Shawn Michaels Discusses His Retirement From WWE; Says He Did It For His Family

The Miami Herald has a new article online featuring quotes from Shawn Michaels to promote his new EyeBlack. in the piece, Michaels discusses his retirement from WWE. Below is an excerpt:

“I walked away from an extremely well paying job, which is probably not the smartest thing to do. [Michaels chuckled], but I did it solely to come home and to help my wife raise our children, to be a part of their lives.

“WWE would have allowed me to work any kind of way that I wanted. I could have very easily have said, ‘Hey, I’d like to slow down over the next couple of years, do a few things here and there,’ and I think everybody would have been fine with that, but for me, I think that would have probably been harder on me. Personally, I think the job would be harder for me to do, personally, on a semi, here and there, in and out type basis.

“It’s easier, and I think I’m better at it when I’m doing it or I’m not. So for me I felt it was better to walk away completely.

“You have to be careful because if you leave it as an open option, you’re going to be getting calls on a regular basis. Every time somebody gets injured or every time somebody comes up with an idea, the phone is going to be ringing, and you’re going to have to deal with ‘should I or shouldn’t I?’ I didn’t want to run into that. I didn’t want to put myself through that, and I didn’t want to put the company through that.

“I’m certainly not going to wrestle, but if you need me for something, if you’re in a bind, you can give me a buzz, and I’ll be more than happy to be there and help out any way I can.”

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  • thatguy

    HBK is the ONLY wrestler who understands the actual idea of RETIREMENT

    • Dan

      True

  • http://bit.ly/nerdalert ART

    Macho Man?

    • kevin

      Still wrestled he did retire he was in tna

  • havoc525

    Why I respect him a million times more than Flair. Flat out said he’s NOT wrestling again. That shows huge respect to Taker as well, that last match will always be the end.

    • Riko inverse

      Ric Flair asked for HBK's blessing before wrestling again so Flair can't be considered the bad guy in that sense.

      • Shango

        Yes but what would you do if your HBK and your idol Rick Flair asks you for your blessing to wrestle again ?? Would you really tell him not to ?