Shawn Michaels says it is "easy" not to miss wrestling in WWE

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WrestleMania 32 saw a trio of WWE legends return to the ring in the form of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and Mick Foley.

Their entrance, and subsequent beat down of both the League of Nations and The New Day, had some fans wishing the veterans were involved on a more regular basis.


Unfortunately for them, however, it doesn't look like that will be happening when it comes to Michaels, at least. That's after the 50-year-old Superstar explained, in comments that won't have been welcomed by Vince McMahon, why it was "easy" not to miss WWE.


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"Everybody asks me, ‘Do you miss it?’," Michaels said during an appearance on Vince Russo's 'The Brand' podcast.

"No, I don’t miss it because what’s on TV now isn’t what I used to do. So it’s easy not to miss.”

Although 'The Heartbreak Kid' didn't elaborate on just what is so different about the current WWE product, it isn't too difficult to see what he is referring to.


Back in his 1990s and early '00s heyday, Michaels was part of a WWE (then WWF) product that was far more keen to please the hardcore wrestling fans, and wasn't as focussed on the outside world as it seems to be today.

There were fewer distractions, and seemingly fewer rules too, in HBK's era and clearly the PG defined product we have today doesn't quite fit the Hall of Famer's definition of wrestling.

That isn't to say that 'The Main Event' wishes to wash his hands of the organization. His return to stun the crowd at 'Mania 32 just last week shows that he can still be called upon on special occasions.

Michael's comments do, though, suggest we won't be seeing him make any sort of long-term return to in-ring action - even if he did look in good enough shape to do so.

It is disappointing to see one of the veterans of the business fail to identify with the WWE as it is right now. However, as with everything, things eventually evolve and move on from how they used to be.

Whether the changes seen in WWE have been for better or for worse is another questions altogether.

In Michael's own words, even if a lot of fans have been put off by how things have changed, the very fact they keep watching means things won't go back to how they were:

“I get what those hardcore fans say and they don’t like it, but at the same time, and I’m going to get a lot of heat for this, but it is true: You do keep watching. The ratings may go down, but we’re not losing you.”

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