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Shawn Michaels praises Samoa Joe, comments on Kurt Angle being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame

WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels recently spoke with Justin Barrasso of SI.com about various topics. During the interview, he was asked about a possible match with AJ Styles. He said that he thinks that everyone wants to see him wrestle Styles at WrestleMania and that’s the only match that people have talked about. He said that he really likes Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins. He pointed out that he saw Samoa Joe while he was in NXT and that Joe makes everything he does in the ring look very good and that it’s one of those things that he knows could be easy due to him making a beatdown look good. He praised Joe by saying that Joe’s stuff looks so good and crisp, and he’s a pretty tough, rugged-looking dude. “It’s a different kind of match than an AJ-Shawn match. An AJ-Shawn match would be something that you’d expect to be like what you saw with Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle. That’s a lot of fun to do, but it is also a lot of work. I guess I speak more of Samoa Joe because it is one of those things that can be good, like a Shawn and ’Taker, but it’s a heck of a lot easier to do physically. Of course, when you get up there in age, those are the things you think about. It’s more about the story you’ve got to tell, and it’s a little less physical.” He added that there are several good guys in the company and that WWE is in good hands with those talents.

When asked which matches he is excited to see at Wrestlemania 33, he said that he is looking forward to Owens – Chris Jericho and that he doesn’t know who Styles is wrestling at the event but noted that he always looks forward to seeing who Styles is wrestling. He believes that Triple H – Seth Rollins will be a good match and is interested in what happens with The Undertaker. He added that he is blown way that he is still out there doing it.

When asked about Kurt Angle being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, he said that Angle’s best stuff was on the WWE stage and that it’s nice to see Michaels comeback and get recognized for his contributions. “ I’m so amazed that he could go from this gold-winning Olympian and transition so flawlessly into our line of work. Nothing was out of the ballpark for him. He could wrestle, he could be silly, he could out-wrestle guys. Kurt adapted to the world of the WWE unlike anybody with his unbelievably legitimate credentials behind him.”

You can read the entire interview here.






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