A few weeks ago Shawn Michaels came out of retirement when he teamed up with Triple H to take on the Brothers of Destruction at Crown Jewel. Luckily for DX they picked up the win, but unfortunately Triple H injured himself in the process, and he recently underwent surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle.
Shawn Michaels recently opened up about the match during an appearance on E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness, and he said that Triple H showed no interest in quitting when he realized he was injured (via WrestleZone).
“This looked like something he could a little bit work around, so I just said, ‘Are you sure?’ He said, ‘Yeah, I’ll get through it.’ So you just make that agreement and you guys – everybody has one way or another fought through injuries before and gutted it out, it’s not as pretty obviously as you’d like it to be. It’s much like, now, everybody knows he was hurt and it begins to take on another dynamic, like, ‘Holy cow man, all of them are old. One guy hasn’t been in the ring in eight years. The other guy got hurt. Considering all those dynamics, those guys did OK.’ It adds to the mystique, so to speak. In this particular match, we were last. We were the main event. You’ve got to put in some time. Of all the injuries I’ve had, I’ve never torn anything…this, I didn’t know and of course, as you know, he’s gonna say yes, as he did. That was my biggest concern is him continuing going to make this worse. I don’t know and he’s not gonna tell you. He’s gonna say, ‘Yes, I can get through it.’ It’s really trying to figure out – again, it’s one of those things, ‘Do I grab a chair and just start swinging and just forget about this and get him out of here?’ He was adamant about it, so we sorta knew where we were going and that I could take the bulk of it, if he could sorta get through even a couple things of the comeback, but it’s a huge question mark. You’re still not sure. It is one of those things where if anything could go wrong, it did. I guess we’ll adapt like we do and make the best of it.”
Michaels also indicated that he agreed to the match because he knew that he had an advantage working a tag team match with the 3 other big names involved.
“As you guys know, you can do whatever you want; but, nothing prepares you for that. Thankfully, it was a tag team match. That was a huge advantage, obviously. It didn’t help [with] Hunter getting hurt, but like the crazy man he is, he still went through his stuff and thankfully, there’s no way you’re gonna be slower than the 300 pound guys [laughter]. That’s the whole reason I said yes to this because it seemed like if there was going to be a way, this would be the perfect dynamic. You know what I mean? You got all these elements together; those guys, the experience, plenty of bodies, plenty of people to do sorta their signature stuff. Everybody play their greatest hits and we should be OK.”
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