I thought he came across as a thoughtful, articulate guy...
The WWE is lacking writing talent right now. Theyíre lacking people who actually know storylines and have experience in professional wrestling. The other thing is talent. Iím being straight honest with you guys, not trying to be rudeÖ but the young talent in the WWE simply SUCKS. They canít wrestle. They donít understand psychology. Most of the young guys just donít have enough experience in the independents to understand ring psychology. They can do all the moves, but they canít tell a decent story.
Iíll be quite honest with you. HHH is a guy who people say negative stuff about all the time, but every single experience I ever had with him was extremely positive. He was a good mentor to me and Jazz. I never saw any evidence of him being manipulative, or using his influence to punish people. Donít get me wrong Ė maybe he has Ė but I can only go by what me and Jazz both experienced, and everything involving HHH was positive. Instead of being cold and aloof, heíd go out of his way to help us with various in-ring techniques. I guess he saw something in us that he liked. I respect the man for all he did to help me and all the other wrestlers backstage.
I heard all those stories about the ďbadĒ Shawn Michaels, too, but just like with HHH, I can only report on my own experiences. In all honesty, all the stories I grew up hearing about the old Shawn Michaels, compared to the guy I actually met, it was literally like night and day.
The truth is, sports entertainment can really change a person, and all of us evolve over time. The Shawn Michaels I met and had the honor of wrestling was a superb mentor. Shawn goes around coaching backstage, and heís all about the betterment of the show. Heíll teach you what he knows and is a great guy to be around. I never saw any evidence whatsoever that heíd stab someone in the back. He was all about helping people, and was loved and respected by everyone backstage.
Bubba Ray Dudley & Big Vito [are the biggest a-holes] Ė and you can put that in big, black writing! One day Iíd like to meet those two in a ring Ė or even better, in an alley where we donít have any rules. Iím serious, too.
Hereís the deal: It all started in ECW when Jazz and I were first getting our start. Originally, Bubba Ray and Big Vito treated Jazz well, but after I joined the promotion, they viewed me as a threat and tried to burry me. They were playa-haters, and deliberately tried to hold me back. Itís something Iím still pissed about.
Personally, I've never been a big fan of Lawler's color commentary. I admire him for sticking by his then-wife when she walked out, but I wasn't sad to see him go. I really enjoyed Heyman's run as the color man on RAW.