In an interview with Denise Salcedo, WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels discussed the recent changes at NXT, the future of the brand, new and departing talent, Bron Breakker, and more.
Shawn’s initial thoughts on the change to NXT 2.0:
“Look, I think the biggest thing is that I didn’t know I was going to be the one to do everything. I was hoping to support Hunter and obviously put what he wanted us in the right place. It’s quick, obvious, and unexpected, but it’s really no different in the 35 years I’ve been with WWE. When we make a decision, when they make a decision, it’s done, very quickly. They are very effective. They are very quick. They just don’t sit and wait around. I think that’s probably the biggest adjustment. I think we had three weeks and not much information. By the time we received the information, it was down last week and we had applied all we could. It’s fun. It was a suspenseful excitement. You really don’t know what to expect.”
Michaels in the hardest part of the transition:
“I think dealing with the reaction to that change is completely honest. It’s like tearing a support band. It was very sudden. For your fan base, it’s tough and it’s like anything. Change is not easy. When it becomes your normal, you get comfortable with it, and then there’s a sudden change, it’s hard. Very difficult for your loyal people. Honestly, for me that was the hardest part wanting to at least let your fan base know that we’ll do everything we can to make this your NXT again, just is that we have to do it all and be different. I have to be honest. I think a lot of the backlash is also because I feel like sometimes people get angry at us and there’s nothing we can do about it. I understand that. It’s a very emotional, relational kind of business, and we’re sincere with our fan base. There is a closeness there and you feel comfortable with the way things are going. Then comes a change that you’re not prepared for, you don’t know if you like it or not, you tend to put it on the label and then all the new and young talent and superstars. They just sit there and say, ‘We want to be in this line of work, too. It’s bad isn’t it? ‘ Honestly, I think the hardest thing is getting people through that. “
Thoughts on Bron Breakker:
“I think it would be a safe argument to say that everything that we can see of him working is a direct result of that lineage (the Steiner Brothers) because he is a great combination. between his father and uncle, but there is a purity there. He’s still an innocent, excited, enthusiastic young man, and that energy is contagious. Has reliability. He plays no role. He is who he is. “
Shawn was asked about his hopes for NXT in 2022:
“I think we got there. The fan base is now connecting. Now they are not brand new. You like Tony. You like Bron. You understand toxic attraction. You’re still trying to figure out what’s going on with Gacy. You are starting to invest. That is our job. We had to strike a balance between developing and doing a live TV show that from a business point of view you have to give ratings and things of that nature. But the first thing we had to do was keep you at home, viewers, interested in these men and women, and we finally had 10 weeks, 12 weeks for that to start happening. and it will be very difficult when you are starting from zero. That’s not a guy I know from ROH. That’s not a guy I know from anywhere. These are brand new men and women. You’ve never seen them, you don’t know them, so we’re getting to the point where you start to know who they are, you understand and that’s what we want. “
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