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Shawn Michaels on working with NXT stars: My time has come and gone, this is all about them

WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels recently spoke with Sports Illustrated about a wide range of topics. 

HBK has held every big championship that WWE has to offer and had feuded with the biggest names in pro wrestling. 

For the past few years, he has set his sights on teaching young wrestlers in the WWE NXT system while being a coach at the WWE Performance Center.

In this interview, Michaels noted that his time is done as an in-ring performer but now, he wants to work with younger talent. 

“I’d rather stay behind the scenes and let the stars of tomorrow take their rightful place,” said Michaels. “My time has come and gone. This is all about them. NXT is wrestling at its best. We’re going to continue on that track, and that’s showing people the best talent in WWE, which is in NXT.”

After retiring from in-ring action in 2010, Michaels moved to Florida in 2016 where he works at the Performance Center in a role that fits him perfectly.

“When Triple H asked me about working there, I didn’t know everything that the job entailed,” explained Michaels. “Once I got to interact with so much of the talent, it got a hold of me.

“They were a very inspiring group of young men and women, and it reinvigorated my desire and passion to be back in the wrestling business. It was all in the very pure, hungry, wanting to make it to the very top state that NXT has always been. It got a hold of me right away.”






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