In the latest edition of “The Ross Report” podcast with Jim Ross, Shawn Michaels reveals WWE wants him to compete at WrestleMania 32 on April 3, 2016. Michaels also talks about remaining retired, why he wouldn’t want to work on the WWE creative team, his book, and more.
When discussing WWE related topics, Ross brought up the fact that the company will likely be making offers to former WWE Superstars such as Michaels and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to have them appear and/or compete in matches at WrestleMania 32.
The event will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and as previously reported, the company will be trying to fill the card with big names in order to try and sell the venue out and set a new in-door attendance record.
Michaels responds to Ross saying that WWE would likely be making him an offer by saying,
“I’ve already had an offer. I enjoy being retired.”
He continues discussing his retirement, and why he’s stayed away by saying,
“I’ve had the ability to be involved in whatever it is I’d like to take part in. That offer’s always sort of been there. Right now, I choose not to do that. I’m interested in trying new things. Even with my outdoor show, we’re looking at changing the format of that to make it more than just a hunting show so to speak.
Then obviously doing this book. I want to go back and do it when I’m passionate about it, and right now, I’m passionate about other things. I don’t want to make it sound like I’m too good for the WWE, I’m not. I don’t want to go back and do a job I’m not 100 percent into.
It’s not fair to them, and not fair to me.”
Michaels then says that he wouldn’t want to work for WWE’s creative team either, saying,
“It wouldn’t be a great fit for me. There’d be a LOT of stifling going on. I’ve been able to sway them on things other people couldn’t.
I’d be open to the Pat Patterson gig, where you have a couple of projects and you could write in from home about it. If you’re going to be there every week, you might as well go back and be an on-air character and make more money.”
The entire interview is available here.