Ever since it was announced that six NXT Superstars would be migrating to WWE, speculation had run rampant as to which brand the new class would call home. Now, thanks to Michael Cole, we have our answer: They’ll appear on both. For now.
Cole confirmed on Raw that, as part of a unique arrangement, the black-and-yellow brand’s newest alumni will receive a trial period of sorts that allows them to compete across both Raw and SmackDown LIVE until they find a permanent home on either Monday or Tuesday nights.
Raw already played host to five of the six: EC3 appeared among the Superstars vying for a Universal Title opportunity outside Mr. McMahon’s office, Lacey Evans held court with Mickie James and Dana Brooke backstage, and Heavy Machinery appeared onstage during “A Moment of Bliss” for a bizarre confrontation with Alexa Bliss and Paul Heyman.
The one Superstar conspicuous by his absence was, of course, Lars Sullivan, whose impending arrival was announced before the other five were confirmed. Perhaps SmackDown LIVE will provide a glimpse of The Freak Tuesday night at 8/7 C on USA Network.