WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels is regarded by many fans as perhaps the best in-ring performer of all time. The Heartbreak Kid was certainly one of the most popular stars that Vince McMahon’s company has ever seen and his influence is still being felt today.
HBK is spreading that influence to the students at WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. Shawn recently spoke to ESPN about his role at the PC and how it keeps him young.
“I always wondered, after wrestling for 30 years, and in a sense never having to have a real job or really have to work a day in my life, what I would do after I was done doing that,” Michaels said. “Then I get to stumble into this job at the PC, and clearly I still do not have to grow up, which is phenomenal. You get to coach a bunch of other young men who you are encouraging not to ever have to grow up, and you can’t beat it.”
Michales was an inspiration to many Superstars that came after him and that includes the current NXT roster. Shawn compared their admiration of him to his own admiration of the wrestlers he grew up idolizing.
“Not all of them, but the majority of them, at least, grew up watching me. I can see myself the way I was with Flair, and Tully Blanchard, and Arn Anderson. In my era, you weren’t allowed to talk about it — you couldn’t sit there and look at those guys and tell them, ‘Holy cow man, I never thought in a million years I’d get to be in the ring with you or talk with you.’ You couldn’t do that. That cat’s out of the bag with all of these guys — they all did interviews before I got the job here, so we already knew about that.”
Shawn Michaels’ recent match at WWE Crown Jewel has led many fans to believe that his ring career is not yet over. Many fans have speculated that HBK could possibly face AJ Styles at WrestleMania 35, but neither man, or WWE, has confirmed that possibility.
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