Shawn Michaels has been the captain of the ship in NXT for the past couple of years now and the results truly speak for themselves. In fact, Michaels has now revealed which AEW talent he wants in NXT.

NXT warmly embraces fresh talent, regardless of their background, whether they hail from other promotions or boast a history in collegiate athletics. During the NXT Stand & Deliver press conference, Shawn Michaels was questioned about his openness to talent from AEW joining NXT.

“I always go back, I would take darn near anybody. I can’t say specifically because I think there is so much talent there. I don’t know everybody’s situation; the last thing I want to do is get anyone in trouble. A lot of guys that used to be at NXT are up there that I’ve always loved. I don’t get the opportunity to get to watch as much as I would like to, but I know that I love working with young talent, especially when I get to know them and I understand their passion and desire. Until I know what your desire is in this business, it’s hard for me to say whether you’re the one I’m going to work really hard for. It’s become so personal to me on that level.

The Heartbreak Kid didn’t necessarily specify any names as he didn’t want to get anyone in trouble from AEW, but admitted that AEW has so many great talent.


There are certainly people I see from a talent standpoint that you do, ‘Oh my goodness, they have a great deal of ability, what if we got a chance to work with them? I think we could do something special with them. We got Shawn Spears, he’s a guy I worked with a little bit in NXT before he got called up and eventually left, but I always liked him because I always thought he was a formidable, secure, professional dude that could give you anything you ask for. We enjoy working with darn near anybody and trying to make them better than what they were doing before.”

”Whether it’s coming out of college or with another promotion. If you give us at NXT an opportunity to work with you, I think we can get you closer to your goals and what you want to accomplish than anybody else. That’s what we do and we work hard at doing that. Whether it’s AEW, Japan, TNA, go around the globe. I’m excited about NXT having the opportunity to make anybody’s career better than what they are currently doing and allow them to have the opportunity to enjoy weekends like we’re about to have.”

We will have to wait and see whether other talent from AEW will follow in the footsteps of Brian Pillman Jr. and Shawn Spears and make their way to WWE somewhere down the line.

Who do you want to see jump ship from AEW to WWE next? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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