Sometimes, even when we split an interview into parts (unknown and known), there is overflow. That occurred recently with WWE superstar Ted DiBiase Jr. and prior with WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels.
Similarities, yes. Each shares a love for fishing and hunting as well as faith and family.
• Shawn Michaels
More on concussions
“I’m all behind making it safer, but saying this is the reason this guy went and did a bunch of stupid stuff or a bunch of unforgiveable stuff because he got hit in the head too much, that I’m not behind. I’ll put my record of concussions or anything else up against, maybe not a football player but certainly anybody in my line of work. I don’t have the urge to shoot anybody. You know what I mean.
“There’s a lot left to find out. Let’s not say this team won, when the game’s not over.”
The second season of Shawn Michaels’ “MacMillian River Adventures” kicked off 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 26 on the Outdoor Channel. The show airs 11:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 a.m. Wednesdays and 7 p.m. Saturdays.
“We’ve won awards in our first year for Best Observation Show and were up for Best Show,” he said, “and it’s obviously one of the things I’m thrilled about doing.
“It’s funny. I wanted to be a wrestler and a cowboy. I’m not a cowboy, but I’ve spent more time on a tractor now or ever thought I would. That’s for sure. It’s been a joy.
“Doing another TV show and doing something else I enjoy that also provides for my family. We’ve got a freezer full of meat, and we do pretty well in the grocery department.
“I like to slow down a little bit. I like to hang out with my wife and kids and create a little homestead here on our ranch and see if there’s life after wrestling.
“All I’m doing is finding out what else is out there.”
Discussing fishing and hunting and faith with the DiBiases.
“Senior and I talk more just because we started out together [in the WWF],” Michaels said. “He’s older than me, but he was in that locker room when I was 19-years-old, and Senior was a big part of helping me when I found my faith.
“I thought, ‘Sure, everybody else has done bad stuff, but we’re wrestlers, and nobody’s done as bad as things as we’ve done.’ I need somebody who will understand. Senior helped me out a bunch, and he still does. He and I talk fairly regularly.
“Junior and I talked a bunch in the locker-room. He’s a wonderful, wonderful, solid young man. The Ted DiBiase Foundation that he’s started is something I liked to help him out with. He’s starting his family and his foundation, and I’d be pound to help him out with any endeavors he’s doing.”
• The Ted DiBiase Foundation offers individuals with life threatening illnesses or disabilities can meet DiBiase at WWE live events. More is also being planned.
Ted DiBiase Jr. said: “Being home [from injury], I’ve been able to work on that. We’ve got applications on the web site where fans can submit, if they know or have a critically ill child or know someone who needs some hope in their lives.