The WWE has been the top dog in the world of professional wrestling for a very, very long time. So long in fact they’ve become a jaded version of themselves for the most part; except for that whole NXT thing going down every week. I wrote a column a few months back stating the WWE needs to get with the times or just continue to watch their numbers and checkbooks fall. This week, while it still isn’t 100% confirmed, the WWE took a huge step in that direction by successfully having AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows flock over to the dark side just in time for Wrestlemania season. These four stars will undoubtedly change the course the WWE is currently on but what does Trips and Co. have in store for ROH and NJPW’s brightest stars.
AJ Styles is one of the most decorated champions in the world today. He has held a major championship for every major promotion (TNA, Ring of Honor, NJPW) and now the time has finally come for Styles to hold a title in the biggest promotion of them all. AJ’s wrestling style meshes up with every major talent the WWE has/will have. I don’t see Styles ever becoming the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, at least right away, but boy oh boy is he going to be fun to watch while having matches with Dean Ambrose, Cesaro, Seth Rollins and just about everyone on the roster not named the Big Show.
Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson have a great opportunity to not only shake up the scene down in NXT but on the main roster as a powerhouse tag team as well. In recent years the WWE has had a few ups but a lot more downs when it comes to the tag team division. Currently, NXT has three solid teams (Blake & Dawson, Jordan & Gable and Enzo & Big Cass) while the main roster has (really only) The New Day, The Wyatt Family and The Dudley Boyz.
I truly never thought we’d see the day that Shinsuke Nakamura would sign a deal to wrestle inside a WWE ring. Now that it has happened I can say with confidence that Nakamura will become the most decorated Japanese wrestler to ever wrestle inside the WWE squared circle. The “King of Strong Style,” as many know Nakamura as, can be a game changer for the WWE. Nakamura may be 35 but for a guy who’s only really been wrestling for about twelve years or so there are plenty of miles left in that tank. AJ Styles may be the biggest name coming out of these signings but Daniel Bryan has already lobbied to have a match with Nakamura. And the fact that he’s already wrestled the beast himself, Brock Lesnar, no one should ever sleep on Nakamura.
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