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Shawn Michaels Addresses Recent WWE Releases

One big thing: Shawn Michaels explains recent NXT releases

WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels has addressed the recent releases of Drew Gulak and Gable Steveson from NXT, citing contract expirations and business decisions as the primary reasons.

Key details:

• Michaels spoke about the releases during the NXT Heatwave media call
• Drew Gulak’s contract was not renewed after expiring in June
• Gable Steveson, an Olympic Gold Medalist, was released due to slower-than-expected progress in wrestling

What they’re saying:

“From my understanding, nothing on anyone’s part other than contracts being up,” Michaels stated, addressing Gulak’s release.

Regarding Steveson, Michaels added, “He’s an incredibly talented guy. It’s amazing some of the things he can do. He’s a dude who lands on his feet.”

Why it matters:

These releases highlight WWE’s evolving strategy for NXT, focusing on developing talent for the main roster within a specific timeframe. It also underscores the challenges faced by even highly accomplished athletes in transitioning to professional wrestling.

The bigger picture:

• NXT is increasingly seen as a developmental brand with a fluid roster
WWE is making tough decisions about talent retention, even for high-profile signings like Steveson
• The company is balancing talent development with main roster needs and business considerations

What’s next:

As NXT continues to evolve, fans can expect to see more roster turnover as WWE evaluates talent potential and main roster fit.

What do you think about WWE’s approach to talent development and retention in NXT? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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