WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels has been the head of NXT creative since the changeover to NXT 2.0 back in September 2021.
Michaels took over the role following Triple H’s absence due to health issues, and with Triple H now running creative on the main roster, Michaels remains in charge of the developmental brand.
Grayson Waller has been one of the brand’s top names since the change to 2.0, and he is set to challenge Bron Breakker for the NXT Championship at New Year’s Evil on January 10.
Waller recently spoke to the Ten Count, where he discussed his relationship with the WWE Hall of Famer, and the opportunities he’s been given by him.
“Me and Shawn have a great relationship. I think Shawn has full trust in me. Shawn gave me opportunities before anyone else would have.
“I got things like WarGames and the match with AJ [Styles]. No one thought I deserved those positions. Everyone online was like, ‘Who is this?’ Shawn knew how good I was. Shawn’s seen me. Shawn knew I had the potential.
“We had a conversation one day. I remember I wrestled Roderick Strong for the Cruiserweight Title, my first proper match on NXT. I went out, and I killed it because that’s what I do, like, of course, I did. I came backstage, and I said to him, ‘If you give me the ball, I will run with it.’ About six months later, he reminded me of that conversation, and he said, ‘I gave you the ball, and you’re doing what you said you would do.’
“So we have a great relationship. It is a business relationship, I know I can go to him with anything. As you said, he is the GOAT, I’ll admit that, but I’m not a fan anymore. I’m a work colleague. He’s my boss. Shawn knows how good I am, and I know how good Shawn is, so if you’re going to go to anyone for advice, that’s the man right there.”
Waller also won the first ever men’s Iron Survivor Challenge back at NXT Deadl1ne, earning him the shot at Bron Breakker’s title at New Year’s Evil.
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