Through November, NXT has played a significant role in the most compelling WWE storylines.
In fact, the developmental brand has injected new life into the Survivor Series build this year with the Invasion angle. While this story has been entertaining in several spots, it creates a dilemma for WWE creative moving forward.
I love some of the matchups we’re seeing on Smackdown and Raw. Take a look at the Survivor Series card thus far and you’ll see some exciting potential matches headed our way from Rosemont, Illinois on Sunday.
- WWE Championship — Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Rey Mysterio
- Universal Championship — “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Daniel Bryan
- Women’s Champions — Becky Lynch (Raw) vs. Bayley (SmackDown) vs. Shayna Baszler (NXT)
- AJ Styles (U.S.) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Intercontinental) vs. Roderick Strong (North American)
- Men’s Tag Team Champions — The Viking Raiders (Raw) vs. The New Day (SmackDown) vs. Undisputed Era (NXT)
- Men’s Survivor Series Elimination Match — Team Raw (Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Randy Orton, Drew McIntyre and Ricochet) vs. Team Smackdown (Roman Reigns, King Corbin, Ali, Shorty G, and Braun Strowman) vs. Team NXT
- Women’s Survivor Series Elimination Match — Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown (Sasha Banks, Carmella, Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans +1 TBD) vs. Team NXT
Quite frankly, we may never see some of these Superstar combinations again, and that would be a good thing and a departure from the usual over saturation we see from WWE matchmaking.
I have no doubt we’ll see some memorable action at this year’s event, but my major question is what happens next?
Will some of the members of NXT’s roster remain on Raw or Smackdown? That’s a possible winning solution. Perhaps this approach opens up a concept that allows for any Superstar of any show to make an appearance on another brand at any time.
No, I’m not talking the corny wildcard concept. I mean something more unspoken from a rules standpoint that could literally result in a star as big as Brock Lesnar making an appearance on NXT to build or smash a major star associated with that brand. Matt Riddle anyone?
An NXT star could be just a likely to appear on Raw, Smackdown or 205 Live. Spreading the talent across all of the WWE’s brands is probably the best way to get the most from the roster and to keep the entire locker room active.
Too often, the Drew McIntyres and Johnny Garganos of the promotion can be forgotten after making an initial splash. Instead of finding time for them on Raw, simply find time for them across one or more of the promotion’s brands.
Using the current NXT Invasion angle as a door to that concept is the best way to maintain the momentum this storyline has generated.