Shawn Michaels has been working with WWE's NXT brand of late, and several names have caught his eye.
HBK spoke to Kayla Braxton on WWE's Facebook, and opened up about some of the impressive Performance Center standouts so far.
"From the guys that are a little bit more experienced Johnny Gargano, Roderick Strong, I very much enjoy them to guys like Velveteen Dream – I certainly see a lot there. But then you go a little further down with less experienced, Cezar Bononi and Adrian Jaoude, so I think there's real potential there. With the girls of course you've got Ember and Asuka -- are phenomenal. Nikki Cross, there are some sleepers out there, Sage (Beckett) and Abbey Laith, There's so much depth here," Michaels said.
An important transition for some stars is working in front of an NXT crowd as opposed to a WWE crowd. Michaels knows that's an adaptation that helps some fans emotionally invest early on.
"One is very different than the other; it's a little bit more of a rebellious, rowdy, and very sort of protective group. I think they understand that all of the NXT stars that they're seeing are eventually going to the main roster, but right now, they're theirs to enjoy. They also understand they are going to be a big part of what takes these NXT stars to the next level."
You can see the full interview below.