WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels was Chris Jericho’s guest this week on Talk is Jericho, and Michaels covered a number of subjects, one of which was the match between himself and Daniel Bryan that was rumored to take place at last year’s WrestleMania.
Jericho asked Michaels if he ever asks what WWE wants him to do when they call him and ask him to be on television. Michaels said that he usually doesn’t, but he did offer his input once after WWE told him that they wanted him to cost Daniel Bryan a WWE Championship match. He admitted that he knew what the fans were going to think after he kicked Bryan and cost him the match — which would be a match between himself and Daniel Bryan at some point down the road — and told WWE that he wanted to be on the following night’s RAW so Bryan could get his revenge, making a match between the two unnecessary.
“There was the Daniel Bryan stuff, and a lot of it didn’t make any sense, but even that I went ahead and did because I thought ‘oh, what the heck — who cares?’ Because I wasn’t worried about it. But I was just supposed to kick him and that was it. But I said ‘at least let me come on tomorrow night and let him stretch me. At least let him get something back.'”
There were rumors that Michaels screwing Bryan out of title was originally supposed to lead to a match between the two of them, but Michaels insists that the rumors weren’t true, and that he is planning on staying retired.
Michaels also talked about the one thing he refused to do for WWE since he’s been retired. He stressed that he’s happy to do almost anything for the company, as long as it’s worth his time. But, there was one time WWE wanted him on RAW, which was taking place from Michaels’ hometown of San Antonio, Texas. Michaels said that when he got there, the script had been changed, and WWE asked him to just be part of the RAW pre and post shows. He said that he refused, and drove home.
“I drove to San Antonio and I was supposed to be on the show. So, after I drove there they told me ‘Well, they sort of changed it and you’re not on the show, but we want you to do the pre show and the post show.’ And I said ‘Look, I’m not trying to be rude — you know very well that I’d do anything for you, but I don’t live in this neighborhood anymore, so it’s a little bit of a drive for me now, and I certainly don’t want to be doing anything after the show, and not get home until 2 or 3 in the morning.’ So, I just said ‘You don’t really need me, and it’s okay — I’m not offended. But I did drive all the way here, so I’m going to go ahead and go home.’ Then they tired to convince me by saying ‘Oh, you have to do the pre-show that’s important.’ I said ‘Look, it’s not important.’ I’m not going to say who else was supposed to be on with me, but I told them ‘Look, I’m out there with this person and this person. Do those other two people say importance to you?'”
Shawn Michaels has been part on the pre and post show panels before, but only on big shows. In the interview with Jericho, Michaels seems like he is at peace with his life, and has no desire to get back into the ring for one more match.
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