Once they're gone...
There have been multiple threads on who should jump up to the main shows, and I find that plenty of folks have come up with very rational arguments. However we know stars like Ohno, Ambrose, Wyatt and Rollins will eventually get the call up. I'm certain others along the way not just those four will see main roster action as well. With that said it would beg me ask "Who does the WWE hire next?" Should they allow for these NXT stars to move up, and further their careers who replaces them?
Steamboat, nor Rotunda can carry the show themselves. I feel like there is still talent out there that the WWE could easily bring in to NXT. ROH fans are going to hate me for this, but I feel like there are still some stars down there the WWE has missed out on. Let me start off by throwing out Davey Richards name. In Kevin Nash's eyes Davey Richards is a "vanilla midget", but in any case one can't deny Davey Richards as one of the best wrestlers around today. He brings the intensity that Benoit brought, and I can guarantee Richards won't kill anyone in his family. Everything about Davey Richards is intense, and I would imagine HHH has to be thinking that this Davey Richards is something special. Just because he isn't in the WWE right now doesn't mean he isn't a target prospect.
Eddie Edwards is another person I would throw in there as well. No, I'm not a ROH mark, but I will say that he is easily one of the better wrestlers around not signed by the WWE. Another man trained by the great Killer Kowalski who I think could make it in the WWE one day as a credible "face". Having him on NXT would own, and I would expect the WWE to make a move towards this guy once some of the talent they prepared leaves for the main roster. Of course I can imagine a name change for him as well. Eddie has built a strong name for himself, and I think he will be signed sooner than later.
I realize that the WWE is PG still, and I can't understand why they would never sign El Generico. As awkward as this may sound, I feel like with how fickle the WWE fans are, El Generico could be "huge" in the WWE. Similar to the "Santino Effect" where fans just pop for him because they want to. Santino may be a joke, but his reaction from fans keeps him relevant. El Generico could easily fall under this category. I'm not a fan of goofy shit in wrestling, but I feel like El Generico is perfect for the WWE "PG" rating. El Generico could easily be marketed in the WWE. Not to mention he is also a great ring worker. He is perfect for kids, and decent for adult fans like myself because he is such a solid worker.
Colt Cabana is another name to throw in to the hat. No, I don't think he should come in because he knows CM Punk. Working up from the developmental area like NXT would be easier for fans to find out who he is. The WWE Universe was just randomly given Scotty Goldman last time, and I think with how NXT is currently booked he could easily make a name for himself down there. This gives him time to adjust to the WWE style, and get his name over a bit more. I would suggest allowing him to use his name, but we all know how the WWE works. Colt Cabana seems marketable to me, but I don't call the shots, I just drink them. He reminds of Mick Foley in way because he has that "common man" feel about him. A year and a half in NXT couldn't hurt either the WWE, or Colt as far as I am concerned.
Prince Devitt is someone I have had my eyes on for some time. His ring work is phenomenal, and he has the look. Another Irish talent I believe, and I think the WWE Universe would welcome a talent like him with open arms. No he doesn't stand out like a Sheamus, or Finlay however he could be yet another solid "Irish" WWE superstar in the waiting. Devitt isn't oozing with charisma, but there is a bit of "Irish Charm" there, and I think he could easily take the place of a Kofi Kingston, or Tyson Kidd easily one day. Right now NXT could use a star like him, and I think eventually he will land with the WWE.