It’s going to be a big weekend for NXT fans as the Deadline premium live event is set to take place from the Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport, CT. The stars will be stepping into the spotlight at Deadline, but McKenzie Mitchell will not be present as the backstage correspondent confirmed earlier this week that she had been revealed from WWE.

During media call for NXT Deadline, Shawn Michaels addressed McKenzie Mitchell’s release and said that it took him by surprise, but she’ll always be a part of the NXT family.

“No, I don’t. McKenzie is always going to be a part of the NXT family. It obviously took me by surprise as well, my understanding is that there are some areas where we have overlapping jobs and there were going to be changes. There are a lot of things that go on in this company that are way above me, and this was obviously one of them.

“Like we always say, the door is always open in the WWE, I think that, in my opinion, McKenzie will always be a part of the NXT family and it doesn’t mean that we can’t revisit that relationship down the road. Obviously, it’s a loss to us in NXT, but the machine, as always, has to continue to roll on and we will obviously do that and miss her greatly because everybody absolutely loves and adores McKenzie.”

H/T Fightful