The 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.
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.
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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