While speaking with TV Insider about NXT WarGames, Shawn Michaels discussed his responsibilities helping to run the brand.
Michaels has taken on an increased role in NXT since it was announced in September that Paul "Triple H" Levesque had undergone surgery following a cardiac event. Michaels told TV Insider that Levesque's team has been given a direction for the NXT 2.0 rebrand by Vince McMahon and Bruce Prichard and are in charge of putting that in place.
“I started out doing two hours a day, three days a week. Now I’m doing it about 23 hours a day, seven days a week,” Michaels said. “People out there thinking it’s all Vince McMahon and Bruce Prichard type of production. They just are the ones who gave us the direction of what it is they wanted from NXT going into the future. It is still all the team Hunter [Triple H] put in place doing it here.
“I love learning and growing in the different aspects of WWE, but I have a greater appreciation for everything he took on. I now understand how you can not return a text when you get it. I’ve never had so many emails, learning computer stuff. Things I swore I would never want to do. But have since learned to do that. It has been a blast. To be able to step in for my friend is my honor to do.”
Michaels also praised Sunday's NXT WarGames and spoke about the tough spot that NXT's new talent have been put in.
“I’m just excited about this new launch of NXT,” Michaels said. “I will say I think they get held to an unfair standard. Nobody likes change. I know that was very tough. I thought tonight was a fantastic show. I’m so thankful for our veterans who go out there and deliver consistently like they always do. We have such faithful veterans that are out there and having to bring up an entirely new generation. We put a lot of our young guys in a really tough spot, we threw them in the deep end like we’ve been doing the last 10 weeks. They went out there and looked like they belonged.”
Michaels compared the experience to when he started in pro wrestling, saying that it was 8 or 10 years before he had to do live television.
“There has never been a generation that has been put in a position that these young men and women have. I was in the wrestling business 8 or 10 years before I had to go out there and do live TV. These guys have only been doing it for 10 weeks. That’s an amazing credit to their hard work and credit to them. They also have the ‘it factor’ and are gifted men and women," Michaels said.
Michaels has been working behind the scenes in NXT since 2016.