After ruining NXT Halloween on Saturday, Shawn Michaels participated in a media call that lasted about 30 minutes. He spoke on a variety of topics including tonight’s show, hoping to run events outside the performance center in 2023, the possibility of NXT Japan and Mexico, the T-Bar, and more.
Leaving the WWE Performance Center
Michaels said on the media call that he hopes they will start organizing premium live events outside of Orlando starting in 2023. He said he hopes to start with big shows, and later with other touring shows.
Additionally, Michaels stated that there have been talks with NXT Japan and NXT Mexico. Announcements about it may come in 2023.
In the ruins of Halloween
Michaels praised the main event, saying he’s been a huge fan of both JD McDonagh and Ilja Dragunov since they were in NXT UK, saying they could go.
Regarding the cinematic portion of the show between Toxic Attraction and Alba Fyre, Michaels noted that they wouldn’t do that kind of clip very often, but tonight’s movie match fits in with the Halloween Havoc theme.
Michaels also paid tribute to Wes Lee, who won the NXT North America Championship on Saturday’s show. Michaels said that Lee “has had to deal with some tough things” and that they get along so well because they are so emotional. “Losing a friend hurts a lot,” he said.
Michaels also noted that Nathan Fraser put in an outstanding performance in Saturday’s ladder match.
Michaels appears to confirm that the excitement seen on The Tonight Show in a burning mask was related to T-Bar, who previously wrestled in NXT as Domink Dijakovic. He mentioned that they lost him in 2020 in a short time when he called the main number 2
existing. Michaels said they see what was discussed on social media and praised NXT lead writer Johnny Russo for what he called a “quick tease.”
Michaels also said that whenever someone brought them back from the main menu, they would find the situation as if it was a “fun new game”.
The next live NXT event, Deadline, will take place on December 10th.
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