There was once a time when NXT’s women’s division was one of the most underrated collection of talents in pro wrestling.
Before it became its own standalone cable TV brand, both the NXT men’s, women’s, and tag team rosters had to work under assumption that most of its best talent would eventually be snatched up by Raw or SmackDown. Now that WWE is figuring out what it really wants to do between Raw on USA, SmackDown on Fox, and NXT on USA, the black and gold brand’s women’s division has quietly cultivated one the best rosters it has ever accumulated.
The genesis of the idea that NXT’s women’s division may be the deepest in all of pro wrestling formed in the build up to WarGames/Survivor Series. Last night’s taped Christmas episode of NXT on USA, just reinforced the idea their women’s division may be better than ever. Candice LeRae took on Taynara Conti, while Bianca Belair welcomed a debuting Shotzi Blackheart.
Since moving over to USA on Wednesday nights, the women of NXT have stolen the show more times than not.
A brief overview of NXT’s current women’s division:
- Bianca Belair
- Candice LeRae
- Dakota Kai
- Deonna Purrazzo
- Io Shirai
- Jessamyn Duke
- Marina Shafir
- Mia Yim
- Rhea Ripley
- Shayna Baszler
- Taynara Conti
- Tegan Nox
- Vanessa Borne
- Xia Li
Pretty great, but regardless of gender, is it really the pound for pound deepest in all of wrestling?
Add in Blackheart, Chelsea Green, Toni Storm, and Kay Lee Ray into the mix, and NXT’s already deep roster of talent gets a little more level upped.
Heading into 2020, if not NXT’s women’s division, what is the best division in all of pro wrestling?
If you missed last night’s episode of NXT, check out the live blog here, recap & review here, and the highlights here.