Nigel - I agree with Towney. Joe - maybe. The speed of his strength (if that makes any sense) is what makes him what he is. He sucks on the stick and without the speed, he's just Rikishi lite. I fvckin go batty for Joe at a live show, but let's call a spade a spade with him.
I kinda agree with you on Joe these days. His market value has plummited because of the TNA move. He's actually regressed a good deal in the ring and TNA's done nothing but make him look like an idiot for the past year or so. It's a shame because of anyone who could've exploded in the WWE, I think it'd have been Joe.
Sure, he's marginal at best on the mic, but get him in OVW or something and they'd work on that. Joe's problem isn't his content, it's the delivery. It reeks of the whole fat-think he's cool-kid with the 'pimped' out Neon that hangs out in front of McDonald's thing. 2 Fast, 2 Furious.
His ring work has always been good so I wouldn't worry about him there. If I were him i'd be willing to take out a second mortgage on my house to get out of just one year of that TNA contract... It's killing his career.
Nigel needs to get his head out of his arse. ROH isn't going to make him a good living and NOAH is a hell hole for foreign talent. He's been a bit too swept up in the 'dude, don't sell out' crap. WWE's where the best workers, agents and money are. Not ROH, despite what they might think.
The thing about Nigel is that I think of any of the ROH guys i've seen, he's the best all around fit for the WWE. He's got good size. he's ok on the mic. He's not sensational or anything, but his delivery is way ahead of guys like Dragon and Joe and the content is about on par. His move set wouldn't need much tweaking either. In fact, I'd see him getting promoted to one of the brands in relatively short order.
I'd say of ALL the indy talents out there, he's easily the top 'prospect' so to speak.
Adam Pearce has A TON of potential, but someone needs to teach him how to wrestle. Seriously. Pearce's best bet is to bulk up, keep cutting good promos and hope that deal comes sooner rather than later. Simplify the matches, stop pile driving people through 6,000,000 tables backwards and just stick to punching and trash talking.
That and Gabe Sapolsky should be kicked in the nuts for letting him work this crap angle he's in right now. Seriously booted in the balls. Hard. It's awful. Pearce isn't a guy who needs to have a deep move set or any of that indy horse-crap net fans think is 'important'. Just wear robes, talk trash, be spiteful and punch people in the face. That's it. His delivery is SO phenominal I think he's another guy the WWE would just not give a crap that he doesn't wrestle very well. Kinda like Santino. He ain't much in the ring, but given time, that'll come. It's his delivery on the mic that's just light years ahead of where it should be and something that's really hard to teach. Kennedy is the same way. I think if Pearce ended up in the WWE, they'd fast track him like they did those other guys because of that skill.
Cabana's got career jobber written all over him, which is great for him really. Five minutes of work every week or so, get paid almost $100k for it. Yay. Really though, TVS hit the nail on the head. He's a lot of fun on the mic and he's totally passable on the mic. However though, I just can't take him seriously. I think serious Colt really struggles and watching the Homicide feud, while it was tons of fun, just showed me that Cabana's got real limitations in terms of the range he can do. He just can't deliver in that role. Thus, he's mid card for life, which inthe WWE, is a-ok.
I think Castagnoli, IF he gets re-offered the contract (which he was a MORON to turn down to begin with) he might make it in the WWE for a short while, but I can't see him being a long term success. He can't speak english overly well and REALLY needs a lot of reigning in (see tilt a whirl slams on Morishima)... He might get out of developmental, he might not, but either way I don't see him being a long term success.
Delerious is a definite 'no' to me. I see plenty of guys who'd be better in the jobber role than him and he really doesn't have much size. He's kind of a one shot deel and he'll make some decent money in the indys, but with the character he's got, he ain't going to the top of any company. Except for CZW of course, which would make me their champion for the sake of it.
Sydal is there because he's got a pretty face. He sounds like a ten year old on the stick and his delivery is pretty horrible. He's a FUN high flyer so he might get a couple of go's on the Smackdown or ECW brands, but I don't ever see him, almost under any circumstance, being a Raw roster calibur guy...