HBK is back to his losing-his-smile lying ways.
"When The Rock's Grandmother took over Peter Maivia's Wrestling Fed, The
Rockers were on the card and demanded things and were very disrespectful
to The Rock's Grandmother and both Shawn and Marty (mostly Shawn) Bullied
Also there was the time when the Rock was going get a big push and Shawn
Michaels did everything politically to hold him down for some reason...
Bret Hart Pushed for the Rock to get a bigger role and fought for him to
get pushed.. here is another interview.
Their issues persisted several years later when Johnson was a rookie
starting out in WWE. Bret Hart wrote in his 2007 autobiography, Hitman:
My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling, that Michaels and Triple
H disliked Johnson “intensely.” Both resented him because he was
talented and Hart, a political foe, had taken a shine to him. Many
believe they were out to sabotage Johnson so that Hunter would ascend to
the top before him, since they were both viewed as the future of the
company at the time.
Michaels and Hunter conspired to obstruct Johnson’s push in March 1997,
who was the Intercontinental Champion at the time. Michaels suggested to
Vince McMahon that Johnson lose the title to Hart on an episode of Raw.
Meanwhile, Hunter insisted to Hart that he beat Johnson. Their
suggestion would serve two purposes — sabotage Johnson’s push and take
Hart out of the world title scene. Hart, however, refused to beat
Johnson. Hart felt it wouldn’t build heat for his newly launched heel
turn, not to mention that it would undermine Johnson. Instead, Hart
insisted on a DQ finish, which infuriated Michaels and Hunter.
Keller: I don't think Shawn Michaels's name has come up other than
when we talked about the Survivor Series. What are your thoughts on him?
Was he helpful to you? Was he a hindrance to you? Was he someone you
learned from, even his mistakes? Did he set a good example?
Rock: He was not helpful to me. I never sought his help. I really have nothing to say about Shawn.
Keller: Is that because if you can't say something good, you don't want to say anything at all?
Rock: Not necessarily. He was cordial with me as I was with him. But
other than that, he doesn't know me well enough to speak of me and I
don't know him well enough to speak of him.
Keller: Michaels is regarded as a fabulous athlete, a fabulous
performer, and one of the best of this era or generation. If you agree
with that to any degree, do you have a desire to work a top program with
him if he were able to come back and work a handful of matches?
Rock: No, I have no desire to work with Shawn. None whatsoever."