Stables have been a stalwart in professional wrestling for decades, going back to groups like the Four Horsemen and the Fabulous Freebirds. NXT has two big name stables in Sanity and the Undisputed Era, but there appears to be one more in the works.
During an NXT live event in Cocoa, Florida, NXT wrestlers Lacey Evans, The Forgotten Sons, Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler, and Chad Lail attacked Sanity in the ring. Lail was previously known as Gunner from Impact Wrestling and it appears he will be competing in NXT under his real name. If this is the new forming of a faction, the wrestlers did not divulge their new stable’s name.
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It is interesting to see NXT bring these four particular wrestlers together.
Evans has been wrestling in NXT’s women’s division and was recently in a program with Sanity’s Nikki Cross.
Cutler and Blake have been a tag team at NXT live events and recently appeared on broadcasts together. The duo recently their participation in this year’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament.
All three wrestlers have been competing in the midcard of their respective divisions and could have chips on their shoulders because they felt they were forgotten by the fans and locker room.
As for Lail, he made his NXT debut at a live event in June 2017 in a loss against No Way Jose.
During his time with Impact, Lail had success, including reigns with the TNA Television and Tag Team Championships What is interesting about pairing Lail with Blake, Cutler and Evans is it’s kind of similar to how Sanity came together with Eric Young teaming with Alexander Wolfe, Nikki Cross and Sawyer Fulton – before he was injured and Killian Dain joined the faction.
Factions generally serve a couple of different purposes, one being to help talent get over with the audience. In this case, this stable could be a platform to help all four competitors get over with the audience. This benefits Blake, Evans and Cutler in the fact that they are doing something on NXT and not spinning their wheels.
In this case, fans could see this new group form on an episode of NXT and work a program with Sanity as a way to get the latter out of NXT when they are called up to the main roster. This new stable probably won’t have the same theme of anarchy as Sanity because NXT likes to debut their stars and tag teams in different ways.
Of course, there is a chance this stable does not make it to TV and are scrapped. Having these four come together at live events is a way to test them out and see how they work at live events, as well as how to gauge the crowd’s reception to them.
If this power group does make it to an NXT broadcast, then the brand has new some power players.
Speaking of newcomers to NXT, earlier this week WWE announced German MMA fighter Nicolai Salchow as the newest recruit to the Performance Center. In addition to his MMA background, he holds brown belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and Luta Livre. He has won championships in grappling and Thai competitions.
Salchow attended a tryout at the Performance Center in last June.
Tommaso Ciampa Undergoes Successful Surgery
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Ricochet to be Featured on RAW and SmackDown for Time Being
NXT superstar Ricochet made his surprising main roster debut last week during RAW and his debut on SmackDown the following night, and at least until after WrestleMania 35, he will be featured on both shows.
“I will be on RAW and SmackDown going forward,” Ricochet said, according to WPSD Local 6. “At least until after ‘Mania. After ‘Mania it’s gonna be one or the other, I’m assuming, I don’t know. But, that’s what I’m assuming. But yes, going forward, I am now an official member of RAW and/or SmackDown.”
In celebration of his ascension to the main roster, over 60 of his friends and family held a surprise party to commemorate the milestone.
“This [surprise party] was beyond amazing, It was awesome, Ricochet recalled.
“I got to see family, friends, people I haven’t seen in a long time. I was honestly surprised when I walked in, this was great. It just makes you happy to see that many people care. Whether it is close friends you have known since you were three years old, or people maybe you have never met, it is just cool that you can inspire so many people. Doesn’t matter where you are from, you can live your dream.”
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? February 18, 2019
For Raw, they opened the show by saying that a bunch of NXT superstars will make their debuts on the show. This list included Johnny Gargano, Aleister Black, Tomasso Ciampa, and Ricochet. While Gargano, Ciampa, and Ricochet all made their debuts through tag matches, Aleister Black got his singles debut against Elias. It was a solid match which Black won, and helped establish him as a threat for the future.
For Smackdown, we got to see Ricochet’s singles debut and it was great. He defeated Eric Young in a few minutes. His athleticism and high flying ability is entertaining to watch from start to beginning. Hopefully, he makes his way up to the top quickly because he is one the best things going forward for WWE.
For Raw, the segment between Lacey Evans and Heavy Machinery felt like a waste of time. During an interview with Heavy Machinery, Evans came out, walked up and down the entrance aisle, then made Heavy Machinery do it. They did so and then the segment ended. This literally felt like WWE just threw that in there to kill time for their show.
For Smackdown, while we finally got to see Asuka on Smackdown since the Royal Rumble, we still have yet to see R-Truth for the past few weeks. It really feels like WWE just flat out doesn’t care about the United States Championship at all.
The Final Verdict
With Elimination Chamber done and Fastlane the next PPV up, WWE needed to ramp the focus to that. With the sudden announcement of NXT superstars making their debuts this week, there was some confusion within WWE’s storytelling. For example, Bobby Lashley for some reason helped out Baron Corbin in his match against Braun Strowman at Elimination Chamber. But, when it came to Corbin’s tables match against Strowman to start Raw, he was nowhere to be found. With that said, I will have to say that Smackdown had the better show this week too. We got build up for Fastlane main event as well as other matches on that PPV. While Raw, still is trying to figure out what to do for that show.
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