Shawn Michaels Talks About Ladder Match At NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, Finn Balor Being Better Than Ever & More

WWE Hall of Fame legend Shawn Michaels was among the star-studded lineup of guests who appeared on today's special NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver preview edition of WWE's The Bump for an in-depth interview to promote the two-night black-and-gold brand special event on the WWE Network and Peacock Premium platform this week.

During his appearance on the popular weekly official WWE digital series, "The Heartbreak Kid" spoke about this being the best version of Finn Balor we have ever seen, and he also shares his thoughts on the ladder match for the undisputed Cruiserweight championship between Santos Escobar and Jordan Devlin and more.

Featured below are some of the highlights of comments made by HBK during the 4/7 episode of WWE's The Bump.

On this being the best Finn Balor we have ever seen: "Finn Balor, to me, is the absolute best Finn Balor has ever been. He’s clicking on all cylinders. To me, I think the world is getting to see the best version of Finn Balor, ever. He is so unbelievably complete. Look, if Karrion Kross manages to take down Finn Balor clearly, that would be impressive because I’ve always been a fan of Finn Balor’s, but the last year he has been so phenomenal and so guaranteed that I don’t know. It’s hard to bet against him; let’s put it that way."

On what it will take for Io Shirai to beat Raquel Gonzalez: "Tenacity. Clearly, there’s a size difference. But when it comes to ability [and] experience, she is an unbelievably intense performer. Certainly in her career and in NXT, she has managed them every time."

On the ladder match for the undisputed Cruiserweight championship between Santos Escobar and Jordan Devlin: "Expectations are high. It does take it back to WrestleMania 10. I can’t remember when we had a similar dynamic. Don’t get me wrong, ladder matches have come a long way and have been fantastic, but very rarely do they really legitimately used the way they were at WrestleMania 10. I can understand Jordan Devlin’s feeling because again, coming over [at] Worlds Collide and winning the Cruiserweight Championship and again, through no faults of his own – the world is the way that it is – but he was not going to relinquish and give up that championship. I don’t blame him. But obviously, [William] Regal made the decision, and we had to move on and recognize a current Cruiserweight Champion. Again, it’s all legitimate, but it has to be settled in this match."

Watch the complete Wednesday, April 7, 2021 episode of WWE's The Bump featuring the Shawn Michaels interview below. For Andrew Hatcher's complete recap of the show, click here. H/T to Wrestling Inc for transcribing the above quotes.


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