Noam Dar says he has ‘come on leaps and bounds’ under Shawn Michaels in NXT UK and explains influence of HBK and Triple H on the brand

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Noam Dar has been one of NXT UK’s top performers since the brand made it’s way back to TV in September.

The 27 year old joined WWE in 2016 as part of the Cruiserweight Classic, but after spending time on RAW and SmackDown, Dar has been a regular with NXT UK since its inception in 2018.

Noam Dar and Ilja Dragunov put on a killer main event when NXT UK returned

Noam Dar and Ilja Dragunov put on a killer main event when NXT UK returned

Given the UK’s lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Dar and his NXT UK cohorts were out of action for around six months.

However, since returning to action at BT Sport Studios, Dar and the brand itself have really grabbed the industry’s attention.

talkSPORT spoke to the charismatic Scot as a hellacious 2020 winds down.

On his and NXT UK’s performances since returning to TV…

When you have five to six months off doing something, the question becomes ring rust? Passion? Durability and endurance are important factors in this game and having that amount of time off puts a lot of that into question, so I think that was the most important question that we had to answer as a roster and individuals.

Can we come back after a more than inconvenient break where things were taken out of our control, can we come back and be better than we were before and I feel like the roster and specifically me – I was fantastic before lockdown, I’m even better now! [laughs].

But seriously, I feel like we all did that as a team and I’m very proud. As much as I dislike everyone else on the roster! I’m very proud that we’re nailing it and it’s just a sign of things to come.

Unfortunately for Noam Dar, he would lose to eventual Heritage Cup winner A-KId in the second round

Unfortunately for Noam Dar, he would lose to eventual Heritage Cup winner A-KId in the second round

On if witnessing Ilja Dragunov and WALTER live was something special…

Absolutely. Those boys are on top of their game and they’re very committed to the concept of what we’re talking about – innovation.

They had a standard and an idea they wanted to present, especially given the amount of time those two have invested in each other and the story itself. It was an actual jewel in the crown of NXT UK and WWE in my opinion.

It, rightly so, should be touted as one of the matches of the year and yet again, it’s another example of some of the big things we’re doing in NXT UK. We’ve got a roster that are very highly motivated and highly talented.

That combination under a WWE banner is dangerous. Every single company and every other wrestler should be taking note of what we’re doing.

WALTER and Ilja Dragunov had an instant classic

WALTER and Ilja Dragunov had an instant classic

On how he’s progressed working closely with Shawn Michaels…

For me personally, I’ve come on leaps and bounds just under that tutelage being able to work directly with Shawn, and being able to just the mantra of NXT across the board is very much the talent are there to work.

We’re highly invested in what we’re doing and we want to develop and to progress through NXT, WWE and wrestling as an industry.

When you have literally the best wrestler in the world working with talent who want to be the best, you’re going to create magic.

Triple H and Shawn Michaels are the brains behind NXT UK

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Triple H and Shawn Michaels are the brains behind NXT UK

On Shawn Michaels and Triple H understanding British wrestling…

Shawn and Triple H have so successfully assimilated their perspectives of wrestling through the lens of what we do, which is so difficult.

It doesn’t matter if you’re the greatest in your industry, if you’re unable to find a point to relate and understand the differences in anything; not even just the wrestling industry, take music for example.

If you’re not able to tune your eat to what ever the current sound is and be able to make small, little changes there and allow it to become even bigger than it is, then it doesn’t matter what your credentials are.

But, Shawn Michaels and Triple H not only have those credentials above and beyond, they also know how to coach us and that’s been so, so rewarding.

Check out NXT UK on the WWE Network every Thursday night and BT Sport at 8pm every Friday

Noam Dar (Scotland)

Noam Dar has looked better than ever since NXT UK returned





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