The WWE Draft 2023 is set to usher in a new era for the wrestling world, as several NXT stars are rumored to be making their main roster debuts. Scheduled to begin on April 28 with SmackDown and continuing on May 1 with Monday Night RAW, the Draft will coincide with the Backlash Premium Live Event, promising significant roster shakeups.
Triple H, WWE's Chief Content Officer, has expressed that this year's Draft will be a game-changer for RAW and SmackDown. All superstars, active and inactive alike, will be eligible for selection. Up-and-coming developmental talents can move up to the main roster as a reward for their hard work and dedication.
NXT Stars Eye Main Roster Debuts
According to Xero News, several prominent NXT stars are expected to make their main roster debuts during the WWE Draft 2023. Potential newcomers in the men's division include Tyler Bate, Cameron Grimes, Bron Breakker, Ilja Dragunov, and the tag team Pretty Deadly, comprised of Elton Prince and Kit Wilson.
While no specific names were mentioned for the women's division, a main roster push for Nikkita Lyons has been teased, with "a couple more" female stars possibly joining her. Indi Hartwell was considered a suitable candidate until her recent NXT Women's Championship victory at Stand & Deliver 2023.
Bron Breakker and Ilja Dragunov have garnered the most attention as potential main-roster call-ups. Dragunov has been a fan favorite since his time in NXT UK, and Breakker's recent loss to Carmelo Hayes has paved the way for his prominent roster promotion.
Interestingly, the 2023 WWE Draft's timing coincides with the NFL Draft, which takes place from April 27-29. While initially thought to be a coincidence, recent reports suggest that the scheduling overlap is intentional, as WWE aims to capitalize on the excitement generated by the NFL Draft.
As anticipation builds for the WWE Draft 2023 and the potential influx of NXT stars, fans eagerly await the changes to the WWE landscape. The arrival of these talented performers will undoubtedly inject new life into both RAW and SmackDown, creating fresh storylines and matchups for audiences to enjoy.
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