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WWE on SportsCenter
Guest: Shawn Michaels
Host: The Coach
Airdate: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
This week’s interview on ESPNews featured Shawn Michaels mainly discussing his WrestleMania memories.
Michaels also teased doing a run-in at WrestleMania 32 in his home state of Texas. Michaels did not break news on what his involvement would be, but he suggested he will be at WM32.
The interview included Michaels revealing new insight on why he retired at WrestleMania 26 as part of his two-match series with The Undertaker.
Michaels said that the year before he was having a routine conversation with someone who commented that his son was “half-way gone” at 9-years-old. Michaels said it was a wake-up call that his son was going to be 18 and out of the house one day, so he decided he wanted to be completely focused on being a family man.
“From that point on, it was time for me to start thinking about life after WWE,” Michaels said. He noted that being full-time in wrestling “infilitrates every aspect of life,” so he needed a clean break despite still being able to wrestle at a high level when he retired in 2010.
Michaels said he knew he could not do his job justice being a part-time wrestler, and he has too much respect for the industry to not perform at the highest level possible.
Michaels said that was his goal at WM24 when he retired Ric Flair. Michaels said he was like a 15-year-old kid in the ring wrestling Flair, who had “such a huge impact on me.” Michaels said the most important thing to him was honoring Flair for all that he had done for the wrestling industry and for him as a wrestler.
Michaels also flashed back to WrestleMania 10, which was around the time he decided to try to “steal the show” at WrestleMania. Michaels said he wanted people to talk about him and his match no matter where he was on the card. And, the famous ladder match against Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) at WMX was the start of his “Mr. WrestleMania” movement.