Top Rope List: Best 10 NXT Superstars of All Time as of TakeOver XXX | Smark Out Moment

Top Rope List: Best 10 NXT Superstars of All Time as of TakeOver XXX

Posted by Anthony Mango Wednesday, August 12, 2020
It's crazy that NXT TakeOver XXX will mark 30 (technically 31) pay-per-views for the black and gold brand on August 22, 2020.

Over the years, the C-show has gone from a reality competition obstacle course fiasco to the foundational structure WWE depends on to build its future to becoming a legitimate third show on par with Raw and SmackDown.

To help commemorate this time, we're bringing back an old gimmick here at Smark Out Moment that hasn't been seen in a while called TOP ROPE LISTS.

In an effort to spice things up, rather than for this to just be one list and that's it, this feature has been adjusted to play more into how things like Mount Rushmore work, where there needs to be a consensus made at some point.

The Smack Talk panel will read their lists, starting with the bottom, and if someone has that entry considerably higher on theirs, the discussion will be given a rest hold and saved for later. Once everyone has gone through their full lists, the panel will debate based on those rankings until they've agreed to make their combined list.

The key goal for anything on these lists is to make it to the top three spots, which are #3 Bottom Rope (bronze medal), #2 Middle Rope (silver medal) and #1 Top Rope (gold medal) distinctions.

For this edition, we're actually taking the 30 number to heart, in a sense. But rather than doing a top 30, we're going to do a top 10 for the men's division, top 10 for the women's division and then figuring out a top 10 overall.

MANGO'S LIST - TOP 10 NXT SUPERSTARS (MEN'S DIVISION)

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

In no particular order: Tyler Breeze, Velveteen Dream, Shinsuke Nakamura, Matt Riddle, Cesaro, Tyson Kidd, American Alpha, Baron Corbin, Enzo and Cass, Andrade, Tyler Bate, Neville and more.

#10. Keith Lee
#9. The Revival
#8. Samoa Joe
#7. Pete Dunne
#6. Kevin Owens
#5. Sami Zayn
#4. Tommaso Ciampa

*BOTTOM ROPE:
#3.
Finn Balor

* MIDDLE ROPE:
#2.
Adam Cole

* TOP ROPE:
#1.
Johnny Gargano

MANGO'S LIST - TOP 10 NXT SUPERSTARS (WOMEN'S DIVISION)

[HONORABLE MENTIONS]

I actually have no real honorable mentions here. I don't think anyone else truthfully would deserve to be on this list, even at #10.

#10. Toni Storm

#9. Kairi Sane
#8. Rhea Ripley
#7. Becky Lynch
#6. Shayna Baszler
#5. Sasha Banks
#4. Charlotte Flair

*BOTTOM ROPE:
#3. Paige

* MIDDLE ROPE:
#2. Asuka

* TOP ROPE:
#1. Bayley

MANGO'S LIST - TOP 10 NXT SUPERSTARS (OVERALL)

With those two lists in mind, what did I pick for my own personal top 10 combined?

#10. Sasha Banks
#9. Sami Zayn
#8. Tommaso Ciampa
#7. Charlotte Flair
#6. Paige
#5. Finn Balor
#4. Asuka

*BOTTOM ROPE:
#3. Adam Cole

* MIDDLE ROPE:
#2. Bayley

* TOP ROPE:
#1. Johnny Gargano

Explanations for my picks, as well as the other panelists' choices and our debate on how we should rank them for our total combined super list will be found in the Smack Talk podcast.

What did we make as our consensus lists?
You're going to have to tune in to the latest episode of Smack Talk to find out! Just click on the video below or check it out on our podcast feeds to find out the true Top Rope List.


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AUTHOR OF THIS POST: ANTHONY MANGO

Tony Mango is the founder, editor-in-chief, head writer, host of Smack Talk, and much more for Smark Out Moment as well as all branches under A Mango Tree including Fanboys Anonymous. He is a pundit, creative director/consultant, media manager and more. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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