The WWE NXT brand has undergone significant adjustments. There have been wrestlers who have chosen to depart on their own, such as Adam Cole, Johnny Gargano, and Kyle O’Reilly. Shawn Michaels recently discussed about the wrestlers leaving WWE NXT.

Shawn Michaels came on Denise Salcedo’s Instinct Culture to talk about a variety of issues, including these wrestlers departing since he is connected with them. Cole and O’Reilly joined AEW. Gargano is however on the free agent market, focusing on his family life as his wife, Candice LeRae, is expecting their first child in February.

The promotion now focuses on younger and taller athletes rather than older and more experienced wrestlers. Over the previous two years, WWE has let a number of wrestlers go owing to financial constraints. Shawn Michaels discussed those bittersweet changes with a lot of tact.

“We still keep in contact, but yeah it is bittersweet, those young men were a big part of my life, they were a lot of the reason that I sort of got back into this line of work. I was happily retired. When it came to Johnny, Tommaso, Adam, those guys, even way back, the Revival Boys, Shawn Spears who was Tye Dellinger at the time, all those young men sitting in a room with them; their passion, their excitement, their desire to be better was just hard not to love. They are the reason that I came back, and fell back in love with Sports Entertainment, with this line of work. As you’ve heard and everyone has numerous times, in NXT at the Performance Center, is where it’s still pure, it’s still all the reasons we get into it before it becomes business, and money and negotiations and things of that nature. To fast forward your question, I miss them. One of the things I always try to instill on all of them is ‘Your happiness, your contempt, your peace, is the most important thing to me.’”


Michaels tells that he misses them, but he’s glad they’re doing well. He understands that a wrestler’s real life take precedence over everything else, and it’s the same for Johnny, Adam, Kyle, and anyone else. It’s an ever-changing phenomenon, and that’s what this work is.

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