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NXT Power Rankings: April 2018



RankSuperstar/TeamPrevious RankChangeRecent & Outlook
1Aleister Black
NXT Champion
2Black is fresh off defeating Andrade Almas for the NXT Championship despite ample interference from Zelina Vega. I suspect there's a rematch in the future and then what's next? There's no shortage of top level talent now, that's for sure.
2Shayna Baszler
NXT Women's Champion
5Baszler is also fresh off winning the NXT Women's Championship in what was a massive improvement over her first match with Ember Moon. She's still learning her way through, but should be a solid and dominant heel champion. Then again, using the post to 'put her shoulder back in place' at TakeOver was kind of a bad ass move, so maybe a babyface turn isn't too far down the road.
3Adam Cole
NXT North American Champion
9A few months ago, I was ready to write Cole off as potentially becoming a Kassius Ohno enhancement-level guy. Fast-forward and now he's the inaugural North American Champion after a great ladder match and then he pulled double duty to assist in keeping the tag team titles with Undisputed Era, which is now stronger than ever.
4Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish / Roderick Strong
NXT Tag Team Champions
6What a weekend in New Orleans for the Undisputed Era. I'm lumping Roddy Strong in there since it sure seems likely he'll defend the tag team title with Bobby Fish on the shelf. Anyway, the Era overcame the odds to not only retain the Championships, but also took home the 3rd annual Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic trophy.
5Johnny GarganoUnrankedGargano and Tommaso Ciampa tore it down in New Orleans and delivered the best WWE match of the weekend. Not only is Gargano rehired in NXT, but he's put on 2 MOTY candidates in ~2 and a half months of 2018.
6Andrade Almas1Andrade Almas's reign is over, but he and Zelina Vega are still one of the top heel acts in WWE. Not to mention, Almas is also one of the best wrestlers in the world. His match with Aleister Black wasn't up to par with Gargano in Philly, but it was unfair to expect that. Almas is looking at a rematch and then I expect him to end up on Raw or SD.
7Velveteen Dream4The Dream came up short in the ladder match, but he made sure you remembered him after a couple of crazy spots. The effort he puts into the character is practically second to none. I'm not sure what's next for the Dream, but I can see him either having a feud with Ricochet or going on to challenge Black for the NXT Championship.
8Tommaso CiampaUnrankedYes, Ciampa lost, but he lost in style in what was an insane and wild fight with Johnny Gargano. Let's also not forget that this guy is the best true heel in wrestling right now. What's next for Ciampa? I have no clue, but part of me thinks he's not totally done with Gargano.
9RicochetUnrankedRicochet came up short in the ladder match, but he made a huge statement in that match. He got the star treatment for his entrance, so Triple H obviously has big plans for him. I hope his first program is with someone that can really compliment his style.
10Kairi SaneUnrankedSane has put together a few televised wins in a row, which means she's likely being positioned to eventually challenge for the Women's Championship down the road now that there is a heel champion.

Dropped from Rankings (Previous): Ember Moon (2), Killian Dain (7), Nikki Cross (8), TM-61 (9)

Keep an Eye on: Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Kairi Sane, EC3, War Machine, Street Profits, Bianca Belair, Lars Sullivan