Shawn Michaels on Ric Flair Retirement & More!

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“HBK” Shawn Michaels on Ric Flair Retirement & More!

He was one of the most gifted and accomplished superstars throughout his tenure with the WWE. Up until his retirement in 2010, he remained on top of his game. He entered the WWE Hall of Fame in the Class of 2011. But throughout his time, he had many notable moments. One of which came in 2008. In front of 70,000+ at WrestleMania XXIV he famously retired “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Now over eight years after that illustrious moment, Shawn Michaels had opened up about retiring Flair, funnily enough with Ric himself on The Ric Flair Show

  • When speaking about the first time Shawn and Ric crossed paths in Missouri in 1985, Shawn revealed…

“I want to say it was like Julie’s or something like that. It was just a small little nightclub. It wasn’t even a nightclub — it was just some place where there were some pool tables and a little bar. The guys used to go there and hang out and that was actually back, I was 19 at the time and that was back when the legal drinking age was 18. And I was going up to the bar to order a beer and ‘Naitch’ came up and he said, ‘what are you having, kid?’ I said, ‘just a beer’ and he goes, ‘I got it’. And so he bought me a beer, then, of course, I thought, ‘okay, here’s my opportunity – I’ve watched him for years and of course I just had to take that moment to let him know what he had meant to me as a professional wrestler’. It’s just one of those things, you’ve got your one chance to give your five inch spiel about how he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread and yada yada. And all I know is that, thank you very much, I didn’t buy a drink the rest of that night.”

  • When speaking about an earlier match between the two in December 1991, Shawn revealed…

“I think everybody knew that I just was such a huge fan of Ric’s, so just to give me the opportunity to be in there with him, I think, is probably somebody, a booker, or a producer, or somebody, an agent, that knew that and said, ‘Shawn would get a kick out of that opportunity, so let him do it’. Yeah, we had six minutes. There was very little time. You just do the best you can… heck, I don’t know the future, so for me, this is a huge opportunity. You’re in there with the guy that you always dreamed about being in there with. It’s a huge opportunity and then, gosh, it was the fastest six minutes you ever have.”

  • Getting onto the subject of their WrestleMania XXIV Program, Flair revealed how much fun he had with the program. After this, Shawn revealed…

“To me, this speaks to the simplistic psychology as opposed to what I think is good psychology, which is what I always felt like I had. It wasn’t about being old. It was about the fact that somebody that loved that dog loved him so much he had to take him behind the shed and kill him. And that’s what it was. It was a mercy killing. That was the difference. For me, all the Old Yeller stuff was more about love. It was about someone being put into a position that they did not envy and they were going to have to do something and put an end to something that they didn’t want to put an end to. And the reason they didn’t want to put an end to it was because that person, that everything about that meant so much. And again, that’s the conflict that ‘HBK’ and the character were going through in the whole storyline with Ric. And that’s what made it so, for me, enjoyable to do.”

Their classic encounter at WrestleMania XXIV stands out in memory. These two had an incredible match considering everything (time limitations and Flair being 59 years old), and provides one of those illustrious WrestleMania moments. Why not recall their incredible encounter with our OSR on WrestleMania XXIV and let us know what you think!

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