How WWE Managed To Hide Shawn Spears’ NXT Return

WWE Superstar Shawn Spears
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WWE pulled off a masterful cloak-and-dagger operation to surprise fans with Shawn Spears’ NXT return. On WWE NXT, jaws were dropping as Spears, formerly known as Tye Dillinger, emerged from the dark, delivering a brutal chair assault on Ridge Holland.

The revelation of Shawn Spears behind the mysterious vignettes left the WWE Universe buzzing. Only a few within WWE, including the NXT talent roster, were aware of Spears’ imminent comeback. This added an extra layer of shock to his thunderous return.

Fightful Select behind paywall reported that the secrecy surrounding Spears’ return was kept tight, with insiders noting that the surprise was genuine. Notably absent from internal documents and rehearsals, Spears remained hidden backstage until his dramatic entrance. Furthermore, reports indicated that Holland’s promo featured only the designation “quote man.” Earlier in the day, WWE Hall of Famer and head of WWE NXT creative, Shawn Michaels, stepped in to rehearse Spears’ role.

It’s been mentioned that Spears inked a deal sometime before his debut vignette aired at Vengeance Day. He remained hidden backstage before his entry, and his return garnered a positive reception from the backstage crew.

WWE superstars react to Shawn Spears’ return

The wrestling community erupted with excitement as Shawn Spears made his triumphant return to WWE after a five-year absence. Exiting WWE in 2019, Spears stunned fans with his comeback on the latest episode of WWE NXT. Reacting to his monumental return, numerous former and current WWE Superstars personalities took to X (formerly Twitter) to express their thoughts.

Check out their tweets below:

In a backstage interview following his return, Spears didn’t mince his words, branding Holland a liar and ominously forewarning that truth would lead to his downfall. Additionally, Spears set the stage for an impending clash at NXT Roadblock next week, promising an intense showdown. As anticipation mounts for NXT Roadblock, fans are left speculating whether Spears will step into the WWE ring for his first match in nearly half a decade or if his encounter with Ridge Holland will unfold in a different form.

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