Recently, Shawn Michaels expressed his thoughts about how it’s important for talent to control their creativity, using a solid example such as his legendary D-Generation X faction of why professional wrestlers should have freedom when it comes to being creative.
D-Generation X would have a 25 year anniversary celebration on the October 10, 2022 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw. Backstage, Shawn Michaels is in control of WWE‘s developmental brand, NXT, while his friend and DX stablemate, Triple H, is in charge of the entire creative of WWE after Vince McMahon’s retirement.
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Shawn Michaels would partake in an interview with Graham “GSM” Matthews of Bleacher Report, where he discussed Triple H getting ready to take over for Vince McMahon for nearly 10 years now up until this year, and he also spoke about how it was ironic that D-Generation X out of all factions are now in charge of the entire World Wrestling Entertainment.
“Certainly there’s a difference of what you do from a storyline standpoint from back in the day with DX taking over and fighting authority and all that and you fast forward all these years later. It’s no secret everyone knew Hunter was eventually going to be someone in control or very close to it. He’s been readying himself for that for the last decade.”
The “Heartbreak Kid” also talked about how it’s important for professional wrestlers to control their creativity, using D-Generation X as an example.
DX has always been given a lot of free rein because it was a different entity in itself, and it’s built on not doing stuff the right way,” Michaels said. “I don’t think anyone would try to scalp DX, so to speak, because that’s just anti-productive to the characters and team as a whole.
I try to tell the talent that the hardest work they’re ever going to do is creatively,” he added. “I think what made DX and the Attitude Era what they were was trying to think ahead of the times we were in. We just felt a change and a wave coming very different than what wrestling was. We wanted to take it from a traditional and purist standpoint into something more as sports entertainment.”