Shawn Michaels is eager to see Rip Fowler and Jagger Reid, known as The Grizzled Young Veterans, make a significant impact in WWE NXT. While their recent request for release from WWE was denied, Michaels believes their talent should not go to waste.
During a media call before the WWE NXT Battleground event, Alistair McGeorge from Metro asked Shawn Michaels about the status of The Dyad following their denied release request. Michaels openly expressed his desire for them to continue their journey with WWE. However, his ultimate concern lies in ensuring they have a fulfilling career in the wrestling industry. As long as they remain in NXT, Michaels intends to give them prominent opportunities.
“Obviously, obviously, I do. They were guys that clearly, I wanted to come over and bring from the UK. I think they’re very talented. I absolutely understand. It’s one of the things that I tell everybody here. Do I want it to be here in the WWE for you to have your success? Absolutely. I can’t lie about that. Really, this is about, no matter who comes through these doors, help them to have success in this business as a whole,” HBK expressed. “I always tell everybody, ‘I feel so fortunate for the life that I have and my family and I have. It’s because of this job, and now there is a real opportunity for everyone in this line of work to have that.’ I want that for them. I understand how they feel, but as I mentioned to them, ‘while you are here, I still want to put you in a prominent role.’ There are no hard feelings in that respect. There is too much talent there to waste or leave on the table. If they don’t mind work, I sure as heck don’t mind using them.”
The Dyad had previously revealed that their contracts would be expiring in October
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