Source: LA Times
Michaels vs Steamboat would've been great but my number 1 HBK dream match is one against Rock.A lot of people consider DX and the Four Horsemen to be the two greatest groups in wrestling history. How would you compare the two?
They are different in the respect that the Horsemen were classier, more high-brow. The Four Horsemen were limousines and Lear Jets, while DX was trailer parks and outhouses. One was white trash, one was upper crust. I always saw DX and the NWO as the natural rivals at the time.
Did you ever think you would see grown men get into near fights to grab a neon-green glow stick that you have tossed in the crowd?
The fans over in Europe get the credit for that. We were on tour over there, and they were making their own glow sticks. That triggered the idea. Then I would throw some in the crowd, and it would be like fans going after the guitar pick of Eddie Van Halen. Here we are, four years after retirement, and people are still talking about us and I'm a Hall of Famer. I didn't have the ability to dream that big when I started out.
Q. You will be taking part in the DX panel as part of SummerSlam weekend. Is there one question you are tired of answering and hope no one asks?
No. I have done a panel with Bret Hart, and of course I always get asked about the Montreal thing. Asked and answered many times, but they ask about it anyway, and I'll be glad to talk about it again. But that's more from my career. From a DX standpoint, no. Hunter and I haven't had the chance to do these types of panels together. DX spans so much time, and it hasn't been thoroughly vetted, so there are really no DX questions I have been asked too often.
You are used to entertaining people in the ring. Is it harder to sit down in a room full of people and talk about yourself?
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 you could go back in time to your prime and wrestle any other past or present wrestler in their prime, who would you pick?
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.
If the Shawn Michaels of today could go back in time and give Shawn Michaels, first-year pro wrestler, some advice, what would you tell him?
Don't be afraid to be who you really are. Enjoy it and don't take it and yourself so seriously. I probably wouldn't have listened, but if I did, I would have saved myself some heartache along the way.