NXT Takeover: Sanity is Coming (But Who Is It?)

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A lot of very cool moments happened over the weekend in wrestling that didn’t involve The Lesnar Elbow Incident. While it seems to be the only thing people are talking about (followed closely by disdain for the possibility of Brock Lesnar facing Shane McMahon at Royal Rumble or a rather insane obsessive hatred for the WWE Universal title’s appearance), there were some solid wrestling moments that happened: Adam Cole won the Ring of Honor World Championship, Cody Rhodes returned to wrestling with Evolve, Revival and Johnny Gargano & Tomassa Ciampa gave a tag team clinic, and SummerSlam itself had solid matches from Charlotte and Sasha Banks, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins, and John Cena and AJ StylesNikki Bella returned from a potential career ending injury. And WWE seemed to book their entire card by having a 3 year old draw the matches at random from a bowl.

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So it’s quite possible that you missed this vignette that ran during Saturday’s NXT TakeOver: Back to Brooklyn.

A post-apocalyptic message of instability and anarchy. The question was, Who was it introducing?

Here’s three strong candidates to emerge from the chaos:

ERIC YOUNG

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Photo: WWE.com

It’s been months since we saw Eric Young make a cameo in NXT in an impromptu promo and match against former TNA cohort Samoa Joe. But as soon as he appeared, he was gone. Many wonder if perhaps he had just done a quick appearance similar to another former TNA World Champion, “Cowboy” James Storm. But then his name seemed to float amidst rumours: Had he signed? Would he sign? Well, it seems the answer is finally here. On August 18, CBS Fantasy Football Podcast host Jamey Eisenberg recently said on his podcast that he recently met Eric Young and Young told him he’s finally signed with WWE and would be debuting on NXT in the coming weeks. It seems it’s not a matter of if now, but when. Young has mastered the crazy psychopath character the past few years in TNA, so it wouldn’t be a stretch if he came in under similar pretense.

CRAZY MARY DOBSON

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Photo: resistancepro.com

One of the indie circuits most sought after women’s stars, Dobson has had a few tryout matches on NXT, used as enhancement. But on the indie circuit, she’s more akin to Harley Quinn than her NXT’s Barbara Gordon. Another one who has embraced a psychotic character for years, it would make perfect sense. It would follow the immediate hype for Ember Moon (formerly Athena) by slam introducing new womens stars to restock that division quick. In fact, Sanity could quite possibly be her ring name in NXT (she was reported to have signed with NXT last week). Although, it’s also possible Dobson will be heading straight to Smackdown and emerge as the mythical Sister Abigail

TOMMY END

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The indie world was stunned to hear the rumblings that one of the best heels in the international circuits, Tommy End, was apparently NXT bound as part of the September class of new recruits. A staple on European circuits like Germany’s wXw and the UK’s Progress, RevPro and ICW, as well as a regular performer in North America for CZW, Evolve and PWG, End plays a demented anarchist that could easily be behind the twisted barrage of the teaser.

Three solid choices, with a solid introduction to the NXT Universe. Frankly, I’d be okay with any of them. But wait! What if it’s all three? What if they’re a faction of three crazy post-apocalyptic doomsayers of lunacy. An NXT version of TNA‘s The Decay, featuring Crazzy Steve, Abyss and Rosemary. But it’s Sanity, with Eric Young, Tommy End and Crazy Mary.

Man. Krimson will be pissed.

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