Head of NXT creative Shawn Michaels has given his thoughts on the recent Iron Survivor matches at yesterday’s (December 10) NXT: Deadline.
The Iron Survivor Challenge was a new match type debuted by Michaels at the event, in which five competitors battle for points, with the winner going on to face the NXT champion in their gender’s division.
Michael’s reflected on the success of the match in a press conference which followed the event:
“First of all, I thought it was executed phenomenally and one of the challenges with matches like this is making them different, and we did that.
“I will say that I had one person come up to me that was in the match and said, ‘Man, that is one of the coolest things I’ve ever been a part of. Don’t ever put me in one of those again.’
“So look, it’s a lot mentally on the talent. There’s a lot that is required in those types of matches. From a developmental standpoint, one of the things back when I was coaching, one thing I would always try and tell talent is when you get up to the main roster, you’re in WrestleMania moments, you have a number of different things you have to remember out there.
“There’s the match that you got, there’s also the huge entrance for you that’s also probably going to be very overwhelming, you’re going to be dealing with the crowd, you got camera angles, and commercial breaks.
“I used to tell people that it’s like spinning plates and you have to keep all these things in your head while keeping in character and keeping the psychology of what you’re doing in the match.
“That’s one of the reasons we wanted to challenge them with this match because that’s sort of a developmental tool you could say that we can use this match for.”
Grayson Waller and Roxanne Perez became the inaugural winners of the matches for the men and women respectively.
Transcription courtesy of Fightful.
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