After the events of (and after) Takeover, NXT may be losing three top faces. Could The Undisputed Era fill that void?
Saturday night saw an amazing NXT Takeover: Phoenix event, as the WWE yellow brand delivered as it tends to with their signature events. But, long-term, it may be the events AFTER the show that have the biggest impact.
As reported by many sites, after Tommaso Ciampa beat Aleister Black to retain the WWE NXT Championship, the champion celebrated with newly crowned WWE NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano, standing in what appeared to be some sort of unholy unity. It didn’t end there, as after the broadcast ended they were joined by Velveteen Dream (much to the delight of the crowd), Adam Cole (but still no BAY BAY, dammit), and Black himself.
The six finally started pushing and shoving on the stage, but were brought to the back where a bigger brawl would ensue at the Gorilla position. Once Triple H stepped in to break things up (also to the delight of the crowd), the three babyfaces (Aleister Black, Velveteen Dream, and Ricochet) came out to embrace the crowd once more, with each theme playing and all celebrating together despite not having won anything. (God Bless Aleister Black–that statement itself is hilarious–for still selling his leg the entire time.)
The speculation is obvious–it’s easy to expect Velveteen Dream to appear in the Royal Rumble, but it’s equally easy to see Ricochet and Aleister Black in there with him, and all three moving to the main roster.
So let’s assume that it’s true, and that the three biggest faces in NXT are gone for the main roster, or gone after the next set of NXT tapings. Who takes over?
The company is solid on the heel side with Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano. But who can fight them? Matt Riddle is an obvious choice, but he still has work to do and will develop even more. Who else? Well, how about The Undisputed Era!
Led by Adam Cole, and including Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly, and Bobby Fish, The Undisputed Era has been getting a face reaction since their debut, and they would easily be accepted by the fans as faces. They don’t have the size to be a force on the current main roster, but in a few years that may change. They, along with Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa, can really anchor NXT as a viable touring brand.
Besides, Adam Cole’s brief run with the North American Championship was hardly an example of what he’s promised as a decade of dominance for UE–he would make a hell of a challenger for Tommaso Ciampa at Takeover: New York (or Brooklyn, or WrestleMania, or whatever they are going to call it).
So I say do it–turn The Undisputed Era face, and change nothing else. We are in an era where faces and heels are more of an alignment and less of an attitude, which makes such great heels like Shayna Baszler and The New Daniel Bryan so rare.
And just for the fun of it, what if you turn ADAM COLE only, and let Bobby Fish take the lead with Undisputed Era?