It’s been a while since we last had a definitive Man Hug Moment and if ever there was a hug which represented a particular bond between two men, it was Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels’ embrace on last week’s Raw.

Social etiquette is tricky. How well do you have to know someone before it’s acceptable to hug them? From what I’ve experienced and witnessed, Mediterranean types are quite happy to fondle each other as a matter of course. What the British might consider inappropriate groping, the Spanish and the Italians consider to be just as polite as a gentle handshake. And that’s before we even get started on air-kissing. In France it’s two kisses for general acquaintances and three for friends and family. But at which juncture of the relationship might one switch from being an acquaintance to a friend? Minefield! Personally, I’m all for hugs. They’re one of the best things about having arms and man hugs are the sweetest of all.

Shawn Michaels may be the Heartbreak Kid, but he certainly didn’t melt Bret Hart’s insides last week. Have you ever fallen out with someone, then reconciled your differences, only to realise it’s going to take longer than you thought before you’re true friends again? I have. And it goes a little something like this:

Alright, so not all Man Hugs leave you with a warm glow inside. In fact, this one was chillier than the freezing British cold snap we’ve been enduring this past fortnight. But how could I possibly have a segment on hugging and not mention the most epic display of body language speaking louder than words ever? You don’t know me at all!


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