Shawn Michaels has compared a recent NXT match to his young self wrestling Ric Flair.
Shawn Michaels is one of the most legendary figures in WWE history and brings a multitude of experience as well as knowledge to his role heading up NXT and the Performance Center,
Since Triple H became the company’s Chief Content Officer, fans have seen more synergy between NXT and the main roster. A further example of this is the recent Seth Rollins vs. Bron Breakker match for the NXT Championship.
Speaking with Sports Guys Talking Wrestling, Michaels reflected on working with the main roster stars on the NXT brand. Praising the nuggets of information they can provide for the developmental wrestlers and noting Seth Rollins vs. Bron Breakker as a notable match, HBK said:
“I will say this, all of us in this business got better because we were in the ring, especially when we first started out, with people that were better than us,”
“Now, we’re very fortunate to have other men and women that have come from NXT UK and some that have been out there on the independent scene that have been doing it for a little longer that also obviously help our young athletes that come through here from college.”
“At the same time, when a main roster person comes down, that’s now seeds of knowledge for them as well. It’s great to be out there getting reps, but a lot of times, if you’re out there with somebody who needs as many reps as you do, you’re still learning, but you’re not going to learn at the rate you are if you’re out there with a Finn Balor, for instance.”
“That’s been huge for us. Again, you think about Bron Breakker being out there with Seth Rollins, for me that was like when I was out there very early on with [Ric] Flair, you just take in so much, it’s like getting a Ph.D. in one night.”
“So again, it’s a huge help for us here in NXT. To have that synergy now with the main roster.”
On wanting to have this crossover more but understanding the different schedule for the main roster stars, Michaels stated:
“Again, we would love to be able to have it more often. Obviously, we have it here and there. They’re also busy. We understand that.”
“The great thing is they are so giving when they come down here, not just in the ring, but also just hanging out with the talent and dropping seeds of knowledge, whether it’s out there physically or back here, just psychologically and mentally.”
Shawn Michaels was promoting the upcoming Great American Bash event on Sunday, July 30. The show will be headlined by Carmelo Hayes vs. Ilja Dragunov for the NXT Championship.
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