During his time in the UK during this past weekend for the opening of the first non-US WWE Performance Center, and the NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool event, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels was a recent guest on the Sky Sports Lock Up podcast, telling them that he is done with wrestling.
Michaels came out for retirement for his first match since 2010 at November’s Crown Jewel event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he and Triple H took on Undertaker and Kane in the main event. It was… interesting.
Michaels said on the match, with a bit of a chuckle:
“They forced me.
“No, it was a really special thing, and I’ll tell you, I really felt that one for a while. I’m good with what I’ve done. The guys here in the UK, it’s their time to enjoy it and make the most of it.”
The ‘Heartbreak Kid’ went on to add that he does not want to return to the ring again, and he would much rather nurture young talent into achieving their own WrestleMania moment than taking another one for himself:
“I no longer want to do it any more, the only thing better than having your own WrestleMania moment is watching and helping someone with theirs.
“We had our time, we thoroughly enjoyed it, and we know the potential of so many of these men and women. We know the joy they can have, and we want to pass it on. You can have all of the bells and whistles but you have to have something emotional.
“I let the young athletes know not to think for one second I wasn’t scared, I wasn’t intimidated, I was Mr Tough. I was the kid who had the dream and sat in the locker room thinking ‘my goodness’ next to Ric Flair and others. We want them to know all of that stuff is okay, to let all of those guards down and do all we can.”
There were fairly quiet rumors previously that following on from their Crown Jewel clash, Michaels would go on to face Undertaker for a third and final time at WrestleMania 35. It’s safe to say those chances are looking rather bleak given Michaels’ comments here.
Thanks to WrestlingInc. for the transcription