Shawn Michaels has been working hard in Orlando as the main creative force behind the NXT brand. After the switch from the well-regarded black and gold version to NXT 2.0, many fans weren’t happy with the change. HBK has been righting the ship, and the show has found its own identity over the past several months.

One part of that identity is a show that moves at a lightning-quick pace. Whether it is jumping from one segment to the next or even the action in the ring, NXT 2.0 brings it fast and furious. One of Shawn Michael’s Hall of Fame friends doesn’t enjoy the style.

On this week’s episode of the ‘Kliq This‘ podcast, Kevin Nash revealed that he recently visited HBK at an NXT taping. Nash suggested that Michaels should have things slow down. Shawn said that just isn’t what the fans want these days.

“I went down and watched an NXT taping. I said to him, ‘F*ck. Slow the f*ck down.’ He just looks at me and goes, ‘It’s not the style anymore. You just have to accept that. The style is the style. If you go out there and do tests of strength, people will walk the f*ck out of the arena.


They are operatively conditioned now to do this. The fans want to see this. They want to see a spotfest.’ That’s great if that’s what the fans want. I particularly don’t.”

Kevin Nash thinks things should slow down to allow more psychology to work its way into NXT matches. Shawn Michaels thinks the days of slowly-developing stories in the ring are a thing of the past. For fans of old-school wrestling, NXT probably isn’t the place to be.

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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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