A WWE Hall of Famer has described his new role with the company and booking philosophy.
Shawn Michaels has etched his name in the WWE history books as a two-time WWE Hall of Famer and one of the greatest in-ring performers in company history.
Michaels has furthered his legacy with his work in WWE NXT, running the brand after Triple H stepped back due to health issues in September 2021.
HBK was then promoted to WWE’s senior vice president of talent development creative following Triple H being named the company’s head of creative.
Speaking on The Ringer Wrestling Show, Michaels discussed his new role and how he plans to help NXT get the recognition he feels they deserve.
“Usually Hunter’s the one that’s out there in front of the cameras and doing all the talking for NXT. But obviously as you know, his responsibilities have grown, and it also means that clearly mine have grown. The image of NXT still needs to be represented, that falls on me. Clearly I’m thrilled to be able to do that and be out there supporting NXT and trying to get it the recognition that it deserves. But it is a new role for me. I usually am more comfortable behind the scenes and doing my job. But look, this is an exciting new time. I love the men and women in NXT. I love helping them out, love producing the television show. We’re excited about Halloween Havoc. I’m thrilled to have this kind of responsibility.”
The two-time WWE Hall of Famer continued on to describe his booking philosophy for the NXT brand and wanting to help the performers grow.
“From my standpoint, I look at, we have to combine putting on obviously a two-hour entertaining wrestling show every week, but at the forefront of all of that, to me, I usually try to focus on the development aspect. It is my job and our job collectively at NXT to bring these young men and women growth and experience and help them to encounter things that they may encounter on the main roster. So honestly that’s what I put at the forefront is repetition in those types of things, from s television standpoint, whether it be storylines, promos, just television time, certain spots. I don’t mean spots in a match. I mean spots on the card, so to speak. Opening the show, the middle of the show, a personal storyline, a championship storyline, being on top and understanding the pressures and the dedication and the lack of time off that one may to go through. So there are a number of different aspects that we try to bring to this. But for me, I always try to put development at the forefront. Look, sometimes that makes it challenging to put on the absolute best wrestling show that you can.”
NXT recently entered a new era for the brand with a new white and gold logo as well as a brand new set.
As previously noted, Shawn Michaels recently commented on infusing the NXT and NXT UK rosters following the hiatus for the latter brand.
Stay up to date with the NXT roster’s win-loss record (for televised matches) at this link.
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