The NXT brand hosts special Takeover events during all the four dual brand PPV events of the year, in general.
It turns out to be the place where most of the big storylines come to a culmination allowing some of the talents to get rid of the developmental territory. Over the years, we have seen most of the NXT superstars arriving on the main roster after these big events.
Last year, Samoa Joe debuted after Royal Rumble, whereas, Shinsuke Nakamura arrived after Wrestlemania. Another former NXT Champion, Bobby Roode joined them after Summerslam event. Apart from them, there were numerous other names like Asuka, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Tye Dillinger, The Revival and more who joined the list time to time.
Considering Wrestlemania is approaching, it is certain at least some of the names from the NXT brand will join either Raw or Smackdown, this year, too. So, the speculations are quite high assuming which superstars will be chosen to join the main roster, this year.
A number of such names from NXT are said to be groomed for the process.
• Andrade Almas
• Johnny Gargano
• Drew McIntyre
• Ember Moon
• Authors Of Pain pic.twitter.com/Vaczcj1Mtu
— SW (@SliceWrestling) February 15, 2018
A report from Slice Wrestling hinted the names who have already been shortlisted for the same purpose. These are likely to join the main roster once the NXT Takeover: New Orleans is going to be over on April 7th. These names include Johnny Gargano, Andrade Almas, Drew McIntyre, Ember Moon, Authors of Pain.
The latter mentioned name is expected to be called up ever since they lost their tag titles to Sanity, but till date, the triggers were not pulled for them. As for the other members are concerned, Andrade and Ember Moon are the remaining champions. So, these two might be dropping their titles at the Takeover event to join the big league.
Johnny Gargano has already lost a matchup with “Loser Leaves NXT” stipulation which already paved the way for the babyface superstar to join the main roster. Drew McIntyre is the former champion who got sidelined from in-ring competition due to a bicep injury. He is expected to come back during the Wrestlemania week. He might decide to show up straight on the main roster. Apart from these names, Adam Cole, Shayna Baszler and Aleister Black are the other names that might be on the shortlist, as well.