On September 18th, NXT makes its live television debut on the USA Network. With the black and gold brand moving to a television network, the first time, and a whole new hour.
One of those "changes" wants to bring some more depth to the roster – do not be surprised if you see some familiar faces on NXT television very soon. A few months ago, we ran down five main roster superstars that could benefit from a move back to the developmental scene, here are five more superstars who should make their return to NXT in time for the big move.
5. The Ascension
The Ascension (Viktor and Konnor) were, at one time, one of the fiercest tag team in NXT history. Still to this day they are the longest-reigning NXT Tag Team Champions. When they made their main roster debut, everyone expected great things from The Ascension. However, because of terrible booking, they never ascended the ladder in WWE.
Due to their legion of Doom-esque ring attire, they were viewed as a knock-off of the great day team tandem and disrespectful. On the January 19, 2015 episode of Raw, The Ascension were confronted and humiliated by three former factions: NWO (Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and X-Pac), The APA (John Bradshaw Layfield and Farooq) and The New Age Outlaws (Road Dogg, and Badass Billy Gunn).
Following that night, rumors spread about WWE already giving up on the former NXT Tag Team Champions. Shortly after the Burial, The Ascension was demoted to Main Event and Superstars. At WrestleMania 31, both Viktor and Konnor competed in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal in a losing effort.
The Ascension were last seen on live television when they lost to Chad Gable and Bobby Roode. These warriors have been criminally mistreated since 2014.
NXT's tag team division has always been loaded with fantastic tag teams, Viktor and Konnor would be perfect addition to the black and gold brand. Who better to clash with the current three-time NXT tag team champions, Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish, as the longest-reigning NXT tag team champions in history?
4. Apollo crews
Apollo Crews is extremely talented and gifted but WWE has no idea how to use it. After spending two years down in NXT, Crews made his main roster debut on the Post-Mania 32 Raw, defeating Tyler Breeze. He would stay on the Raw roster while being drafted to Smackdown Live via the Superstar Shakeup.
Over the past three years, Crews has switched brands a total of four times, he's competed in three Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royals and has not won one WWE championship. Last month, Crews defeated the Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura but has yet to receive a title shot.
On the July 17th Episode of NXT, Kushida in a fantastic match. If Crews returned to NXT, he could easily be in the North American title scene and work his way up to the NXT Championship. That's more than I can see in his future on the main roster.
3. James Storm
"The Cowboy" James Storm has written several fifteen-year tenures with TNA. Storm has won a plethora of championships over the years. Beer Money tag team partner Bobby Roode. Storm left TNA in 2017 and has been working in the independent scene ever since.
On the October 21, 2015 episode of NXT, Storm made his surprise debut Danny Burch. A few months later, Storm would resurface and defeat Adam Rose. In December, however, Storm made the decision to go back to TNA, where he reunited with Roode for another Beer Money run. On an edition of SiriusXM Busted Radio, Storm offered an explanation on why he did not sign with NXT.
NXT another shot, especially since the black and gold brand wants to live its episodes live, which hopefully means the long-time veteran.
The former Divas Champion was a participant in the 2018 Mae Young Classic Tournament where she was eliminated by Mia Yim in the second round. Kaitlyn originally signed with WWE in 2010, under the developmental territory of Florida Championship Wrestling which later morphed into NXT.
At the time of her debut, NXT was basically a reality show, where young superstars were labeled as "rookies" and would be paired with a WWE "pro". Kaitlyn was unlike all the other three participants, in which she already possessed great wrestling skills and had no right to be relegated to participating in keg races and singing contests.
Kaitlyn would go on to make the breakout star of the season and go on to feud with the likes of AJ Lee and Natalya on the main roster. Her matches were genuinely exciting, which were a godsend in the era of the diva. Her WWE career would be a letter one, as she parted ways to focus on her clothing line.
Miy Yim, Shayna Baszler, Bianca Belair and the rest of the division, Kaitlyn would be a great addition to the women's roster to mix it up.