Shawn Michaels’ ascension to WWE executive continues. CBS Sports has reported that the renowned wrestler has been promoted to senior vice president of talent development creative.
Michaels was named vice president of talent development creative in an August press announcement announcing the launch of NXT Europe.
In 2016, Michaels joined NXT as a trainer before eventually becoming a writer and producer under longtime buddy Paul “Triple H” Levesque.
After Levesque suffered a heart attack, he took over NXT programming. He has continued to play that role despite Levesque’s return, Vince McMahon’s eventual retirement, and overall leadership changes.
Following his promotion, Michaels will continue to manage creative in NXT while also overseeing talent development in WWE’s developmental brand.
Michaels will also be in charge of the NXT brand’s expansion, including the expansion of NXT UK into NXT Europe, which is set to debut in 2023. All of this is fantastic news for the Wrestling entertainment juggernaut.
More than 50 fresh talent has joined NXT this year, including NCAA NIL athletes Joe Spivak from Northwestern University football and Isaac Odugbesan from the University of Alabama track and field squad.
Michaels is widely regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers in WWE history, having debuted with the company as a member of The Rockers in 1988 before breaking out as “The Heartbreak Kid” and winning multiple singles titles, including four spells as world champion.
After building up a reputation as one of the greatest in-ring competitors in wrestling history, Michaels retired in 2010 after losing to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 26.
He would return for one final match in 2018, teaming with Triple H in a brief revival of their D-Generation X stable to defeat The Undertaker and Kane at Crown Jewel.
Finn Balor “dying” to compete against Edge
Finn Balor, the leader of Judgment Day, recently revealed that he is “dying” to fight in a dream match against Edge in WWE at some point in the future.
Balor has been a thorn in The Rated-R Superstar’s side in recent weeks, along with stablemates Damian Priest and Rhea Ripley. Edge was the original leader of Judgment Day, but he was quickly pushed out, with the former WWE Universal Champion taking over.
In a recent Inside the Ropes interview, Finn Balor revealed his desire to wrestle The Rated-R Superstar in singles competition.
He noted that while he was unhappy when Edge retired a decade ago, he was glad to see the WWE Hall of Famer return to the arena at Royal Rumble 2020.
“Oh, I hope so, yeah I hope so [If we’re heading into Balor vs. Edge]. So, like, from a personal standpoint, when Edge retired, I was, you know, disappointed at the fact that you know, that match will never happen. When he returns, you know, Royal Rumble a couple years ago, kind of like that spark was kind of reignited,” said Balor.