The WWE Hall of Famer recently sat down with Graham Matthews of Bleacher Report to discuss a wide variety of subjects. When asked about his job behind the scenes at WWE NXT, Michaels explains the transition process that occurred when Triple H had to step away due to his health issues.
“When Hunter first left, it became all me, and certainly from a television standpoint,” Shawn Michaels said. “Matt Bloom is the head coach and takes care of everything from the PC training standpoint, but when it came to NXT 2.0 television, that’s something myself and my team took over creatively. I know a lot of people thought Vince and Bruce were doing that. I can promise you, they did not have the time to do NXT television. If it’s good or if it’s bad, that’s on me.
“It’s been a huge joy to run that show and work with these talents. Again, everyone was put in a real tough position, we all were, but that’s where you learn to do things in WWE. That, to me, is a form of talent development, which is understanding that things can always change … around here and you have to adjust to that. The show always goes on. It was trial by fire for a lot of us, but it’s been an absolutely fantastic experience.”
Shawn Michaels was initially brought into the black and gold brand of NXT to be a coach but eventually slid into a creative role behind Triple H. He never once thought there would be a point where he would have the final say on the brand.
“As everyone knows, I came in just as a coach and then slowly moved into assisting in creative and things of that nature,” Shawn Michaels said. “I was always the second guy right behind Hunter [Triple H]. I obviously never envisioned being the guy who had the final say on the show and what we do and don’t do and the overall vision for what it is we’re going to do and how we move forward.”
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