ROH + NXT = WWE Today

     The WWE first started a development system for its stars
back in the mid 90s. The first superstar to go through the program was none
other than The World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry. Arguably, the late 90s and
early 2000s, the unofficial development territory was ECW, as Bully Ray (Bubba
Ray Dudley) noted on The Rise & Fall of ECW DVD that he realized when he
and Devon jump shipped to WWE, it was on that day he realized ECW was the
breeding ground for the WWE. 
After the buy-outs of both ECW and WCW in 2001,
WWE looked to continue its development program by signing a deal with OVW (Ohio
Valley Wrestling) to breed the next crop of superstars and we all know who came
through those doors. OVW provided WWE with 5 of the top stars of the last
decade; that being Batista, +Randy Orton , CM Punk, Brock Lesnar and John Cena. 

From 2007 to today, World Wrestling Entertainment – WWE  signed a deal with FCW (Florida Championship Wrestling)
which has now turned into the new and much better in my opinion, NXT brand.They used their partnership with Full Sail University to create arguably the
most exciting hour of wrestling in the world today. However, as unintentional
as it may be, I believe there is a second promotion directly responsible for
this generation of stars, and that promotion is ROH (Ring of Honor)
I say
that, because when you look at the landscape of WWE today, most of its top
stars either started or have worked at some point for ROH. Sami Zayn, Cesaro,
Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and CM Punk all competed in ROH at
some point as El Generico, Claudio Castagnoli, Bryan Danielson, Tyler Black,
Jon Moxley and CM Punk (only cause he owns the rights to the name)
NXT though, has also already created some note-worthy stars; Bo Dallas,
Paige, Rusev, Big E, The Wyatt Family and Roman Reigns. All these names, with
exception of Sami Zayn, have all seen some success on WWE’s main roster and
have created the most athletic group of stars WWE has ever had. And the best
part, there is still more stars to come! I mentioned Sami Zayn earlier who,
along with Adrian Neville and The Ascension, Konner & Viktor (the current
NXT and Tag Team Champions respectively), are all set to make their main roster
debuts before the year is out.
KENTA has been Signed to WWE!

     It was announced just this past weekend in
Japan, WWE has signed Japanese sensation KENTA who is on his way to the
state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center and NXT here pretty quick, and on a
personal note, I’m hoping they also sign Prince Devitt here soon as well. To
add to my point of ROH continuing to help build the future roster, WWE has
signed one of ROH’s top stars in Kevin Steen, and he is wrapping up his current
contract with ROH, which is set to expire at the end of August. Both KENTA and
Steen will bring a unique style to the already amazing up-and-coming talent in
NXT and I look forward to what each of them will do once they make their
debuts. ROH and NXT are in my opinion the best two PURE wrestling shows today,
providing you with more of the wrestling side of sports entertainment, which I
think gets lost in translation in today’s wrestling community. 

I look for more
stars to eventually jump ship from ROH to NXT-WWE here over the next few years. Do not be surprised to see those guys who come from ROH dominate the top
spots on the main roster, because I truly feel it’s only a matter of time.

Either way, whether they are home grown WWE bred or ROH alumni’s, the future of
wrestling is in good hands and is looking brighter than ever.

 By. Travis F-H
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