WWE NXT went through a big change as Vince McMahon “upgraded” the developmental brand to 2.0 status. That change saw many new stars emerge, and despite the fact that they reverted to NXT once again, Grayson Waller and other 2.0 era standouts are still a primary focus on the new white and gold brand. Naturally, a few of them are on their way up to the main roster, but what’s the plan?
A report came out recently that said Triple H has Kevin Owens-esque main roster call-up plans for Grayson Waller. Of course, you’ll remember that KO debuted against John Cena as NXT Champion, and he beat Cena for his US Title. It was a big introduction for the Prizefighter to the WWE Universe.
Ringside News had some questions about these plans, and we asked around about them. A tenured member of the creative team replied to say that this report about Waller is, “half true, half clickbait.”
It was explained to us that Grayson Waller “is one of five or six talents in NXT that are on the list to be moved up when the time is right and there’s something in place for him.”
To say “WWE really sees something in him” is misleading. The fact is that WWE sees a lot in “several NXT talents.” Grayson is getting some choice time on WWE programming, like appearing on The Bump and getting a push. We were told that “it’s an easy piece of fake news” to say that WWE specifically has plans for Grayson Waller, because of course they do.
Grayson Waller walked into NXT 2.0 as a bona fide star with previous television experience under his belt. Many forget that he was on Australian Survivor: Champions vs. Contenders 2. He competed on the Contenders team, where he drew a lot of attention due to how outspoken he was on the show. He essentially played up his future pro wrestling character on the show, much like The Miz did on The Real world decades ago. Grayson was eventually eliminated from the competition after several weeks on the island. Also, Grayson Waller played Ric Flair on Young Rock last year, so he certainly has a bright future in WWE.
That being said, Grayson Waller isn’t the only NXT Superstar that WWE has plans for. It is all about waiting until the time is right, because each wrestler needs their proper opportunity and you can’t rush that sort of thing.
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