Shane Douglas Discusses WWE, Shawn Michaels, 'The Franchise' Character & Much More
"He had run his mouth when I was in Germany in the dressing room three weeks prior saying he was going to embarrass me on national television. I said to Davey Boy Smith, rest his soul -- one of my best friends in the business who was a great ribber and loved to stir the pot -- that if he tries to embarrass me on national TV, that I'll stretch his rear end. And I didn't say rear end. Almost within hours, I get the call that the finish has been changed and that Shawn has had a relapse of his concussion and can't perform. ... That's Shawn.
"He's afraid of his own shadow. Not that I'm the toughest guy in the world, but I've always been very passionate about it. If you have a problem with me, we can just as easily go outside to settle it or we can settle it like professionals. It really doesn't matter to me. But if you go out and make a statement in front of the dressing room, saying you're going to embarrass me, then you can expect there to be a response to that.
"So, when he forfeited the belt to me, I told Vince that this is the worst thing you can do. We always go out and say, 'I'll kill for this belt. I'll spill my blood for this belt.' Unless I get a knock on the head, then I'll just hand it to you. I said, 'Wait for him to be healthy and come back. The whole idea was to replay the Ultimate Warrior and Rick Rude angle. I would beat him for the Intercontinental belt and the next year, he would beat me with Chin Music. Let's face it: Shawn is probably the greatest in-ring performer this business has ever seen and as a heel, I could certainly up-hold my end of the bargain. I think if he had been on the page, he and I could have done some magical things.
"He didn't want to because he and the Kliq felt that that belt was theirs and they had the right to decide, 'We don't like you, so you don't get it. This guy, we like. We're going to keep it with him.'"
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