Kyle O’Reilly on NXT 2.0: “if your heart isn’t really in it”

Feb 11, 2022 - by James Walsh

During an appearance on Renee Paquette’s podcast, former WWE NXT star KyleKyle O’Reilly talked about his transition from WWE to AEW…

“The AEW locker room is full of the guys that I came up with in this business that I’ve been friends with for years. There was a lot of that in NXT too, but it seemed like every couple weeks I would look around at the locker room and it was getting decimated. It wasn’t a very good environment, I guess, at that time. I wanted to follow my heart where I’m going to be happy and be utilized. I felt to stay with WWE, it was going to be to stay with NXT, and at this point after four and a half years, if you don’t really have a spot with Kyle O’Reilly on the main roster, I got the vibe that there wasn’t going to be a spot for me up there.”

O’Reilly also said the following about the NXT 2.0 brand…

“I think people in wrestling are really rare in the sense that you really, really have to love it. I think that might be an underlying problem in this new NXT. There’s a lot of people coming in that I don’t think really have that true love for it. I’m sure they’ll do well, they’ll make a big splash, be a big star, and make a ton of money, but at the end of the day, if your heart isn’t really in it, I don’t know. It’s tough.”

One Response

  1. Craftsperson says:

    Yes, you want people who love their artform above the fame and money. A lot of us agree with you there Kyle.

    But NXT turned into that because NXT had way too many people who have nothing interesting going for them. Congrats you do the moves, congrats the nerds give you stars, congrats you got the charisma of a wet mop. At some point you gotta stop pretending you are going to set the world on fire.

    Vince to his detriment still has dreams he’s gonna make wrestling what it used to be again. And the Undisputed Era had nothing to offer to help that. That’s reality. Just like how a bunch of these new NXT recruits will burn out and get bored. That’s also reality. Billionaire money only takes you so far.

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