Carlito made his shocking return during the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. It was his first appearance inside a WWE ring in over a decade. Carlito was released by WWE back in 2010 and he was largely seen as a Superstar who could not live up to expectations.
While speaking to James Romero of Wrestling Shoot Interviews, Carlito revealed a backstage conversation with Shawn Michaels, where Michaels told him directly to his face that he didn’t like Carlito.
Carlito stated that Michaels had a problem with him being too nonchalant and not caring enough.
“I respected Shawn Michaels because he was one of the only ones that told me to my face that he didn’t like me,” Carlito said. “I can respect that. We had a talk, he told me whatever, and I can totally respect that. I don’t pretend to be everybody’s cup of tea. I like it that instead of telling me behind my back, he told me right to my face. After that I had a lot of respect for Shawn Michaels.
I forgot what it was. Same story as everybody else. [Shawn Michaels thought] I was too nonchalant or I didn’t care enough or whatever. I was too… [He thought] I had my mind on other things than wrestling. Stuff like that. I was like, ‘Alright.’”
Carlito hasn’t been seen in WWE since the RAW after the Royal Rumble and it isn’t known if he will be back to the company anytime soon. We will have to see if he ever does return.