This was mentioned in the other Rumble thread but I thought it was interesting enough to merit its own post. Apparently eight NXT wrestlers are competing in a tournament at the Royal Rumble fan expo event, with the winner getting a spot in the Rumble itself.
The eight....Conor O'Brian, Xavier Woods, Oliver Grey, Luke Harper, Corey Graves, Adrian Neville, Leo Kruger and Bo Dallas.
As someone who doesn't watch NXT, I know very little about these guys except that O'Brian was on the original NXT doing a 'rat man' gimmick and has since been repackaged (aside from his dumb name) as a member of the very cool Ascension team that has since been scrapped since the other guy got fired. It strikes me that these guys are kind of the B-team since WWE may be holding back some of the top or well-known NXT guys --- Richie Steamboat, Bray Wyatt, Kassius Ohno, Bronson, etc. --- until they actually debut on TV, plus a lot of other top NXT guys like Big E and the Shield have all been called up.
Can any NXT-watchers fill us all in on who these guys are, and what the likelihood of them winning this tournament is? I don't have enough faith in WWE booking to suspect that the winner will do anything of note in the Rumble aside from being a quick victim for Ryback or Khali or someone.
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Originally posted by Big Bad Can any NXT-watchers fill us all in on who these guys are, and what the likelihood of them winning this tournament is? I don't have enough faith in WWE booking to suspect that the winner will do anything of note in the Rumble aside from being a quick victim for Ryback or Khali or someone.
I haven't been watching NXT either, but I wouldn't necessarily count the tournament winner out of contention for, say, a surprise elimination of a well-known superstar. Don't forget Tough Enough winner Maven eliminating The Undertaker back in the day.
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Xavier Woods is Consequences Creed from TNA. If I remember correctly he was pretty well liked here. He's was a flashy X Division guy. He could definitely do something cool in a match like the Royal Rumble but I have no clue whether the WWE likes him enough for him to ever make the roster.
I know that Adrian Neville is Pac, who I've heard good things about but never seen wrestle, and Bo Dallas is one of Rotunda's kids (so, Bray Wyatt's brother) but that's all I know about these guys.
I was actually thinking the other day that I think it would be pretty cool to debut a new wrestler as #1 in the Royal Rumble and then have a pretty decent showing in their debut.
I'll chip in what I know of Corey Graves. He wrestled in several indie promotions including ROH as Sterling James Kennan and has the heavily-tattooed neo Randy orton bad boy look that is strong in the female demographic. Not the best mic worker and a average in ring worker but the NXT crowds seem to really get into him (like I said, neo-Orton) so he could get over fast if treated right.
Adrian Neville aka "Pac" is described by himself and others as "The Man that Gravity Forgot". A quick Youtube search will show that is not idle boasting. His style will catch on quick with the fans, I can see him becoming a crowd favorite. Plus, unlike Sin Cara (in the WWE anyway) his moves are very crisp and fluid.
I haven't been real impressed with Bo Dallas the few times I've seen him but I can't say I'm surprised he won. The WWE seems pretty consistent at at least giving the 2nd and 3rd generation wrestlers a shot even if the shot they got was short-lived.
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I'd go with the Rock match too (and the Hogan match on TV where he let Brock obliterate him). Brock/Angle took a backseat to Hogan/Vince. Brock/Rock had a special buildup and beating Rock meant more than beating Kurt Angle.