From Damian Priest to Rhea Ripley, Four NXT Superstars Who Can Make WWE Main Roster Debut in 2021

Published 01/26/2021, 10:28 AM EST


NXT has really grown over the years to become a legitimate third major brand of WWE after Raw and SmackDown. The talent pool is unlike any other, and we often see NXT Superstars getting called up to the main roster. Last year, Keith Lee, Mia Yim, and several others made their debuts. Let’s find out who will make their main roster debut in 2021.

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Damian Priest – former NXT North American Champion

Damian Priest was to make his debut a few weeks ago on SmackDown, but it didn’t happen for some odd reason. His last match in NXT came against Karrion Kross at New Year’s Evil. Since then, we haven’t seen Priest on NXT programming.

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‘The Archer of Infamy’ has been on NXT since 2018 and has done everything he possibly could on the black and gold brand. The former North American champion would make a great fit on the main roster, considering his size and wrestling skills. We believe Damian Priest could make his debut as soon as the 2021 Royal Rumble.

Pete Dunne- former NXT UK Champion

‘The Bruiserweight’ Pete Dunne is one of the best pound for pound athletes on the entire planet today. The Brit made the move from NXT UK to NXT right before NXT TakeOver: WarGames last year. Dunne is a Triple H guy, but it remains to be seen if he will win the top prize in NXT.

The former WWE United Kingdom Champion has been on the black and gold brand for quite some time now, and a move to the main roster would only give WWE a chance to make him a new top star because he has what it takes to be the main event. I’m guessing a post Survivor Series debut.

Karrion Kross – former NXT Champion

Karrion Kross is a perfect character for WWE’s main roster. He and Scarlett together make a very eerie force, and his presence inside the ring only screams dominance. Kross will be one of the top faces on the main roster if he debuts this year.

He has almost run through everyone on the roster. Yes, he might set his sights on Balor’s championship again, but who will defeat him for it? We believe Karrion Kross will get drafted to either Raw or SmackDown in the 2021 WWE Draft, and he will relinquish the title if he’s still champion.

Rhea Ripley – former NXT Women’s Champion

Rhea Ripley should’ve debuted on the main roster already. In fact, the entire wrestling world believed she would make her main roster debut after losing the NXT Women’s Championship to Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 36.

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Ripley has instead stayed back and tried to regain the Women’s Championship. WWE recently wrote her off TV after losing to Raquel Gonzalez in a Last Woman Standing Match. So, gear up to see Ripley debut on the main roster at or after the 2021 Royal Rumble.

Which other NXT stars do you think will make their main roster debuts in 2021? Share with us in the comments below!

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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