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NXT’s Next Breakout Stars in 2017?: SHIMMER and SHINE

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SHIMMER, SHINE, and women’s wrestling in general has been a big part of professional wrestling for many decades. For the past few years, women’s wrestling has evolved as some of the best wrestlers in the world today are women who are just as talented or even better than the men. With SHIMMER and SHINE, it can be seen that women’s wrestling can have an impact on professional wrestling if booked written correctly.

For the past few years, NXT has picked up some of the best women’s wrestlers in the world that have worked in SHIMMER and SHINE for years such as Bayley, Billie Kay, Ember Moon, “Crazy” Mary Dobson, and etc. It’s only a matter of time when WWE is planning to sign more talent from SHIMMER and SHINE as they’re looking to make women’s wrestling great again.

This list won’t contain wrestlers that competed in NXT or the developmental territory of WWE in the past such as Ivelisse, Su Yung, etc. so please keep that in mind.

Here’s the list I have about one year ago for NXT’s Next Breakout Stars in 2016?:

SHIMMER and SHINE:

10. Madison Eagles

9. Shazza McKenzie

8. Veda Scott

7. Mary Dobson

6. Tessa Blanchard

5. Leva Bates

4. Evie

3. Nicole Matthews

2. Candice LeRae

1. Shanna

Now, it’s time to see which ten wrestlers from SHIMMER and SHINE I think NXT will pick up or I want NXT to pick up in 2017.


Honorable Mentions: Jessicka Havok, KC Spinelli, Kellie Skater, Melanie Cruise, Mercedes Martinez, Nicole Savoy, Nixon Newell, Shayna Baszler, La Rosa Negra, Leah Von Dutch, Rachael Ellering, Thea Trinidad


10. Shazza McKenzie

From Sydney, Australia, Shazza McKenzie is one of the most improved women’s wrestlers in women’s wrestling today who is well known for his work in SHIMMER and SHINE.

With eight years of wrestling experience, this woman is slowly making a name for herself in the women’s wrestling scene. With her good look, good character, good charisma, and good in-ring ability, she could be a potential star for NXT in their women’s division.

Last year, she made an appearance for NXT in a match against her long-time rival Emma. So NXT does have some interest in Shazza McKenzie, but haven’t used her since then. I don’t know if NXT will be interested in her or not, but either way, she would be an interesting addition to the NXT women’s division if she got signed.


9. Madison Eagles

From Sydney, Australia, Madison Eagles is one of the rising stars in women’s wrestling today as she’s well known for her work in SHIMMER and SHINE.

With fifteen years of wrestling experience, this woman is going to soar through the sky like an eagle to be at the top of women’s wrestling. With her great look, her good character, good charisma, and her great in-ring ability, she could do well in the NXT women’s division.

I don’t know if NXT is interested in her or not, but if NXT is looking for more women’s wrestlers that are well experienced, Madison Eagles would be a great candidate for them as she would soar through the NXT women’s division.


8. Veda Scott

From Providence, Rhode Island, Veda Scott is one of the rising stars in women’s wrestling today who is well known for her work in SHIMMER.

With five years of wrestling experience, this woman of a lawyer will do whatever it takes to take it to the top. With her great look, her great character, excellent charisma, and good in-ring ability, she could be an interesting addition to NXT women’s division whether it’s in the ring or as a valet.

I don’t know if NXT is interested in her or not, but if NXT is looking for women’s wrestlers have great charisma, Veda Scott would be a great candidate for them as she would rule her way to the top of the NXT women’s division.


7. Leva Bates

From Madisonville, Kentucky, Leva Bates is one of the rising stars in women’s wrestling today who is well known for her work in SHIMMER and SHINE.

With nine years of wrestling experience, this woman will do whatever it takes to get herself noticed. With her good look, good character, good charisma, and good in-ring ability, she would be an interesting addition to the NXT women’s division.

She has competed with NXT for one year from 2014 to 2015 who is well known as Blue Pants so NXT did have an interest in her during that time. After a while, they stopped using her due to her behavior and her backstage incidents with the NXT locker room. Even though I don’t think there’s much of a chance for her to be in NXT compared to last year, she would have been a fun addition to the NXT women’s division as she did get over huge during her run in NXT in that time. Blue Pants!


6. Barbi Hayden

From College Station, Texas, Barbi Hayden is one of the rising stars in women’s wrestling today who is well known for her work in SHINE.

With six years of wrestling experience, this woman will do whatever it takes to get herself on top of the women’s wrestling world. With her great look, good character, good charisma, and good in-ring ability, she could be a great character for the NXT women’s division.

I don’t know if NXT is interested in her or not, but if NXT is looking for women’s wrestlers have great charisma, Barbi Hayden would be a great candidate for them as she has a good character that could get a reaction from the NXT crowd especially if she’s a heel.


5. Santana Garrett

From Ocala, Florida, Santana Garrett is one of the rising stars in women’s wrestling today who is only going to get better as time goes on. She is well known for her work in SHINE.

With seven years of wrestling experience, this sweetheart worked hard for the past few years to show that she can be one of the best women’s wrestler in the world today. With her good look, solid character, solid charisma, and her in-ring ability, she would be great for NXT especially in the NXT Women’s Championship picture.

Earlier this year, she has appeared on NXT numerous times who went up against the likes of Asuka, Emma, and Billie Kay. So NXT does have some interest in Santana Garrett and it’s only a matter of time when this sweetheart will get a chance to showcase herself.


4. Tessa Blanchard

From Charlotte, North Carolina, Tessa Blanchard is one of the rising stars in women’s wrestling today who is well known for her work in SHIMMER and SHINE.

With only two years of wrestling experience, this second generation women’s wrestler is here to show that she’s not just Tully Blanchard’s daughter. With her great look, great character, great charisma, and good in-ring ability, she would be an interesting addition to the NXT Women’s division.

Earlier this year, she has appeared on NXT numerous times who went up against the likes of Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, and Carmella. So NXT does have some interest in Tessa Blanchard and it’s only a matter of time when this second generation women’s wrestler will overcome her father’s shadow.


3. Evie

From Auckland, New Zealand, Evie is one of the rising stars in women’s wrestling today who is well known for her work in SHIMMER and SHINE.

With nine years of wrestling experience, this woman from New Zealand is here to show the world that she is one of the best women’s wrestlers in the world. With her great look, solid character, solid charisma, and great in-ring ability, she would be great for NXT especially in the NXT Women’s Championship picture.

Last year, she made an appearance for NXT in a match against Nia Jax. So NXT does have some interest in Evie, but haven’t used her since then. I don’t know if NXT will be interested in her or not, but either way, if NXT want more women’s wrestlers that have a lot of experience and wants more international exposure, Evie would be their girl and she would do great in the NXT women’s division.


2. Nicole Matthews

From Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, Nicole Matthews is one of the rising stars in women’s wrestling today who is well known for her work in SHIMMER and SHINE.

With ten years of wrestling experience, this Canadian ninja is looking to slice through the competition to get to the top of women’s wrestling. With her great look, great character, great charisma, and great in-ring ability, she would be great for NXT in the NXT Women’s Championship picture.

I don’t know if NXT is interested in her or not, but if NXT is looking for women’s wrestlers that have a lot of experience and more international exposure, Nicole Matthews would be a great candidate for the NXT women’s division.


1. Candice LeRae

From Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Candice LeRae is one of the best women’s wrestlers in women’s wrestling today who is well known for her work in SHIMMER.

With fourteen years of wrestling experience, this Canadian goddess is looking to rule all of women’s wrestling. With her great look, good character, good charisma, and excellent in-ring ability, she would be perfect for NXT in the NXT Women’s Championship picture.

I don’t know if NXT is interested in her or not, but if NXT is looking for women’s wrestlers that have a lot of experience and more international exposure, Candice LeRae would be a great candidate for the NXT women’s division. Plus, her husband, Johnny Gargano is currently on NXT so who doesn’t want her to align herself with #DIY? I know I would.


That is my top ten wrestlers from SHIMMER and SHINE who I think/want to be in NXT in 2017. Which wrestlers from SHIMMER and SHINE would you like to see in NXT in 2017? Let me know in the comment section below.

Thank you for reading.

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