I miss them, We miss them a lot - Michaels

In an interview with Denise Salcedo, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels talked about the growing number of talents who had come through NXT, only to leave for AEW.

I miss them, We miss them a lot - Michaels

In the last year former NXT stars like Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly have both joined AEW, while another former NXT star Johnny Gargano is rumored to be considering an AEW contract.

I miss them, We miss them a lot - Michaels

Shawn Michaels, who is currently overseeing NXT 2.0 admitted it was bittersweet to see big parts of his life suddenly depart, though he revealed they all still keep in touch.

I miss them, We miss them a lot - Michaels

“We still keep in contact, but yeah it is bittersweet, those young men were a big part of my life, they were a lot of the reason that I sort of got back into this line of work,” Michaels said.

I miss them, We miss them a lot - Michaels

“I was happily retired. When it came to Johnny, Tommaso, Adam, those guys, even way back, the Revival Boys, Shawn Spears who was Tye Dellinger at the time, all those young men sitting in a room with them; their passion, their excitement, their desire to be better was just hard not to love.

I miss them, We miss them a lot - Michaels

As you’ve heard and everyone has numerous times, in NXT at the Performance Center, is where it’s still pure, it’s still all the reasons we get into it before it becomes business, and money and negotiations and things of that nature.

I miss them, We miss them a lot - Michaels

“To fast forward your question, I miss them. One of the things I always try to instill on all of them is ‘your happiness, your contempt, your peace, is the most important thing to me.’

I miss them, We miss them a lot - Michaels

Because I learned that, yes mine all happened in the WWE but when everything was set and done that’s why I think that leaving and walking away was so much easier for me than it was for everybody else.

I miss them, We miss them a lot - Michaels

While Shawn Michaels does miss all of them, he also admitted he was happy for the success of guys like Cole, O’Reilly and others outside of the WWE umbrell.