Shawn Michaels: Unplugged, Part II

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December 02, 2007

In this, the second in a two-part series of interviews about his new 3 disc DVD set, Heartbreak & Triumph, Shawn Michaels speaks candidly with WWE.com about friends in the industry, fans who love him or hate him and how he was initially hesitant about his partnership with the late Sensational Sherri.

Do you have a favorite out-of-the-ring moment in Heartbreak & Triumph?
I really enjoyed when my peers, Triple H and Chris Jericho, who I know take pride in their work, put me on a level that they don't put anybody else on. That was humbling and very nice. And for [Raw announcer] Jim Ross to focus on the man I've become, forget about wrestling, forget about this, forget about that. Having seen me from day one, literally, when I was 19, to now, nobody can really grasp that better than Jim. And for him to focus on that, I thought was very humbling and very cool.

That's the essence of it, you know, when the day's over, regardless of how many championships you've won or what you've done in the pro wrestling business or any athletic endeavor and any job you've been in is pretty irrelevant if you haven't grown and found the most important thing in your life, the real stuff. If you haven't found any of that, all that other junk is irrelevant and pretty pointless.

For the guys to see so many of the personal and physical battles I've been through and to recognize that, even though I was just an incredible pain to deal with, at the end of the day, they said, "Hey, I get it. The dude was struggling, but he kept on keepin' on." For them to focus more on that than the pain and inconvenience I caused them was very nice.

How do think people will respond to watching Shawn Michaels' life work?
This DVD won't change anybody's opinion, and I don't think it's supposed to. I'm not going to change anybody's mind when they've settled on how they feel about me. I'm certainly that sort of character that you either like or you don't, and nothing I do or WWE might do is going to change that. It's like my wife, Rebecca, said, "You know, it's weird, I know the story, but I learned something that I didn't know. And when I was finished watching, I felt like I'd like to know more."

What did she learn?
One, she learned that Sensational Sherri helped sing my entrance song. And two, she learned how Sherri and I became a team. … Again, that's just one of those things I'm so thankful for. That's one of those cases where I said [at first], "I don't really like it," and … then you look back and you say, "Ah, that really was a good idea."

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