Shawn Michaels earned the nickname Mr. WrestleMania because of his amazing feats during the biggest show of them all.
Now, far removed from the ring, Michaels can only observe and analyze like fans who tune in to the WWE's weekly programming and monthly pay-per-views. If anybody has some sense as to what might happen at WrestleMania, though, it might be The Heartbreak Kid.
Michaels joined Jim Ross' "The Ross Report" and decided to weigh on on the upcoming main event between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal title. His thoughts on what might happen are surprising, to say the least.
"It is, it’s one of those, whatever the object that doesn’t move and the immovable force or however that saying goes. And I think they will, I think they’ll do their high-impact stuff," Michaels said, referring the immovable object vs. unstoppable force phrase in reference to the bout.
"But the thing is, I think both of those guys are smart enough, they’ll get some mileage out of that and be able to tell a good story with that."
"I’m going to say, I think with those guys, they can tell a story, I mean, you might feel that it’s too much, but I feel like 17-ish, 15 to 17," Michaels concluded.
15-to-17 minutes featuring Lesnar and Goldberg? That seems like quite a stretch, especially considering the previous two matches between them has produced incredibly poor results.
The first meeting at WrestleMania 20 between the two giants lasted only a few minutes and featured the crowd booing during a rather boring match. The second meeting, at Survivor Series in 2016, lasted less than two minutes in total.
That doesn't sound like the lead up to a 15 minute match between two behemoths. It doesn't help that Goldberg captured the WWE Universal title in a match that lasted 21 seconds against Kevin Owens at Fastlane.
Yes, Owens needed to be crushed to continue putting Goldberg over, but reports indicate the WWE may have been concerned Goldberg isn't capable or producing an interesting match that lasts any significant amount of time.
That could change at WrestleMania 33, which rounds out a trilogy of matches for the two and may be the last time they meet, of course. Their "rivalry" could go out with a bang if they do indeed put together a slobberknocker of a match, but that seems like hopeful thinking.