According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, we could be seeing a couple of NXT Superstars gain more success in the coming weeks. These NXT Superstars are believed to be none other than Eric Bugenhagen & Stacey Ervin Jr. as they have both been receiving rave reviews behind the scenes.
Bugenhagen, as seen in the video below, describes himself as a “metalhead beefcake”, and despite not being successful in winning any of his recent matches, he has quickly become a crowd favorite at Full Sail University. His character has been repackaged multiple times since he first started working in NXT in October 2017. Bugenhagen became “Ric Boog” in the latter part of 2018 and he continued as such until this self-titled persona debuted on The February 6th, 2019 episode of NXT TV in a losing effort against Drew Gulak.
Ervin Jr. had his first match with NXT this past fall, suffering a defeat at the hands of Kassius Ohno. He began gymnastics in 2001 around the age of 8 and continued on until his team won The NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships in 2013. Ervin Jr. was first introduced to The NXT Universe when he tagged with Humberto Carrillo in a match against The Street Profits this past February.
With the recent call-ups transitioning out of NXT and up to either RAW or SmackDown LIVE, it will be interesting to see if Bugenhagen or Ervin Jr. become featured much more prominently on NXT TV.