HBK Talks About Letting Flair Wrestle Again, Bret Inducting Him & More
By Ryan Clark | March 30, 2009
Would he give Ric Flair his blessing to wrestle again?
"We all know, if youíre 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 thatís OK. You canít be somebodyís friend and put requirements on it and I donít do that to him and I wouldnít 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 thatís 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 Ė and I want this to come out right Ė itís a time of tribute and a time of honoring but often we get focuses all on the good and it tends to be, I donít know, a little fluffy. I would like mine to be, I donít know, maybe be honest. Iím one with who I was and Iím one with who I am. I felt that Bret Hart could bring a real perspective to that. Heís always been a guy even know that despite all of our differences, heís still always been objective about my ability. They didnít put this in there I donít think Ė the only thing that he wouldnít 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 hasnít all been fluff and it hasnít all been fantastic and I think thatís 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. Itís sort of a fantasy, sort of, dream job and itís a great line of work so we can create anything we want and it can be very fairytale-ish and I think thatís great on one hand. I just figured maybe it would be, I donít know, neat or nice to have somebody that can give a real perspective on the journey because it hasnít been a fairytale. Itís turned out awesome but it was a tough, rugged road. I just thought that maybe he could give a fresh perspective to it. Itís one of those things that you go I know this sounds crazy butÖ"
You can read the entire interview at OrlandoSentinel.com.