NXT stars to watch in 2018
It should be a universal agreement that Johnny Gargano is the best babyface in the company, whether it is WWE & NXT. 2018 will be the year of Johnny Wrestling as he continues to put on classic matches with anyone on the roster. If you have any doubt on his wrestling skills, re-watch his matches with Kassius Ohno, Andrade Cien Almas, & Pete Dunne from 2017. Johnny’s infectious energy makes you want to root for him. NXT has done a great job building Johnny’s singles run, with Gargano taking a few early losses to gain the sympathy from the fans. He's is now the #1 contender for the NXT Championship at NXT Takeover: Philadelphia during Royal Rumble weekend. The year of Johnny Wrestling is 2018.
Even though Adam Cole is the clear star in the group, Undisputed ERA will be a force to be reckoned with in 2018. From the vicious strong hitting style of Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish to the charisma of Adam Cole, Undisputed ERA is a legit stable that can make a lasting mark in NXT. The trio won a hellish battle in War Games at the last Takeover, & the recently won the NXT tag team championship. With the resurgence of the tag team scene, everyone will be gunning at Undisputed Era for their tag belts and it will be up to the team to show off their talent in the ring. Adam Cole will continue to rise up in the NXT championship ranks and become the star that NXT needs right now.
Velveteen Dream's amazing performance at NXT TakeOver: War Games created instant attention for the young 22-year-old. Dream's match with Aleister Black was one of the best stories told in a wrestling match in 2017. From his charisma to his actual technique, Dream's crafted such a distinctive character, and success is headed his way in a huge fashion. His feud with Aleister should propel Velveteen Dream to new heights as he becomes more of a fixture on NXT programming.
One of the stars of the Mae Young Classic, Bianca Belair is a star in the making off the strength of her wrestling style. Not only is she hard hitting, her grappling ability is unmatched. Bianca's character will come across to the casual viewer even if you've never heard of her. Watch her match against Kairi Sane in the Classic; she more than held her own against the seasoned veteran. Bianca is unique in her own right, as she uses her long hair as a whip to gain the upper hand against her opponents. Bianca is a natural heel with unparalleled athleticism and a wrestling style that gets heat every time. Continue to follow Belair in 2018 as her potential seems limitless in NXT.
PASS THE CUPS! This fresh and exciting tag team is on the rise in NXT, bringing their energy to the crowd and duplicating that in their matches. With innovative moves and natural chemistry, Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins can grab the NXT crowd at any moment. The more charismatic Ford is the key figure, but together this tag team can propel into the championship picture and create entertaining matches technically and comically.
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