Although "The Showstopper" is retired from professional wrestling following a loss to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 26 and "The Cerebral Assassin" is out of in-ring action rehabbing an injury after an "attack" from "The Celtic Warrior" Sheamus on an episode of WWE Monday Night RAW, it doesn't mean that the two decided to stay out of the headlines.
No one can question the legacy that "The Game" Triple H and "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels have made for themselves competing in World Wrestling Entertainment, not only as singles competitors capturing multiple championship titles, but together as one of the greatest factions in sports entertainment history, D-Generation X.
While they are surefire candidates to be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame sooner, rather than later, they sure seem to have an opinion on another certain individual who seemed like a worthy candidate.
In a recent online interview to help promote WWE WrestleMania XXVII in Atlanta, Georgia, Triple H and Shawn Michaels were asked about the possibility of seeing Bill Goldberg inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in his hometown, especially given rumors of a WCW-themed year.
"As far as the Hall of Fame goes, it's tough. We have a unique business, and we try to do a legitimate Hall of Fame. We try to honor the guys that deserve it. To the guys that go in, it's something special. I heard Hogan shit on it, but I don't think anything's special to him except for money," Triple H told Jason Kirk of SB Nation Atlanta. "Like, if you called Michael Jordan to put him into the Basketball Hall of Fame, and he said, 'Alright, but I'm only gonna show up if I get to play for the Bulls next year.'
"We get that all the time. We call a guy to honor him in the Hall of Fame, and he goes, 'I want to do an angle. I want a one-off. I need a hundred grand," Triple H added. "So when you say, 'What about Goldberg,' no offense to Bill, but you've got guys like Bruno Sammartino that were legends with longevity that should be in there, but they're holding out because they think they've got one more run. Just using Bill as an example, how many years did he wrestle? Not many."
Michaels also chimed in on the matter and had a little more criticism of the possibility of seeing Goldberg in the Hall of Fame in the future.
"To me, he's not even in the ballpark," Shawn Michaels said blatantly about the prospect of Goldberg entering this year's Hall of Fame class. Not because he's not talented, but greatness doesn't happen in a few years. Greatness is established over a long period of time. We try to promote people and get them over, but you can't do it that quickly. In our line of work, there are other qualities that make somebody viable besides just whether they're tough or not. In every other line of work...like if you're a lineman who can't play, everybody knows you can't play."
However, Goldberg responded late last night about their comments and didn't seem to have much animosity towards their thoughts on his spot in the WWE Hall of Fame.
"I read HHH and HBK's views on the WWE HOF....everyone is entitled to their own opinion," Bill Goldberg said on his official Twitter account. "They do have a point if induction is based on tenure."
In all fairness, Goldberg should have respectfully asked about the long, great tenure of Koko B. Ware and maybe his case would have been made.
Contributing author Christopher Dunfee is a feature writer for ForceOfWrestling.com and covers professional wrestling organizations World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. To contact Christopher for radio appearances or any other media inquiries, be sure to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.