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WWE are in need of some top tier talent to rival current super workers AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe and to fill the void left by NXT graduates, here a pick of some of the best wrestlers outside of WWE.
Yes the once bland WWE superstar would make a great acquisition for main roster, but for Lashley he’s been there and played the game, he knows the rules. 2016 was arguably his best year to date, you could even claim that through his exploits on TV he kept a dwindling company propped up. He slowly recovered from his tenure in WWE and learned the business inside and out, when he walks, talks and performs now his got true legitimacy, he believes what he’s saying and so do we. Last year he revitalised the TNA main event scene in stellar matches with Matt Hardy, Drew Galloway and EC3, most recently he defeated Eddie Edwards to capture the World title once more. Lashley carries himself like he’s a somebody these days, his work as a heel earned him plaudits and rightfully so. If WWE are looking for a ready-made headliner, then surely Bobby Lashley must be on their radar.
Does Kenny Omega need any further introduction? He seems to be the wrestlers on everyone’s lips, and deservedly so. Kenny has been on the fringes for the last two years but in the latter stages of 2015 he started to really make waves, although he still keeps elements of his comedic side when he wants to be serious he is very serious. In 2016 he became everyone’s favourite wrestlers, his escapades with the Bullet Club, Young Bucks and as a singes star have earned him worldwide notoriety. As soon as Styles signed for WWE Omega stood up to be noticed, in the ring he excelled as a worker with Match of Year performances. He defeated Tanahashi to win the IWGP Intercontinental title, then in June he became the first Gaijin to win the prestigious G! Climax Tournament, along the way he defeated Tetsuya Naito in a MOTY contender. The G1 win earned him a shot at Kazuchika Okada at Wrestle Kingdom 11 in January 2017, he unfortunately came up short but the match was universally praised, the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer awarded the match 6 stars. WWE have had their eye on Omega for quite some time, but they may have to wait one more year for “The Cleaner”.
Just like Lashley, Galloway too experienced the pitfalls of being a young WWE hopeful. The Scottish born grappler signed with the WWE at a young age, he was christened “The Chosen One” and was earmarked as the next big thing. From there it went south fast, Drew wasn’t ready for the spot and he wasn’t believable. WWE & Drew parted ways, it was probably the best thing to happen to him, and he resurfaced on the independent circuit and signed with TNA. He rebuilt his career and became far more popular than he ever was in WWE, for the last two years Galloway has been kicking the hell out of everyone, he stiff style of brawling strikes a chord with the audience. He returned to hometown promotion ICW and debut for EVOLVE, his storyline alongside Ethan Carter in EVOLVE last year was something special. He also like Lashley learnt how to walk and talk like a champion and his wrestling skill speaks for itself, If Drew were to return I could see a spell in NXT to familiarise himself with the fans but for many he is ready made for the main roster.
The list of talented workers WWE let go just seems to be growing, the former Derrick Bateman of the first vision of NXT was going nowhere fast in WWE. That soon changed when he was signed to TNA and christened Ethan Carter III or EC3 for short, he was the storyline nephew of Dixie Carter. Few took notice at first but soon enough the undefeated debutant was causing quite a stir in TNA, they promoted and pushed him as a star from the start. His promo work was exceptional and he played the self-serving heel amazingly well, when the time came he was ready made for the TNA World title. He would soon find himself working for independent companies in the UK & US, most notably alongside Drew Galloway in EVOLVE. Their beatdown of the EVOLVE roster and worked/shoot promo made for riveting viewing, it was believable that many questioned the legitimacy of it. Like Galloway, EC3 made need some time in NXT, however he would return to the company a ready-made upper-midcard and potential World title contender.