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From The WWE Rumor Mill: Original plans for Buddy Murphy's main roster debut revealed

Soumik Datta
5.50K   //    15 Feb 2018, 16:05 IST

Buddy Murphy will join the WWE Cruiserweight Division
Buddy Murphy will join the WWE Cruiserweight Division

What’s the story?

According to the latest rumor round-up from Cageside Seats, it appears the original plans for NXT superstar Lio Rush was to make his main roster debut earlier this week as part of WWE 205 Live, however, those plans were seemingly nixed in the very last minute.

In case you didn’t know…

Following a successful career on the Independent circuit, Lio Rush finally made his NXT debut in October of 2017 when he lost a match to his former tag team partner, Velveteen Dream (then known as Patrick Clark). Shortly after his debut match in WWE, Rush made a joke on Twitter about former WWE superstar Emma regarding her release from the WWE, which resulted in criticism from both NXT and main roster wrestlers and forced him to issue an apology.

The heart of the matter

As per announced on this week’s edition of 205 Live on the WWE Network, NXT superstar, and former NXT Tag Team Champion Buddy Murphy will be making his main roster debut next week as part of the on-going 16-man WWE Cruiserweight Championship tournament in order to crown a new champion on WWE’s purple brand.

However, according to Cageside Seats, rumor has it that Murphy’s spot on 205 Live was originally set for his fellow NXT colleague Lio Rush, but, plans were evidently changed and Murphy got the nod ahead of Rush.

What’s next?

Buddy Murphy’s main roster debut is scheduled for next week when he steps into the ring with Ariya Daivari in the first round of the on-going Cruiserweight Championship tournament, which will culminate at this year’s Wrestlemania in New Orleans.

Murphy’s fellow NXT star Roderick Strong also made his main roster debut last week as part of the Cruiserweight Championship tournament, when “The Messiah of Backbreakers” defeated Hideo Itami in order to progress to the second round of the tournament.

Author’s Take

Personally, I think Lio Rush deserves to spend some more time down in NXT in order to develop his character in the WWE.