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NXT May 2018 Power Rankings

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RankSuperstar/TeamPrevious RankChangeRecent & Outlook
1Aleister Black
NXT Champion
1NoneBlack won't be facing Andrade Almas again and his match with Johnny Gargano never happened. He did, however, defeat Eric Young and lay out the rest of SAnitY on their way out the door to SmackDown.
2Adam Cole
NXT North American Champion
3Adam Cole continues to ride high with the now-even-better Undisputed Era. Not only that, he also has already defended the North American Championship on NXT TV and defeated Oney Lorcan.
3Shayna Baszler
NXT Women's Champion
2Shayna Baszler only drops a spot because she hasn't been in televised action since winning the championship at TakeOver. That's going to change very soon as NXT is blitzing us with promo videos of various women calling her out and her ongoing torment of Dakota Kai.
4Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong
NXT Tag Team Champions
4NoneThe new combination of Roderick Strong and Kyle O'Reilly has great chemistry and Undisputed Era seems almost unbeatable when they're all together. That is, until they lost to Oney Lorcan, Danny Burch, and Pete Dunne. A title match against Lorcan & Burch seems likely.
5Johnny Gargano5NoneGargano was attacked during his entrance before he could get his shot at Aleister Black and the NXT Championship, which shows that he and Ciampa are far from done with their feud.
6Ricochet9Ricochet picked up a win over Fabian Aichner on the first NXT TV taping after TakeOver. After that, he and Velveteen Dream wrestled to a No Contest after Lars Sullivan got involved. Ricochet is already booked like a main event guy, but I think his title shot might be held off until there's a strong heel champion again - or potentially Adam Cole and the North American Championship.
7Tommaso Ciampa8Ciampa was MIA after TakeOver, but returned to assault Johnny Gargano prior to his NXT Championship match and proved that he's still the best heel in wrestling. Ciampa also managed to overcome Kassius Ohno in an insanely physical match. Could Ciampa be the real #1 contender soon?
8Velveteen Dream7Velveteen Dream was MIA after TakeOver, but recently returned to make a case for Aleister Black's NXT Championship. After teasing what could have been in a match with Ricochet, both now have to deal with Lars Sullivan first.
9War RaidersUnrankedWar Raiders made a statement immediately by laying out Heavy Machinery and the team of Tino Sabbatelli and Riddick Moss. They followed that up with a fairly impressive squash match and the total destruction of Heavy Machinery. One has to think they'll have a title shot sooner than later.
10Candice LeRaeUnrankedLeRae made her official NXT TV in-ring debut by handily beating Zelina Vega, but then lost to Bianca Belair. I have to assume she's going to be quickly positioned as one of the top female babyfaces if she hasn't already.

Dropped from Rankings (Previous): Andrade Almas (6), Kairi Sane (10)

Keep an Eye on: Pete Dunne, EC3, Street Profits, Bianca Belair, Lars Sullivan, Kona Reeves, Kairi Sane, Nikki Cross, Dakota Kai, Oney Lorcan, Danny Burch, TM61, Lacey Evans

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