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Ranking Every NXT Champion



Finn Balor NXT Champion WWE

NXT has had a reputation for being the fan’s brand. For many of us it brings us back to why we fell in love with professional wrestling in the first place. And for that brand there is few things more important than its champions. There have been twelve NXT Champions as of this writing, but where do they rank among themselves?

12. Sami Zayn

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In the grand scheme of things there really is no such thing as a “bad” NXT Champion, and Sami played his role to perfection. It is, however, the reign itself was short lived, and it is the reason he is at the bottom of this list. Of course, the means of which he won the championship will live forever in many hearts, and his loss to Kevin Owens will be a great image to look back on when the two inevitably reignite their feud. As with a lot of underdogs, winning the championship is much more remembered than the actual reign, but in Sami’s case, his win over Neville for the NXT Championship is one of the best.

11. Big E

Arguably the least memorable NXT Champion, Big E wasn’t a terrible champion, but rather he suffered from no real competition to battle him for the belt. Most of, if not all, of the best NXT Champions had a great rival to build their reign off of. Unfortunately, Big E never had that rival. While he did have a lengthy reign, most of his defenses came by defeating superstars who are no longer with the WWE. Not that it mattered, as he is one of the most well off superstars on the main roster.

10. Drew McIntyre

McIntyre could have realistically returned to the main roster rather than NXT. However, the story that was told with his return was second to none. A story of redemption capped off with a championship win made for a great moment, and though his reign was short the impact didn’t go unnoticed. His return made NXT even more of a household name than it already was, and his run will add fuel to the fire whenever he reemerges on the main roster. In the future his reign may be a forgettable one, but it was part of an overall story a lot of us are invested in. Its even fitting that McIntyre had participated in the tournament to crown the first NXT Champion. He would lose to Seth Rollins who would go on and win the tournament.

9. Seth Rollins

As the inaugural NXT Champion, Rollins gets some bonus points for the historical significance. Going into the new version of NXT there needed to be something big to wipe the slate clean, and with the NXT Championship debuting a tournament was held to determine the first NXT Champion. Out of the names in the running, especially in hindsight, Rollins was one of if not the fan favorites. The following reign helped solidify Rollins as a future mainstay of the company, and did well to set him up for his successes down the road. While perhaps not the most remembered or well received, for the first reign it isn’t one to sneeze at.

8. Shinsuke Nakamura

It wasn’t long after Nakamura’s debut against Sami Zayn that he was looking toward championship gold, and for good reason. Nakamura was already the most over act in NXT when he arrived, and it was only a matter of time before he was top face. What may set Nakamura was his lack of defenses as Joe was able to recapture the championship in his rematch and Bobby Roode dethroned the King of Strong Style in their first outing. However, it can’t be denied that both wins were shocking, and helped add to the characters of Nakamura and his rivals.

7. Samoa Joe

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Upon his debut, it didn’t seem like Joe would be holding the top title. But once it was clear his work as a monster and a heel was going above and beyond, it wasn’t too far fetched to see him holding the NXT Championship. Finn Balor was no longer needed in the role, and there called for a changing of the guard. It was, however, the fact that Joe won the title at an NXT house show. It shook not only NXT, but WWE to its core. The run after the fact was entertaining, with Joe at his best, cutting promos and holding himself in high standard as other great heels are prone to do.

6. Bobby Roode

Without a doubt the best booked champion in NXT history, second only to Asuka, Roode had a dominant run as champion. Like Samoa Joe before him, he carried himself well and his gimmick fit well with a championship run. It is because of this run that many desire Roode to return to his heel roots on the main roster. The confidence, arrogance, and in ring psychology came together is such a perfect package that it was must see whenever he was on our screens. He was indeed a glorious champion.

5. Andrade Cien Almas

The current NXT Champion has taken his opportunity and ran with it. From his shocking victory over Drew McIntyre to his defenses against Johnny Gargano, its been an entertaining ride. Almas had been floundering in NXT for some time before obtaining the managerial assistance of Selena Vega, who subsequently turned his NXT career around and brought him to the main event. Going into the reign, there was some speculation on how good Almas could be on top, but I think it’s fair to say those doubts have all but diminished.

4. Bo Dallas

Despite having the least impressive career on the main roster, Bo Dallas is still remembered as having a very much impressive NXT Championship reign. To many, this was the beginning of the NXT we know and love today. Bo not only fleshed out his character before and during his run, but he put on some entertaining matches with the likes of Cesaro, Sami Zayn, and Neville. Speaking of which, Dallas’ feud with Neville elevated the title to where it is today. It’s a shame Dallas couldn’t manifest his NXT success onto the main roster, but at least we have this gem of a title run.

3. Kevin Owens

Winning the championship in record time, Owens was set up as a top star upon setting foot in NXT with his attack on then best friend, and NXT Champion, Sami Zayn. He was able to dominate the brand and flesh out his cocky character before he was able to get more eyes on NXT with his feud with John Cena. He arguably brought more fanfare than any other champion as he was able to promote the bran while on the main roster.

2. Neville

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While Neville’s recent run as Cruiserweight Champion was a highlight for many, it was his NXT Championship reign people will remember best. A lot of athletic superstars were enhanced in NXT by its storytelling, both in and out of the ring, and Neville was certainly no exception. Turning from resident good guy into a more arrogant title holder was a great arc that even played into his King of the Cruiserweights gimmick. And needless to say, his matches were some of the best the brand has ever seen.

1. Finn Balor

Balor’s time as champion is looked upon most fondly by the fans, and for good reason. As the longest reigning NXT champion, it is clear Balor was the backbone of NXT. Even when he wasn’t champion, it was clear Balor was important to the aura of the brand. Defense after defense, Balor withstood the storm and lead NXT into its golden age. There may be no other competitor that had established himself within the company in such a way. It is for this, as well as his matches, the time on top, and the plethora of opponents he toppled, that he is considered by many to be the greatest NXT champion of all time… for now.


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King: Plotting The Return Of Randy Orton To WWE

Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.



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Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to a superstar that’s being overshadowed right now, ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton. After RKBRO lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to The Uso’s, Orton vanished from the company. There was speculation about his serious back injury and, it wasn’t until The Viper’s wife herself posted a candid picture of Orton after successful surgery.

While the focus in WWE right now is either on The Bloodline, Bray Wyatt and Uncle Howdy, or the returning Cody Rhodes, I felt this was a good time to start plotting The Viper’s return to WWE.

Randy Orton’s Return to WWE

On the Raw-After-Mania ‘The American Nightmare’ opens the show after a tough battle over Roman Reigns to win the WWE Championship. Rhodes with tears in his eyes is giving an emotional promo about his family’s legacy, and how much this title means to him. The WWE Universe is chanting “You Deserve It,” and out comes Finn Balor flanked by The Judgement Day.

‘The Prince’ starts by congratulating the new champion for dethroning ‘The Tribal Chief’ but, now he wants his title shot. Rhodes being the resilient hero accepts Balor’s challenge for the main event. The American Nightmare and The Prince are putting on a clinic of a match, delivering multiple finishers but unable to put the other away. Judgement Day starts to interfere when Orton’s music blares throughout the arena. Orton takes out the heels and helps his former protege. Rhodes capitalizes and hits Crossroads for the 1.2.3.

The former Legacy members are celebrating and embracing with a hug as Rhodes goes to raise his newly-won title. In the blink of an eye, The Viper strikes and takes out Rhodes with an RKO Outta Nowhere! The champion is knocked out as Orton hoists the title above his head while trash-talking his now rival. Orton violently throws Rhodes out of the ring and delivers a nasty-looking draping DDT onto the floor.

The Build–And Culmination–of Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes

Orton stares giving 2009 vibes as Rhodes’ head raises, so The Viper runs and delivers a punt kick. WWE officials come out and break things up and the champion is stretchered out of the arena. The show closes with Orton grinning over the destruction he has caused to his former protege. Over the next few months, Orton and Rhodes enter into an extremely personal rivalry over the coveted prize. We finally make it to SummerSlam where both men agree to raise the stakes and do war inside HELL IN A CELL!!!!

This is how I would book The Viper’s return to WWE. If you feel like this should be written differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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AJ’s Phenomenal Opinion: Bray Wyatt

So everyone loves Bray’s return right? Right? Well the McDonald’s Sprite spicy opinions of AJ…may feel differently.



Well, just because my work schedule changed, doesn’t mean I’m not going to drop some opinions of mine, of which, I haven’t done too bad with. I got Three out of Five for my returns right a few months back and this is going to be about the last entry on that previous list. I knew for a fact that Bray Wyatt would return to the WWE in some way shape or form and time for some… controversy.

As my favorite ratings winner of 83 Weeks once said, Controversy Creates Cash and boy HOWDY… Do I have something to get off my chest here so sit back, order some Chairshot Merch and lets get on with Adam’s… Rants for a bit.

Initial Thoughts

Bray coming in and making a return to the WWE was an inevitability. Death, Taxes and I guess WWE Returns are always guaranteed anymore and maybe we could get some new creativity with a supernatural gimmick. Bray has always had that supernatural to him ever since he had the Wyatt Family in Erik Rowan, the late Luke Harper and in the end, Braun Strowman. The Wyatt’s had a control like no other and were beloved for a moment in the WWE.

Bray did a lot to make sure things were in motion but for some reason any massive feud he had, he failed. Following a bunch of injuries to the rest of his family and even releases later on, he seemed to at least get some traction going for him. WWE Champion, somehow got Randy Orton with him, Universal Championships and got those big match wins that eluded him in the Wyatt Family beginnings. Let me also say this as well, I actually liked the Firefly Funhouse Match with Cena as a “This is Your Life” match of sorts. I was tickled and entertained… Then much like Bray in character, something changed.

Dark and Terrible Lurk with Fiends

We had a lot to figure out during the Pandemic. Like A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT. Through it all though, WWE figured it out but the person that helped these types of ideas, soured them drastically. Lets go back to the WWE Championship run in 2017. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble that year and he wouldn’t betray Bray, right? Well he does and Mania for the two is set, Orton against Wyatt for the WWE Championship and it was… terrible. Random images of maggots and decay (Not the IMPACT Stable) popping up into the ring as the match goes on and Randy still wins. Through head game attempts, Bray comes up short in the big match moment. That’s odd but maybe it will be a bigger pictu– and Jinder Mahal wins the Championship. Okay.

Wyatt returns as this Mister Rogers character and has a darkness inside of him with The Fiend. Now we had this amazing theory or maybe that’s what happened but the story was, anyone The Fiend fought, they revert back to their best selves. The Miz returned to be the A Lister, the guy who grabs a microphone that you love to hate. Finn Balor doesn’t have the Demon Gimmick anymore because after his loss, he’s the Prince again. The cocky guy that walks around because he is the best, he gives no care in the world. Seth Rollins, who he took the WWE Universal Championship from, went from a dorky sweetheart back to the asshole taking every opportunity that he could get because he’s that much of a weasel and when he lost… He lost to Goldberg. The one guy that has been the same since 1997. Drums, Pyro Bath, Spear, Jackhammer, “Who’s Next?” and during that time, he sucked at points. One of those Rollins matches was in a Hell In A Cell match, the red cage with the red lighting. Match ending with a Stoppage from the referee… INSIDE OF A HELL IN A CELL (I think Sean Waltman said it best… Why did the match stop? It’s supposed to be Hell?) and it’s one of the rare times that I agreed with wrestling’s favorite Uncle… That was Negative Stars for a match.

After Goldberg, he didn’t have a commanding presence. He recruited Alexa Bliss who was already over whether she was a Heel or Face and made everything so unbelievably… boring. Alexa had to carry that idiotic demon gimmick and doll, not having anything really supernatural. Just some wrestling and Brock Lesnar cleaning up everything faster than a Chop Shop in main events and segments. He tried to return and make his grand return, beating the Universal Champion Braun Strowman at Summerslam just to falter a literal week later to Roman Reigns, who proceeded to never look back from that win. Bray gets fired after and no more supernatural ideas. Undertaker isn’t around really and retires, Kane is a mayor. Paul Bearer is no longer with us and everything is just… normal.

Wyatt’s Six (Reasons I Tune Out)

In 2022, Vince retires seemingly from everything and Triple H is at the helm, could he bring balance to everything? He makes a bunch of returns that people love seeing. Johnny Gargano, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bronson Reed, Dexter Lumus just to name a few and of course, the big one that everyone wanted. Bray Wyatt.

Bray makes this heartfelt return and everything seems great. We get him as him, he makes this weird build to a Wyatt 6, assuming we think it’s the Firefly Funhouse and he’s just talking, building. Alright well who is going to be these six figures because they are more than just puppets this time around. A masked man named Uncle Howdy that people think is Vincent Marseglia or maybe a bearded Bo Dallas who is Bray’s real life brother and he……… pops in and out to confuse people. Okay… (1)

Alexa might return to the 6 because of all the segments and gets darker and a heel. Alright that is perfectly fine but, WHY IS VINCENT DALLAS HERE AGAIN TO JUST INTERFERE WITH RANDOM THINGS? Okay… fine. (2) Alexa has a Women’s Championship match against Bianca Belair, that will make sense of thi– it’s a clean finish… Why is it clean? No Howdy, No Wyatt just a random VHS tape like I’m watching The Ring about her being dark after the match. Okay…… (3)

Oh Wyatt finally gets a feud for his return. I almost forgot about that! Who will be this first victim? LA Knight.

…Okay…… (4)

Maybe this will be good. They are both great on the microphone, maybe Bray has new moves that he can do and I know all too well how good LA Knight is, I have been an Eli Drake/Shaun Ricker fan for years. This could be a great match that they have, they announced it for the Royal Rumble so it’s going to be big and it’s a… Pitch Black Match presented by Mountain Dew.

O…okay…… (5)

The Royal Rumble is upon us, the Men’s Rumble starts the show and we all have adrenaline in our soul for it and now is this weird Pitch Black Match and it’s not a cinematic match. It’s in the ring, No Count Outs and No Disqualifications. LA Knight comes out in his iconic Yellow Attire and Wyatt is talking… with a mask on. The lights turn off and the ropes are glowing a neon greenish-yellow… with an announce table spot that… has Nickelodeon Slime inside of it when they break it? Okay fine… I knew the match was going to be dumb and gimmicky from the Mountain Dew Sponsorship. Bray wins, yay. LA Knight comes back with a Kendo Stick and… we get invulnerable Bray again… they don’t hurt. Lets go to this crash pad and Bo Marseglia shows up from somewhere and just elbow drops him from maybe fifteen to twenty feet with pyro and the Firefly Funhouse Puppets appear at the top, to watch a fire… And there is number six…

Actual Thoughts on Current Bray Wyatt, Post Rumble

I absolutely hate it.

This was awful. You build whatever insignificant thought process of the Wyatt 6 has going for it when Uncle Howdy does the best Cap’n Shane O elbow drop for a hellfire effect. At least the pyro was better than the AEW Explosion Match I guess…

Regardless, how does LA Knight come out of all of this moving forward? He lost an idiotic gimmick match and looks presumed dead. This just makes me think that whoever in whatever interview said Bray Wyatt is a creative mastermind needs to put whatever they have down before we hear about their T.O.D. posted somewhere. This Pitch Black Match is somehow worse than that Rollins Hell in a Cell Match and that takes talent. At least a good amount of alcohol lulled that from my brain but this made me remember that and enjoy the thought of that match happening with its finish. The best way I can picture how this was pitched was Burnt Dogshit, wrapped in a Kerosine Blanket with… sorry had to look at what I wrote, not putting that on websites but… people saw a Creative Quesadilla and when we got the actual product, it gave Salmonella poisoning and E Coli at the same time.

I really don’t want to see another Bray Wyatt match… again. Whoever gave him creative, take it away immediately. As much steam as Bray Wyatt gets in promos or possible matches in the past, the only steaming he gets at the end, is steaming piles of shit. You can say, he’s getting paid millions where I’m a little troll on the internet with typing power and I really don’t care but to me, Triple H… you finally got your first failing grade with something in your leadership role in WWE.

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