Shawn Michaels Addresses Reports Of NXT Stars Wrestling At Indy Shows
Shawn Michaels has put to rest a rumor that came out about NXT stars being able to compete at independent wrestling shows.
Prior to the NXT Vengeance Day Premium Live Event on Saturday, there was a report that WWE is going to allow some NXT wrestlers to appear at independent wrestling shows. That led to some wild speculation among wrestling fans on social media about top NXT stars potentially mixing it up with wrestlers from other promotions and top indy wrestling talent.
As it turns out, the speculation was a bit premature, according to NXT’s boss Shawn Michaels. On Saturday afternoon, NXT announcer Booker T made an announcement on Twitter that NXT’s Ivy Nile will be appearing at his next Reality Of Wrestling event on Saturday, February 11th.
Booker T was very excited about the news as he commented about it on Twitter.
“Excited to merge my @WWENXTfavorites with the roster of my students at @TheOfficialROW! Don’t miss a HUGE show next Saturday! Can’t wait to see @ivynile_wwein the World Gym Arena!”
Excited to merge my @WWENXT favorites with the roster of my students at @TheOfficialROW! Don’t miss a HUGE show next Saturday! Can’t wait to see @ivynile_wwe in the World Gym Arena! https://t.co/9zYvls8WEP
— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) February 4, 2023
Ivy Nile is part of the Diamond Mine group in NXT. She signed with WWE in early 2020 and debuted on NXT TV in October 2021.
Shawn Michaels is the WWE Senior Vice President of Talent Development Creative meaning he is in charge of the NXT creative team, which means he is the booker of NXT. Nile’s NXT debut came shortly after Shawn Michaels took over the WWE NXT creative team.
During the post-Vengeance Day conference call with members of the media, Shawn Michaels made it clear that Nile working Booker T’s show is just a “one-shot deal for now.”
“As of right now, that was honestly a one-shot deal. Booker has obviously been very good to us here. It was something that he asked and we obviously wanted to help him out with that. As of right now, there is no talk of any of that, to my knowledge.”
“Right now, that was just us helping Booker out with the show and doing what we could to see if we could help. Right now, to the best of my knowledge, it is just a one-shot deal for now.”
Since Michaels used words like “right now” and “for now” it could mean that WWE is open to allowing more NXT talent to appear on indy wrestling shows. However, WWE has not announced any other talents appearing at indy wrestling shows other than Ivy Nile working a show for Booker T’s Reality of Wrestling Promotion.