they did at the first NXT Takeover special.
WWE can't make the same mistake twice. It's hard for fans to care about Charlotte, Flair name and all, if she is presented as just another Diva on the roster.
Paige went straight for the Divas champ, knocking off AJ Lee in her first appearance. Charlotte's talent begs for her to get similar treatment.
Good and Bad News About Adrian Neville
Adrian Neville fans will be thrilled to hear that WWE is discussing calling him up. They won't like the added part of that news, though.
PWInsider's Mike Johnson reports, "There is talk that Adrian Neville may be moving up to the main roster soon with a new gimmick."
This would be a strange time to change things around for Neville. He's spent so many months building up his persona and making a connection with the NXT fans. He's clearly one of NXT's most valuable prospects, but a change in gimmick could get in the way of that.
Getting him a manager is a wise move. Having him make a transformation at this point is not. He's flourishing as is.
Fans just have to hope that this "new gimmick" isn't in the same vein as what WWE gave Leo Kruger before his promotion.
Brian Kendrick Reportedly Working with NXT
NXT fans could soon be taking in words of wisdom from Brian Kendrick.
The former WWE tag champ was at Full Sail University this past week with WWE eyeing him as a potential behind-the-scenes employee.
According to PWInsider (h/t WrestlingInc), Kendrick was backstage at the NXT Takeover: R Evolution event. The report also notes that Kendrick participated in a tryout to become a trainer at the WWE Performance Center.
He later stepped in the ring against one of the men he would likely be training—Solomon Crowe. Per ProFightDB.com (Note: Link contains spoilers), Crowe defeated Kendrick in a dark match before a recent NXT taping.
Kendrick brings in a variety of experience to share with the NXT prospects. He has worked everywhere from TNA to New Japan Pro Wrestling.
As for his personality, former WWE star Ezekiel Jackson shared some insight. Talking with Main Event Madness (h/t ProWrestling.net), Jackson said that Kendrick is "not going to try to please you just to please you. If it is wrong, he will tell you it is wrong, but it if it is right, he will tell you it is right. He's not going to walk on eggshells around anybody, he's a straight shooter."
That sounds like someone is describing Bill DeMott. Kendrick may then fit right in at NXT.
NXT Takeover: R Evolution Notes
Even Kevin Owens, whose face was wet with blood early in his match, had to be thrilled with how NXT Takeover: R Evolution played out. The latest live special featured a number of standout matches and emotional moments that tugged at the heart.
The main roster was paying attention to what the folks at NXT accomplished.
According to F4WOnline (h/t WrestlingInc), the WWE Superstars were motivated to not let NXT's live special outshine TLC. Despite great efforts by Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper, Dean Ambrose and Bray Wyatt, that's exactly what happened.
The latest Takeover resonated more and wasn't bogged down by overbooking.
It's no surprise then that the wrestlers and producers involved were in celebratory mode after the event.
PWInsider's Mike Johnson reports, "the morale backstage after Takeover was through the roof."
Former NWA champ Adam Pearce wrote on his Facebook page, "Working as a producer on WWE/NXT Takeover: [R]Evolution is one of the most incredible experiences of my professional life."
If NXT sticks to its old-school wrestling approach and showcases tag teams, women and smaller wrestlers as successfully as it is doing now, there are going to be plenty more times for guys like Pearce to come away so pleased. NXT is the oasis of WWE programming right now.
Aiden English Getting Hitched
Aiden English didn't win the tag team championships at NXT Takeover: R Evolution, but he still took had plenty to be thankful for.
Vickie Guerrero announced on Twitter that her daughter Shaul (known as Raquel Diaz during her time as a WWE prospect) is now engaged to English.
Shaul worked for WWE when Florida Championship Wrestling was still its developmental system. English competed there as well.
Congrats to both of them.