TOKYO,JAPAN - JUNE 28: Shinsuke Nakamura enters the ring during the WWE Live Tokyo at Ryogoku Kokugikan on June 28, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)
15 WWE Debuts Fans Will Never Forget
Adam Cole
Adam Cole was kicked out of Bullet Club, and poisoned on “Being the Elite,” leaving many fans to wonder what his next move would be. However, with Kyle O’Reily and Bobby Fish on his side, Cole returned in 2017, as the newest NXT signee to hand a beatdown to Drew McIntyre, as the fans cheered wildly for him.
AJ Styles
In the 2016 Royal Rumble, as Reigns waited for his next opponent in the ring, an unknown theme started playing and the titantron revealed, “I am phenomenal,” which quickly sent the crowd into a frenzy. The hottest free agent in sports entertainment, The Phenomenal AJ Styles, had finally made it to the WWE.
Brock Lesnar
After spending a two-year developmental period in OVW, Brock Lesnar was quickly flung into a prominent status on WWE’s weekly television in 2002. Lesnar destroyed the likes of Al Snow, Maven, Spike Dudley, and others, which culminated in “The Next Big Thing” winning the WWE Championship by defeating The Rock at SummerSlam 2002.
At Badd Blood 1997, as The Undertaker faced Shawn Michaels in a Hell in a Cell Match, the lights went out and a sinister entrance track began playing. The diabolical Kane arrived to rip the cage door off and proceeded to deliver his own variation of the Tombstone Piledriver on 'Taker, allowing Michaels to score the pinfall.
Shinsuke Nakamura
Shinsuke Nakamura debuted at “NXT” TakeOver Dallas against the fan-favorite Sami Zayn, in what was said to be Zayn’s “NXT” swan song. The match was a wonderful blend of fast-paced indie-style action, enhanced by a capacity crowd, and it served as an excellent springboard for the rest of Nakamura’s WWE run.