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WWE NXT Invasion – Great Angle, Wrong Guys

WWE NXTThe wrestling world is buzzing about the WWE NXT invasion on RAW. I can’t recall any WWE storyline in recent memory causing this much hysteria. The good news is that the WWE hit a home run. The bad news is that there are more innings to play.

As far as the execution of the WWE NXT invasion went, it was flawless. It was as perfect and exciting an angle as you will ever get these days in pro wrestling. WWE NXT winner Wade Barrett set things up earlier with a promo and the angle itself took everyone off guard. I thought it was a great WWE television moment, but can it be a great angle?

It is funny to me that the WWE has been presented with angles like this in the past and completely ignored them. The most famous being the WCW invasion which was a terrible disappointment as opposed to what it really could have been. Why the WWE chose to pull the trigger on such a hot angle now with NXT rookies is a question that I can’t stop asking.

I hate to be the one that rains on the parade because WWE fans are really excited about the NXT invasion, but I have bad news. This angle is doomed for failure. Quite honestly, I am more disappointed that the WWE wasted such a great storyline on the NXT rookies. John Cena being stretchered out was a great first step, but there is nowhere that this angle could go from here but down.

My problem with this angle is that the WWE used the NXT rookies as the invaders. Other than Daniel Bryan, none of the NXT rookies are ready for prime time. At some point here the NXT rookies are going to have to wrestle. Did anyone watch NXT? This is a group of guys where some have potential, some don’t, but none of these guys showed me anything on NXT that leads me to believe that they can go in there and have top quality matches with experienced WWE talent in this kind of an angle.

Let’s call a spade a spade here. Is David Otunga really going to go over Randy Orton? Is Heath Slater going to pin Edge? Is Daniel Bryan going to tap out John Cena? I doubt it and theoretically a group of rookies shouldn’t stand a chance against WWE main-event superstars. Even if they do win their matches, the fans just won’t buy it. There is nothing to sell here in my opinion past a few initial invasion angles which will undoubtedly raise the entire angle to a level that won’t be met by the NXT rookies.

It is also an extremely dangerous situation to put the NXT rookies in. If the WWE really thinks any of these guys will have a future in the company, why sacrifice them now? The bar has been set high in this angle. If (and I don’t think they will) the NXT rookies can’t meet expectations, they will be seen as flukes and failures. Nobody can convince me that Wade Barrett and Heath Slater could have an exciting match on pay-per-view against a team like John Cena and Edge, etc.

The bottom line here is that this was an exciting moment, but an angle that can never live up to expectations. At some point the NXT rookies will need some veterans to help carry them, yet that would kill the entire NXT rookies vs. WWE angle entirely. You can’t do invasion angles often, but when you do them they usually turn out to be successful and exciting. Why the WWE would risk such a great idea with guys who aren’t ready for prime time is something that I will never know.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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