Shawn Michaels has responded to a series of claims made by Brutus Beefcake.
On the infamous ‘Plane Ride from Hell’ episode of Dark Side of the Ring, Brutus Beefcake made a series of serious allegations about Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty.
The former WWE star alleged that the pair — formerly known as The Rockers, used so-called “H-Bombs” to drug women before leaving them in hotel hallways when they were “done with them.”
Despite the severity of the claims, Brutus later said they were nothing more than an “urban legend.”
During a media call ahead of NXT Vengeance Day, Shawn Michaels was asked about the claims by Nick Hausman. The comments about Michaels have resurfaced in recent days after Vince McMahon was named in a lawsuit alleging sex trafficking and sexual assault.
In response to Hausman, Michaels said the allegations were “wrestling stories,” and pointed out that Beefcake had since retracted them.
“I’ll say this, I’ve never shied away from the stupid stuff I did in the past. If you go back and ask Brutus Beefcake, he’ll tell you, one, never seen any of that actually happen. Again, wrestling stories. He’s also retracted that after saying it.
I can say this. I’ve had a lot of struggles in my life and I don’t know how to say this without sounding shameful, but being with a lady was not something Shawn Michaels had a difficult time doing. I’ve never been in a situation where it was not consensual in any way, shape, or form. I’ve never taken advantage of someone in that respect.
Those things are done for two reasons, and I’ve had a lot of counseling in my lifetime. The reason you do that stuff is because you dislike women or you have power issues. Shawn Michaels did not have those. He had insecurity issues and he had problems feeling like he wasn’t enough. That’s why you go to drugs and downers. The other stuff is build on power and disrespecting women, which is something I’ve never had.
Any accusations against me as far as non consensual time with a woman simply is not true. That’s why they’ve never come up in anything other than, and I don’t mean to be mean to you guys, but it’s never come up in anything other than wrestling stories.
Back in the day, it was dirt sheets and those things start from guys spinning a lot of stories that weren’t true,”
Shawn Michaels Talks Up NXT Environment
During the call, Shawn Michaels also discussed the importance of creating a safe learning environment for WWE’s stars of the future. The WWE Hall of Famer said he was proud of the work NXT has done in this regard, referencing significant policy updates in 2022.
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