Vince McMahon reportedly went over Triple H's head in order to get his hands on the latest batch of NXT call-ups.
The amount of time new signings spend in NXT seems to be somewhat arbitrary. Some are only there for a few months while others could be performing at Full Sail for years. As far as we can tell, that length of time doesn't appear to be determined by the level of talent those Superstars possess.
Since the belief is that Vince McMahon does not watch NXT, we're assuming that Triple H is able to keep hold of some top NXT stars for a little longer than he should. Stars like Finn Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura, and Bayley. That's also why, and no offense to these men and women, the batch of six NXT call-ups to the main roster towards the tail end of 2018 were not the brand's top prospects.
No, those top prospects appeared pretty much unannounced this past week on Raw and SmackDown Live. It seems strange that Triple H would let four of his top talents be called up and used in his way. Well, according to Dave Meltzer, The Game had very little to do with the decision. "Triple H didn't know. There was a communication thing there," Meltzer explained during a recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio.
The revelation that The Undertaker will be appearing at Starrcast later this year has got the boss worried, and apparently, this week's call-ups were a kneejerk reaction to that. "I'm not sure whether he picked them or he was told that 'these are the guys'," Meltzer went on to say. It seems strange that McMahon wouldn't ask the head of NXT, aka his own son-in-law, for that advice, but that's the rumor going around at present.
Where Johnny Gargano, Tomasso Ciampa, Ricochet, and Aleister Black go from here is anyone's guess. All four of them will likely be on the next NXT TakeOver, plus Ciampa is still the brand's champion. Only time will tell whether their appearances this week were a one-time thing or if they will soon become permanent members of the main roster.