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Shawn Michaels on overselling in his match with Hulk Hogan at SummerSlam, reflects on his WWE return in 2002

WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels recently appeared on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast. During the interview, he was asked about his WWE return in 2002. He said that people knew he was coming back for one more match and he didn’t know what his body could handle, so they didn’t talk about anything past his match with Triple H at SummerSlam in 2002. He noted that he felt good through the match and he made a decision. He got a phone call from Vince McMahon asking about him returning, and he had an idea. He said that the next thing was the Elimination Chamber match. He said that even at that point, they were just taking one match at a time. Then in December of that year, he said that was the time that they had a sit-down and really figure out what is going on here. He noted that he lost the World Title to Triple H and Chris Jericho did a promo about him. He noted that he was supposed to leave for a while, but instead, he came back a little bit later after thinking about doing a match with Jericho at WrestleMania 19.

When asked about why he oversold in his SummerSlam match with Hulk Hogan in 2005. He said that you could look at the match and say that he didn’t do a good job, but he pointed out that if you go back to his early part of his career and see him bouncing around all the time. He brought up how Dolph Ziggler bumps. He said that if what he did in the Hogan match was overselling then what Ziggler does on a regular basis is just that and how they worked. “I was out there trying, obviously too hard, I guess, in some people’s eyes. I was just trying to make it a good match because I felt like it wasn’t going to be.”

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