Mandy Rose is the current NXT Women’s Champion and after unifying it with the NXT UK Women’s Championship at Worlds Collide she seems untouchable. She has successfully defended the NXT Women’s Title against a total of 11 different women in combinations of singles matches, triple threats, and a fatal four-way. With that being said, who is left to dethrone Rose as she approaches gets closer and closer to a full year as champion?
With Rose sitting at 320-days and counting at the top, one would really need to look at the full roster to see who makes the most sense to take the gold off of her. There is so much talent on the 2.0 roster but there are still so many that need to be built up and very few who could realistically take the title from someone nearing one year as a champion.
So let’s get into this list –
Tiffany Stratton – If Tiffany Stratton isn’t one of your options then I am not sure you have seen how impressive she has been in such a short amount of time. She did have training prior to signing with WWE, but the athleticism is on another level. She hasn’t been seen since her loss against Wendy Choo in an impressive Lights Out Match a few weeks ago. Despite getting a loss in that match, Stratton’s win/loss ratio is pretty even and Mandy could even play off of the fact that Stratton lost and her feud with Choo and doesn’t deserve a title shot.
Only thing that would have fans questioning this is both Tiffany and Mandy are heels. But that aside, Mandy is such a heel that Tiffany would definitely get the cheers for this match.
Wendy Choo – Wendy will be the first woman on this list that Mandy has already defeated but won’t be the last. Mandy feel that her gimmick may not transfer well over to the main roster, so if she is rebranded when she comes up from NXT then she should at least hold the gold before she does so. Much like the next name on this list, Wendy could easily be on the main roster at this point which shows she is well established enough to hold a title.
Alba Fyre – I was reluctant to put Alba on this list. Not because she doesn’t deserve to be champion (obviously), but because she is stifled in NXT. Her current position, despite the change into the Alba Fyre character, is just reminding me of Toni Storm‘s time in NXT. She was just there and to be honest, never needed to be. Alba should have gone right from NXT UK to the main roster because why does a prior champion who held the gold for as long as she did still need to be in developmental?
She was added to this list because I realize that she has not faced Mandy under the Alba Fyre persona. The past run-ins were her as Kay Lee Ray. And also the fact of her defeating Mandy is a no-brainer.
Dana Brooke – Hear me out…just hear me out.
NXT 2.0 should definitely have a champion that is from the newer crop of talent. Building up the talent so that they can transfer over to the main roster should be its goal. However, the story is there. Dana being upset that her tag team with Mandy was broken up just for Mandy to flourish writes itself.
Plus, with both Dana and the 24/7 Title missing in action and the belt possibly being phased out, this would be a good way for her to get a more respected title. NXT helped out Mandy tremendously over the past year and it could push Dana to that same level. And Dana doesn’t have to carry it for long. It could be a Dolph Ziggler situation from what happened with the men’s title.
Roxanne Perez – I think out of anyone on the roster, Roxanne should be the one to take the title of Mandy. Yes, she had a chance before, but thanks to Cora Jade she failed at capturing the gold. Her work outside WWE speaks for itself and she has done a great job in the short time so far she has been in NXT. She is being positioned as the top babyface of the brand and who better to dethrone the heel champion?
Perez’s match with Meiko Satomura on the Sept. 6 episode seemed as that stepping stone to get her to the top. Even though she was defeated, she did not look like a loser from that match.
While writing up this list, it shows that there is still more development to do with a lot of the roster as many of them still need to be focused on. Let’s call up some that are overdue to move on from developmental and continue to work with those who still need to connect with the audience.
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