Ever since the WWE put Triple H in charge of running their developmental territory, NXT went from a basic farm system to arguably the hottest wrestling brand in the world. Instead of signing the typical meathead or model, Triple H went down a different path-ya know, signing actual wrestlers. Now, top competitors from around the globe have joined on with WWE, which is why both NXT and the WWE is what it is today. Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Cesaro, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Adrian Neville, Finn Balor, Hideo Itami and Samoa Joe were all top names on the independent circuit before joining the company.
Bryan won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX. Rollins is the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and has been for five months. Owens, Cesaro and Neville are three great talents shown on WWE television each week. Zayn, Balor, Itami and Samoa Joe all have either been on top, or are currently on top of the NXT card.
Triple H has shifted the focus tremendously since taking over and one after another, his signings have proven to be hits. Sure, he had his share of busts, including Mistico and Awesome Kong, but he's turned the corner and he's had more hits than misses. Triple H's amazing work in NXT and with talent has somewhat redeemed his image in the eyes of the IWC, who have generally long been Triple H critics/haters. Now though, the WWE looks like it will be in good hands if/when Triple H takes over all wrestling operations.
While the entire WWE brand currently features some of the best talent in wrestling, you are sorely mistaken if you think there are wrestlers out there that could give the group above a run for their money. Here is a group of 15 wrestlers that the WWE needs to sign.
When it comes to wrestlers that the WWE needs to sign, you should look no further than ACH, currently in Ring of Honor. Wrestling for notable independent companies like Chikara, Combat Zone Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Dragon Gate USA in the past, ACH has done just about everything he could before heading to Florida and making NXT his next conquest.
14 Michael Bennett
13 Ethan Carter III
If Ethan Carter III looks familiar to some WWE fans, it’s for good reason; before making his way to TNA Impact Wrestling, Carter spent time on the fourth season of NXT as Derrick Bateman. After being released from the WWE, he joined the ranks of TNA, where he rose to the top rather quickly, and is not only seen as one of their best talents, but is also the current TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
12 Jay Briscoe
11 Rich Swann
10 Biff Busick
9 Adam Cole
8 Kenny King
7 Kazuchika Okada
6 Austin Aries
4 The Young Bucks
3 Shinsuke Nakamura
2 Jay Lethal
1 AJ Styles
When you think AJ Styles, you think of probably the greatest wrestler in TNA Impact Wrestling history. And while the WWE has opted to steer away from signing big-time TNA talent, the precedent was set with Samoa Joe – and no one else should be next but Styles. Although the “Phenomenal One” impressed everyone while in TNA, at 37 years old, Styles is the best he’s ever been while competing in ROH and New Japan. Although never looking comfortable in stints as a heel in TNA, as the head of the Bullet Club, Styles has shown that he has what it takes to be any type of character on television. While he is doing well where he is now, there is only one place left to go; and the WWE needs to make that happen.
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