Faith is a funny thing; a strange notion in which people take solace. Faith provides the dreamer another night void of nightmares as pretty little thoughts in pretty little heads run in pretty little circles; never too far from vicious reality but never allowing such a reality to enter within their cozy confinement.
So what happens when faith fails? Those who lose faith find it again in other aspects of life. Faith is an infection which one can never cure. Even when faith has faded, it will always reappear once again, in most cases stronger than ever. Such is the psychopathic nature of our being.
It truly is difficult to except hard facts: we're all going to die and there is no way to change or alter that course. Each living being must come to an inevitable end. When faced with this fear, the quickest soothe comes with faith in a higher power. Faith allows the scared to sleep.
However, in this life there are those who live wide-awake; never enough time to rest as the insanity of the insomniac overtakes every aspect of their every day world. These are the people who live without faith and face the horrible hindrance of death.
This essentially leaves us with the “dreamers” and the “wide-eyed.” And faith remains stuck in-between.
In the wrestling world, things have become too familiar to the bitter fan as everything feels old and stagnant. It's always Winter in WWE. Where is the fresh smell of Spring? The answer: down in Florida at a little place known as Full Sail.
This is where the bitter fan may find some Faith once again with the hottest brand around: NXT. The only promotion akin to independent wrestling while operating under the umbrella of a major Sports Entertainment company.
These are the top 15 ways NXT has restore your faith in wrestling:
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15 You Have a Familiar Feeling
That strange feeling creeping up your spine: what is that? This feeling you once knew during the Attitude Era. This feeling of Can't Miss TV. This is the familiar feeling that has resurfaced thanks to NXT.
Let's face facts: Monday Night Raw can be awful at times and quite often you don't care if you miss an episode. However, the young and wild action down in NXT has you placed in front of your television every Wednesday night.
14 You Listen Closely for Independent Rumblings
Throughout its short tenure, NXT has plucked some of the best independent wrestlers from obscurity and showcased them on a WWE-produced stage. Thus, providing these stars with their first major platform.
Lately, the internet buzz concerning NXT and who will be the next Indy Darling to join the promotion has been non-stop. Meanwhile, your ear has been placed firmly on the scene as you actually care about these potential signings.
13 You Loved the Dusty Rhodes Classic
Dusty Rhodes played an integral part in developing NXT late in his life. And now the promotion honours his legacy with the Dusty Rhodes Classic Tag Team Tournament which wrapped up last October.
The tournament of established and random NXT tag teams competing simply for pride and not prize was something new and exciting to watch. While there was a trophy to be awarded, you enjoyed the pure competition aspect of the tournament.
12 You Couldn't Believe the Sight of Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe has been through the wrestling ringer, as he spent many years on the independent circuit, and also performed for a low-grade promotion known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Then one night in Florida, Samoa Joe appeared. The long-awaited arrival had finally come through and you couldn't believe your eyes. Talks of Joe signing with WWE would often fall apart and now, finally, the talks cams true.
11 You Smile Again
With the way WWE has operated over the past decade, it was easy to become a bitter fan; one who would watch with half-sunken eyes and a hateful heart. For the sweet promotion you once loved had gone sour.
Nowadays, you have moved on to NXT. This may be attributed to some strange mid-life wrestling crisis of sorts but the younger promotion is suddenly more attractive and because of this rejuvenation, you can smile once again.
10 You Pay Attention to WWE Divas
It all began with Stephanie McMahon and her introduction of the "Divas Revolution" on Monday Night Raw. Stephanie would then call out Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, and Charlotte ... and the Female Revolt was underway.
In turn, this made you sit back down on your couch and pay attention. Your usual bathroom/beer break was placed on hold while you sat and watched with an empty brown bottle and full bladder.
9 You Care About Women's Wrestling
Keeping with the female side of things: there is definitely a lot to look forward to as it pertains to the future of Women's Wrestling. The women of NXT have moved away from the erratic-eye-candy-valet days and into actual wrestlers.
This is all new to you as Women's Wrestling never seemed to matter much before. Aside from the days of Trish Stratus and Lita, WWE has never showcased its women as great performers. And now, because of NXT you care about Women's Wrestling.
8 You Got Goosebumps from London
The English wrestling crowd is as intense as any fanbase you can find in North America. While overseas for NXT TakeOver: London, the audience would help make this latest instalment that much more special.
Whether it was singing: "Hey Bayley, I wanna know if you'll be my girl," (a take on Hey! Baby) or the insanely eerie Jack the Ripper inspired entrance from Finn Balor, London gave you goosebumps.
7 You Felt Good for Finn Balor
While in Japan for a WWE Network Special, Kevin Owens would defend the NXT Championship against Finn Balor; an Irishman who made his name in Japan while rising to the top of their wrestling circuit.
With Kevin Owens on his way out of NXT, Finn Balor was chosen to be the next NXT Champion. And where better to pass the gold to Balor than Japan? On that day, you felt good for Finn Balor.
6 You Felt Validated in Brooklyn
With Finn Balor as the new NXT Champion, Kevin Owens was set to play full-time on the main roster. However, this story needed a proper ending. Thus, the Canadian and the Irishman were set to settle the score in New York at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn.
Of course, this couldn't be any old match. Finn Balor would hand his title high above the ring as Kevin Owens would challenge in a Ladder match. When Balor emerge with his gold, you felt the validation.
5 You Were Proud to Watch Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn - real life best friends - have traveled all the rocky roads together on the independent circuit. Two incredible wrestlers who were never given the time of day by WWE ... until that all changed.
Those who knew Owens by his real name, Kevin Steen and Zayn by his Indy name, El Generico felt proud to watch these two well-deserving wrestlers finally get their due while facing each other in NXT.
4 You Erupted for Sami Zayn on Raw
On an episode of Monday Night Raw - live from Montreal - hometown boy, Sami Zayn would arrive to accept the John Cena U.S. Open Challenge. Needless to say, the Quebec crowd erupted for Zayn.
Aside from the sentimental hometown hero aspect, Sami Zayn was a more-than-fitting opponent to the biggest star in WWE. While John Cena won the match and Zayn injured his shoulder, you erupted just the same. To be fair, it takes 2 to tango, and Cena brought out his A-game that night.
3 You Lost Your Mind When Kevin Owens Defeated John Cena
The measuring stick in WWE is undoubtedly John Cena. The fifteen-time World Champion is the man to whom all other Superstars are compared. Which is why no one saw it coming when a brash upstart outshined the Spotlight.
In Kevin Owens' debut WWE match, a new sense of direction was felt. John Cena couldn't seem to put Owens away and eventually, a Pop-Up Powerbomb would leave Cena laying for the three-count; causing you to lose your mind in the process.
2 You Lost Your Heart to Sasha Banks and Bayley
While the women of NXT were making some noise, something needed to happen that would bring this noise to a deafening decibel level. Which is exactly what happened at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn.
Sasha Banks would place the NXT Women's Championship on the line against Bayley in a match that redefined Women's Wrestling. In a classic battle, Bayley would defeat Banks to capture the title and your heart.
1 You Officially Fell in Love
Sasha Banks vs. Bayley pt. 1 was epic. Therefore, a rematch between the two female stars needed to exceed all expectation. Sasha Banks vs. Bayley pt. 2 would take place at NXT TakeOver: Respect.
The much anticipated rematch was contested as a 30-Minute Iron Man (or Woman, I guess?) match with the added pressure of being the first female bout to main even a WWE special. Sasha Banks and Bayley did not disappoint.
The end result would see Bayley retain the Women's Championship in a match that made you officially fall in love with NXT.
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