I'm not a religious person... But to those of you who have faith in God, Buddha, whatever, my question is: Could the miracle work of a superior being have helped Shawn Michaels' back heal completely, or could the severity of the injury be a total lie?
But with these rumors, you also have to wonder... The amount of people that hated Shawn Michaels back then, surely one of them that is retired now, could have easily come forward in a shoot interview and come clean about if he was really just leaving for rehab, etc.
Shawn's wife opened him up a lot to religion around 1999. I don't think he's ever equated that to his back healing. It did seem to change his attitude a lot however. I think his religious conversion put a lot of things in his life into perspective.
I think the Shawn Michaels from 1994-1998 wouldn't have had such a remarkable comeback career or the graceful exit that he did. Something tells me the Shawn who badmouthed people and politicked and burned bridges along with other things couldn't have done that.
I envision that Shawn to what Ric Flair is now. Someone who's held on too long and is now a slave to the wrestling industry just to get by. Shawn seems to have other interests and ways to make a living so he doesn't have to crawl back to wrestling.
I've also seen rumors of Michaels being well aware of the uprising of many young superstars, who in his absence, became mega-stars. The rumor has it that Michaels couldn't take this maturely (his ego), exaggerated the injury, and stayed aware during the biggest period in wrestling history, so he wouldn't have to leave the main event at any time for one of the new guys.
Not that I exactly believe that, but there are many theories. Then again, the injury could be totally legit, which I have always thought. But you can't forget the "injury" that kept him from dropping the belt back to Bret Hart at Mania 13.
I don't know about his feelings towards the attitude era. Of course he was the beginning of the attitude era but his retirement saw the rise of a lot of other wrestlers.
I think it was good in a way that he stepped aside. I'm sure he would've fared well during 98-early 02. But he'd been featured near constantly for 3 years as a top guy before he retired. It gave the other guys time to shine without having to compete with someone who was always trying to keep his spot.
I think it was a case of a man who had a bad back and was burned out from 11 years of work. He went through a lot of soul searching and inner growth during the time he was away. When he came back he realized that he was one of the best in the world at what he does and he regained his passion in the process.
That's why his whole run from 02-10 seemed like a chance to do what he loved without having to be so paranoid about being on top. He really turned into an elder statesmen and probably taught the young guys a lot while building new relationships.
It seems so far that Shawn Michaels has really left wrestling in the past. As of now he hasn't cheapened his retirement by coming back and I applaud him for that.