Flair and HBK on Triple H 'hanging up the boots'

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March 19, 2013

Flair affirms that despite how difficult it was for HBK to bid farewell to the WWE Universe, Michaels — who co-founded D-Generation X with longtime friend Triple H back in 1997 — is the only Superstar in the last 10 years to leave the ring with “peace of mind.”

“Everything I did in the ring that night was moment by moment, second to second,” The Showstopper said in a phone interview. “You know, I think I was in a position that many people aren’t in. And I was very content with where I was at. Afterward, I was so proud of the match, that I was able to focus more on that than the idea that my career was over. And I was overjoyed that I was now at a place where I was going to be with my family on a regular basis. As much as I loved my life in WWE and still do, I was ready.” (WATCH: HBK VS. THE UNDERTAKER AT WRESTLEMANIA XXVI)

But despite commitment to family and his role as a WWE executive, it remains to be seen whether The King of Kings will be fully prepared to vacate the throne when and if the time comes.

D-Generation X“I certainly believe that he’s got plenty of other responsibilities that would keep him busy,” said Michaels, Triple H’s “Kliq” cohort. “I think he would be content. He’s always had a level head on his shoulders — more so than me — so from that standpoint, I think he would. Could he say, ‘absolutely no more, not even here and there’? I don’t know. I think that’s always the million-dollar question for all of us.”

Flair, who himself has never strayed far from the vicinity of the ring over the years, is less confident that Triple H would settle into new roles that do not involve in-ring competition.

“Triple H is a student of this business and has studied and has loved it since he was a young man, and it’s reflected in who he is. And I think he needs to stay active and keep contributing in the ring. He can’t stay backstage or in the office. He’ll get bored with that real fast.”

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