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WWE Must Pull the Trigger on an NXT All-Star Event

Editor’s Note: This was written prior to Seth Rollins’ injury.

When we look back on 2015 in five years, we will remember it for two things. First, for the year that birthed the New Day; and secondly for the rise of NXT.

Yes, NXT exploded onto the scene in 2014 and December’s NXT TakeOver: R Evolution was a smashing success, but 2015 was the year NXT really cemented itself as the undisputed best pro-wrestling product on the planet.

Stars like Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Tyler Breeze, Adrian Neville and Samoa Joe have led NXT to stardom and that’s not even mentioning the women’s division that has changed the very perception of women in the industry.

Every match on the WrestleMania card this year, bar Sting vs Triple H, contained a former or current NXT superstar and the WWE need to cash in and provide us with a Network Special labelled as an NXT All-Star event.

Qualification for the event is simple, any former or current NXT star can be on the card and the event should take place the night before the Royal Rumble, similar to how NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn worked.

That gives them plenty of time to get the wheels in motion and allows NXT stars to be there for the Rumble event, covering any possible surprise entrants.

The Royal Rumble is also in Orlando Florida, the home of NXT showing that this event is meant to be. This event needs to be a true all-star event, which means it’ll need to feature many main roster superstars who used to call NXT home.

It should feature All-Star matches for all the championships available in NXT and a match between the original NXT competitors (The Nexus) and current NXT superstars.

Here is what the card should look like – I guarantee that this card will surpass the Rumble pay-per-view.

Pre-Show

Becky Lynch vs Emma

The pre-show should feature the best of the NXT women to never hold the NXT Women’s Title and the best two, without question, are Becky and Emma. Putting them on the pre-show also gives them more time than they would otherwise have. There also needs to be multiple women’s matches on this card to highlight their importance to NXT.

Main Show

Match One:

NXT Championship All-Star Match

Kevin Owens vs Big E

(Winner Kevin Owens)

This is the way to start the show. Despite both being heels, both are crowd favourites and would put on a great heavyweight fight. This will be the first of three NXT Championship All-Star Matches.

Match Two:

Sami Zayn vs Cesaro

(Winner Cesaro)

With there being seven NXT Champions, assuming Balor doesn’t drop the title before January, Sami is the perfect person to omit from the NXT Championship All-Star Matches in order to give us a re-match of the best non-title match in NXT history: Zayn vs Cesaro. The finish should involve Owens costing Sami the match.

Match Three:

NXT Tag Team Championship All-Star Fatal 4-Way Match

The Vaudevillains vs Dash and Dawson vs The Ascension vs Chad Gable & Jason Jordan

(Winners The Ascension)

Before you mention it, yes, Gable and Jordan haven’t won the titles, but they will have won them by January because they’re the best tag team in NXT history dammit… Anyway, this is the best way to showcase the NXT Tag Team Division and The Ascension are the only team that should be winning this match due to their history as champions. Blake and Murphy can replace Dash and Dawson if need be.

Match Four:

Old NXT vs New NXT: Tag Team Elimination Match

Wade Barrett, Ryback, Daniel Bryan*, Heath Slater, Darren Young and Curtis Axel vs Samoa Joe, Tyler Breeze, Enzo Amore, Colin Cassidy, Apollo Crews and Tye Dillinger

(Winners New NXT)

A one night only, full-blown Nexus reunion would sell this event by itself and that’s what this should be billed as. This match should end with Tyler Breeze being the sole survivor. He deserves a moment for all the work he’s done with NXT. Tye Dillinger can be replaced by Hideo Itami if medically cleared or even the newly arrived James Storm. Daniel Bryan’s health will be the issue, if he’s not back in time, I guess they can call up David Otunga, but then it’ll be hard to take The Nexus as a legitimate threat. However, they could play up the angle that as a unit, they’re unstoppable despite being weak separately.

Match Five:

NXT Championship All-Star Match

Bo Dallas vs Neville

(Winner Neville)

This will serve as a bit of a cool down match, but will still be an excellent spectacle with the chemistry these two men have. Neville should win clean and convincingly.

Match Six:

NXT Women’s Championship All-Star Fatal 4-Way Match

Paige vs Charlotte vs Sasha Banks vs Bayley

(Winner Sasha Banks)

This match misses out on the main-event slot, literally, on the flip of a coin. This would be an incredible spectacle that can be built solely on each woman wanting to prove they’re the best NXT Women’s Champion of all time. Of course, that honour will forever be Sasha Banks’ based on her run as champion this year. The finish should involve Paige hitting her finisher on Charlotte, Sasha throwing Paige out of the ring and stealing the win. Bayley shouldn’t be dropping the title or coming up to the main roster before January anyway, leaving these four as the only NXT Women’s Champions.

Match Seven:

NXT Championship All-Star Match

Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins

(Winner Seth Rollins)

Do I need to say anything to sell this match? No, no I don’t, because the prospect of this match alone is worth the price of admission. Finn should take the NXT Championship and Seth should take the WWE World Heavyweight Championship into this match to make it a legitimate champion vs champion match. No interference, no shenanigans, just let two of the best wrestlers in the world do their thing and give Seth the win as he’s the ‘established’ main roster guy and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.

This event would probably be better than any 2015 pay-per-view and would cement NXT’s legacy forever. I’m giving you this one Hunter, make it happen.

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