Posts Tagged ‘Shawn Michaels’

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Source: Channel Guide Mag

When Bobby Roode made his debut in NXT, an argument could’ve been made that the veteran superstar had enough experience to jump straight to the main roster. But Roode valued his time at the Performance Center and recently revealed to Channel Guide Magazine that he received personal mentorship from one of the greatest to ever step inside the squared circle.

“I had the opportunity over the last several months to sit down and be mentored by Shawn Michaels himself,” Roode said. “So, it has been a really cool experience. Even though I’ve been in this business for almost two decades, this last year has been really gratifying. I’ve got to learn a lot and continue to learn. That’s one of the best things about being in this business is you never stop learning.”

Roode made his debut on SmackDown Live this week after headlining his fourth straight NXT Takeover this past weekend. He mentioned how much he appreciated how hands-on Triple H and Matt Bloom were with the NXT superstars.

Roode is currently one of the most popular superstars in the WWE. His “Glorious” theme song has been used at sporting events and even weddings. Even though he’s ready to make a huge splash on the main roster, Roode looks back on his time in NXT as one of the greatest runs of his career.

“It is probably the most special thing to happen to me,” he said. “Being able to headline TakeOver events, especially during WrestleMania weekend with [Shinsuke] Nakamura into SummerSlam weekend. It has become a huge time for NXT.”

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Source: Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast

Recently on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast, current WWE United States Champion AJ Styles talked about the rumored Royal Rumble match against Shawn Michaels, learning from John Cena and whether Cena “buries” talent, and when Vince McMahon got behind Styles.

On the subject of the Shawn Michaels Royal Rumble match rumors, Styles admitted that he asked WWE to at least ask him if he is okay. Styles suggested that HBK cannot be bought. In ‘The Phenomenal One”s view, Michaels made the right decision for himself.

“I’m just glad someone asked him because I actually pitched it, ‘can we… has anyone asked Shawn? No? Can we? Can someone just ask him? All he can say is ‘no’.’ And truthfully, I respect him so much as a man because when he said he retired he actually did it. He didn’t come back. And even I said, ‘well, money talks, doesn’t it?’ Not to Shawn Michaels. He’s a man of his word and at the end of the day all you have is your word.”

Styles added, “it really doesn’t do anything for anybody, so he was absolutely 100% correct and made the right decision.”

According to Styles, he learned 90% of things about WWE from Cena.

“I learned a lot from him. It’s just the little things that he does.” Styles continued, “people aren’t going to like this, but I’m telling you, I’d say 90% of the things I’ve learned that I felt helped me tremendously is John Cena. The guy… there’s a reason he was able to stay on for more than 10 years and done what he has done in his career.”

In Styles’ opinion, Cena does not bury talents, but rather the onus is on guys coming out of a feud with Cena to keep the momentum going.

“I don’t think that’s true. It’s up to you, if you leave after your storyline with John Cena to carry on what you’ve been called. Exactly, exactly. That’s all it is and if you continue to do that, you’ll find a way to get to whatever spot it is.”

Finally, when asked at what point did McMahon buy into Styles, ‘The Champ That Runs The Camp’ posited it was a when beat up The Miz on MizTV.

“Well, I think it was the MizTV where I beat him up. I think that’s when he goes, ‘whoa, okay…’ It’s one of those things where you’ve just got to… I don’t know… I think Vince kind of likes a tough guy to some degree. And I’m not saying I’m Brock Lesnar, but I fought all my life.”

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Source: Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard

On episode 51 of Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard, current Impact Wrestling on-air authority figure and pro wrestling podcaster Bruce Prichard talked about WINC alum Vince Russo’s WWE run. Notably, Prichard talked about Russo advocating for Triple H, the Madison Square Garden Curtain Call, Triple H and Chyna being a “package deal” behind-the-scenes, who wanted The New Age Outlaws in D-Generation X, and who came up with WWE “attitude”.

According to Prichard, Russo was the biggest advocate for Triple H early on while Vince McMahon and Jim Cornette used to say that ‘The Game’ was a midcarder at best.

“I do remember Corny and Vince McMahon saying that Triple H would be a midcard guy at best early on in his [pro wrestling] career and Russo was a huge proponent of Triple H. And I dare say that without Russo at the helm at the time, Hunter probably would not have gotten the breaks that he got at the time.”

Prichard continued, “yeah, [Russo was Triple H’s biggest advocate at the time] and then Vince McMahon became, but Hunter was one of those guys who was always around, always asking questions, and wanting to be a part of whatever he could do to learn. I liked Hunter because I always liked his attitude, just willing to do whatever it took to learn the [pro wrestling] business, but Russo was definitely pushing Hunter and had an awful lot of ideas for him.”

On the subject of the MSG Curtain Call, Prichard claimed that everyone was offended, not just him and Cornette, as was suggested by podcast co-host Conrad Thompson from reading excerpts of Russo’s own writings.

“It was simply a feeling of what they did being disrespectful to Vince [McMahon], being disrespectful to the memory of Vince’s dad doing it in the Garden, our home. It was something that hadn’t been done before and something everybody was upset about, not just me, not just Cornette, but Vince McMahon, pretty much every one of the boys who wasn’t involved in the Curtain Call.”

Moreover, Prichard stated that Triple H was punished in an upfront way for the Curtain Call and explained that McMahon decided not to go with Triple H for King Of The Ring because The Chairman did not feel like he could trust ‘The King Of Kings’.

“Hunter was punished and he was considered for King Of The Ring, but Vince didn’t feel like he could trust him at that point in time and he wanted Hunter to prove himself and Hunter did.”

During the podcast, Prichard confirmed Russo’s assertion that dealing with either Triple H or Chyna meant dealing with both of them, calling the pair a “package deal”.

“Probably so [Triple H had to be present for Chyna’s creative meetings with Russo] from his vantage point pitching stuff. Whatever Joanie was doing, she was with Hunter, so I’m sure Hunter wanted to be there. But they were also an item at the time, so they did everything together. Whenever I’d call either one of them, the other was usually there. It was kind of a team decision because they were a package deal.”

Another rumor Prichard attempted to dispel involved D-Generation X. Pro wrestling rumor and innuendo purports that ‘The Road Dogg’ Jesse James and ‘The Bad Ass’ Billy Gunn were not picked by Triple H and Shawn Michaels to join the group. Prichard recalled that Michaels wanted The New Age Outlaws for the stable.

“The guy that brought Billy [Gunn] and Road Dogg to Vince [McMahon]’s attention was Shawn Michaels who saw those two guys. They were singles. One was a Rockabilly and then Jesse James… It was Shawn Michaels who brought them to Vince and wanted them to be a part of DX and felt that they would be a great team together.”

Finally, Prichard credited McMahon with conceiving of the ‘attitude’ concept after fining Shawn Michaels for his vulgar and explicit antics.

“That’s where Vince McMahon coined the phrase ‘attitude’ because Shawn, in his defense, was like, ‘because I’ve got attitude, you’re going to fine me, blah, blah, blah?’ And that’s where Vince, I’ll never forget, Vince came back to us and said, ‘that’s attitude! That’s what we need. We need more attitude!'”

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Source: Channel Guide Magazine

Cody Rhodes spoke with Channel Guide Magazine on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

The success of Bullet Club:

“Bullet Club has become even more worldwide. It was already worldwide with Finn [Bálor] and AJ Styles, Bullet Club OG’s Karl Anderson and Gallows. They set the playing field. Now to walk out on it and it really is worldwide. The addition of Marty Scurll is very significant. I don’t know if people are giving him the credit they should. He represents an entirely different demographic.”

No plans to come back to WWE:

“I don’t want to sound negative but being part of history right now and this new era and new boom. I didn’t get that while in WWE. So currently there is no incentive for me to return to WWE. I’m making more money than I was with WWE. I’ve been in some unbelievable matchups. Two are coming up. I love WWE. Just currently there is no incentive. There are some things I would love to be a part of. I would love to be part of the Dusty tag team tournament. At the same time I don’t think I’m playing a revenge song here. I don’t think I’m ready to move out of the spot of where I’m at.”

Shawn Michaels’ advice:

“Shawn Michaels told me once that when someone asked, ‘Hey, how was my match?’ He answered them, but then said to me, ‘You know how your match was when you walk through the curtain. You know if it was awesome or if it wasn’t. You know because of how the audience reacted.’ It’s more about asking what you could have done differently. It’s made me really happy to play my music, my way.”

Cody Rhodes also discussed New Japan Pro Wrestling. You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Source: Talk Is Jericho

Recently on Talk Is Jericho, professional wrestling great Chris Jericho spoke with WWE Hall Of Famer and WWE Monday Night RAW General Manager Kurt Angle. Among other things, Angle discussed some of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, and Shawn Michaels. Among other things, Angle shared his thoughts on Benoit’s matches going unseen, getting into a shoot fight with Guerrero, and his favorite WrestleMania bout.

According to Angle, he would actually have to raise his intensity level to compete with Benoit and said wrestling ‘The Rabid Wolverine’ was like looking at a mirror. The man who ‘Y2J’ used to call Kirk Angel claimed that he learned a lot from his Royal Rumble match with Benoit and that it is a shame that their matches will never been seen again.

“He was, he was. I never had anyone match my intensity the way he did. He was always there, blow for blow, it was just like a mirror. I was wrestling me. Actually, I picked up my intensity when I was working with Chris. But it does kind of suck that a lot of those matches are kind of forgotten, especially Royal Rumble (2003).” Angle continued, “it just had everything. It had submission trade-offs and this was, I mean, I would see Dean Malenko and [Jericho] do it, trade-off, here and there, in WCW, but this was really the first time and the whole match was based on it.”

Angle included Benoit on his personal list of top three professional wrestlers of all time, saying Benoit “could do it all” and that “he was incredible.”

“I’m sorry, but he has got to be in the top three of all time. I mean, you can’t deny that. I mean, even Bret Hart will tell you that.” Angle added, “I’m not going to excuse any of the things Chris did outside of wrestling, but when he was in that ring, he was possibly the greatest of all time.”

With respect to Guerrero, Angle said ‘Latino Heat’ may have been the best pro wrestler when he was healthy and that he was in his prime in WCW before being in a car accident.

“When Eddie was healthy, he could have been #1. I think Eddie was in his prime in WCW and the reason I say that is because he got in a car accident. That car accident did two things for him. It really inhibited what he could do after that. In other words, he had limits. He could still do a lot, but not like he used to. I used to watch him in WCW and be like, ‘wow, this kid’s incredible.’ But he almost couldn’t walk again after that accident, so yeah, yeah. Eddie was banged up when I wrestled him.” Angle recalled, “as good as he was in 2004, 2005, he had to be 10-times better back then. That’s mind-blowing. I mean, he could have been the absolute greatest of all time because when I wrestled him, he was still in that top three we were talking about, so Eddie had it all. He was so entertaining, but he also had all the technique. He was such a great wrestler and he got it. He got finishes. He knew how to structure them.”

Angle described an altercation he had backstage with Guerrero. Guerrero attempted a double-leg takedown on Angle, and ‘The Olympic Hero’ proceeded to choke out Guerrero.

“We had to jump Eddie out in the ring and I didn’t touch him, but we had these two big goon guys, Mark Jindrak and Luther Reigns! Horshu. They’re beating the hell out of Eddie, so we get heat on him at the end of the show. I’m in the back. I’m waiting for Eddie because I wanted to thank him, but I didn’t touch him. He comes straight up to me and blames me for it.” Angle said, “so this is like the fifth time he confronted me about it in about a month, so I shoved him. I just wanted to see what he would do. And he didn’t do anything, so I shoved him again and he double-legs me. I mean, you could’ve sucker punched me, but he double-legs me. And I’m like, ‘he did not just try to double-leg an Olympic gold medalist, so I laid the hips into him and then I started choking him out nice and slow.”

Angle said Guerrero was not ready to accept Angle’s apology right away and that the two were like brothers.

“Now, Eddie and I got in a fight and I wanted to make amends with him and you know Eddie has a temper, so five minutes after that fight, I walk in, I said, ‘I’m sorry, Eddie.’ I say, ‘I’m sorry about what happened.’ He goes, ‘I’m not ready yet.’ Oh, God! So I go, ‘you what?’ He goes, ‘I’m not ready to be sorry,’ so I push him again! I want to fight this poor kid. He doesn’t want to double-leg me again, so he’s just standing there and JBL got in between us. So I tried to call him that night and he wasn’t ready again, but the next week, he came to me and apologized and we both made up. And Eddie and I were brothers. My brother Eric and I, we fought all the time, so I didn’t mind. I mean, I knew Eddie was very much like my brother, Eric, had a temper, and was going to let it fly ever once in a while and we would get over it and we did. Eddie got mad at me a million times, but knowing he was exactly like my brother, Eric, okay, we can forgive each other the next day and move on. But the whole, ‘I’m not ready yet,’ I wanted to kick his butt.”

Angle shared that his WrestleMania 21 match with Michaels was his favorite WrestleMania match he had been in.

“I always wanted to wrestle him after I saw the match [Jericho] and Shawn Michaels had at WrestleMania. Like, I literally, I was pissed off because I didn’t watch [Jericho’s] match against Shawn at WrestleMania 19 and I was like, ‘me and Brock stole the show’ and then, the next day I’m watching it, I’m like, ‘son of a b—h, those guys had a better match than us. Damn it!’ I was like, ‘son of a b—h!’ I said, ‘well, it was Jericho and Shawn.’ I was like, ‘I already wrestled Jericho. I got to wrestle Shawn’ and I did at WrestleMania 21.”

The man who professed to being ‘just a sexy Kurt’, stated that he and ‘Mr. WrestleMania’ did not touch before their match.

“Usually you wrestle guys several times to get to know each other and the thing is, Shawn didn’t want to do anything that week. He just wanted to sit down to get to know me. We went over one spot where I had to lift him up over my head. He had an armbar on me and I had to, yeah, sunset flip. Other than that, we didn’t do anything and it was like, ‘does he really think he’s that good?’ Well, yeah, he is that good. We talked about the comeback and finish, which we always do, but other than that, the thing is, I never locked up with him. Like, you don’t get a feel. You want to get a feel for him, maybe do a couple of spots. He didn’t want to do anything. So it was like I got to know his family really well, he got to know mine, but Pat [Patterson] was there and he just let us B.S. and we did come up with some good false finishes like everybody does at WrestleMania. I just didn’t think I’d have that type of chemistry with someone that quickly.”

Angle had high praise for Michaels, calling ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ the best pro wrestler he has ever worked, though he wished he had the opportunity to wrestle WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair and Bret Hart in their primes.

“When you talk about that top three, yeah, it’s close. [Michaels is number one] for me too, me too. Well, I’m not going to lie to you, I wish I would have wrestled Ric Flair in his prime and Bret Hart in his prime. I did, so I have to say Shawn Michaels is the best.”

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Source: The Wrestlingus Show

Recently on the Wrestlingus Show, WWE Hall Of Famer Sunny, also known as Tammy Sytch, talked about whether Seth Rollins gave her a sexually transmitted infection, the rumors of her performing oral sex on Sabu for somas, her sexual encounters with Shawn Michaels, Dolph Ziggler, and Chris Masters, and what angles she has turned down over her pro wrestling career.

According to Sunny, reports that she claimed Seth Rollins gave her a sexually transmitted infection are “completely untrue” and a Facebook impostor was the party to make the false statement.

“I was on Facebook and I just clicked onto my messenger just to see if I had any important messages and somebody sent me a link to the post supposedly made by me. And I read it and I went, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me!’ So I clicked on the profile that the post was written on and it doesn’t even appear for me on my Facebook page, so whoever created this fake profile of me blocked me, so I couldn’t even go on there and report them.”

Sunny claimed that she was not in the same room with Rollins since 2007 when she appeared for ROH. Moreover, the first Diva stated that she has never had any interest in Rollins as a romantic partner.

“I haven’t been in the same room with Seth Rollins since I worked for Ring Of Honor years ago. That was the last time we were even in the same room. And back then, it was a very cordial, ‘hello, how are you, nice to see you’ relationship. That’s pretty much it. I’ve never done anything [sexual] with the man. I was never interested in doing anything with him because, first of all, I was never attracted to him before [and] secondly, since his [nude] pictures have leaked on the internet, I’m definitely not looking into that, but that’s a-whole-nother story!”

Also during the interview, Sunny attempted to dispel the rumors that she performed oral sex on Sabu for somas.

“Any pill I took back in the day, I had prescriptions for, so why would I need it from anybody else? Secondly, let me give you the list of men that I have admitted to having been with, okay, Shawn Michaels, The British Bulldog, Chris Masters, Dolph Ziggler. Look at them and look at Sabu. Do you actually think I would totally go for my regular type and then go for Sabu? Honestly?” Sunny continued, “nothing has ever happened with Sabu. I’ve known him since I’m 17 years old. We were like family members way back in the day.”

In Sunny’s estimation, the man popularly considered the best in-ring performer, Shawn Michaels, is also the best performer in between the sheets.

“Shawn was easily the best I ever had. Shawn was easily the best.” Sunny added, “we just clicked. Everything we did was just perfect, so nobody has topped him.”

Although Sunny mentioned that the self-professed ‘Sexy Boy”s unmentionables were “above average” in size, he was not her boy toy when it came to oral sex.

“Yeah, it was above average. Yeah, the only thing with Shawn, he wasn’t too much into oral. He was more into sex, not oral.”

In Sunny’s learned opinion, the master of oral is none other than Chris Masters and ‘The Masterpiece’ takes home the silver medal overall.

“Chris is number two on my list of best of all time and as far as the oral goes, oh my God, nobody beats him. Nobody beats Chris Masters.” Sunny explained, “with Chris, I knew I was getting off every single time. I got off with Shawn every single time too, but that was just different because we had that chemistry, but Chris, as far as the oral goes, every single time without fail. Oh my God.”

Apparently Sunny and Ziggler had sex for over seven hours. While Ziggler may be here to show the world with his stamina, the two-time Slammy Award Winner suggested that Ziggler’s member is not perfection as it zigzags to the left.

“Nick was really fun. We went from about 11:30 [pm], 12 o’clock at night, till 7 in the morning. He’s a machine, I should say. Yeah, he’s a machine and he does not tire. His stamina is insane. His size is really good, but it curves. It’s crooked to the left. I don’t know, but it points to the left. That’s the only thing wrong with him otherwise, he was pretty good. That was in the month of November 2010.”

Sunny indicated that her sexual encounter with Ziggler was just a one-time thing, but the two were flirting for months leading up to it.

“Yeah, that was just once, but there were four or five months of heavy flirtation and texting and everything like that leading up to it, so it was a big buildup. And he found me. He started writing to me on Facebook and, of course, at first I didn’t think it was really him because there are so many fake accounts nowadays and everything like that.”

When asked whether she has ever turned down storylines in pro wrestling, Sunny admitted to vetoing having her head shaved at Smoky Mountain Wrestling and being romantic on screen with Ron Simmons.

“I have rarely said ‘no’ to anything in the [pro] wrestling business, as long as it was meaningful. The only things I’ve said ‘no’ to do was Jim Cornette wanted to shave my head at Smoky Mountain Wrestling. I said ‘no’. And in WWE, the whole angle with Faarooq. They wanted us to have a romantic relationship on camera with all the kissing and everything like that and I said ‘no.'” Sunny said, “it’s just not my thing. I don’t know. But I did not want to do the whole sucking face on TV with Ron Simmons. I just didn’t want to do it. Yeah, and I was in a position at the company that I could say ‘no’ to things, so why do something I’m not comfortable with?”

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Source: Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast

On episode 126 of Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast, ‘Prime Time’ Sam Roberts interviewed the legendary Shawn Michaels. Among other things, Michaels talked about his 2002 WWE return, his 2008 feud with current WWE United States Champion Chris Jericho, how quickly WWE Superstars are considered ‘great’ nowadays, and whether he oversold in his SummerSlam (2005) match with Hulk Hogan.

According to Michaels, he was agreeing to only one match at a time when he returned to WWE in 2002 because he was not sure whether his body was going to hold up.

“People know I was just coming back for one match. I didn’t know what my body could handle and couldn’t handle, so we didn’t say anything beyond that SummerSlam match. And then, of course, it went well, and I felt good, and before I could really sort of make a decision, I got a phone call from Vince [McMahon] asking me how I felt and, of course, ‘I’ve got an idea!’ And so, I guess the next thing was the Elimination Chamber. Even at that point, we were just taking things sort of one match at a time. And I sort of knew that at the very least, December was going to be a time to sit and, ‘okay’, sort of really figure out what’s going on here. And I think it was in December that Jericho and I did this promo and I lost the championship back to Hunter and then, I think we went out and did some kind of promo with Jericho and I. I was supposed to leave for a while and I came back from doing that and then Chris walked back and both Chris and Vince were like, ‘did you feel that?’ And I was like, ‘yeah, that went really well.’ And they were like, ‘no, did you feel that though?’ and Chris was like, ‘holy cow!’. And, of course, they were both like, ‘something’s there, something’s there’. And I said, ‘okay.’ I said, ‘I definitely feel you.’ I said, ‘let me go home’ because everything’s going so fast, ‘give me a second, go home sometime, and let me think about it. I don’t even know what I’m doing yet.’ It just sort of happened so quickly.”

On the subject of his classic feud with Jericho, Michaels said they made it interesting by having ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ be the babyface who was lying and ‘Y2J’ be the heel who was telling the truth.

“It’s why Chris and I have always gotten along so well, we both love to peel the onion away, pull at it, pull at it, pull at it, and see what we can do, what we can get away with, what’s voodoo that you’re supposed to stay away from if you’re a good guy or a bad guy, you’re not supposed to do this, you’re not supposed to look weak or vulnerable or whatever, and we just always figured, ‘yeah, let’s go ahead and try to do that anyway. That’s what was so fun about our angle. Again, I was the good guy, but I was the guy that was lying. And it was intriguing to us to have me be the guy that was lying, stay the good guy, and him be the guy that was telling the truth, but the bad guy, and it sounded like a blast too to see if we could continue to peel away at that and make it mean something and we did and that’s the enjoyment some of us get out of the creative process.”

In Michaels’ view, carrying a long, drawn-out feud is difficult nowadays because the audience is always looking for something new. Similarly, in ‘The Main Event”s opinion, it used to take 17 years to be called ‘great’ and now it takes only a matter of months.

“It’s a little more difficult to do [drawn out feuds] nowadays because the consumer, more often than not, wants something new, wants something fresh. And, as a company, I believe they feel like they need to change it up, but old school guys like me will always feel like that’s stuff you can slow down and take the time to invest in it. It may take a little longer to build, but the payoff at the end is always better. Look, it’s hard to do now. There are guys that, let’s face it, greatness now happens in six months or a year or even two years. Somebody has some consistently good matches for two years and ‘he’s one of the legends! He’s one of the greatest of all time!’ And I don’t mean that as a critical thing, it’s just that’s how the consumer is now. Everything happens so quickly now, they think ‘he’s 24, he [has] had seven good pay-per-view matches, he’s one of the greatest of all time.’ In our day, rightly or wrongly, it doesn’t matter to me, but in our day, it took 17 years to create greatness when nowadays it takes seven months. So I think that’s just a sign of the times.”

Michaels averred that if he oversold in his SummerSlam match against Hogan, Dolph Ziggler oversells all the time, as does Billy Gunn as a heel. The founding member of D-Generation X recalled that he was simply trying to make the match good, as he had his doubts.

“Let’s just say, look, you could say I didn’t do a good job, but, I mean, you go and watch some of my work from, I don’t know, ’96, I bounced around all the time. You look at Ziggler now, I mean, if what I did in the Hogan match was overselling, then what Dolph does on a regular basis, or Billy Gunn, when Billy’s a heel, that’s just, a lot of it is how we worked.” Michaels added, “I was out there trying, obviously too hard, I guess, in some people’s eyes. I was just trying to make it a good match because I felt like it wasn’t going to be.”

Michaels shared that he views his entire WWE run as one single story beginning with his arrival as part of The Rockers with tag partner Marty Jannetty, all the way till he was retired at WrestleMania 26 by The Undertaker. ‘The Showstopper’ admitted that he cannot imagine the creative justification for making a return to the ring.

“I could never get passed the creative character stuff that I really enjoyed doing. I just can’t [justify] making money over that perfect sort of arc and ending and everything. It just doesn’t seem right to me.”