Jim Ross discussed Shawn Michaels’ return talks in 2001 during a recent edition of Grilling JR.
HBK didn’t return that year, but did the following year in 2002. Here is what he had to say:
“I made several trips to San Antonio to talk to Shawn and his manager and lawyer. My pitch to Shawn was always that you can’t allow your legacy to end this way. You have put a bad taste in people’s mouth, whether inadvertently or premeditatively. I don’t know, and I don’t really care. But right now, the perception of you is not so positive. And for a guy that’s considered along with Ric Flair to be the two greatest in-ring performers of all time, that’s just not right. It’s not right for you, it’s not right for your fans, it’s not right for anything.
“So, I said the bottom line for me is, I just want to get you back in the fold. If you maintain the attitude I’ve seen now, you can be a great help – much like he’s doing now in NXT – you could be an influencer. He’s a boyhood hero for all these kids. I said you can be a big, big benefit without ever taking a bump. You could tell by the twinkle in his eye that he loved that challenge. He wanted to give back, and he wanted to change his image and the perception that he had acquired. There’s no doubt that he wanted to be back in the ring. He had the confidence and the ego that he wanted to go back and prove, ‘I can still do this.’”
H/T to 411 Mania
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