The new NXT UK Tag Team Champions, Pretty Deadly, talk working with D-Generation X.
Recently, Lewis Howley and Sam Stoker captured the NXT UK tag team titles by defeating Gallus and ending their historic title reign.
NXT UK is, of course, overseen by Shawn Michaels and Triple H. The founding fathers of D-Generation X had kind words for Lewis Howley and Sam Stoker following their victory as Pretty Deadly shared with talkSPORT.
"We did get some nice words and [Shawn Michaels] been with us since we joined the company, he’s been mentoring us in such a way. What we really appreciate the most is he tells us to be us. He can give us his advice but he says only you two know how to be you. I think we’re pretty good at it. But with the kind words from Shawn, the motivation from Shawn, even a compliment will build our ego enough to dominate for the next six months," said Stoker.
Howley added, "We might just be in the ring or backstage beforehand and we get a little comment from him like ‘those are some beautiful shirts’ and things like that, just gets us riled up!"
For Pretty Deadly, working with DX is surreal but validating, adding a sense of perspective to the grind.
"It’s things like that that make it real. Maybe not make it real, but it gives you perspective. The family and people you went to school with, when Triple H tweets you and the shoutout from Shawn Michaels, they see that and go ‘oh wow!’ Because they grew up on people like Triple H and Shawn Michaels. So when they see them tweeting us and congratulating us, it’s like this is insane. In the group chat, my family are like ‘Triple H is interacting with you guys, this is so cool.’ On a normal day, we have quite a lot of interaction with Shawn Michaels and it’s great, but they don’t see that side of things so when they do, they’re like this is crazy! So that’s nice," Howley said.
"I think to win a prestigious title in WWE is such a big thing, but then it really leaves you feeling quite retrospective. So to get the messages and to think back to when you’re 10 years old when you were watching Triple H at WrestleMania to now, it’s quite mind-blowing," said Stoker.
You can check out the full interview here.
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