TV Club: With NXT Takeover: Orlando, a roster in transition shows its potential

The past 365 days have seen NXT, once the gleaming hot upstart of the professional wrestling world, lose some of its luster. Many of its top stars graduated to Raw and Smackdown, and reloading NXT’s depleted roster has felt frustratingly slow. Beyond Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode, who have the benefit of sing-along entrance music, many of its hopeful talents haven’t hit the critical mass that have helped launch Finn Balor, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and Bayley onto the main roster.

With NXT Takeover: Orlando, a brand in transition continues searching for its next superstars, and from it emerged glimmers of shine. Aleister Black’s unique set of mannerisms and offensive set makes for a fascinating character. Ember Moon proved she could hang atop the women’s division. Nikki Cross and Ruby Riot are captivating to watch, both with a high ceiling. And Roode—who’s already popular …

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