WWE.com Exclusive: Shawn Michaels on recovery and Triple H’s chances against Lesnar

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August 17, 2012

On Monday’s Raw, Brock Lesnar attacked Shawn Michaels and broke his arm using the Kimura Lock. (FULL STORY) Earlier today, WWE.com called the WWE Hall of Famer to find out how he’s doing, and what he thinks about his best friend stepping into the ring against Brock Lesnar this Sunday at SummerSlam.

How is HBK's recovery going?
"I'm not happy about what Brock Lesnar did to me, but life goes on. I have kids and a family, and things that have to get done. Thankfully, I’m left-handed and ambidextrous so I’m not slowed very much. The physical work around the ranch is going to take a back seat for a while."

How can Triple H beat Brock?
When asked what Triple H needs to do to overcome Lesnar, HBK offered a strategic approach for his friend.

"Brock is a whole different kind of cat. He’s not the same guy he was 10 years ago. The problem is getting caught in the jaws of the alligator. Eventually, you have to tie up with him," he said.

"Once he gets ahold of you — I don’t care if it’s an arm, leg, ankle or wrist — he now has an ability that I don’t think he had before. He might have had it, but I don’t think he had the wisdom, knowledge and experience at that time to utilize it in the respect that he does now. And that makes him a ton more dangerous. That is going to be something Hunter hasn’t faced before."Triple H

As for what it’s going to take to win at SummerSlam, HBK was brutally honest.

"I think that Hunter has the tools to defeat Brock, but it’s going to be tough. If he attacks him in the right respect, and avoids getting caught in the jaws of the alligator, he has a chance."

"But, if I had the answer to beating him, I wouldn’t be walking around with a broken arm," he said.

What will it be like watching SummerSlam from home?
Certainly, Triple H has his work cut out for him, especially since his best friend won't be in his corner this Sunday. Bothered that he can’t be there for his friend, Michaels explained he's suffering from more than just a broken arm.

"All the nagging injuries that I’ve had over the last 25 years were made a little worse in that thrashing I took in the parking lot [on Raw]. It's more an issue of me needing to heal a lot of stuff,” he said.

Paul HeymanHow will Heyman factor in?
Although HBK won’t be at SummerSlam, Paul Heyman will.

"Heyman is an issue. A lot of people don’t consider that. I would have liked to have been there to at least even the odds. And it bothers me that I can't," Michaels said.

“Sometimes your anger and aggression can get the best of you. I would have liked to have been there if I saw Hunter going in a direction that wasn’t going to serve him well — at least be there to verbally express that.”

What will happen at SummerSlam?
Regardless of who wins on Sunday, the potential for injury against Lesnar is very real.

"If, and when, Brock does get a hold of Hunter, what kind of damage is he going to do? Is winning going to be OK with him and then he’ll stop?” HBK asked.

"That’s certainly not what he did with me. He made his point with me and he took it one step further by breaking my arm. And that obviously is the biggest concern — him doing something like that to Hunter and there being no one there to stop it."

What’s next for HBK?
"The one thing about being retired is that I heal faster now than when on the road," Michaels said.

When asked how his injury will affect the upcoming hunting season, HBK was very optimistic.

"It’s a month away. I think I’ll heal fine. If I have to, I’ll start out with a crossbow."

More HBK
As SummerSlam approaches, follow what The Heartbreak Kid has to say on Twitter at: twitter.com/ShawnMichaels.

And, catch "Shawn Michaels’ MacMillan River Adventures" on the Outdoor Channel Tuesdays at 11:30 p.m. ET, Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m. ET and Saturdays at 7:00 p.m. ET. (OFFICIAL WEBSITE)

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