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Triple H & Shawn Michaels Discuss Letting MSK Be Themselves in WWE NXT

June 16, 2021 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
WWE NXT MSK

– During the NXT TakeOver: In Your House 2021 post-show media conference call, NXT executives Triple H and Shawn Michaels spoke about not trying to alter or mess around with the formula that NXT champions MSK (Wes Lee and Nash Carter) has going. Or in Triple H’s words, “We just them be.” Below are some highlights from the conference call (via Fightful):

Shawn Michaels on not trying to change MSK in NXT: “I was talking to them yesterday and what they seem to enjoy about us is that we haven’t tried to change them. They’ve talked about how we let them be them and we allow them to have fun and enjoy themselves and get the most out of what they do. We try to make it a relaxed atmosphere and we don’t put anybody in a box around here, as best we can. We always knew what we liked when we were working and when we were challenged and encouraged. The best advice we ever got was ‘go out there. If you go too far, I’ll pull you back.’ That’s what we encourage people to do here. Go ahead and take risks and experiment. If we start asking to dial it back, we’re worried someone is going to kick us off the air. We encourage talent to make the most of themselves.”

Triple H noting on knowing when a character trait can be a crutch: “The other aspect is knowing when something is a crutch. A certain character trait or something that they do where you feel like, ‘They are better than this or they are beyond that, but that’s what they’ve done and are comfortable doing.’ That’s the hardest thing. That growth is difficult and hard to face. Sometimes, you have to push them outside of that comfort zone of them just wanting them to be what they’ve been before and you want to encourage them to get to a different place and doing something new. When you challenge them to that, I find that 99% of the time, they love that and they get out there.”

MSK was victorious at In Your House 2021. They teamed with Bronson Reed and retained the North American and tag team titles against Legao Del Fantasma in a six-man tag team match at the event.