Shawn Michaels believes that a top NXT star is ready for the WWE main roster.
Since taking over creative for WWE NXT, Shawn Michaels has gotten extremely close with various stars on the developmental roster.
Carmelo Hayes has been among the top stars who has received consistent praise from the Heartbreak Kid.
Hayes signed in February 2021 and has since become a two-time North American Champion.
During today’s media call ahead of NXT Halloween Havoc, Jon Alba asked Michaels about Carmelo Hayes.
“I have taken interest in Melo from day one. I got him on television as quickly as I could. At the time, I believe it was still 205 Live. I was talking to him and I said, ‘I just want to get you out there, get you in front of the people and in front of Hunter.’ He said, ‘I don’t want to be living in 205.’ ‘I know. For me, it’s more important to get you out there so everyone can see that this kid can go.’ Carmelo and I get along great. He’s a good kid and I think the sky is the limit for him. He’s special. He’s talented.”
HBK continued on to discuss his relationship with Hayes and how he has to sometimes pull him back when he pushes the envelope.
“We have a lot of talks and I gave him the same line that I was given many years ago, which is to go ahead and push the envelope, go out there, let me pull you back, and he does. I’ve seen that he’s mentioned it. ‘Shawn has had to pull me back a couple of times.’ That is true. He never complains about it. He’s a pro, and I like that about him as well. He has a lot of charisma, a lot of ability, a lot of attitude, but he’s a respectful young man. That’s what is so great about a lot of people down here. We have some really talented people and they are darn good men and women of character too. He is ready anytime someone wants him. Of course, he’s only going to get better. Can he always learn more? You bet, all of us can, but he’s certainly ready whenever they want to take him. He’s going to go up there and be with people better than him and that’s how you improve in this line of work.”
As previously reported, Shawn Michaels also announced the next NXT premium live event’s name and date in the media call as well.
Carmelo Hayes will compete in the North American Championship Ladder Match against Wes Lee, Oro Mensah, Von Wagner and Nathan Frazier at NXT Halloween Havoc on Saturday, October 22.
For the full lineup for the Halloween Havoc event, click here.
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