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Shawn Michaels comments on changes at WWE NXT, Bron Breakker, Triple H not being backstage



During an interview with Denise Salcedo, WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels discussed the recent changes at NXT, the future of the brand, the new and departing talent, Bron Breakker, and a lot more.

Shawn’s initial thoughts on the change to NXT 2.0:

“Well look, I think the biggest thing was that I didn’t know I was going to be the one having to do everything. I was hopefully going to assist Hunter and obviously put into place what it was that he wanted us to put into place. It sort of came a bit quick, obviously, and unexpected, but it’s no different really for the last 35 years I’ve been with the WWE. When we make a decision, when they make a decision, it’s done, it’s quick. They’re so efficient. They’re so quick. They just don’t sit and wait around. I think that was probably the biggest adjustment. I think we had three weeks and we didn’t have a whole lot of information. By the time we got the information, it was coming down to the last week and we applied everything that we could. It’s fun. It’s a nervous excitement. You really don’t know what to expect.”

Michaels on the hardest part of the transition:

“I think it’s dealing with the reaction to that change to be perfectly honest. It’s like ripping a band-aid off. It was very sudden. To your fan base, that’s very tough, and it’s like anything. Change isn’t easy. When it becomes your normal, you're comfortable with it, and then there’s an abrupt change, that’s difficult. It’s very difficult for your faithful. To be perfectly honest, for me, that was the hardest part wanting to at least let your fan base know we’re going to do everything we can to make this your NXT again, it’s just we’re having to do it all over and different. I have to be honest. I think a lot of the blowback is also because I feel like people are angry at us sometimes and there’s nothing we can do about that. I understand that. It’s a very emotional, relational type business, and we have sincerity with our fan base. There is a closeness there and you get comfortable with the way things are. Then going about a change you’re not prepared for, you don’t know if you’re going to like it, you have a tendency to take it out on the brand and then all the new and young talents and superstars. They’re just sitting there going, ‘We just want to be in this line of work too. Is that so bad?’ Honestly, I think that the hardest thing was having to help everybody through that.”

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Thoughts on Bron Breakker:

“I think it would be a safe argument to say that everything that we could see about him that works is a direct result of that lineage (The Steiner Brothers) because he’s a wonderful combination of his dad and his uncle, but there’s a purity there. He’s still an innocent, excited, enthusiastic, young man and that energy is infectious. There is believability. He’s not playing a part. He’s being who he is.”

Shawn was asked what the hopes are for NXT in 2022:

“I think we’re already getting there. The fan base are now connecting. Now they’re not brand new. You enjoy Tony. You enjoy Bron. You understand Toxic Attraction. You’re still trying to figure out what’s going on with Gacy. You’re starting to become invested. That’s our job. We have to balance development while also doing a live television show where from a business standpoint, you have to draw ratings and things of that nature. But the first thing we have to do is keep you at home, the viewer, to care about these men and women, and we’re finally getting 10 weeks, 12 weeks into where that’s starting to happen, and it is very tough when you’re starting from zero. It wasn’t a guy I knew from ROH. It wasn’t a guy I knew from wherever. These are brand new men and women. You’ve never seen them, you don’t know them, so we’re now getting to the point where you start to know who they are, you’re understanding, and that’s what we want.”

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If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Denise Salcedo with a h/t to for the transcription