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Top 15 Best NXT Call-ups To Never Hold An NXT Championship

Throughout the proud history of the WWE, many mega stars have been created, such as Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock and John Cena. However, what happens when that star moves on to bigger and better things or retires? Where do the next generation of ‘sports entertainment’ stars come from? Whether it be Deep South, OVW, FCW or the now globally renowned brand NXT, WWE have always focused heavily on creating new stars in their developmental territory, evidenced by the unveiling of the remarkable Performance Centre in Orlando in 2014.

With Triple H recently taking on the majority role as talent relations and booker in NXT, developmental has become a travelling brand all unto itself, something that was unheard of in recent years. The ‘developmental’ now feels more connected to the main roster programming of WWE, as it is used not only as a phenomenal brand of its own, but also as a way for young wrestlers to become known to the niche crowd before being introduced to the main roster. Every NXT Championship brings with it an already immense amount of prestige, honor and respect, and therefore winning a title in today's NXT almost becomes a certainty that the superstar will be plying their trade on the main roster in a matter of time. While not all superstars who win championships immediately head to the main roster (e.g. Blake & Murphy), winning an NXT Championship, and carrying of responsibility bodes well for a superstars future going forward. With that being said, here are the 15 best superstar call-ups from the NXT developmental era who did not carry championship gold on the yellow brand before making it to the big time.

15 Eva Marie

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14 Summer Rae

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13 Braun Strowman

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12 Adam Rose

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11 Emma

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10 Tyler Breeze

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9 Apollo Crews

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8 Baron Corbin

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7 Enzo & Cass

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6 Becky Lynch

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5 Xavier Woods

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4 Bray Wyatt

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3 Rusev

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2 Dean Ambrose

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1 Roman Reigns

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While to some this may be an unpopular choice, there is no denying that in his time on the main roster, Roman has been by far the most successful on this list, capturing the Tag Team Championship with Seth Rollins, and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on three separate occasions. Used as an arrogant heel character in the early stages of NXT (please take notes Vince), he debuted with The Shield after just a short stay in developmental, where Shield brother Seth Rollins dominated the Championship picture after becoming the inaugural champion. Though not perfect on the main roster, due to lack of experience and questionable booking, Roman is a ‘Vince McMahon prototype’ and has been pushed far beyond expectations due to his look, and McMahon preferring to push his own developmental creations, rather than those who have established careers before WWE. Whatever the case, Roman is a perfect example of how not capturing championship gold in NXT doesn’t have a detrimental effect on one's career, as he has become quite successful, with only more success in his future on the main roster programming of WWE.

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