Shawn Michaels’ disappointment of not having a feud with Randy Savage
WWE legend Shawn Michaels recently spoke to Alfonso Castillo of Newsday recently. Here are some highlights;
AC: I was pretty touched reading your story about leading the locker room in prayer after Eddie Guerrero’s passing. Was that where you really took on that role of a kind of spiritual leader in the locker room, and did that carry on through out the rest of your time there? Did you find people turning to you after the incident with Chris Benoit and other tragedies for some kind of guidance?
SM: Certainly, even prior to that, it was sort of going on. Anytime there was a tragedy or a difficult time, there was always somebody who came and wanted to talk. And that was a nice thing. I can’t say that leading the prayer at Raw after Eddie’s death, it’s not like I became after that point the pastor, so to speak. I just think through all of that time, it just became a little bit easier for people to talk about those things, to talk about struggles. I’m just thankful that they felt comfortable enough to discuss it with me. I think that part of it is, if you’re the first one to step forward and talk about things that are tough, then other people know that it’s OK. I certainly didn’t want to give the impression that after that prayer, I was the spiritual leader of the locker room. I just think when it came to those issues of one’s own mortality, they knew that I was a guy that they could talk to about it. And, I guess, in some respects, I have some insight on it because of, obviously, how my own mortality brought it all about for me.
AC: You wrote about how nobody was forced to be part of that prayer circle. Not naming names, but were there people who didn’t feel comfortable doing it? And was that actually OK with you?
SM: I honestly can’t remember anybody having any problem with it. It was obviously something that just came about organically, which was very fortunate. I think if it became something that was almost a scheduled event, that’s when it might make people uncomfortable. It was always just something that individuals did if they wanted to. I don’t recall a time of someone objecting or being uncomfortable that I could see. Certainly, nobody ever said anything. I remember having conversations with guys who were really at a place where, “I sort of get the way you feel and there are times that I think about that. But there are some real practical things that don’t allow me to go down the same road you’re going down.” And I always thought just having that conversation was awesome. I don’t think there’s anybody that doesn’t sometimes struggle with those things. I can’t describe to you verbatim those first seven days [of creation]. There are Christians who think there were seven actual days, or that creation was over time. They have answers for dinosaurs and things of that nature. And I don’t claim to have any of those answers. And I understand people wanting to have discussions about it. I don’t pass myself off as a bible scholar or a pastor or someone who knows all the biblical facts cover-to-cover. I’m just a guy whose life was changed by it. And that’s about the extent of it. So I’m not easily offended when people struggle about where they’re at with their faith at all.
AC: Speaking of being offended, that storyline in which you tag teamed with “God” at Backlash 2006, – was that something you were OK with it? Did you just see it as having some fun, or did you have any concerns about it? Was it your idea?
SM: No, it was not my idea. It was obviously Vince and creative. And, no, it never really bothered me. I guess, from my standpoint, it was so far over the top that it was absurd. I laugh at a lot of stuff. Humor and joy are a big part of our life. We, as a family, laugh a lot. We have a lot of fun. We poke fun at each other a lot. There were a lot of people who were offended by it. I’d never argue with people who thought it was stupid. Of course it was stupid. I’d also argue that there’s a lot of stuff in wrestling that we’d consider stupid. It can be a pretty silly job. I get it from the Christian standpoint. It’s one of those things that I still get in trouble from what I’d consider some purists or hoity toity Christians. But then there were others who thought just the fact that we were talking about it was pretty amazing. Who’da thunk it? I chose to look at it from that perspective.
AC: I was just listening to an interview with Lanny Poffo talking about his brother Randy Savage. Somebody asked him about his departure from the WWF back in 1994. I don’t know how much you know about this, but Lanny talked about one of things that really burned his brother was that he was so anxious to have a feud with you. He talked about wanting to have a two-year feud that would be kind of his masterpiece, the last thing he wanted to do in his career, culminating in a big blow-off match in which he’d put you over. And this was in the beginning of your singles run. When you hear about something like that, do you think of it as a lost opportunity? How much would you have liked to have done something like that?
SM: I’ve only just recently from my Twitter feed learned about that. I knew absolutely nothing about that. Obviously, that would have been a blast. Gosh, I think that would have helped me immensely at that time. I think there’s so much I could have learned and would have learned. But I have to say that’s one of those things that’s been news to me. I guess all these years later you think, “Oh, that’s nice to know.” I’m flattered. Randy was a very keep-to-yourself kind of guy. And I guess I’m making assumptions, but for him to think I was even ready to do something like that with him, I think is a wonderful compliment, and I’m thankful to have it. I always tell people how he’d give me these short little pieces of advice every now and again. It’s nice to know that he thought of me in that respect.
WWE NXT diva Sasha banks recently spoke with Brian Fritz of SportingNews.com. Here are some highlights;
NXT and the Fatal 4 Way at tonight’s event:
“It feels like a whole other brand onto itself and I know for the girls – and just speaking for myself – being at NXT has been such an amazing experience and I feel so accomplished here as wrestling as a woman and just showing fans that women can do it better than the men. I know that at ‘NXT TakeOver’ and the fatal four-way we’ll definitely have people saying ‘oh my God, those were not Divas, those were superstars right there’.
Wanting to have the best match:
“I always try to outdo the guys. It doesn’t matter who you are. Even Sami Zayn – I want to have a better match than Sami Zayn and he is absolutely incredible. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to change the definition of what it is to be a Diva and what it is to be a woman’s wrestler.”
NXT going on tour:
“It is absolutely amazing to get out of Florida I have to say. And I know all the boys and girls are extremely excited to see how big NXT has gotten. For me, I got to start at FCW and see it turn into NXT and I remember going to house shows and there were legit ten fans in the crowd. Now, every weekend where we have a show there are 300-plus people. And I know the Columbus show got sold out in 22 minutes and there’s 900 people coming. It’s so exciting to see how big it’s grown and how big it’s going to get because I know it’s just going to get bigger and better and I’m so excited to be a part of it.”
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