The following are highlights from the new “30 Years Of WrestleMania” podcast interview with WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels:
On his “Mr. WrestleMania” name: “Honestly, the whole Mr. WrestleMania thing, it wasn’t anything that I said until WrestleMania 21, and it was just one of those silly lines you throw out there to just for the sake of sounding cool on a promo.”
On if Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak should end: “Oh, no. I think The Streak is The Streak. It can’t really be called The Streak if there’s a one in the loss column.”
On how he feels about Undertaker being the one to retire him: “I was thrilled about it, again, it’s certainly for me much like all of my career. There wasn’t a lot of planning, a lot of thought, the majority of what I did in my career was reactionary, because that’s when for me I hit the truest and most honest emotion out of myself. I think everybody in this industry loves to do everything in hindsight, and in hindsight everybody’s a genius, but the immediate reaction is what I go on. There was no planning that Undertaker would be the guy to end, none of those things were thought about. All of those things fell into place and I felt good about them and that’s what I based it on. I didn’t give it a lot of thought, it’s sort of like when you know something’s right you know it’s right and that’s how it was done.”
On his famous WrestleMania 12 ring entrance: “We wanted to start making my entrances a little grander, and I got a rope and I swung down from the top of the house that was on the entrance. And I vaguely recall Kevin Dunn mentioning that at WrestleMania we are gonna try and get you a pretty cool entrance and that’s all I knew of it. Then I got to the Anaheim Pond that day, and went walking out and Vince was standing there and said ‘You gotta try this!”
On who he would like to face at WrestleMania from today’s roster: “That’s an easy one for me, it would have to be Daniel Bryan. I’d throw in any of The Shield members. I think those boys are talented. Throw in (Dolph) Ziggler in there, throw in Damien Sandow, I think Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family are really good. There are a number of guys put in the right positions that you could just tear the house down with. And at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about, it’s going out there and having a whale of a time making people yell.”
Check out the complete interview at PodcastOne.com.