WARNING:We have detected your browser is out of date. For both performance, security and a better web experience you should keep up to date to avoid viruses, malware, hijacking and stay on top of compatibility features.
Shawn Michaels On The Manhattan Center, Classic One-Hour Match With John Cena, Becoming An nWo Member
Posted By: Ben Jordan Kerin on Jan 22, 2018
WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels recently spoke with NBC Sports to promote tonight's 25th anniversary of Monday Night Raw. He discussed a number of topics including possibly returning to the Manhattan Center tonight, his near one-hour match with John Cena on April 23, 2007 and his 2002 return as a member of the nWo.
Potentially returning to the Manhattan Center tonight
"Well I gotta tell you, I hope that's where I get to go. No one has made any decisions yet as far as I know. As much as I love the Barclays Center, I would rather get to go back to the Manhattan Center.
"I don't know that at the time I was mature enough to appreciate how unbelievably cool and awesome that building was.
"It's sort of like a rock band. They start out in those places and then you want to get to play in stadiums. As phenomenal as it is to be in front of 80 or 90,000 people in a stadium, it's really hard to beat going back to those intimate places, filling them up, and feeling that electricity, that passion, that excitement in that environment.
"For me if I were to get to pick, that's where I would want to go back to, especially on that night."
His one-hour match with John Cena on April 23, 2007, from London, England
"So that turned out at the very end of our European tour that year. We had already been on the road there for over a week.
"I found out what we were doing when I got to the building and was like, 'Oh my goodness!' When you hear that the match is going an hour, it seems like a long time, but when you're working with someone like John so much … I've had the opportunity to go back and watch that match and it just flows right by. That's obviously a testament to John and heck I'll even pat myself on the back a little for that one (laughs).
"It's amazing how trying to do that hour-long match didn't seem like such a big mountain to climb. It really helps when you have a history with someone. John and I were coming off of the WrestleMania  match and because of that, we had a decent amount of story points to work around, so it was easy.
"It obviously doesn't hurt when you're in a phenomenal environment as well. Let's face it, the folks in the U.K. are pretty easy to wrestle in front of. They are a very passionate group. I gotta say that's one of my favorite matches."
His return to WWE television in 2002 as a member of the nWo
"I honestly don't know where it was supposed to go because I had just gotten back to WWE. The extent of it, that I knew, was that Kevin [Nash] was supposed to work with Hunter at the next Pay-Per-View. I know that we had turned on Booker and then we turned on [Big] Show, but I honestly don't know where it was going because I was just finding my footing and didn't know enough to be asking someone, 'Where is this going?'
"I had no intention of wrestling at that point and then of course, so many things changed after Kevin went down. I need to hunt someone down and find the answer."
Dec 08 - WWE Superstar Nia Jax has been sidelined since April of this year due to a dual ACL injury and tears in both of her knees that required surgery. She recently uploaded some footage of herself at the W[...]
Dec 08 - From The Ultimate Warrior to Stone Cold Steve Austin and John Cena, we have seen many custom title belts that seem to capture the persona of the holder. A week ago on SmackDown, Bray Wyatt announced [...]
Dec 08 - AEW star Jon Moxley made a surprise appearance after the World Tag League finals. He made his appearance after Lance Archer’s match. Archer is now the IWGP United States Champion, the title Mox[...]
Dec 08 - AEW Champion Chris Jericho appeared in a video during New Japan Pro Wrestling’s World Tag League event in a video package as The Painmaker with a new promo. In the video, Jericho addressed Hiro[...]
Dec 08 - During last night's Impact Wrestling "No Surrender" event Scott D’Amore came out to the ring and made a special announcement. D’Amore offered Larry D an Impact Wrestling contract. This is[...]
Dec 08 - WWE tag team The Revival took to Twitter recently to give Tony Schiavone a shoutout, except eagle-eyed fans noticed the photo they posed in wasn't with the actual AEW announcer, in fact it was just a [...]
Dec 08 - If you wondered why WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s name was trending on Twitter in the early hours of Sunday morning there is no need for alarm. His name was thrown in the mix of a guessing game [...]
Dec 07 - Friday’s WWE SmackDown scored 2.446 million viewers, according to Showbuzz Daily. This is up from last week’s 2.325 viewers. The blue-brand was #7 for the night. The episode drew a 0.7 ra[...]
Dec 07 - After being granted his release from WWE, ACH appeared to be on his way to signing with MLW. Yet, in a shocking turn of events, the star announced he’s quitting wrestling. He made the ann[...]
Dec 07 - Chris Jericho and his stable Inner Circle are one of AEW’s top acts. During a recent episode of his podcast, Jericho revealed the original ideas that were discussed during the formation o[...]
Dec 07 - WWE is preparing to host another show at Madison Square Garden on December 26th. With the event a few weeks away, new matches have been added to the card. Here’s what fans can expe[...]
WWE UK Championship Reported Stolen In Chicago The WWE UK Championship has been stolen in a car rental smash and grab. WWE Superstar and current UK Champion Walter reported the robbery, which took place in Chicago, IL. Aside from the champi[...]
Dec 07 - The WWE UK Championship has been stolen in a car rental smash and grab. WWE Superstar and current UK Champion Walter reported the robbery, which took place in Chicago, IL. Aside from the champi[...]
Dec 07 - Pro wrestling legend Bobby Fulton, one half of The Fantastics with Tommy Rogers, revealed on Facebook yesterday night that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer. He posted: "Good Evening![...]
Impact Wrestling Star Moose Injured Impact Wrestling star Moose looks set to miss upcoming events due to an injury. He tweeted the following video of himself receiving treatment backstage. WARNING: If you don't like needles do not pres[...]
Dec 07 - Impact Wrestling star Moose looks set to miss upcoming events due to an injury. He tweeted the following video of himself receiving treatment backstage. WARNING: If you don't like needles do not pres[...]
Dec 07 - WWE star Oney Lorcan announced on Twitter that he has signed a new multi-year deal with the company. He tweeted: "I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT I HAVE AGREED TO A NEW MULTI YEAR CONTRACT AGREEMENT [...]
Dec 07 - Former WWE star ACH (Jordan Myles), who recently returned to MLW took to social media to explain why he targeted ROH star Jay Lethal when he had his meltdown on Twitter recently. "f--k ROH TOO! The[...]
SmackDown Quick Results (12/06/2019) Below is the summary and recap for tonight's episode of SmackDown: *Opening Segment* The show kicks off with Miz TV. We are told that Daniel Bryan has not been seen since the attack by The Fiend las[...]
Dec 06 - Below is the summary and recap for tonight's episode of SmackDown: *Opening Segment* The show kicks off with Miz TV. We are told that Daniel Bryan has not been seen since the attack by The Fiend las[...]
More Matches Announced For The TLC PPV Another set of match announcements took place tonight on SmackDown. It was previously rumored that Daniel Bryan would face The Fiend, but we now see that The Miz will be taking on Bray Wyatt, not The[...]
Dec 06 - Another set of match announcements took place tonight on SmackDown. It was previously rumored that Daniel Bryan would face The Fiend, but we now see that The Miz will be taking on Bray Wyatt, not The[...]
Dec 06 - We saw a 4-Way Elimination Tag Team Match tonight on SmackDown that decided the opponents that will get to challenge The New Day for their SD Tag Titles at the upcoming TLC PPV. The match included Lu[...]
Elias Returns To In-Ring Action Although it was not an official match, we saw Elias accept a fight challenged to him by Drake Maverick after a backstage altercation. Maverick comes to the ring and calls out Elias and the Drifter ob[...]
Dec 06 - Although it was not an official match, we saw Elias accept a fight challenged to him by Drake Maverick after a backstage altercation. Maverick comes to the ring and calls out Elias and the Drifter ob[...]
Dec 06 - Former NXT referee, Jessika Carr, made her official main roster debut tonight with the Blue Brand. This makes Jessika the very first full-time women's referee with SmackDown. Congratulations to Jess[...]