Posts Tagged ‘Shawn Michaels’

On March, 27, The Miz and Maryse welcomed Monroe Sky Mizanin, less than two weeks before he was scheduled to defend the Intercontinental Championship against Seth Rollins and Finn Balor at WrestleMania 34. Miz showed his dedication to the business in not only defending his title, but continuing to appear on weekly television shortly following his daughter’s birth. In a recent interview with Complex, Miz shared how much he appreciates Maryse staying home with the baby while he is out at work, but also pulling daddy duties when he is at home.

“My wife and I make an awesome tag team,” said Miz. “I see this loving, maternal side of her when she’s taking care of Monroe Sky, and I’m in awe… [Fatherhood] affects every part of [my] life. I’m changing diapers. I’m feeding her. I’m putting her to sleep. I’m being a full-time dad.”

Before losing the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania, Miz was just 20 days away from being the longest reigning champion of all time, currently held by Pedro Morales. Miz explains how important this title was to him growing up, and how he wanted to carry on the prestige and legacy.

“My favorite wrestler growing up was The Ultimate Warrior,” said Miz. “I used to run around with the tassels on my arms. And he held the Intercontinental title, and so did wrestlers like Shawn Michaels and Ravishing Rick Rude. I want the Intercontinental title to be seen as more than just a mid-card belt. The Intercontinental Champion used to be seen as a threat to the WWE Champion. My goal is to return the Intercontinental Championship to that level of importance.”

One of The Miz’s most pivotal moments was on an episode of Talking Smack, where he got into a verbal altercation with then-General Manager Daniel Bryan. Angry at Bryan’s remarks that he wrestles like a coward, Miz lost his cool and stated that he has never been injured in the 10-plus years he has been a WWE superstar, and advised Bryan to quit WWE and “go to the bingo halls with your indie friends.”

Miz commented on the backstage reaction of this promo, stating, “people backstage were packing their bags and leaving, and suddenly, everyone just stopped. I only remember parts of that moment afterwards, because I was so angry. But I was just pacing. I didn’t know what to do with myself.”

Now, the feud between The Miz and Daniel Bryan has rekindled, since Miz is now on the SmackDown Live roster, and Bryan has returned to full-time in-ring competition.

Source: Complex

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One of the most memorable matches from Shawn Michaels’ storied career was Ric Flair’s retirement match at WrestleMania 24. As a recent guest on the In This Corner podcast, Michaels discussed the match and said he choreographed the match himself to pay homage to his childhood hero.

“Truth be told, when it came to that kind of stuff, I am a bit of a control freak. Emotionally, I just knew where I wanted–especially with that match, that might quite honestly it was my ‘love letter’ to Ric Flair,” Michaels said. “My way of trying to show him, not only the friendship that we have, but also the impact that he had on a 15 year old me, and trying to convey that to him through a wrestling match, and knowing that I couldn’t be the only guy that he had that effect on. You hope that the other 80,000 fans out there get that; clearly everyone did, and the millions at home did.”

Michaels said it was important to him to take creative control on that match because it was more than just a match to him. He had a lot of feelings and emotions about sending Flair into retirement and he wanted to make sure that those emotions were conveyed in the match.

“It’s sort of making that decision as a performer to say, look, this is something I want to do, please let me do it. It’s not because you don’t want them to do anything to mess it up, it’s your feelings and emotion, so you have to be the one that is driving that match if it makes any sense,” he said. “That is why I was so adamant about that match. Honestly, that is how most of my matches were. I probably wrestled only one way too much from my heart than to my head, but honestly for me that is what made the difference in those matches, which was for me to do it in more from a 15 year old fan in me.”

Michaels has been working with NXT superstars in an advisory role. He said the biggest advice he can give them is to enjoy the pro-wrestling business. There is nothing easy about the business, especially early in their careers, so he wants them to find a way to enjoy the hardships as well. Michaels wants them to learn to appreciate the business, because when their careers are over they will miss it greatly.

“Believe it or not, I want to pass on to them about whenever everything is set and done, even if they are mentioned in the conversation, take that and be happy with it; be content and have peace with that. Enjoy this job; do it, and enjoy it,” he said. “It’s hard enough already as it is, you don’t need to make it harder by complaining about this and that, I don’t mean to make it sound bad, but everything is social media now, and my goodness, whenever everything is set and done, and when you are in your casket, do you know how many people from social media are going to be there? Not many. So, take the important things in life, make the most of those, enjoy the job, and have the opportunity to live out your dream. This is what I want to do with these guys; I want to instill in them and appreciate the opportunity that they have to be paid to travel the world and perform around people doing what we love to do. That is a great gig; just let the chips fall where they may because ultimately, if it’s between you, LeBron James, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan; does it really matter?”

WWE Hall of Famer and former WWE Champion Shawn Michaels is one of many guest legends who will appear at the 25th Anniversary of Raw. Michaels was recently interviewed by CBS Sports’ In This Corner podcast to discuss various topics regarding his personal Raw moments.

Michaels also discussed the WWE vs. WCW Monday Night War, which lasted from September 4, 1995 to March 26, 2001. Michaels was incredibly instrumental in WWE gaining momentum over WCW, as he led the D-Generation X faction to present a more edgy product. This shift planted seeds to Raw gaining more interest, and eventually winning the war when Vince McMahon acquired his bitter rival WCW.

Despite Michaels previously admitting on The Ric Flair Show in 2016 that he did have thoughts of joining WCW with his fellow Kliq members Scot Hall and Kevin Nash, he knows that he is a “WWE guy,” and there were never any contractual offers that made him want to leave WWE. Moreover, Vince McMahon told him that he would not have any creative freedom if he went to WCW, and he would not have the ability to “be himself.”

On why WWE ultimately defeated WCW in the Monday Night Wars, this is what Michaels had to say.

“I’ve always known the guy I work for, and the dude works 24/7, and that’s why it was always easy never to leave. There was absolutely no way that guy was going to give up. You didn’t know when, you didn’t know how long, or whatever. But there was absolutely no way he was not going to continue standing and continue fighting. So, really once you really know that, it’s just are you willing to wait it out. Of course, I was doing what I loved to do, and so I certainly didn’t mind. [There was] a lot of nerves, lot of concern, lot of worry, and stuff like that, I’m sure all those years from the higher-ups, but those of us who were the workhorses, so to speak, our job was to go out there and do the best we could, and quite honestly, let them worry about the more important stuff.”

After retiring from active competition in 2010, Michael has made sporadic appearances on WWE television, including being a special guest referee at WrestleMania XXVIII and appearing alongside Mick Foley and Steve Austin at WrestleMania 32.

As noted, WWE Hall of Famer Sting attended the Wales Comic Con in Wrexham last weekend and took part in a Q&A session. Here are the final set of highlights from the session from @paperchampions :

When you first got into the business who were the guys you idolized?

“When I first got into the business I knew nothing about pro wrestling. By the time I got it, I looked at guys like Randy Savage. I likes the way that he was so over the top. The gestures, the voice, the colors, the glasses, the jackets. He was so bizarre and I was drawn to that.”

What piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out in the wrestling industry?

“Be slow to speak and fast to hear. Keep your mouth shut, just listen and learn.”

What is your favorite match that you were not involved with?

“Just about any match Shawn Michaels has had has been incredible. Shawn could have a match with a broomstick and it would still be entertaining.”

Who would be on your Mt Rushmore of professional wrestling?

“Andre the Giant, gotta have him there. Hulk Hogan, for sure. The Rock and [Ric] Flair.”

What is next for The Stinger?

“I’m trying to get back into real estate. Back in the day I made real good money from it and my wife and I are getting back into that.”

The Singh Brothers (Samir and Sunil) spoke with Sportskeeda on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Getting beat up by Jinder Mahal:

“We deserved it! We deserved it. We let him down! 2-on-1 against AJ Styles; we had a huge opportunity. AJ is one of the best wrestlers in the world, probably in the last few decades. He truly is Phenomenal, and it was an opportunity of a lifetime. And we let The Maharaja down. And he [Mahal] had every right to put us in our place for that. Lesson learned, brother. Lesson learned.”

Learning from Shawn Michaels at the WWE Performance Center:

“Yes. We’re very lucky. When we started in NXT, the (WWE) Performance Center, Shawn Michaels had just moved. And we kind of gravitated towards him, and he took a liking to us. I think he saw a lot of Marty [Jannetty] and Shawn in us. Because we were known as ‘The Bollywood Boys’ at that time. Even our gear was a lot like ‘The Rockers’ with the tassels and the bright colors. A lot of our tag team moves were like The Rockers, so he took a liking to us. And I would say Shawn really helped us get to this point. And the cool thing is that he’s the greatest of all time, in our humble opinion. So, to have him there and pick his brain, and ask him questions—We’re like, ‘Hey, what do we do here?’, ‘What do we do there?’. And even to this day, he’s still willing to [help].”

Breaking out and their goal as a tag team:

“Our goal since we were kids was to one day become WWE Tag Team Champions. It would be great to be the first ever WWE Indian-born Tag Team Champions. Jinder was the first WWE Champion — Indian-born. So, that could be a great historic moment for India. Absolutely, the goal is to one day become WWE Tag Team Champions, and the only way that happens is when you start wrestling as a tag team. If that opportunity comes up, great, but right now our focus, our main priority is making sure Jinder becomes two-time WWE Champion.”

As noted, ‘Good Ol’ J.R.’ Jim Ross recently interviewed Dave Bautista, a.k.a. WWE’s Batista, on The Ross Report. Among other things, Batista talked about his early struggles finding his way in pro wrestling, when he came into his own, and his classic match versus The Undertaker at WrestleMania 23.

 Despite coming in as a 30 year old rookie, Batista admitted that learning the ropes of pro wrestling was not easy for him. Moreover, ‘The Animal’ claimed that he was not ready for his push early on in WWE.

“There [were] a few people that believed in me and there [were] a few people that just didn’t know what the hell to make of me. And sometimes, I didn’t know what the hell to make of myself. I tell people I got into [pro] wrestling for all the wrong reasons. I was desperate, man. I was going on 30 [years old] and I didn’t have a dime to my name and I just didn’t know what to do with myself. I was somewhat of an athlete and I had somewhat of a look. I had some athletic capability, so I gave it a shot. And then, once I did, I just fell in love with it. I was obsessed with it, but often times, I found myself lost. I didn’t know what to do with myself, who to be. It was a big puzzle I was trying to figure out.

“Even when I moved up in WWE, I wasn’t ready. It took me a long time to figure out things. I just kind of… I just kept putting my best foot forward and kind of tried to show people I was working hard and that I really wanted it, but I was still trying to figure out that puzzle of being very much an introvert and it wasn’t easy. A lot of times, people took me the wrong way, so, no, it definitely wasn’t easy and I have to be the first to say I wasn’t ready.”

Batista said he felt like he came into his own around the time of his WrestleMania 23 match with The Undertaker.

“It was weird because by the time I came in for my first run with Take, going into WrestleMania 23, I believe it was, I was really starting to come into my own. And I think that match we had at WrestleMania was when I actually felt like I had really come into my own and I could really carry my own weight. I didn’t feel like people were carrying me through matches anymore or building me. It was actually that time that I could start to build other guys. That was that time when I felt like the company’s investment in me had paid off, that I was really going to start making some money for them, serious money for them.”

Additionally, Batista unapologetically offered that his match with The Undertaker should have closed the show at WrestleMania 23.

“I was really upset that we weren’t the main event. I just felt like we should have been. We deserved to be. We set some milestones with that and I know with the exchange of title and everything, it was just more significant of a match. And I also just felt like Take deserved that to be the main event and should’ve gone on last. So I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder. It was [John] Cena/ Shawn [Michaels], I believe. And I just didn’t.. I felt like we got robbed of that top spot and we should’ve had it. And I felt like our match speaks for itself. I think we had the match of the night. And I just felt like Taker should have been the last thing that people saw that night, so I had a chip on my shoulder and I was a little bent out of shape that we didn’t.”

Batista continued, “it was just a special night. It was the first time [Undertaker] held that particular title. And I still feel like we should’ve [closed the show]. Again, I say our match speaks for itself. I believe personally that we stole the show that night. I’ll just kind of leave it at that.”

Source: Calgary Herald

Bret Hart spoke with the Calgary Herald on topics in and outside of pro wrestling. Here are some of the highlights:

 Punching Vince McMahon backstage after the “Montreal Screwjob” at Survivor Series in 1997:

“It was only one punch but it was such a beautiful punch. Of all the things I’ve ever done in my life, it was the sweetest, most beautiful punch anyone could ever throw. It was just amazing. The whole memory of it brings a smile to my face. I just maybe wish that I’d mopped the floor with Triple H and Shawn Michaels both at the same time right after. That would have been ideal. … I think what it really amounted to was a case of Vince — and he’s a very macho kind of guy — he wanted to back me down in front of everybody in the dressing room and show that he was the boss and save face. So he took it upon himself to put himself in a physical situation, which was laughable. But he put himself in that situation and I knocked him out.”

Being lied to by people he worked with:

“To be lied to and screwed over legitimately by people that I had worked so hard for, I think it’s always been a black eye on them, not me. Everything I said was true, everything that I said happened, it happened the way it did.”

His goals when he got into wrestling:

“I got into wrestling to make some money, see the world, and meet girls. I accomplished that. Those were my initial goals. When I look back on everything, I’m really amazed by my career. I had so many wonderful guys that I worked with and great matches, that’s what was most important to me — and the fans. I had a great fan base across the country and around the world.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.