Today I would like to try something different to get a bit of discussion going here in the NXT section. As we all know, the depth of the NXT roster is stacked and that has now translated to Raw and Smackdown having the most stacked rosters in quite some time. However, I do not see this stopping the NXT train from growing and expanding in 2018. So, welcome to my first set of crystal ball projections for NXT in 2019, where I ask you to either comment on my thoughts or make projections of your own!
What I place in bold will be my actual prediction, whereas with any surrounding text I will be considering the possibilities that relate to my bold prediction.
Here we go!
1.) EC3 will be in the main event of Takeover at WM 35 weekend.
This guy is on track to being a superstar in NXT and I feel that he should spend some time on NXT to increase his stock before moving up to the main roster. I will not predict whether he will be champion or not by this time, but he will most certainly be in the main event. As for his opponent, I would like you guys to help me out here because Black and Gargano are most likely going to be called up. Thus, I will go with Adam Cole, who wins the title from Gargano towards the end of 2018 after spending the bulk of the year legitimising the NXT North American Championship.
2.) Kairi Sane will win the NXT Women's Championship.
I think it's possible that Baszler goes undefeated for the next year to help establish dominance and this will make the moment more special. Again, I'm trying to not predict the actual matchups here as much as I am trying to predict the moments that will occur.
3.) There will be a massive signing for NXT, someone specifically from New Japan.
Again, I am not going to say with 100% certainty who it is, but let's look at the possibilities. If Omega wants to come to WWE next year, I would have him do a one off at Takeover on Wrestlemania weekend against someone like Gargano, and then be immediately promoted to the main roster. As for others in New Japan, I am not as familiar, so that is an area where I would be keen to hear some of your predictions.
4.) Aleister Black will be called up sometime in 2018 and will compete at Wrestlemania 35.
As for opponents, this is always hard. I'd like to see him against Rollins or Balor, but it's more likely that he is in a ladder match for the IC/US title or wins the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale.
5.) As for post-Wrestlemania call-ups
, I think it's too far out to pick accurately because people get called up post-Summerslam or even post-Survivor Series, but a safe bet would be that The Undisputed Era shows up on Smackdown and targets Daniel Bryan.