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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.46
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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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.19
    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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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.07
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.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.84
Luke Harper is Brodie Lee, who has done a lot of independent work, and who I'm cheering for because I saw him live at one of the few Indie shows I've been too.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.79
Creed has charisma. He wins over audiences, even the yeah-sure-it's-free Impact audiences. I saw him during a live TNA PPV, and he had the audience response of a main eventer.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.02
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.
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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.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.75
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.05
I watch NXT every week, so here's a few cents of input:

Leo Kruger used to have some South African nationalist gimmick, which lasted all of a week. Now, he's some crazy, quiet hunter guy who tears out his hair. I don't like him.

Adrian Neville is awesome. I can't get enough of his work. His tag team with Oliver Grey could go places in NXT.

As a side note...why put a tag team division in a show that on;y has one hour a week dedicated to it?

Connor O'Brien is trying to keep the Ascention gimmick going, but in a solo career. He's great in the ring, too.

Xavier Woods carries on his charisma from his TNA days as Consequences Creed. He's fun to watch.

Corey Graves...? Nah. They gave him new theme music which SUCKS. His title match against Seth Rollins was solid, but marred by Shield-interference.

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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.75
disappointed that Hero didn't make the Rumble tournament.

Pac was great the few times I saw him in Chikara. He had a super match with Claudio.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.44
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
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Yeah, this.

If I was Evan Bourne, I'd be a bit worried that they signed someone that can not only do his signature move, but to a more complex version that's better.



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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.42
And the winner is:

"Early Saturday morning, Bo Dallas was just another hardworking WWE NXT competitor, fighting for a spot on WWE’s main roster. By late afternoon, he was preparing himself for the 2013 Royal Rumble Match, where he would be tangling with 29 WWE Superstars for an opportunity to challenge for a World Title on The Grandest Stage of Them All at WrestleMania 29."
http://www.wwe.com/shows/royalrumble/2013/wwe-nxts-bo-dallas-earned-a-spot-in-the-royal-rumble-match-26087055



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.07
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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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.75

In this week's Observer, Dave said that Bo Dallas worked the house show loop last week and got over strongly with the notoriously-fickle LA Crowd. Maybe that's why they are giving him a Rumble shot.



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.55
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If you look at his Wikipedia bio you'll see that Bo's been in developmental FOREVER - he started in FCW in December *2008*, and other than a year-plus lost to a lacerated kidney (ouch) has been down there pretty much continuously. Not going to question the E's decision to bring him up just based on the length of dues-paying time alone - especially for a second/third generation kind of guy that usually gets a rocket shoved under his ass.

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