Ever since NXT has hit it’s stride (late 2014/early 2015), fans have been clamouring for a potential NXT invasion angle. Why wouldn’t they? The idea of it sounds extremely sexy, mainly because we’d be getting a few dream matches. Not only would it be refreshing from a wrestling perspective, it could generate a plot that involves the entire company. Just imagine Vince leading team WWE while Triple H leads a group of NXT stars looking to prove themselves. The idea itself is easy to sell, as many of the top stars that have gone through NXT can be considered just as strong as the top WWE guys. Well, there’s a reason it hasn’t been done. Pitting the two brands against each other would be fun, but in the end it wouldn’t exactly help anybody.
Let’s just assume they booked an angle where NXT invades the main roster, and it culminates at Survivor Series. What would come out of it? If NXT wins, do they just stay on Raw and Smackdown, or do they continue to do their own thing at Full Sail? What if the main roster superstars win? That would only show that the main roster is superior to the developmental brand, and we’re already supposed to perceive it that way. Long story short, it’s fun to think about, but it would most likely bomb from an execution stand point.
With all that being said, I’m sure there’s still a demand to seeing an invasion of sorts occur. Well, there is a smart way to book that, and the WWE has already figured it out (I’m not talking about the influx of NXT talent being called up). During Monday night, there was a local ad that ran on television in Hawaii, which advertised a house show for June. The commercial advertised John Cena vs Shinsuke Nakamura, Brock Lesnar vs Kevin Owens, and Asuka vs Charlotte. That card alone already looks stronger than Wrestlemania 32’s. I’ve searched through reactions online, and for the most part they’ve been mainly positive. Fans see these matches as compelling. This hasn’t been confirmed, but I’ll go out on a limb and assume this will be a Network special. I’d be baffled if it wasn’t, even if it’s on a Wednesday night. There’s no way they can keep this off the Network, as that card is just just far too strong to not broadcast.
Asuka and Nakamura are currently part of NXT, yet they’re competing with top stars from the main roster. Assuming the WWE doesn’t work an actual invasion angle, which I truly don’t foresee, expect these matches to be built around great wrestlers vs other great wrestlers. By keeping it simple, that will automatically put over the two NXT competitors. From executing simple angles like that, there would be no need for a complicated invasion story line. If they can book at least one of them to go over their main roster opponents, it would still allow for NXT to be seen as a credible brand (which would generate interest from the fan that doesn’t watch NXT). With the amount of money Nakamura is supposedly being paid, I don’t see the harm in him going over Cena clean for a one night only match. What would be the point of giving him such a big contract if he’s only going to be booked to lose one of his biggest WWE matches?
This doesn’t necessarily have to end after a potential network event like this. I wouldn’t mind seeing other one off matches between certain NXT stars and WWE stars. Maybe next time we can see the New Day vs American Alpha, or the Usos vs the Revival. The trick is to make these types of inter-promotional matches rare. If they occurred once a month, chances are they wouldn’t be so fresh. NXT has definitely grown into something of it’s own, and it’s important keeping it growing. It’s managed to get all the hardcore fans talking, so why not go after that fan who only cares to watch Raw?