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

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March 19, 2013

Regardless of whether Triple H would embrace retirement, perhaps the bigger question is whether he would be able to accept his career coming to a close at the hands of someone like Brock Lesnar. Not only did The Anomaly defeat Triple H at SummerSlam, but he also broke The Game’s arm twice while targeting those close to him — including his father-in-law Mr. McMahon, his D-Generation X cohorts The New Age Outlaws and, last August, HBK. (WATCH)

“This is unlike my match with Flair or my match with The Undertaker in that with Triple H and Brock, there’s no mutual respect,” said Michaels, who was the victim of Lesnar’s savage Kimura Lock submission hold, which nearly snapped his arm in two. “Brock Lesnar would take joy in ending the career of Triple H for all of the wrong reasons. The Undertaker [retired] me on a strict, professional level. Even he was saddened by the outcome because he knew what it entailed. Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar are going to take joy in ending the career of Triple H if it happens. And I think therein lies the tough part of making it stick. It’s harder when the guy gets enjoyment out of it, almost from a vendetta standpoint. The competitor in Triple H would have a difficult time having to deal with that.”

Triple H As someone who is no stranger to retirement matches, and certainly no stranger to the destruction Lesnar is capable of, Michaels had just one piece of advice to offer his friend.

“Hunter needs to use that anger,” Michaels asserted. “I know he doesn’t like Brock Lesnar, I know in Triple H’s mind, Brock Lesnar stands for everything that he doesn’t like about people in his line of work, so to speak. This isn’t a match about mutual respect. This is a match about two guys that don’t like each other and stand for two totally different things. Brock’s not there for the love of the job or for the WWE Universe. He has no respect for the tradition and no respect for the business. He’s in WWE for all the wrong reasons. And that’s going to drive Triple H to work harder. It’s going to be a war.”

Be sure to follow Ric Flair (@RicFlairNatrBoy) and Shawn Michaels (@ShawnMichaels) on Twitter, and don’t miss HBK on "Shawn Michaels' MacMillan River Adventures," Tuesdays at 11:30 p.m. ET, Fridays at 7:30 a.m. ET and Saturdays at 7 p.m. ET on the Outdoor Channel.

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