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Shawn Michaels Reveals Why He Took Creative Control Over Ric Flair’s Retirement Match, Rusev Comments On Missing SmackDown Live For 2 Weeks In A Row

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• Shawn Michaels Reveals Why He Took Creative Control Over Ric Flair’s Retirement Match

During a recent appearance on In The Corner podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels explained the reason why he took creative control over Ric Flair’s retirement match with him at WrestleMania 24 back in 2008.

Below is what HBK said:

“Truth be told, when it came to that kind of stuff, I am a bit of a control freak. Emotionally, I just knew what I wanted – especially with that match, that might quite honestly it was my ‘love letter’ to Ric Flair.

My way of trying to show him, not only the friendship that we have, but also the impact that he had on a 15 year old me, and trying to convey that to him through a wrestling match, and knowing that I couldn’t be the only guy that he had that effect on.

You hope that the other 80,000 fans out there get that; clearly everyone did, and the millions at home did.

It’s sort of making that decision as a performer to say, look, this is something I want to do, please let me do it. It’s not because you don’t want them to do anything to mess it up, it’s your feelings and emotion, so you have to be the one that is driving that match if it makes any sense.

That is why I was so adamant about that match. Honestly, that is how most of my matches were. I probably wrestled only one way too much from my heart than to my head, but honestly for me that is what made the difference in those matches, which was for me to do it in more from a 15 year old fan in me.”

• Rusev Comments On Missing SmackDown Live For 2 Weeks In A Row

Below is what Rusev tweeted regarding missing SmackDown Live two weeks in a row:

        
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