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WWE SVP of Talent Development Creative Shawn Michaels has commented on Trick Williams winning the NXT Championship.

Michaels’ SVP title essentially translates to him being ‘the boss of NXT’, meaning he’s overseen Williams’ rise to prominence over the past couple of years.

Williams defeated Ilja Dragunov at NXT Spring Breakin’ last night to win the NXT Title, about two-and-a-half years after debuting on TV as Carmelo Hayes’ sidekick in the early days of NXT 2.0 in September 2021.

Speaking after Spring Breakin’, Michaels said in a video posted on social media:

“I hope tonight was sort of a little insight into what we do here in NXT, the developmental system.

“I think when you see somebody like Trick Williams, and quite honestly so many of the young athletes that we get here in NXT, but Trick is just a prime example of somebody, coming from the Philadelphia Eagles, not quite making it in football, and then dedicating himself to becoming a WWE Superstar, and then committing himself like he’s done day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year – and it’s only been two of them – and you see the pinnacle at which he’s risen to.

“I speak, not eloquently obviously, but I just can’t stress enough the system that we have down here, the coaches, the skull sessions, the training, even the recruiting. I think what Trick did tonight exemplifies everything that we try to do here.

“He’s an amazing young man, an amazing athlete. It was organic, it was something that started with one or two people Whoopin’ that Trick in the crowd. He went from a sidekick to the champion. He went from a mouthpiece to the champion in NXT in two years. I just think it speaks volumes to what we do here in NXT and the developmental system.

“I’m very proud of the team that we have here, and obviously looking forward to grabbing as many young athletes as we can and producing the WWE Superstars of tomorrow.”

Williams’ win over Dragunov seemingly confirms the new champion will be staying in NXT beyond the upcoming WWE Draft, while Dragunov is expected to move to either Raw or SmackDown.

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