Shawn Michaels has been filling in for a lot of Triple H’s normal duties at NXT since The Game has been sidelined while dealing with health issues. Michaels has continually spoken in interviews where he put over NXT talent and defended the growing pains of changing brand. HBK has even developed great relationships with young wrestlers like Carmelo Hayes.

Shawn Michaels and Triple H are friends from back in the Kliq days in the mid 1990’s. The WWE Hall of Famers always have each other’s backs. Fans wondered if Michaels future with NXT might be in jeopardy after most of Triple H’s people were removed from their positions in the developmental brand.

It turns out that WWE is very happy with Shawn Michaels’ performance in NXT. Michaels has been under huge pressure to create new stars and has delivered as several names have become popular with the NXT audience. Dave Meltzer discussed WWE’s stand on HBK’s performance in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

“But they are very happy with Shawn Michaels right now, feeling he’s been under pressure to make stars fast with the changes in the show and he made Breakker, Carmela [sic] Hayes, Knight, Grayson Waller and Tony D’Angelo into stars very quickly. It was noted that was not his job when he was hired, but it fell upon him when Levesque had his health issue and they feel he has great aptitude for the creative process and understanding of how to make stars and make key people stand out.”


Shawn Michaels has done just about everything there is to do in WWE. That kind of experience is invaluable to a young crop of wrestlers. WWE understands that value.

Everybody is watching to see what direction WWE will take next for NXT. Things have been changing dramatically in recent months. It sounds like Shawn Michaels will be a part of whatever those plans entail.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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