NXT Power Rankings: Zayn Takes Down the Man Beast, Brooke a Knockout

Five good matches and plenty of intrigue set the scene on a solid episode of NXT that also gave the brand some much-needed momentum after a few lackluster episodes as of late.

Check out this week’s NXT Power Rankings to see who’s debut garnered some fanfare and which former WWE superstar continues to make waves in NXT.

Honorable Mention: Baron Corbin: Another squash win may be cool, but Corbin’s potential, much like another former super face Mojo Rawley, is beginning to wear thin. In order to reach his true potential, Corbin needs to work longer matches and cut promos. Otherwise, all his TV time over the last few months will be for nothing.

5: Solomon Crowe: Don’t let his tiny frame fool you- this guy has a ton of potential. Similar to ECW Legend Taz, Crowe uses strikes and submissions to wear down his opponents. From his cool hacker gimmick, awesome Stretch Muffler submission finisher and ability on the mic, he’s someone that in a few months can and will be in the middle of the NXT title picture.

4: Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady: Their match this week was a disaster. Soft and sloppy, these guys are better in the ring than what they showed. Regardless, they are the best NXT Tag Team on the microphone and hopefully working with Blake and Murphy will bring out the best in them.

3: Dana Brooke: Holy crap is she smoking’ hot. From her entrance to her taunts, Brooke has the look of a future WWE Diva. In the ring, however, she’s still a bit green. Although she relied on strikes in her first match, Brooke also unveiled a unique seated Death Valley Driver finisher to give her debut a bit more depth.

2: Rhino: He’s still in good shape and has something to give. While NXT may not be exactly where Rhino wants to be, he’s proven that he can be a teacher in the ring and someone that fans still want to see.

1: Sami Zayn: He’s not the NXT Champion, but he’s still a one-of-a-kind performer with plenty of skill. His win over Rhino this week proves once again that he can hold his own with anyone, regardless of their size.

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