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Michael Hayes Talks Owen Hart Not Being in the Hall Of Fame, SmackDown’s Crew vs. RAW’s, Seth Rollins

WWE Hall Of Famer Michael P.S. Hayes was recently a guest on The Ric Flair Show. You can check out some highlights from the appearance here:

On Bret Hart’s criticisms of The Hall Of Fame:

“It’d have been just as easy to say, ‘I’m a little disappointed in the WWE Hall Of Fame. I think people that are in there should have had a career in the WWE and here’s who I think should be in.’ Bam! And even if he wanted to say, ‘I think they deserve to be in more than The Freebirds.’ I’m fine with that!” Hayes averred, “Bret knows why Owen is not in the Hall Of Fame and it has nothing to do with The Fabulous Freebirds. I can tell you that. And the other guys that are in, whether you agree with that opinion or not, you’re entitled to it, but The Freebirds don’t have anything to do with them not going in or not going in as of yet.”

On Seth Rollins being ‘unsafe’ in the ring:

“You can’t find anybody in the locker room that does not want to work with Seth Rollins. Nobody! And ask John Cena what happened with the nose thing. John will tell you, ‘it was my fault’. Sting had this perennial neck problem from years of wrestling. And then, the thing with Finn B├ílor, Finn, you know, is supposed to take that thing on your shoulders, on your back. He put his arm back there to brace and there it went.”

On the SmackDown crew being ‘looser’ than RAW’s:

“There’s a lot of pressure to be on RAW. Not knocking SmackDown. In all my years here, SmackDown crew always seems a little more loose. They just do. And I don’t know exactly why that is. And I’m not saying pressure is a bad thing.” Hayes added, “any time you go out, there [are] good nerves that will motivate you to have your best performance.”

(All transcribed quotes courtesy of Wrestling Inc.)


  • D2K

    It’s probably why Smackdown consistently has had the better content. RAW takes itself too seriously,and so does WWE as a whole. Maybe having Shane around has something to do with it. He’s always been a more cool and laid-back kind of guy.

    I hope Shane gets control of the company before I get called home. I’d really love to see what WWE could look like under his leadership.