Bobby Roode is primed to takeover as the face of the WWE NXT brand at next month’s WWE NXT TakeOver: San Antonio show over Royal Rumble weekend.
As we reported earlier here at Wrestling News World, Roode won a Fatal Four-Way Elimination Match that aired on this week’s episode of WWE NXT to become the new No. 1 contender and will face Shinsuke Nakamura for the title. Roode cut a promo on the show, explaining that he’s not just another face and is determined to take NXT to the next level. He aims to make San Antonio glorious.
While kayfabe, the plan is for Roode to work as a top name in WWE NXT in early 2017 as Samoa Joe is main roster bound at some point. As we work towards another program for the WWE NXT Championship, we felt it was appropriate to look back at past NXT Champions so their WWE careers to date can be evaluated. Keep in mind everything changed in 2014 with the explosion of NXT as a third brand, when it was previously a developmental territory.
WWE NXT Champions
Seth Rollins (2012)
Big E (2012)
Bo Dallas (2013)
Sami Zayn (2014)
Kevin Owens (2015)
Finn Balor (2015)
Samoa Joe (2016)
Shinsuke Nakamura (2016)
Seth Rollins is a bonafide main event talent and Kevin Owens has solified the position this year. Finn Balor was on track for it to happen this year and will hopefully be established as a top WWE Superstar in 2017. Big E has found a role on the main WWE roster and was just part of a historic title reign but he's clearly a mid-card talent to date.
Bo Dallas has been a big disappointment and WWE still has no idea what to do with Neville. Sami Zayn is a guy that should be further along by now, while Joe and Nakamura are still carrying the NXT brand.