Shawn Michaels: Dakota Kai Is ‘A Special One,’ I’m Impressed When I Watch Her Work
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WWE NXT is know for its remarkable women’s division, and this depth can make it difficult to stand out.
But former NXT Women’s Tag Team Champion Dakota Kai remains one of the most renowned members of this deep roster. Naturally, her talent isn’t lost on the people who closely work with her.
In an interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels praised Kai and explained how Kai is excelling in every aspect of the game through her work in NXT.
“We have an incredibly talented roster, especially our women, but look at Dakota,” said Michaels. “She’s a special one. Let’s use the WarGames match [from December] as an example. Look at the a—kicking she took, bouncing around and getting back. That’s an art, and she’s mastering it.”
Later in the interview, Michaels described how he saw himself in Kai as someone who goes out of their way to make their opponent look good. He also called her a “workhorse” who makes sacrifices in order to put on the best match she possibly can.
“What you see Dakota doing, I always pictured myself in that role because I wanted to Ping-Pong around the ring for my opponent,” said Michaels. “That’s one of the reasons I became who I became in the business, so watching Dakota, I am so impressed.
“I don’t want to say she feels under the radar, but I don’t know if everyone gets or appreciates everything Dakota Kai does and everything she brings to the table…She is such a workhorse. She’s really helped propel Raquel, and I keep going back to that WarGames match. She is unbelievable, and doesn’t think twice about the sacrifice that is involved and necessary. She works to the hilt, which is hard not to like and appreciate.”