WWE Universal champion Kevin Owens has been mentored by some all-time greats. He’s gotten advice from Stone Cold, traded jokes with Dwayne Johnson and is now best friends with Chris Jericho.
But as he told Y2J when he appeared on the Talk is Jericho podcast, there’s one guy KO still marks out for - the Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels:
When he comes around, I'll be honest, I'm kind of like a giggling schoolgirl. Like, he's the one guy. Steve Austin or The Rock come by and I'll talk to them and it's great, but I can still contain myself. When Shawn's here… He made me want to do this, so when I get to sit next to him and watch the show, like in Australia last year, he was on the whole tour with us and every night, I'd sit next to him and we'd talk about what's happening in a match, wrestling, we'd talk about family, our kids. Stuff like that blows my mind.
So how did Owens react to news that Michaels is doing some coaching in his old stomping grounds, WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando? Well, he doesn’t even know what HBK is teaching (you’d think his powerful patron, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, would be able to give him some info), but he’s already got permission from the wife to spend some of his days off in Florida to find out:
I don't know the specifics, but I know he goes to the Performance Center and I know he's working with some people. Like, I know he was at the last NXT television tapings. I was legitimately upset that I don't live in Florida anymore because if I did, and I even talked to my wife about it, because I don't know the specifics yet, but the next time I have a few days off in a row, I said, “I think I'm going to go to Florida, if that's okay.”
She's like, “Yeah, okay.”
I'm like, “You know, Shawn Michaels is there.”
She goes, “Yeah, yeah, it's fine.”
I just want to go sit in on his class one day or something, but I don't even know if he has a class. I don't know what the specifics are. I just know that he wants to go help down there and he [has] been doing it and he [has] been going to the P.C. here and there. He was at the TV tapings. Yeah, I'd love to be around just to learn more.
Hopefully, Kevin will report back on what Shawn’s teaching, because I think we’d all like to know (I know his travelling partner Enzo Amore would).
And shout out to all the wives and partners like Karina Steen who say “Yeah, yeah, it’s fine” when their significant others want to run off and be big kids for a few days.