Shawn Michaels Comments On Want-Away WWE Stars
Shawn Michaels has addressed the status of two NXT stars who have asked to leave WWE and says he’s happy to use them until their time is up.
Fightful Select recently reported that The Schism’s Jagger Reid and Rip Fowler have requested their release from the company. Dave Meltzer later appeared to confirm that the former NXT UK Tag Team Champions had been granted their release but things did not pan out that way and the duo has appeared on NXT television since.
Both stars followed up the news on social media to reveal that their request to leave had been denied but offered no reason why that was the case.
Speaking at the pre-NXT Battleground press conference, Shawn Michaels was asked by Alistair McGeorge of Metro about the future of Reid and Fowler in the company following their request to leave being turned down:
“Obviously, obviously, I do. They were guys that clearly, I wanted to come over and bring over from the UK. I think they’re very talented. I absolutely understand. It’s one of the things that I tell everybody here. Do I want it to be here in the WWE for you to have your success? Absolutely. I can’t lie about that. Really, this is about, no matter who comes through these doors, help them to have success in this business as a whole.
“I always tell everybody, ‘I feel so fortunate for the life that I have and my family and I have. It’s because of this job, and now there is a real opportunity for everyone in this line of work to have that.’ I want that for them.
“I understand how they feel, but as I mentioned to them, ‘while you are here, I still want to put you in a prominent role.’ There are no hard feelings in that respect. There is too much talent there to waste or leave on the table. If they don’t mind work, I sure as heck don’t mind using them.”
The team’s contracts are up in the company in October 2023 meaning that their time in the company will be at an end in a few months unless something drastically changes.