Shawn Michaels On His WWE Performance Center Role, Bret Hart Rivalry & More


WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels recently appeared as a guest on The Two Man Power Trip Of Wrestling podcast for an in-depth interview. During the discussion, "The Heartbreak Kid" spoke about his role at the WWE Performance Center, whether or not he considers fellow WWE Hall Of Famer Bret "The Hitman" Hart his best all-time opponent and more.

Featured below are some of the highlights, as well as a complete audio archive of the episode featuring the HBK interview.

On his first impressions of the WWE Performance Center: "What they’ve got going on there is so phenomenal. I’ve got to be honest it doesn’t matter what respectfully the kind of credentials you’ve got coming in. You’ve got the most important thing one needs to understand about working for the Performance Center and NXT is you want to add to what is already a part of a phenomenal system and you notice it as soon as you come through the door. That is something that kicks you right in the face when you come in and that was honestly the most important thing that I expressed with Hunter and Matt is my goodness what you’ve guys got here is really great and I’d love to be a part of this but only if I can enhance it and make it better and can add to what was already a fluid and efficient system."

On how he feels he has fit in so far as a coach at the WWE training facility in Orlando, Florida: "A lot of that is just trying to find you place and again because they’ve got so much covered you start to look at it as where can I help the most. I hope I’ve been able to do that and it has been a sheer joy to be a part of it and a great learning experience for me, which is one of the things that I strangely enough said to everyone when I got there was that I really feel like if I am to do well here I will learn as much as I’d hope to be teaching and I really do think that has happened. I am hoping that the product has and will continue to get better with all of the people that we are adding (myself included) but it’s exciting for me because at this stage of your life learning other aspects of the wrestling business a business that I have loved since I was 12 is pretty special. You don’t always imagine yourself at 53 years old being in the same line of work that you’ve been in since you were 19 and still learning different aspects of it. To do that with your buddies and of course with a bunch of talent that is a joy to work with and clearly makes it easy when it is a generation that grew up with me and Road Dog and Hunter so right now I feel like it is something that works for all of us in a positive way."

On whether or not he considers Bret Hart his greatest all-time opponent: "I think everyone would be certainly say on paper and you look at Bret and I and say I guess it is no stretch that they had chemistry but still every now and then you run into somebody that does have as much talent but isn’t quite there and fortunately Bret and I knew that the first time we ever got in the ring together I think in a tag team. It is one of those things that you do and it only takes a couple of touches of one another and you know that okay there is something special here. You find little ways to know that it is going to come to fruition in an even better way and a more positive way in the future and again that is something that Bret and I had and I had that with Jericho and I was fortunate enough to have that with a decent amount of guys but when you put together certainly the ability of a Bret Hart and you know I certainly feel like I had the capability too and then you have that chemistry with each other it is a pretty tough combination to beat."

Check out the complete episode of The Two Man Power Trip Of Wrestling podcast featuring the interview with Shawn Michaels below, or at Podomatic.com.

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