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WWE Rumors: Spoiler on status of NXT "call-ups" for this week's RAW and SmackDown

Gary Cassidy
SENIOR ANALYST
Rumors
8.79K   //    29 Jan 2019, 02:08 IST

Will Black be on RAW or SmackDown?
Will Black be on RAW or SmackDown?

What's the story?

With several NXT talents appearing in both the Men's and Women's Royal Rumble matches last night, you'd be forgiven for wondering whether we may see an instant call up to the main roster for any of them.

PW Insider have provided an update on the status of NXT's Superstars that shone in the respective Royal Rumble matches today.

In case you didn't know...

Saturday's NXT TakeOver went off air with Ciampa and Gargano holding their titles aloft but, after the stream ended, Velveteen Dream interrupted Gargano and Ciampa's celebrations with a sarcastic applause, before himself, Ricochet and Aleister Black brawled with the pair and Adam Cole.

After the brawl, Dream, Ricochet and Black seemingly said goodbye to the NXT crowd in the ring, suggesting that they may all be main roster bound - but only Aleister Black appeared at the Royal Rumble from the trio.

Johnny Gargano, Candice LeRae, Pete Dunne, Io Shirai, Xia Li, Rhea Rhipley and Kacy Catanzaro all appeared and impressed in the matches.

The heart of the matter

PW Insider have today confirmed that all of the NXT Superstars who appeared at the Royal Rumble were today flown back to Florida, where they reside and train, aside from one.

Sadly, though, that one is also unlikely to be called up. Aleister Black instead accompanied wife Zelina Vega to Utah for the premiere of Fighting With My Family, the biopic on Paige, where Vega performed as AJ Lee.

Earlier, it was reported that Velveteen Dream was also backstage at the Royal Rumble, wearing a neck brace after wrestling in the Worlds Collide tournament earlier that day.

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What's next?

Will we see any NXT stars called up to the main roster this week, or even before WrestleMania? It looks unlikely after the recent call-ups of EC3, Nikki Cross, Lacey Evans and Heavy Machinery - but only time will tell.


Would you like to see any of the NXT stars from the Royal Rumble on the main roster? Let us know in the comments.

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Gary Cassidy
SENIOR ANALYST
Gary Cassidy is a freelance journalist from Glasgow, Scotland, specialising in professional wrestling with Sportskeeda. Gary has ten years' writing experience and a 2:1 Honours degree, and is also a subtitler working on both live and prerecorded broadcast for television channels across the UK, USA and Australia.
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