During a recent interview with Sports Guys Talking Wrestling, Shawn Michaels once again expressed his admiration for the strong collaboration between WWE and NXT rosters under Triple H's tenure as WWE's Chief Content Officer.
Michaels specifically highlighted the valuable exchange of knowledge that occurs when main roster superstars interact with NXT talent. Reflecting on his own experience, Michaels compared sharing the ring with Seth Rollins to his early days stepping into the squared circle with Ric Flair.
"I will say this, all of us in this business got better because we were in the ring, especially when we first started out, with people that were better than us," Michaels acknowledged. "Now, we're very fortunate to have other men and women that have come from NXT UK and some that have been out there on the independent scene that have been doing it for a little longer, that also obviously help our young athletes that come through here from college. At the same time, when a main roster person comes down, that's now seeds of knowledge for them as well. It's great to be out there getting reps, but a lot of times, if you're out there with somebody who needs as many reps as you do, you're still learning, but you're not going to learn at the rate you are if you're out there with a Finn Balor, for instance."
HBK continued to emphasize the immense value of such interactions for NXT, drawing a parallel to the recent match between Bron Breakker and Seth Rollins. "That's been huge for us," Michaels emphasized. "Again, you think about Bron Breakker being out there with Seth Rollins, for me that was like when I was out there very early on with [Ric] Flair, you just take in so much, it's like getting a Ph.D. in one night. So again, it's a huge help for us here in NXT to have that synergy now with the main roster."
While expressing the desire for more frequent collaborations, Michaels acknowledged the demanding schedules of main roster Superstars. "Again, we would love to be able to have it more often. Obviously, we have it here and there. They're also busy. We understand that. The great thing is they are so giving when they come down here, not just in the ring, but also just hanging out with the talent and dropping seeds of knowledge, whether it's out there physically or back here, just psychologically and mentally."
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