It was long rumored that WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson did not get along backstage. Their issues with one another appeared to have come from HBK disrespecting The Rock’s grandmother during a WWE show in Hawaii. Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart even wrote in his autobiography that Michaels hated The Rock when he arrived on the scene in WWE.
Fans never got to see The Rock and Michaels go one-on-one in the ring. During his appearance on Logan Paul’s ImPAULsive podcast, Michaels addressed whether there is any beef between himself and The Rock.
You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:
On his relationship with Rock: “I’ve never worked with him. I work with — you know, his daughter is here [in NXT], you know what I mean? So look, the times I’ve seen him, we’ve always gotten along okay. I’ll say this, that was never — I don’t think it was as bad as everyone made it out to be. Yeah, you know what I mean? I mean, I know again, I gave everybody a hard time back when I was younger. But when I came back, I made sure I went up to everybody and at least [said] like, ‘Sorry.’ Honestly, that’s the best that I could do though.”
On making amends when he came back: “But I tried, when I came back in 2002, I knew there was going to be [a reaction] of like, ‘Yeah, we’ll see.’ It was important to me to go around and make amends, at least tell everyone, ‘Sorry about the way I was. And I got no excuse but I’m willing to earn back whatever. And look, if you never talk to me again, I’m cool with that too.’”