Shawn Michaels on if he would wrestle for Triple H's retirement match, his new book, more
Lee Sanders of The RCWR Show recently interviewed WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, who was promoting his new book. The RCWR Show airs on Mondays at 11:15pm ET after WWE RAW at YouTube.com/TheRCWRshow and Tuesdays at 10pm ET on Spreaker.com. Below are highlights from the interview:
We noticed it had been almost ten years since you wrote "Heartbreak and Triumph: The Shawn Michael Story". When did you start writing "Wrestling for My Life" and what was the inspiration behind it?
It was something I started a little over a year ago and it was something I sort of wanted to do since my salvation but I knew doing the other book was at the time something the WWE wanted me to do and I knew that that would be certainly more wrestling focused. So you want to give sort of justice to the really two big aspects of your life which are your faith and your family and that is something I knew I wasn't going to have the opportunity or the time to do until I was retired. A couple of years after I retired it was then beginning the process and then finding a publishing company like Zondervan that would give me the opportunity to do it and then obviously taking the time to do it. For me, it's simply a guy that was given a second chance and really wanting to take the time and the opportunity to truly express the thankfulness that I have for that and I just didn't feel that I had that opportunity understandably so in the other book when that was geared more towards the wrestling aspect of my career and again just wanted to express the thankfulness and appreciation that I have not only for my career and the family I've been given and the faith that I've had since 2002 and wanting to do all that the justice I think it deserved.
Would you consider "Wrestling for My Life" a continuation from a "Heartbreak and Triumph" or is "Wrestling for My Life" more of a stand-alone piece?
I think it's more of a stand-alone piece. Obviously it continues and it covers some of the things that were in "Heartbreak and Triumph" but really what I think it is, it's a look at my life and certainly my career is a big part of my life, my career in the wrestling business, that is, but through the lens of my faith. The WWE and the wrestling business is so big and so grandiose that it has a tendency to sort of take the spotlight in the forefront of everything in one's life. Every conversation, every aspect of your life is dwarfed because of the size and scope of the WWE, which again is a wonderful thing but I wanted to have an opportunity to sort of give props as they say, to what are actually the two biggest aspects of my life and that's my faith and my family. And again not excluding my career, but looking at, again, it in the rearview mirror from a sense of being very thankful and the opportunity of having a second chance and a guy that appreciates that second chance.
It's no secret that you and Paul Levesque, aka Triple H, are the best of friends. With that in mind, as far as wrestling one more match... If Paul were to say to you sometime in the near future, he's going to retire and wants to have his last match with you on the grandest stage of them all (Wrestlemania), would you come out of retirement to do it?
Well obviously I think I'd consider it but I guess I know my buddy well enough I don't think he'd ask. But of course, let's put it this way, I've had some folks already ask me some pretty moving things about their last matches or matches they've wanted. I've given all of them some thought but again, to your point earlier about 'you have a great body of work', I want to keep that body of work. I just feel like I left on as close to a perfect situation as you can and I always just I want to make sure that I honor that and take care of that. So, certainly, I'd consider it because he's my buddy, and I'd do anything for my buddy so it'd be something that we'd certainly discuss but I think he'd understand if I turned it down.