Shawn Michaels hopes to have the satellite developmental promotion NXT Europe up and ready very soon.
NXT Europe was meant to be the replacement/successor of NXT UK, which was itself originally intended to be a regional farming territory for European wrestlers looking to come to WWE.
NXT UK shut down in September 2022 after WWE announced a broad campaign to rebrand the developmental territory as NXT Europe. The original plan was for NXT Europe to launch by September 2023, however those plans have yet to materialize.
According to Shawn Michaels, who oversees WWE’s developmental program, those plans were changed because of WWE’s shifting focus to the Endeavor merger, which took up an overwhelming amount of time and manpower and thus put other less-pressing projects on the backburner.
But now that this merger is complete, curious eyes have shifted back onto Michaels and what the plan is for NXT Europe. In a media call ahead of NXT No Mercy, Shawn Michaels gave an update:
“I’m obviously looking forward to that, but from my standpoint. I’m still waiting to find out.
Obviously I think we’re all very excited that at least now we can start getting that underway and hopefully, again, bringing it to everybody I think as Triple H mentioned in 2024.
But right now, I’m a soldier that’s just waiting on marching orders, but I’m definitely ready to go.”
Many wrestlers from NXT UK have come to the main roster and Shawn Michaels hopes to do the same with NXT Europe
After NXT UK halted operations, many of its wrestlers found work elsewhere in WWE. Mainstays like Tyler Bate, Ilja Dragunov, and Noam Dar, all ended up on the main NXT brand, while arguably the biggest star from that UK show, the man formerly known as WALTER, was drafted to the main roster, renamed GUNTHER, and became the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time.