Shawn Michaels is one of the driving forces behind WWE NXT and the wrestling legend has opened up about what he feels is one of the toughest parts of the job.
Since the former boss of NXT, Triple H, is the Chief Content Officer of WWE running the creative direction of WWE for Raw & Smackdown, the responsibility of NXT falls on the shoulders of Shawn Michaels. It’s a role that Michaels has been ready for since he started working behind the scenes in NXT a few years ago after moving his family from Texas to Orlando.
When Triple H had a major health scare requiring surgery, Michaels stepped up to help guide NXT in September 2021 when the 2.0 started. Fast forward to the present, Michaels is still the man behind NXT as the Vice President of Talent Development.
During an appearance on The Ringer Wrestling Show, Michaels talked about an adjustment he has had to make in terms of being on camera a bit representing NXT.
“Usually Hunter is the one that’s out there in front of the cameras doing all the talking for NXT. But his responsibilities have grown. It also means that mine have grown. The image of NXT still needs to be represented; that falls on me. Clearly, I’m thrilled to be able to do that.”
The two-time WWE Hall of Famer Michaels went on to add that promoting the NXT brand is one of the hardest parts of his job.
“It is a new role for me. I usually am more comfortable behind the scenes in doing my job, but this is an exciting new time. I love the men and women in NXT. I love helping them out. The hardest aspect of the job for me, to be perfectly honest, is getting out there and promoting NXT.”
Despite being in the wrestling business his entire adult life and being regarded as one of the greatest WWE superstars of all time, “The Heartbreak Kid” Michaels admitted that it was intimidating to try to follow what his best friend built for the brand.
“It’s intimidating to have to follow in the footsteps of everything Hunter created here.”
While Michaels and Triple H play key roles in WWE behind the scenes, they appeared on camera together at the October 10th edition of Monday Night Raw when D-Generation X celebrated 25 years as a group. Michaels appeared in the main event of the show along with Triple H, Road Dogg and X-Pac. D-Generation X was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2019.