Michaels informs that he only contemplated leaving WWE once, and when he approached Vince McMahon asking for his release McMahon denied him. McMahon told Michaels that he wouldn’t be given the creative freedom in WCW that he was accustomed to in WWE, and after some contemplation Michaels agreed. Michaels informs that Bischoff never personally approached him asking him to jump ship to WCW.
Bischoff asks Michaels about his relationship with Ric Flair. Michaels says that his relationship with Flair dates back to meeting him when he was a teenager. He really got to know Flair during his first run in WWE in the early 90s, and they became close friends. When he made his return in 2002, he travelled with Flair a lot and they became even closer. He says that the emotion that he and Flair showed during Flair’s retirement match at WrestleMania 24 was all real.
Michaels says that he has been doing some training at the WWE Performance Centre lately, and it’s probably only a matter of time before he’s a full-time trainer there. He admits that he has trouble explaining things to the students verbally because he always fought with his heart more than his head. At this point in his life he’s looking forward to watching a new generation of performers create their own moments.
That sums up today’s episode of Bischoff on Wrestling. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya next week for another recap!