As the WWE roster continues to expand, there is less time to feature a wide variety of superstars on television. Combining that fact with the impending rumors of roster cut season rapidly approaching, a middle-ground solution could work for everyone.
Sending superstars off the main roster and down to NXT seems counterintuitive to the whole point of making the main roster, but with the overwhelming amount of brand-name success NXT has had in its niche, it’s tough to see how it’s not a positive for those involved. While it’s difficult to imagine anyone “wanting” to head back down, it will offer a fresh start — and more importantly, a chance to be highly featured.
With that in mind, here are five superstars who would make sense to move from either Raw or SmackDown Live and crash the party at NXT:
This one doesn’t come as a shock, since Enzo will need to re-invent himself in post-Enzo and Big Cass life. If he fails to move off the Raw roster, he’s stuck on the same show as his ex-partner, who happens to be seven feet tall and has a habit of laying waste to him.
Many have mentioned 205 Live as a more realistic destination for Amore, and that could still be in the cards, but first a move back to his people at Full Sail could be the revival he needs. His promos would go over like wildfire (more than they already do) and he could continue to sell copious amounts of merchandise while not being banished to the wilderness of 205 Live.
At the start of 2017, many could have safely penciled in Harper as one of the top candidates to be the breakout star of the year. He was not so much the third wheel in the Bray Wyatt-Randy Orton tandem as he was waiting in the wings, with a path to a WWE Championship shot in his grasp on multiple occasions.
If the WWE decides that Harper and former Wyatt Family member Erick Rowan are done as a team (unless they’re the ones attacking Breezango, of course), it’s time to get Harper back on the card. He got fantastic reactions from the crowd and put on excellent matches against both Randy Orton and A.J. Styles earlier in the year.
He has been to NXT before, but going back as a singles wrestler, he would have a renewed purpose. Possibly a feud with SAnitY (unless they’re the ones attacking Breezango, of course) or a singles feud with Aleister Black would be perfect starting points for him to hone his skills as a singles wrestler, rather than getting lost in the shuffle on SmackDown Live.
This should have happened from the start, but now that Lana has already debuted on SmackDown Live, and come within seconds of defeating Naomi for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, she can only go up from here.
Unfortunately, she is the low woman on the SmackDown Live totem pole. In order to flip the script, she can head down to NXT and work a program with Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, helping to get her more in-ring work.
Her loss wouldn’t cripple the relatively small division, because the possibility of a call-up for Asuka looms.
The decision to send both Rusev and Lana down may be more appealing if the two are together. While they have been kept separate on screen while inhabiting the main roster, this would be a brilliant opportunity for them to become a power couple down on NXT.
There’s no question moving an upper-mid card wrestler to NXT would create shockwaves. Rusev will have wrestled John Cena and Randy Orton at back-to-back PPVs after SummerSlam, which is exactly the reason he can head down to Full Sail and either become the next mega-heel or re-invent himself as a babyface, a move the WWE Universe seems to be clamoring for.
In the same ilk as Enzo Amore, Kalisto seems to be an ideal fit for 205 Live. He hasn’t done a whole lot on Raw since his mini-feud against Apollo Crews, so a change of scenery would be welcome for what is unquestionably one of the most exhilarating in-ring stars the WWE has.
Like a few other names on this list, he’ll head back to where he began with the company, but this time as a singles wrestler. He is a former United States Champion, but his style will allow him to fit in quickly with the majority of the NXT roster.