Since the inception of WWE NXT 2.0 in September 2021, the WWE Universe has seen RAW and SmackDown Superstars switch to the company’s developmental brand to work with the up-and-coming wrestlers. Some of those veteran Superstars include The New Day, Natalya, Robert Roode, Finn Balor, and Dolph Ziggler, with Ziggler and Balor even winning the NXT Championship during their time with Triple H’s brainchild. While NXT 2.0 has been rebranded as NXT, the trend of bringing in main roster talent continues nevertheless.

Otis was scouted by WWE’s own Gerald Brisco, who specialized in searching out award-winning amateur wrestlers. In 2016, Otis signed a developmental deal with WWE and was assigned to the WWE Performance Center.

Otis made his debut at an NXT house show on July 8, 2016, teaming with Adrian Jaoude in a loss to The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar). That loss didn’t weigh him down as Otis went on to become one of the hottest tag team wrestlers on the gold brand soon after.

While speaking to Wrestling Inc., at the WWE-hosted Special Olympics training event during Royal Rumble weekend, Otis weighed in on possibly returning to NXT in the near future.


“I don’t have beef with you until you get in the ring with me. It could be. We said always, if you want to have help, have help, but there’s a lot of studs on the NXT too. Like I said, if they want to come up tomorrow, come anytime to the main roster, bring it.”

Although Otis did become one of the most refined Superstars on the NXT brand, he and former Heavy Machinery tag team partner Tucker Knight could never manage to win the NXT Tag Team Titles.

Considering The New Day’s recent 56-day title run as the NXT Tag Team Champions, it shouldn’t be out of the question for Otis and his current partner Chad Gable to make their way down to the gold brand and compete against the youngsters of the next generation.

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Saptarshi Sinha

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