Here are some highlights from the Orlando Sentinel's recent interview with the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels.

Would he give Ric Flair his blessing to wrestle again?

"We all know, if you're a friend of Ric Flair which I am, you know him and you know how he is about this line of work," Michaels said. "So, I know that might be a struggle for him. And that's OK. You can't be somebody's friend and put requirements on it and I don't do that to him and I wouldn't do it to him. My job was to go out there and, in my mind, believe that it was going to be his last and do the absolute best job I could to pay tribute to that and honor that and that's what I did. Ric Flair is a grown man and he can make his decisions and I would still be his friend no matter what decision he made."

Was he serious when he recently said that he'd like Bret Hart to induct him into WWE's Hall of Fame one day?

"I was saying that from the perspective of I so much enjoy the Hall of Fame but it can be – and I want this to come out right – it's a time of tribute and a time of honoring but often we get focuses all on the good and it tends to be, I don't know, a little fluffy. I would like mine to be, I don't know, maybe be honest. I'm one with who I was and I'm one with who I am. I felt that Bret Hart could bring a real perspective to that. He's always been a guy even know that despite all of our differences, he's still always been objective about my ability. They didn't put this in there I don't think – the only thing that he wouldn't have any knowledge of is the person I am now and I understand that. It was from the idea of wanting someone that could give a real honest perspective of my career because it hasn't all been fluff and it hasn't all been fantastic and I think that's OK. I just felt that I can be a pretty strange guy. (laughs) I supposed that it was just something that I thought, gosh, my Hall of Fame induction to be more about truth more than anything else. It's sort of a fantasy, sort of, dream job and it's a great line of work so we can create anything we want and it can be very fairytale-ish and I think that's great on one hand. I just figured maybe it would be, I don't know, neat or nice to have somebody that can give a real perspective on the journey because it hasn't been a fairytale. It's turned out awesome but it was a tough, rugged road. I just thought that maybe he could give a fresh perspective to it. It's one of those things that you go I know this sounds crazy but…"

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