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Shawn Michaels Comments On His Staredown With Adam Cole

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Speaking on a media call following Night One of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, Shawn Michaels said that while his recent staredown with Adam Cole was fun, he won’t be getting back into the ring.

Answering a question put to him by Nick Hausman, Shawn Michaels said that the altercation was fun, and commented on the similarities between himself and Cole.

“Well, look, I was walking back from the ring and he said he’s just started staring at me. So I just started staring back, so that Adam Cole if he looks at me wrong, I’m going to have to slap the taste of his mouth… I love Adam Cole. He’s one of my boys. But no, no, like I said, you’re like everybody knows some of the similarities between Adam Cole and myself. And, you know, that was just to me, that was just a fun, awesome moment.”

HBK expanded further, adding that the moment also got him a “little giddy” saying that he wishes that it would have happened 10 or 15 years ago.

“You know, prior to that, in the Devlin, Santos introduction of the Ladder Match that’s going to be taking place tomorrow night. Night two. But but yeah, no, that was just a moment there between Adam Cole and myself. Got to say for me, it was it was kind of fun and it got me a little giddy too, because that’s like that’s one of those ones that you wish you were 10 or 15 years younger, that would have been cool at one time.”

Elsewhere during the call, speaking to Inside The Ropes’ Gary Cassidy, Triple H and Michaels praised “absolute star” Raquel Gonzalez. Michaels recalled when he first saw Gonzalez in a match with Rhea Ripley, adding that he immediately knew they would both be stars.

“It was two and a half years ago and I just happened to stroll into a coconut show in St. Petersburg. And there was this… I mean, two unbelievably beautiful, tall, strong women in all black. It was Raquel Gonzalez and Rhea Ripley standing there together and I remember just sitting there and looking at them and going, ‘Oh, my goodness, those two are going to be stars.’ And it’s happened. Watching Rhea Ripley – homegrown. Right? I mean, she’s NXT through and through and I’ve had the opportunity to watch her grow into an incredible performer.”

NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night 2 airs tonight via USA Network in the US and BT Sport in the UK, and streaming exclusively on Peacock in the US and on WWE Network everywhere else. Full results from Night 1 are available here.