WWE NXT is considered a developmental stage for WWE to hone their skills before making it to the main roster. Given that NXT was endorsed by Triple H, it’s no surprise that the best of NXT would go on to have a successful run in WWE. For the sake of this piece, let’s take a look at 10 of the best WWE wrestlers to have been called up from NXT.
10. Finn Balor
Finn Balor made waves in WWE NXT, becoming a two-time NXT Champion. While he has the build of a cruiserweight, Bálor makes up for it with his slick in-ring abilities capped by a deadly coup de grace. His WWE run has seen him win the United States Championship once, the Intercontinental Championship twice, and he was the first WWE Universal Champion. Balor is currently in a feud with The Judgment Day where he picked up notable victories over Edge, Rey Mysterio and many other notable Superstars.
9. Matt Riddle
Dubbed as The Bro, whether he’s on the mic or in the squared circle, Matt Riddle is one of the best. During his time in NXT, Riddle was the NXT Tag Team Champion. His success there would eventually translate into WWE. He has held the United States Championship once. Later, Riddle teamed with former World Champion Randy Orton to become two-time Raw Tag Team Champions. Although he has worked a lot in the tag team division, after Orton was injured, Riddle often stood in for him in singles competitions against Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.
8. Wade Barrett
Wade Barrett was on top in the first season of NXT. Later, he entered the main roster, debuting with The Nexus as they destroyed John Cena and CM Punk. Although Barrett would lead The Nexus and The Corre, he also had a solid singles run that saw him become five Intercontinental Champions. He also won the King of the Ring tournament in 2015.
7. Alexa Bliss
Alexa Bliss didn’t collect any championship hardware during her days in NXT. However, he did the exact opposite on the main roster. In fact, Bliss has won every possible championship a female wrestler can hold, including the Raw Women’s Championship three times, the SmackDown Women’s Championship twice, the Women’s Tag Team Championship three times, and the 24/7 Championship once. While she is regarded as one of the most skilled wrestlers in the women’s division, she becomes more dangerous after teaming up with Bray Wyatt.
6. Kevin Owens
Despite English not being his first language, Kevin Owens can deliver high quality promos any day of the week. Plus, even if he isn’t the fittest wrestler in the locker room, KO can pull off the most daring stunts in the squared circle. While his days in NXT were marred by him winning the NXT Championship once, KO has had an illustrious career, winning the United States Championship three times, the Intercontinental Championship twice and the Universal Championship once. He has also given five-star matches against the likes of Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn, John Cena and many more.
Considered one of the most dangerous wrestlers in the women’s category, Rhea Ripley Had a graceful NXT run that saw her win the NXT Women’s Championship and the NXT UK Women’s Championship. However, she became more dangerous once she made it to the main roster. Ripley is a one-time Women’s Tag Team Champion and a one-time Raw Women’s Title holder. In addition, she also holds the women’s Royal Rumble record for total eliminations, 20, including winning the Royal Rumble 2023, despite entering as the first entrant.
4. Bray Wyatt
While his days as Husky Harris were forgettable, Bray Wyatt is a more successful personality. As the leader of the Wyatt Family, the faction wreaked havoc in NXT and on the main roster. But while the Wyatt Family was a formidable faction, Wyatt also found some success as an individual competitor. Considered one of the most dangerous supernatural wrestlers, Wyatt is a two-time WWE Champion and a two-time Universal Champion. Furthermore, his run as The Fiend has seen him become almost invincible, defeating superstars such as John Cena, Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, Kane and many more.
3. Charlotte Flair
Ric Flair is arguably the GOAT of WWE, with 16 World Championship reigns which is the most tie in history. But while Rick was in a class of his own, his daughter wasn’t afraid of her father’s shadow. Charlotte debuted as the NXT Women’s Champion, holding the title twice. Fast forward to her promotion to the main roster, she is one of the most decorated wrestlers in the women’s division, becoming the eventual Divas Champion, earning seven reigns as the SmackDown Women’s Champion, and a six-time Raw Women’s Champion, including the inaugural As a rule is included. the champion.
2. Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch’s journey in NXT has not been anything special. However, she rose on WWE’s main roster to become one of the most prominent wrestlers in the women’s division. Whether she played The Man or Big Time Beck, Lynch worked in the big moments. She is a four-time SmackDown Women’s Champion and a two-time Raw Women’s Champion. In addition, Lynch is the only female wrestler to hold both titles simultaneously.
While the trio of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns were competing individually in the NXT scene, the trio took WWE by storm after debuting as The Shield. The faction would harass the WWE locker room, attacking John Cena, Ryback, The Brothers of Destruction, and many others. While The Shield were successful together, Rollins’ infamous betrayal on the side of The Authority marked the end of the faction.
But after the disbandment of the faction, the trio would go on to have successful WWE careers. Ambrose has held the one-time United States Champion, three-time Intercontinental Champion, and three-time WWE Championship.
At the same time, Seth Rollins is one of the biggest stars of WWE today. He is a two-time Grand Slam champion. In addition, Rollins has defeated top stars such as Brock Lesnar, Bobby Lashley, John Cena, and Triple H.
Of the three, however, Roman Reigns is arguably the most successful competitor. Currently the face of WWE, Reigns has vanquished all-time greats including Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Goldberg, The Undertaker and many more. Dubbed as the Tribal Chief, The Bloodline’s Alpha currently holds the Universal Championship and the WWE Championship, along with his second and fourth reigns.