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Who Will Be the Biggest Star of the NXT 6?

  • Adam Cole

    Votes: 16 15.5%
  • Aleister Black

    Votes: 24 23.3%
  • Johnny Gargano

    Votes: 7 6.8%
  • Ricochet

    Votes: 10 9.7%
  • Tommaso Ciampa

    Votes: 5 4.9%
  • Velveteen Dream

    Votes: 41 39.8%

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Last night during Half Time of The Superbowl, WWE ran Halftime Heat on the WWE Network featuring a 6 Man Tag featuring Aleister Black, Johnny Gargano, and Velveteen Dream vs. Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, and Adam Cole.

It was an indicator of a few things. #1, these are clearly the top 6 stars currently in NXT, and as a result why they are in this match. And #2, these 6 have the potential to be the foundation of NXT/WWE for years to come.

Last year, when Ricochet, Adam Cole, and Pete Dunne were mixed in a 3 Way Feud with one another, I made a thread asking basically, who is the future? Consider this the same thing but on a larger scale.

So, when looking at the current NXT 6, who has the brightest future and who will be the biggest star? Let's go through them all:


Adam Cole: The only 3x Ring of Honor Champion in history and the 1st ever NXT North American Champion and is still only beginning to build his resume. There's not too much the guy can't do. He can talk and can work in a variety of different scenarios whether funny or serious. He can wrestle a good, smart wrestling match and can also just throw a bunch of Superkicks when the time calls for it. He makes other people around him feel more important and for examples you can look at his TUE teammates or even the guys he's worked with. He has great facial expressions. Great body language.

So yeah, he sounds like the total package? So what holds him back, or at least, could hold him back? Naturally, his size. And even in today's era, you never know what will happen once he's on the main roster and Vince forms an opinion of him. Me personally? I think the guy will have a lot of accolades on the main roster but there's also a chance he becomes the go to whipping boy when a guy like Braun or AJ needs a new victim. Think Kevin Owens in that regard.


Aleister Black: Aleister is a guy who came in NXT with a fair bit of hype but not nearly as much as others and has made the most of WWE production. There's a lot of guys who will throw strikes and kicks but no one currently in the company does it as well or as uniquely as Aleister. And on top of a unique look, thanks to his own facial expressions/body language combined with WWE production, he has this dark and mysterious aura behind him where sometimes the biggest reaction he gets is just for a look or one Black Mass Kick. Not the best promo, although he's certainly serviceable and he really doesn't need to talk too much to get his point across. Now that works for him in NXT. How well that work on the main roster? Time will tell.

If there's a guy who I could compare him to when it comes to projection, it would Finn Balor. A guy who eventually you could easily slot into any program whether it's Baron Corbin or Brock Lesnar and also a guy who could end up floating around but still retain his popularity.


Johnny Gargano: Gargano's story will unfold a lot like Ciampa's, naturally. Gargano can be called an "indy darling" but he's someone who had to fight his way through up the card to get to the spot he's in now. He was once just an enhancement talent for guys like Samoa Joe and has now main evented several Takeover events and has been apart of some of the best matches in NXT history. Unlike others who have had top spots from Day 1, Gargano has a story in NXT from the bottom to the top.

And that is a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing in the sense that fans have gotten time to know him from an unknown to the heart of NXT. But it's also a curse in the sense that everything about him is from NXT. And it's very hard to have this big story in NXT and then go to the main roster and basically have to start over. Look at American Alpha when they debuted on SD in 2016. The greatest thing about them in NXT was their story of coming together. And once on the main roster, that's gone and they have to start over. The same thing can happen to Gargano.

Now Gargano is a guy who's proven to be one of the best pure babyfaces in wrestling with his style and selling. And he's also shown the ability to play the other side of the fence as well with degrees of success. And finally, when given the chance he's shown to be someone who can tell a great story. When looking at Gargano's future, unfortunately his ceiling may be as the face of 205 Live. But at his best? He could be a great utility player for them for years to come.


Ricochet: From NJPW to Lucha Underground, Ricochet's a guy who wowed the wrestling world with his amazing acrobatic and high flying ability. Seriously, there's not much he can't do in the ring. Can jump out of the gym. Is innovative. Deceptively strong. The one thing you can call him on for is being a little cutesy at time. Unfortunately, while he certainly has a swagger to him, the main magic of Ricochet exists bell to bell. On the mic? Eh...the less said the better.

Like Gargano, Ricochet is a guy who could easily be the next face of 205 Live. And that could very well happen. But I think he has far more potential to be the next Seth Rollins or even AJ Styles. Sure, he's not the best talker. But with his in ring style and looks, it's hard not seeing him as one of the faces of the big brands, and having a good amount of success along the way.


Tommaso Ciampa: Similar to Gargano, Ciampa is someone who started at the bottom and has risen to the top of NXT, despite being an "indy darling." And through his skills in the ring, on the mic, on social media, he's become one of the most talked about wrestlers in the business. Coming off a big injury in 2017, Ciampa completely reinvented himself from his look, the way he carries himself, the way he talks. He has gone above and beyond to make himself look like a star.

He is honestly the hardest guy to predict. Because I don't see him being a 205 Live guy anymore. And while they've built the show around him on NXT, I don't know if they'll put that same amount of effort into him on the main roster. OK, I know they won't but will they make an attempt to. Can he carry that same magic from NXT and the Gargano story to the main roster and continue to be one of the most hated men in wrestling. And unlike the previous men, I don't have someone to compare him too. I guess the closes I can get is a guy like Joe. A guy you could plug in anywhere as a heel but never likely a featured guy.


Velveteen Dream: Ah, quite possibly the greatest "homegrown" prospect they've ever had in NXT. A guy who went from Tough Enough to creating this shocking character in NXT to at times becoming the talk of the industry. At only 23, the guy has shown to be one of the smartest guys in wrestling. He knows how to build a feud. He knows how to build his opponents. He knows how to make everything he does feel bigger than it already would. And on top of that, no one in wrestling looks like him. No one goes as far as he does with his look, his attire, his ambiance. In a "sport" where most guys just wear their gear and their T-Shirt, Dream goes the extra mile.

And that's not even talking about his in ring ability. Now, he's still growing. But just looking at him right now? He's a freak athlete, a guy who has worked with some of the biggest names in NXT and hung with them. He's got the size. The power. The speed. The athleticism. The only thing you're still waiting on is for him to put it all together even more than he already has.

A lot of fans say he could be Tyler Breeze 2.0. And yes, sadly, he could be. And as much as I like Tyler, he doesn't compare to Dream. Everything about Dream from look, size, skills, character, aura, everything screams superstar. I know everyone wants everyone to be the next big star. But Dream is the guy who feels like he could be one of the top players, if not the top player in the company. And if you want an indicator if the company feels like that, just watch the past week of TV. Without competing at Takeover, the guy gets possibly the biggest pop of the show just by showing up. He wins the Worlds Collide tournament and is clearly positioned as the biggest star there. He scores the winning fall on Halftime Heat.

He's the Future. And at least NXT knows it. Will the main roster? They can screw a lot of things up, but Dream will be a star.


So that's all 6. Now I think the thing to remember is that even if these guys don't all become future World Champions, it does not mean any of them are failures or that WWE failed them. Some will. Some won't. But all of the can/should be foundation pieces for the company for the next 10 years.

But now I pose the question to you, who will be the biggest star of them all? If you couldn't tell, my pick is Velveteen Dream. And whether or not you choose to read my essay or not, who do you think will be the biggest star of the NXT 6?
 

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Fuck they are all so good.

There's no way WWE can ruin all of them.


I think Velveteen Dream, Black, Cole, Ricochet will be the most successful. Maybe Dream as the biggest star.


I think Gargano is the best in the group but that's personal opinion.
 

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If they were all called up today, Dream or Black purely because they're tall and the others aren't. I've noticed that since his injury Black has trimmed the puppy fat a bit and perhaps bulked up just a little more in his chest/shoulders, which makes him look pretty fucking dangerous and is only bound to help him with Vince.

Selfishly, I wish it were Cole, but his size means he'll be shoehorned into the role of the whiny heel and probably never anything else. He might get a run or two on top but I don't think he'll ever be the guy, he'll instead be in the Kevin Owens role.

Once Vince is gone it's honestly anyone's ballgame. I think if one thing changes in a really permanent way it's that WWE fill finally relax a bit about height.
 

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Dream is the youngest, biggest, most charismatic wrestler of the lot, there's only one thing potentially holding him back...

He'll never be the top champion under Vince but he might get a token run with the number 2 title; I can't see the other guys even going that far.
 

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Dream will be the biggest bust, that much I'll say. I hope the biggest star is Gargano, but Idk if they'll think he's too small.
 

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I love this post!! Was thinking about this earlier today! Personally I like Blacks chances, he can go in the ring and pull off a dark character with a cool entrance. I wish ciampa could be my answer here but let’s face it, with out each other DIY aren’t much.

Cole is too small, maybe if UE can create some buzz during their debut as a unit but I don’t see it honestly. I want all of UE to stay in NXT.

Ricochet just struggles connecting with the crowd. He come across soft to me. His work in Lucha underground with Conan as his mouth piece was ok, if they could some how get him a mouth piece that make sense maybe he could make a splash.

Dream. I just am not confident Vince can or will be able to introduce his character to the casual fans effectively. I don’t read the spoilers and enjoy NXT week to week, so have no idea what is in store, but I believe a NXT championship is a must for Dream, and honestly unless he can strike it big with a complete different gimmick on the main roster I have low expectations.
 

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Dream has the brightest future of the bunch. He's a versatile performer with a great look and is very young. He is easily the most complete performer of the bunch and he is still improving. The fact that at his level of experience and age he is in this conversation with guys who have the kind of pedigree that the other five do is a feat in and of itself. He is not a finished product and perhaps is still far from being one. Yet somehow he is already one of if not the most complete a performers that WWE has on its roster.

I don't get why people have a fear about his gimmick. It's not the same as it was a year ago. It has already shifted to a point where the flamboyancies don't define the gimmick and are just a part of the package. They have gone out of their way to ensure that his motivations aren't purely based on the flamboyancies of his act and portrayed him as a serious competitor. If you've been paying attention you can clearly see that it isn't a one-dimensional act and that they have made sure that there is a good amount of pliability to it. The more that the preening and flamboyancies become a part of how he gets in the head of the people he feuds with as opposed to the defining aspects of who his character is the better off he will be.
 

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Realistically, I can only see Vince doing something of note with Black and maybe Ciampa, but that's not a guarantee.

I can see Vince ruin all of them, to be honest. I hope Triple H gets frustrated and does something about it, because something has to change here.
 

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As much of a favoritism aspect I have for both Adam Cole and Aleister Black I can see either or both of the D.I.Y. guys coming up top on the main roster. Gargano is very Bryan like in demeanor and ring prowess and Ciampa could be a huge if not the biggest heel the main roster could see in some time.

Unfair thread really, I love all 6 of these guys and they all bring something big and unique to the table.

Adam Cole - Confidence, promo skills and ring work
Aleister Black - Aura, mystery, unbeatable striking ring work
Richochet - Immense speed, agility and timing
Johnny Gargano - Submission know how and ring knowledge for days in a lovable underdog package
Ciampa - A truly despised heel with ringwork and promo skills to back him up
Velveteen Dream - Amazing charisma, exceptional mic work and great ringwork psychology
 

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Adam Cole = A future top heel that will be the leader of a faction (Undisputed Era has to come up as a unit for this to work)
Aleister Black = A future top stoic babyface (especially if it's fitting the mold that HHH is setting with the likes of Seth Rollins and Finn Balor)
Johnny Gargano = Sympathetic Underdog Role, will be that babyface that has to overcome being held down by the man.
Ricochet = Flippy guy you can just throw out to the ring to fill out spots for a feel good match.
Tommaso Ciampa = Wild Card (I have no idea how this guy will do at all, he seems like he could end up in ANY position on the card and I wouldn't be surprised)
Velveteen Dream = The next true WWE star, most easiest to book on the main roster.
 
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I think Cole or Ricochet out of those six are your easiest picks to build a company around. I just fear that their look and size will hold them back in WWE.
 

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I voted for Cole.
I think Adam Cole,Aleister Black and Tomasso Ciampa are gonna somehow find success on the Main Roster.
Velveteen Dream,Ricochet & Gargano are destined to fail if Vince will still be around for the next years.

Velveteen Dream is going to be a comedy act when his first big feud will be over. I can see him having matches with the likes of Cena or Bryan but in a short period of time he is going to end up like Tyler Breeze,Adam Rose, No Way Jose ect. I also dont believe that he is going to win a championship on the Main Roster.

Ricochet i think he will be midcard for life. Im 100% sure that he will someday win midcard titles either US or IC. He will in a similar position like Neville. Sometimes he will face the world champion on a Raw episode but no way is he going to be in a PPV Main Event.
And looking how they handled Neville ect. 50/50 booking will harm him and he will lose the reputation that he built in NXT.
I see him in the next 2-3 years wrasslin on 205 Live

Johnny Gargano is the next Sami Zayn. No Title wins, No big feuds.
Maybe if he is lucky we might get the next DBryan story with him but i dont see it.

Tomasso Ciampa i think will do good on the Main Roster. I think he will get the Kevin Owens treatment. His character arc fits the main roster and overall he is a good heel. I definitely see him as IC/US champion and having some big feuds in the future.

Aleister Black. I dont know how they could fuck up Black on the Main Roster.
I can see him winning the world title and finding success.

My money is on Adam Cole. He is young,has talent and is charismatic. I see him as the next Randy Orton.
From these 6 guys i think Cole is the best bet for winning the world title on smackdown in the near future.
 

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Richochet only, the rest of them will be buried relentlessly.
 

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They're all fucked on the main roster.

Velveteen Dream with be the next Tyler Breeze.
Alestair Black will be a smiling goof
Ricochet will be the next Neville used to make other dull stars look good
Gargano will be 205 Live bound
Ciampa will be enhancement talent
Adam Cole is an enigma though, he has great charisma but I don't see him getting to the main event, so maybe a mid carder/lower mid card guy similar to Rusev or Damian Sandow.

Also Undisputed Era will be dead on arrival because Vince doesn't like tag teams.

Can we just keep them on NXt please, I look at those 6 as NXT's elite class right now. The NxT 6. Like the days of the Smackdown 6. Seeing them get mistreated on the main roster will give me an aneurysm
 

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Dream will bust lol. Not that he isn't super talented, but I have zero trust on main roster creative to book him correctly. There is absolutely no wrestler that bad booking cannot ruin.
 
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