Eagle-eyed viewers of NXT might have noticed that that the time given for entrances has been drastically cut, a new report suggests that this is down to Shawn Michaels.
Shawn Michaels is NXT creator Triple H’s right-hand-man when it comes to the black and gold brand. The two leading members of DX oversee NXT, as well as the 205 Live and NXT UK brands. Helping to create the next generation of WWE Superstars, the two men along with the legion of coaches inside the Performance Center leave no stone unturned to gain wrestling perfection.
A new report from Dave Meltzer in his latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter suggests that one of those stones was the length of time NXT stars were getting while making their entrance on TV. According to Meltzer, it was Shawn Michaels – no stranger to a long entrance himself – that made the call to cut them. This was reportedly done as the long entrances gave viewers more time to check out what was happening on the other channel, most notably AEW Dynamite.
That was during the – what turned out to be – short-lived Wednesday Night Wars that saw NXT on the USA Network go head to head with AEW’s flagship show on TNT. That so-called war ended in the week after WrestleMania 37 with NXT now airing on Tuesday nights.
The idea of having shorter entrances is said to allow more time for in-ring action and storylines to play out, especially as there has been a lack of fans in the Capitol Wrestling Center due to the pandemic to appreciate drawn-out entrances.
Interestingly, Meltzer notes, although he is unable to confirm the veracity of the story, that according to some in the company it was Michaels’ wife Rebecca who watched the show and told HBK that she thought the length of the entrances were giving too much scope for people to change the channel, and he then took that up with Triple H.