Meet NXT's top prospects
Tomorrow’s brightest stars of WWE are honing their craft today on WWE NXT. These young, driven up-and-comers compete week after week at Full Sail University and in other Florida locations with their eyes on several prizes — the NXT Championship, the forthcoming NXT Tag Team Championships and ultimately earning a spot on WWE’s main roster. Take a look at 10 of NXT’s top prospects making a name for themselves in the hopes of becoming future Superstars and Divas, just as Big E Langston and The Shield have done. To see complete episodes of WWE NXT, subscribe to Hulu Plus.
After competing in the independent circuit around the world for more than 10 years, Kassius Ohno has come to WWE NXT with one goal in mind — to hurt the opposition. With a merciless attitude, this seasoned competitor takes pride in punishing anyone who dares to get in the ring and face his discus elbow. ( KASSUS OHNO PHOTOS)
Ohno has been teaming with fellow NXT standout Leo Kruger in recent weeks to take on rivals Tyson Kidd & Justin Gabriel. Ohno has also been taunting William Regal ever since the announcer came to Kidd’s defense.
South African hunter Leo Kruger left his homeland in the pursuit of a new dream — stalking prey in NXT. This deranged huntsman can easily be picked out of a crowd as soon as he flashes his signature creepy gap-toothed smile. Kruger isn’t seeking fame or fortune in WWE, he’s eerily happy with the thrill of the hunt. ( LEO KRUGER PHOTOS)
Since teaming with Kassius Ohno on NXT, Kruger has found an ideal in-ring partner, leaving the NXT Universe to wonder which of the pair is more sadistic.
Known as NXT’s “fire and desire,” Bo Dallas is a competitor who isn’t afraid to stand up for what he believes in. A Southern charmer, Dallas gets in the ring armed with a smile. But don’t let his good nature fool you; he’s a fearless competitor who is always ready for a fight. ( BO DALLAS PHOTOS)
To prove he’s unafraid of any challenge, the brave grappler recently offered to face any WWE Superstar. Then–World Heavyweight Champion Big Show took Dallas up on the offer. While the NXT star suffered a loss to The World’s Largest Athlete, Dallas put up a noble fight, and will undoubtedly rebound on NXT.
NXT’s self-professed “anti-Diva,” Paige has been kicking butt and taking names week after week at Full Sail University. Determined to redefine the Divas division in WWE, this fan favorite from England isn’t your “typical” female competitor. This 20-year-old, who hails from a family of professional wrestlers, has already been competing in the ring for seven years! ( PAIGE PHOTOS)
Paige boasts countless victories over NXT Divas such as Audrey Marie, Emma and Sasha Banks, as well as multiple wins over WWE Diva Alicia Fox and WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn. With credentials like these, it’s only a matter of time before Paige makes her way to the main WWE roster.
As the son of WWE Hall of Famer Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Richie Steamboat has big boots to fill and is determined to make his father proud. This hungry competitor has trained in Puerto Rico, Japan, England and the United States. He proved he’s a rising star after getting to the semifinals of the NXT Gold Rush Tournament in 2012. ( RICHIE STEAMBOAT PHOTOS)
Despite countless post-match assaults by Kassius Ohno, Steamboat squashed a long-standing rivalry with his vicious foe late last year.
Adrian Neville, aka “The Man Who Gravity Forgot,” made a sudden impact on NXT during his long-awaited debut in January 2013 with an exciting victory over Sakamoto. A true entertainer, this high-flying wonder has an arsenal of impressive moves, including a stunning 630-degree senton and the corkscrew shooting star press.
At just 5-foot-10 and 194 pounds, Neville’s strength doesn’t lie in his size, but in his technique and agility. The British-born competitor will surely continue to thrill the NXT Universe with his high-risk, high-intensity style for many matches to come.
Standing at 6-foot-1, Anya is destined to stun the NXT Universe with her beauty and impressive stature. Hailing from Russia, this no-nonsense contender has a black belt in Taekwondo, and practices kickboxing. Don’t let her good looks and martial arts mastery fool you, though — Anya also holds a law degree and is a professional translator.
While she hasn’t made her in-ring debut on WWE NXT yet, all eyes are on Anya as the NXT Universe eagerly awaits her first appearance.
Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
As the head of the Wyatt Family, Bray leads his followers in search of a higher purpose on NXT. Dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and donning a fedora, the mysterious Wyatt’s calm speeches about the “truth” often end in explosive violence. ( BRAY WYATT PHOTOS)
Now, with Luke Harper and Erick Rowan as part of his clan, this trio isn’t afraid to bulldoze their way through the competition on NXT. While Wyatt often eerily sits in a rocking chair on stage and watches Harper and Rowan decimate their foes, it’s clear he holds great power over his two followers. ( ERICK ROWAN PHOTOS)