The Los Angeles Times has a new Q&A online with Shawn Michaels to promote his inclusion on the upcoming DeGeneration X panel over SummerSlam weekend. Below are the highlights:
The point he realized that he and Triple H had something special with DX:
Actually, never. I’m still waiting for him to come around. He’s been hanging on my coattails for 20 years! Just kidding, obviously. It’s one of those things where the Hunter Hearst Helmsley character that he was portraying at the time, a rich, snobbish character, was totally opposite of the way he is. We would ride in the car together and say “My goodness if we could just bring who we are in the car out on TV.” We finally convinced the powers that be to give us a chance. We just went out there and hammed it up, because we naturally bring that out of each other. The humor was sophomoric, but that’s who we were back then. We were bad guys, but after a while it got to a point where people started enjoying it. The great thing about live events is you get an instant reaction, and that was very encouraging for us. People in the back wanted to reel us in, and we wanted to keep going.
If panel discussions are harder than in-ring promos:
For me, if there are cameras on, then you have to bring the salesmanship and bravado. If I’m appearing on “Raw,” then I’m usually there to help sell tickets to something, and that’s when you see the “HBK” Shawn Michaels come out. At panels, I can be more open and honest and show some more humility. They don’t want me talking about my family on TV, but I can in a panel setting.
If he could go back and wrestle anyone, who would it be:
Ricky Steamboat. I would love to have gotten into it with Harley Race. He was such a good wrestler and rough and tough. We wrestled at the same time but never each other. And wrestling Sting would have been something I would have enjoyed. That would have been great at the box office. But if I had to pick, it would be Steamboat or Race.
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Richard Reacts: The SummerSlam panels this weekend are loaded. In addition to this DX panel with Shawn and Hunter at Club Nokia at L.A. Live on Saturday at 7 pm, Hogan will host one on Friday and 7 PM and Steve Austin will host one on Sunday at Noon. The WWE 2K15 roster reveal on Saturday at 10 AM will be hosted by Steve Austin and feature Sting, John Cena, Hogan, Roman Reigns, Sheamus and Cesaro.