WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels recently appeared as a guest on the CBS Sports In This Corner podcast for an in-depth interview. During his appearance on the show, "The Heartbreak Kid" spoke about putting together the infamous retirement match against Ric Flair at WrestleMania 24, working with the young talent at NXT and more. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.
On choreographing the retirement match with Ric Flair at WrestleMania 24: "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. 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."
On what he wanted to accomplish with 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. 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."
On working with NXT stars and WWE developmental talent: "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. 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?"
Check out the complete episode of the "In This Corner" podcast featuring the Shawn Michaels interview at CBSSports.com.