Part II of an interview with Shawn Michaels.
• Why were you so difficult the first time around with WWF?
“If I’m putting on my psychiatrist’s hat and you dig all the way down to the root of it has nothing to do with wrestling or anything else,” Michaels said. “It just has to do with a young man’s insecurities with himself.
“Having said that, that can manifest itself in any form and how that’s interpreted obviously depends on the time and depends on the spin. Let’s face it. The ability it takes to be difficult really is to disagree with somebody. Nine times out of 10 mine were usually more creative issues than anything else. The company felt one thing. I felt another. We both feel opposite things, so therefore it’s going to be difficult.
“Nowadays, the same thing can happen and depending on how our media spins it, that can be cool. There are guys who have done the exact same things that I did, and it’s sort of pretty nifty, because they’re fighting against Vince McMahon and the way the company wants to go. I think one guy’s unprofessionalism is like another’s guy’s Attitude Era throwback. One is perceived as cool, and the other is not.
“Jim Ross used to always say to me, ‘Shawn, it’s not because of what you’re saying or what you’re doing. It’s your vocabulary. It’s your delivery.’ When I came back, Jim said, ‘There were a lot of times I would agree with you, but your delivery was so harsh that there was just no way you could jump on your side.’ I think that’s a fair statement. I was a young guy full of piss and vinegar — excuse my language — and I felt I had a very good idea of where the business needed to go and things that needed to be done.
“I never went back and told anybody what I did was justified. I’m not saying that at all, but let’s face it. That is where the business went — to more attitude and things of that nature and to perhaps being a little more truthful and a little more reality based, which I was doing many years ago as well as other guys.
“Now guys do that, and it’s not really seen as being difficult or fighting a traditional system or unprofessional. It’s more seen as fighting the WWE system, which is in turn viewed pretty cool.”
• How did you survive that time because not many could get away with doing something like that back then?
This videos was filming the 29 December in 2011:
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On how “The Nasty Boys” gimmick came about:
It was actually Verne Gagne’s daughter down in AWA that gave us the name the Nasty Boys. You know, we were hanging around with Jimmy Snuka, Curt Hennig, Scott Hall, Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty were the Rockers, and they would take us out and get us in all kinds of trouble, and you know we were how we are…after one night out with us, she said ‘you know something, you boys oughta just go as the Nasty Boys, cause that’s what you are. Right around that time was when the Janet Jackson song, Nasty Boys, came out and we were like, let’s go. We didn’t have any money to get the gimmick like we have now, the long leather coats and stuff, so we went down to a fat lady shop and bought these long plastic coats and made up our own gimmick [laughs].
Other topics discussed include the deterioration of tag team wrestling, working the territory system, how they got their big break in WCW, moving on to the WWF and breaking into Graceland with the Rockers.
Never has a Superstar been so intimately connected with his entrance theme as The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels. For over two decades, HBK has entered arenas the world over to “Sexy Boy,” a song that says so much about the charm and charisma of arguably the greatest clutch performer in WWE history. As his moniker suggests, even The Showstopper’s theme song brings audiences to a halt.(Listen)
“Are you ready?” With a simple question, the authority-defying D-Generation X was ushered into the arena amidst a green and black wave of in-your-face anarchism. DX literally broke all the rules and shattered all expectations of societal niceties, so it was only fitting that their theme — “Break it Down”— reflected their outlaw nature.(Listen)
Leaving WWE: ”I walked away from an extremely well paying job, which is probably not the smartest thing to do, but I did it solely to come home and to help my wife raise our children, to be a part of their lives. WWE would have allowed me to work any kind of way that I wanted. I could have very easily have said, ‘Hey, I’d like to slow down over the next couple of years, do a few things here and there,’ and I think everybody would have been fine with that, but for me, I think that would have probably been harder on me. Personally, I think the job would be harder for me to do, personally, on a semi, here and there, in and out type basis.
“It’s easier, and I think I’m better at it when I’m doing it or I’m not. So for me I felt it was better to walk away completely.”
Returning to the ring: ”You have to be careful because if you leave it as an open option, you’re going to be getting calls on a regular basis. Every time somebody gets injured or every time somebody comes up with an idea, the phone is going to be ringing, and you’re going to have to deal with ‘should I or shouldn’t I?’ I didn’t want to run into that. I didn’t want to put myself through that, and I didn’t want to put the company through that.
“I’m certainly not going to wrestle, but if you need me for something, if you’re in a bind, you can give me a buzz, and I’ll be more than happy to be there and help out any way I can.”
Being a part of WrestleMania 28 with Undertaker and Triple H: ”For me, it was about three of us who have been there — for the most part — the longest of anybody and probably the last of the Mohicans, so to speak.It was three guys who had been sharing that locker-room for a long time, doing this in some form or another, whether it was me and Hunter, me and Taker, Taker and Hunter. The three of us have run the gamut of being in and out of the ring with each other and going through ups and downs, personally and professionally, and this is the last time the three of us will be in the ring together. That’s what the End of an Era was to me.”
So what’s life like for a WWE Hall of Famer.
For Shawn Michaels, it’s fishing, hunting, plowing and EyeBlack.
EyeBlack — the company that started a sports revolution by combining logos, phrases and bible verses with EyeBlack — announced a partnership with Shawn Michaels, former WWE superstar and current star of the Outdoor Channel’s show Shawn Michaels’ “MacMillan River Adventures.”
Michaels will serve as an ambassador for the company and will collaborate with EyeBlack to produce a customized product line.
“My management team at Encore Sports & Entertainment — they work with Drew Brees and C.C. Sabathia and Matt Kemp and a number of other athletes from different sports — brought [EyeBlack] to me,” Michaels said. “They know that I hunt, and they sort of asked me, ‘Hey, you think this is something that will be functional in a hunting realm?’
“For me, personally, I’m a guy who spends a lot of time in the outdoors, period, whether it’s working or hunting. So I told them that is something I can definitely use. They’ve got a certain type called the Warrior [HBK chuckles a little]. I guess for me it takes the place of the facepaint and things of that nature.”
The licensing agreement signed between Michaels and EyeBlack gives EyeBlack the rights to create and sell product featuring Michael’s trademark phrases and nicknames like: Showstopper, Mr. HOF and Mr. Hall of Fame.
“You’re spending so much time outside, and you’re having to deal with the sun and its glare and its reflection,” Michaels said. “So the functionality was sort of double for me — less messy, less of a pain, a lot easier to apply than the facepaint.”
He continued: “It’s something I wanted to incorporate in the hunting realm as it’s already been proven in baseball, football and other outdoor sports. When they gave me the chance, I wanted to give it a try.”
EyeBlack will also produce custom designs printed on camouflage EyeBlack for Michael’s hit show “MacMillan River Adventures” on the Outdoor Channel.
“I’m very excited about this new relationship,” Michaels said. “Beyond being a cool product in itself, it’s functional, and I’m looking forward to using EyeBlack product in my hunting adventures and in some WWE related activities.”
Michaels, 46, wrestled for WWE for more than 20 years. He was a three-time WWE champion and a World champion.
After his retirement from sports entertainment/wrestling in 2010, Michaels continued his relationship with WWE by signing on as an official ambassador for the company.
“Shawn is a fantastic athlete, and we are proud to have him on the EyeBlack team,” said Peter Beveridge, president and founder of EyeBlack. “Shawn had a prolific pro wrestling career and is the perfect representative for the EyeBlack brand as we branch out into the professional wrestling and hunting arenas.”
• Retired from wrestling, Michaels stays busy by hosting Shawn Michaels’ “MacMillian River Adventures,” with his good friend Keith Mark on the Outdoor Channel. The 30-minute program gives viewers an exclusive look into the unique lifestyle of hunting and the duo’s large game hunts across the world. Visit http://www.mrahunting.com/. Read the rest of this entry »
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The multimedia celebration kicks off today with with the first 100 photos and videos, showcasing episodes of Raw through the years:
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Superstar Collection: Shawn Michaels
He is one of the most revered Superstars in the history of sports entertainment. Spanning a quarter century, Shawn Michaels’s career was punctuated by countless accolades including multiple reigns with every major championship, and timeless matches that revolutionized the industry. The Main Event, The Icon, The Showstopper, Mr. WrestleMania and most recently…Mr. Hall of Fame has truly influenced a generation of fans. Now in this special collection, relive these show-stealing classics from his final run in WWE, including his one last stand with Triple H in DX and his emotional final match at WrestleMania XXVI.