The WWE Universe has spoken, and fans believe Aleister Black will be the first of the recent NXT call-ups to win a title on the main roster.
Four of NXT's biggest Superstars made (almost) unannounced appearances on Raw and SmackDown Live this week. A few hours before Raw, it was revealed that Johnny Gargano, Tomasso Ciampa, Ricochet, and Aleister Black were backstage. Then, to start the show, Triple H revealed that all four of them would be competing later that night.
The quartet also wrestled matches the next night on SmackDown Live. While their sudden arrival hasn't done much for their stock, or NXT's for that matter, the good news is that all four of them remain undefeated on the main roster. The other plus point is that the call-ups got much more appropriate reactions from the WWE Universe on SmackDown Live than they did on Raw.
Clearly, WWE wants to know exactly how much the fans enjoyed seeing the new stars without directly asking them. That's why a well-worded poll has popped up on WWE.com. It asks "which recent NXT arrival will be the first to score a Raw or SmackDown championship?" At the time of typing this, Aleister Black leads the way with 46% of the vote.
Black had a good showing on Raw versus Elias, and an even better one the next night against Andrade. Ricochet is in second place in the poll. We thought The One And Only would have won this poll hands down. For fans not in tune with what's going on in NXT, Ricochet feels like he would have caught the eye of the casual fan more than the other three arrivals.
What doesn't bode well is the percentage of the votes Gargano and Ciampa have received. 11% and 9% respectively. Perhaps that has something to do with both men already having titles at the beginning of the week. However, since then, Gargano has lost the NXT North American Title to Velveteen Dream. If their call-ups are permanent, we wouldn't be surprised to see the (sort of) reformed DIY become Tag Team Champions relatively soon.