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WWE star Shawn Michaels takes on baseball's Barry Bonds

 Shawn Michaels has plenty of jabs for opponents--and baseball.
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Date published: 1/29/2006


World Wrestling Entertainment star Shawn Michaels body-slammed Major League Baseball and Barry Bonds this week, saying pro wrestling is more real than baseball.

Bonds has pulled out of the World Baseball Tournament, saying he won't play for the USA team because he doesn't want to risk injury.

But some are speculating the real reason might be the stringent Olympic-style steroids testing involved.

Asked if WWE stars, most of whom are pumped up like Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons, take steroids, Michaels declined to give a general answer.

"I can't speak for anybody but myself," Michaels said Wednesday in a phone interview. "I can pee in any cup any time, anywhere."

He said he thinks baseball stars like Bonds are given more latitude than pro wrestling stars.

"We do everything we can to make it legit, but people are on the WWE like white on rice," Michaels said.

He said wrestling, despite its scripted morality play dramatics, is honest with its fans.

Baseball, Michaels said, is not.

"If Barry Bonds can't hit [73] home runs without being on the gas, he should be a man and tell people that.

"The American public is very forgiving of people confessing they made mistakes," Michaels said. "Baseball isn't doing that."

The image of pro wrestling is over the top, but Michaels said that, in his case, what you see is what you get.

"My persona is who I am--a born-again Christian," he said. "Everything I do is real."

Michaels, who is scheduled to appear tonight on a WWE pay-per-view event, has just published a book, "heartbreak & triumph--The Shawn Michaels Story," with co-author Aaron Feigenbaum.

"A lot of guys younger than me in the wrestling business have written books," he said somewhat defensively. "I wanted to wait till I had something to talk about. and I think it's a good story. I'm happy with the finished product."

Sometimes known as "The Heartbreak Kid" and "The Showstopper" in the WWE, Michaels writes about the decision he made to leave college to pursue a career in pro wrestling.

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