With a depleted roster heading into 2016, the WWE must be considering the incredible talent down in NXT. In Florida right now, the developmental brand is pumping out a wealth of talent that the WWE could really tap into going into Wrestlemania and beyond.
Enzo Amore & Big Cass vs. The New Day
The tag team division of the main roster is pretty stale at the moment, while the tag team division down in NXT seems to be in a bit of a Renaissance. And a major part of the incredible revolution going on there is the picture-perfect pairing of Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady.
The pair are a blast in the ring and electrifying on the mic, injecting as much life into NXT’s tag team scene as the New Day have into theirs. A rivalry between these two powerhouses would provide a wealth of fun matches and even better promo battles. Between Enzo Amore and Xavier Woods, WWE viewers could be treated to some of the most engaging mic work in years.
There is the issue of calling Carmella up too early, as it just wouldn’t feel right seeing the two without her, but she could work double duty, only appearing at pay-per-views until she is ready to make her own in-ring debut. And if her title match against Bayley is any indication, it will be sooner rather than later.
Samoa Joe vs. John Cena
Ever since his heel turn, Samoa Joe has rediscovered the ferocity that made him such a force of nature in the indy circuit. With rumors of a main roster call-up coming soon, the prospects for potential rivalries are endless. However, one man in particular can really help propel Joe into a main event caliber star on the main roster: John Cena.
Yes, the face that runs the place against the dangerous independent star. It’s a match that carries the same excitement Owens vs. Cena did, only Joe is not necessarily a prizefighter: he’s just out for blood.
Joe and Cena could put on a series of really fun, really physical matches that would benefit from both Joe’s skill and Cena’s “Epic match” aura.
Baron Corbin vs. Dean Ambrose
The Lone Wolf and the Lunatic Fringe. If Corbin ever gets the call to the main roster, a feud with Dean Ambrose shouldn’t be too far behind.
Baron Corbin’s greatest weakness is on the mic. He has a good in-ring presence and his heel gimmick suits him perfectly, but still has yet to master the art of cutting an effective character promo. However, Ambrose can more than make up for that with his wealth of mic mastery and charisma.
Corbin would also suit Ambrose because he is one of the few true heels the WWE has left. He’s not cool or secretly loved, he’s pretty much universally looked down on, the perfect foil to Ambrose’s eternal over-ness. Given the opportunity and a possible gimmick match (Hell in a Cell, anyone?), these two could tear the house down together. Quite literally.
Bayley vs. Nikki Bella
I am by no means a huge fan of Nikki Bella, though I will 100% acknowledge the substantial growth she has had as a worker since being crowned Divas Champion in 2014. But her heel character would be a fantastic foil to Bayley’s optimistic babyface persona.
When she does get the call-up to the main roster, Bayley will undoubtedly enter into storylines with her fellow Four Horsewomen, but she shouldn’t just be limited to that. Given the chance, she can elevate the other women of the main roster in ways few others can.
Bayley has the rare skill of being able to carry even the most subpar performers to stellar matches, and a more experienced and improved Nikki Bella will prove no different. Given ample time int he ring and on the microphone, the two women can tell one heck of a story that can last for months.
Finn Balor vs. AJ Styles
Two words: Bullet. Club.
Finn Balor and AJ Styles have the ability to put on a wealth of 5-star matches together and tell an incredible story harkening back to their time in Japan. If Anderson and Gallows are called up as well, they could also factor into the story and enhance the feud.
The story between the two would be simple: two proud men who have the same accolades want to be considered the best. Not everything has to be personal to be engaging, after all. These two can make anything seem like the world rests on their shoulders.