WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels is undoubtedly one of the greatest pro wrestlers to have ever laced up a pair of boots. Michaels was touted as Mr. WrestleMania, and this moniker remains unbeaten for good reason, simply because no one could upstage him at the Show of Shows. Michaels’ Sweet Chin Music remains one of the all-time classic finishers. Now it seems Michaels even joked about getting royalties from wrestlers when they use a superkick.
Michael popularized the superkick during his time in wrestling. However, the modern-day pro wrestling world has made the superkick a mere transitional move, rather than a devastating finisher.
While speaking on Culture State, The Showstopper was asked if he got royalties every time. Michaels made it clear that he would not mind getting royalties when other wrestlers use a superkick.
“I’d be doing really okay. I take it as a compliment. I can remember when I first broke into the wrestling business, a lot of old timers said ‘Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.’ That’s certainly the way I take it.
There were people that inspired me. I’ve always been into the romance of this line of work. I’m fortunate and I appreciate the fact that something that I did has had a positive effect on this business. Would I mind getting a nickel for every time one of those things happened? Of course, I wouldn’t, but I don’t think that’s realistic. I’ll just be flattered from a distance. I’d still be doing okay, wouldn’t I?”
Shawn Michaels also made it clear that he will never wrestle again. Michaels is currently in charge of NXT and shaping the pro wrestlers of tomorrow – something he takes pride in and wouldn’t want to do anything else at his age. We’ll have to see what Michaels has planned for fans next.
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