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The Top 10 surprise NXT returns, according to WWE

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Io Shirai made a surprise return alongside Poppy on NXT TV this past week, so WWE broke out a full Top 10 on surprise NXT returns to gear us up for tonight’s TakeOver: In Your House event.

The list:

10. Karrion Kross
9. Breezango
8. Io Shirai
7. Pete Dunne
6. Adam Cole
5. Ember Moon
4. Seth Rollins
3. Kevin Owens
2. Finn Balor
1. Tommaso Ciampa

Two things are made clear watching this video:

  1. Pro wrestling badly needs fans in the stands to react to whatever is happening at the show, otherwise it’s hardly worth having
  2. Adam Cole reacting to the return of Kevin Owens and Finn Balor made those returns so much better than they would have been otherwise. Still epic, of course, especially in the case of Owens showing up for War Games, but Cole’s facial expressions are a big part of why he might be the most underrated guy in the whole damn industry.