Last night NXT put on yet another spectacular show. When all was said and done, NXT TakeOver: Dallas gave us two title changes, a Match of the Year frontrunner, two in-ring debuts, and ringside appearances by two international (currently non-NXT) superstars. So at the end of the day, what does NXT look like going forward?
I’ve been saying for months now just how incredible Asuka was. Having never seen her work in Japan, I could only make my initial impressions based upon what NXT chose to show me. And man…has she shown me a lot.
There is an incredible unspoken charisma that Asuka displays every time she steps into the ring. That smile…the way she bites her mask…she has this sexual, sensual way about her that is super appealing. It also makes her extremely unique as nobody else (in either NXT or on the main roster) has that aspect about their characters. To watch her step inside the ring and have the physical ability to realistically kick the ass of any woman she sees (and most men) makes her even hotter.
But that’s the thing with the NXT Womens Division: beauty AND athleticism. The women of the new generation are proving (much like Ronda Rousey) that you can kick some serious ass along with having an incredible one. From a man’s point of view, that’s a deadly combination that’s almost impossible to resist. But take it from a guy who HATED women’s wrestling up until last year: the respect earned by women like Bayley and Asuka is immeasurable. I don’t know if they’ll truly ever appreciate just how looked down on most women have been in the industry over the past 30+ years.
Moving forward, however, there seems to be another very large hole in the division after last night. With Emma (pictured, right) being re-called back up to the main roster (along with, inexplicably, Eva Marie) and the constant rumors of Bayley being next in line to join up with her fellow Four Horsewomen, a lot of the depth of the division will be missing.
Yes, Bayley is more than likely going to be called-up to the main roster. With the impending retirements of both Bella twins (and nobody really grabbing the affections of the WWE Universe), the time is right to bring Bayley up to “the show”. She is popular to a degree that no woman on the main roster even comes close to and, based on internal guesses, she could eventually rival John Cena in the overall number of Make-A-Wish Foundation requests if given the same length of time with the company. Add to that popularity a very impressive in-ring ability and you’ve got someone that will be greatly missed in NXT once she’s gone.
Right now there are unproven talents who are still growing as performers like Carmella, Nia Jax, and Dana Brooke. There are women who are just getting their feet wet who have potential but a long way to go like Billie Kay, Liv Morgan, and Peyton Royce. And then you’ve got the only other woman (other than Bayley and Emma) that is ready to break out as a great in-ring talent in Alexa Bliss (pictured, right).
Realistically, it doesn’t appear to be looking good for the future of women’s wrestling in NXT. But with that being said, there is a LOT of excitement that could be coming our way if the current crop of NXT women want to break out and make a name for themselves. The summer of 2016 has the potential to be a VERY interesting time.
This is just what I’m thinking, but what are YOUR thoughts? Sound off in a comment below or hit me up on social media and let me know!