Kyle O’Reilly Credits Shawn Michaels With Teaching Him How To Structure A Main Event Match

February 9, 2022

Back in December, Kyle O’Reilly made his way to AEW after his contract with WWE had expired. O’Reilly had a very successful run with WWE and was a featured NXT talent during his time with the company.

During an interview on AEW Unrestricted, O’Reilly spoke on how Shawn Michaels was the main key in him learning how to structure a main event match.

“I learned a lot about structuring a main event match. There’s that age-old adage in pro wrestling, ‘listen to the people, listen to the people.’ I never really got what that meant. ‘I’m listening to them. They’re cheering, they’re quieting down, they’re cheering.’ Shawn really taught us that, instead of going up and down with the crowd reaction, trying to keep it at a level. So, on a double down, just don’t move until they start to die, and then you can move and you bring them back up. Little things like that, that you don’t really think of and it’s really hard to learn on your own until someone explains that to you, and then a light bulb goes off and it helps take your game to the next level. I feel like my time there made me so much more polished and complete as a performer. I’m so grateful for my time there, the four and a half years in that system, working with the Shawn Michaels, the William Regals, and Triple Hs. It really made me a much more polished and accomplished performer.”

It is clear that O’Reilly is grateful for his time with the company and is grateful for all the things he picked up during his run with WWE.

Below is the full interview.

H/T Fightful

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