The Miami Herald has posted the second part of an extensive interview with WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels. In this section, he discusses his controversial first run in WWE, his feelings on Jim Ross, working with Sensational Sherri, his return to the company, and more.
In the following excerpt, Shawn discusses why he acted the way he did during his first run in WWE:
“If I’m putting on my psychiatrist’s hat and you dig all the way down to the root of it has nothing to do with wrestling or anything else,” Michaels said. “It just has to do with a young man’s insecurities with himself.
“Having said that, that can manifest itself in any form and how that’s interpreted obviously depends on the time and depends on the spin. Let’s face it. The ability it takes to be difficult really is to disagree with somebody. Nine times out of 10 mine were usually more creative issues than anything else. The company felt one thing. I felt another. We both feel opposite things, so therefore it’s going to be difficult.
“Nowadays, the same thing can happen and depending on how our media spins it, that can be cool. There are guys who have done the exact same things that I did, and it’s sort of pretty nifty, because they’re fighting against Vince McMahon and the way the company wants to go. I think one guy’s unprofessionalism is like another’s guy’s Attitude Era throwback. One is perceived as cool, and the other is not.
Shawn went on to discuss his latest run, in the excerpt below:
“To me, the last run I had, 10 years from 2002, I had fun,” he said. “I enjoyed darn near everything that I did. My programs with Randy [Orton], with Jericho, the angle with DiBiase [Jr.] and [Cody] Rhodes, a number of young guys, Mr. Kennedy at the time. I just thoroughly enjoyed being out there. I mostly just wanted to do a good job, tried to make sure that I pulled my weight when I was supposed to. I enjoyed it.
“That’s one of the things when I came back, Vince said to me, ‘Look, in 1996 I told you to enjoy it, and you didn’t. So this time I’m again going to tell you to enjoy it, and I hope that you do,’ and I did, and that’s what made a huge difference in where I am now.
“That’s why I don’t have this insatiable itch. When I come back, I feel like I do a good job, and I contribute well. When I’m away from it, I’m OK with being away. I’d like to think that’s the reason why because when I came back, all the things I wanted to do and all the things maybe I left undone, I got to finish from 2002 on. So I’m thrilled with it, and I’m thrilled with where I am now.”
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