NXT has given birth to some of the biggest main event Superstars in WWE today but not all who dwell in the developmental territory crave for the career-changing main roster call-up.
There’s a huge difference between the wages of a main roster Superstar and that of an NXT talent, but with more money comes more complexities, and not everyone is ready to put up with the hurdles thrown their way upon their arrival on RAW or SmackDown.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed that he is aware of NXT Superstars who aren’t too interested in getting called up anytime soon. These stars are happy with their current position in NXT despite receiving a modest paycheck because they fear that their careers would potentially go down the drains once they debut on the main roster.
“I know there are guys — I don’t know who they express it — but, it probably wouldn’t be difficult to figure out who they are who are not clamoring to go up there because they know they’re not gonna be happy. They’re happy, but they’re making 1/3 of the money and probably less than 1/3.”
Over the years, fans have seen several NXT stars getting buried despite an immensely hyped call-up followed by an impactful main-roster debut.
While EC3 is the latest Superstar on that list, talents like Sami Zayn, Bo Dallas, Neville (aka PAC), Chad Gable, Robert Roode, Tyler Breeze, Tye Dillinger (aka Shawn Spears), Wayde Barrett, The Riott Squad, SAnitY (…and the list goes on) have been either buried, fired or completely forgotten despite being portrayed as promising top tier Superstars prior to their respective call-ups.
Former NXT stars, namely Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev haven’t been buried or forgotten, but at the same time, WWE hasn’t quite placed them on the elite platform that each of them deserves to be on – these names are simply struggling on the mid-card instead of enjoying the main event spotlight.
Hopefully, NXT’s move to USA Network and the upcoming Wednesday Night Wars with AEW will change things for the better.