Noam Dar Opens Up About The Risk That Saved His WWE Career

Noam Dar recently sat down with Kenny McIntosh from Inside The Ropes for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling. During the discussion, Dar discussed his career-changing move to NXT UK and why he will be eternally grateful for Shawn Michaels.

“Well, firstly transferring to NXT UK was my attempt and risk to take, to put myself in an environment, in a scenario where I could show what I believed I was, what I believed the character was and what I believed I could do with any scenario and circumstance. And to have that space in NXT UK, to have the freedom to be myself, to develop that and to be more actualized is what feels true to me. That was really important for me to have that moment within WWE and try it my way without any attachment to any possible outcome.

For me it was more just I’ve spent x amount of years trying to kind of play by everyone else’s rules, try and do what I think is right, just walking on eggshells. So I knew as a creative person and beyond any commercial success, I just knew I needed to have a moment in my career where I bet on myself or try to do things my way and if it doesn’t work and then at least I would have that resolution. Luckily, obviously, it’s paying off and it was instrumental to where I am right now. I might not even be in WWE if I didn’t make that move and make that change.

Not only is it paying off now, I’m now on a platform in which I can build that further. Meta-Four came around firstly as something different and not just what most people would just expect of a group, how a group gets brought together, or the dynamic of a group. I have great personal relationships with all of them. Me and [Oro] Mensah go back to NXT UK, Lash Legend came over to NXT UK and we hit it off right away. Jakara Jackson has always been close friends with Lash and that community between us was very immediate, which is important. It’s also not essential.

A lot of times people in groups or factions or stables, whatever you want to call them, they don’t always necessarily have the best personal dynamic not in the sense that there’s friction, but they’re just professionally focused. But for us, it was important to make sure that everything feels right to us from the ground up and even know everything feels right to us, and we all feel represented in the right way.

So we’ll have that same feeling that I’m talking about, have the same feeling of like okay, I’m betting on myself, I’m trying to do it my way. And with the steps I’m taking it feels like the steps that I intuitively want to take, then those steps can either be developed here, developed there, taken this way, taken that way, and just let it be more genuine.

The four of us believe that we’ll be superstars in WWE, the four of us believe that whilst we could wait for certain opportunities, we can just collect ourselves together and start demanding those opportunities, demanding those spots and putting ourselves in those scenarios maybe before we’ve been given them.”

Dar also discussed the impact Michaels has had on his own career and how it has brought out the best in him:

“Shawn has been extremely instrumental and impactful to my career and my whole trajectory within WWE, but again, specifically in NXT. He and I really connected around 2019 once I started doing a lot more of the UK stuff. From there, he’s helped me add a lot of texture, a lot of wrinkles and a lot of detail to my game. For me personally, he’s showing me parts of myself that maybe I don’t know were there or showing me how to get certain things out of me and to not perceive myself in a certain box or a certain bracket.

He’s always allowed me to grow in different lanes and put me in challenging scenarios which is very important. He challenges me as a professional and as a boss, and that challenge is also amplified by the fact that he’s one of the greatest ever to do it. So there’s of leverage and weight there. There’s also a lot of personal ambition on my side to like pay that back because he took that chance on me maybe where those chances weren’t being taken on me in 205, he saw something that he wanted to actualize, so that’s something that I will always be grateful for and will continue to move in that theme.”