Shawn Michaels In WCW

Hey Scott, I recently watched one of the Legends Roundtables (on the network!) and they mention that after Michaels and Bret Hart's backstage fight in 1997, there were rumors that after Michaels left the locker room he was going to Boston where WCW was taping 1997 in order to jump ship to them. My question is, why did Bischoff never really go after Shawn as heavily as he did Bret to get him into WCW? At that point Michaels was easily as over as Bret, maybe even more so, plus his buddies were basically running the show there. I've heard some people say that WCW wouldn't have known what to do with him just like they didn't know what to do with Bret, but I find it hard to believe that with as much stroke as Nash had that he would have been buried. Was it a case of Michaels being worried that Hogan would halt any advancement for him there or what?Bischoff couldn't ever officially go after Shawn because he was locked up airtight with the WWF, although apparently at various points in the Bret feud Shawn threw tantrums to Vince trying to get fired and/or released so he could go to WCW with Hall & Nash.  That would have of course been suicide, but Shawn was on a lot of drugs at that point anyway.  Bischoff was smart enough not to tamper with contracts by that point and there was no actual threat of Shawn leaving, as much as he wanted to by 1997.  

September Classics: The British Bulldog vs. Shawn Michaels – One Night Only 9/27/97

I found it very difficult to find One Night Only videos that were intact. This was a very good UK PPV, and I remember watching it live back in Canada, the homeland. Plenty of this thing called “wrestling” on this show. There was a Dude Love vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley match, Vader vs. Owen Hart, and The Undertaker vs. Bret Hart. But do you think I could find a complete version of any of those? So I settled for this two-part clip of HBK and the Bulldog. The heat for this match was off the friggin’ charts. Don’t forget to click on “read more” to get the second part. Enjoy.

Shawn Michaels vs. The British Bulldog (9 20 97… by Yosihait

Shawn Michaels vs. The British Bulldog (9 20 97… by Yosihait

September Classics: The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels – Ground Zero 9/7/97

This match received top billing over a WWF Championship match. The first major meeting between two of the top stars of all time. The match may end in a schmozz, but how they got there is the story. This would set up the first-ever Hell in a Cell match the next month. The video is in two parts, so click the Read More link to get the second half.



September Classics: Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind – In Your House: Mind Games

So I said the other day that this match has been shown many times. However, it’s hard to deny that it’s a memorable match. Foley was able to keep up with Michaels for thirty minutes. We all know the story of Vince McMahon changing the match on the fly, but it doesn’t really take away form the fact that this match saved what was otherwise a forgettable show.

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Shawn Michaels exaggerated back injury question

Hey Scott,
Every time Shawn's back injury is covered on documentaries, video packages, etc., they always skim over the details of that four years. How could he comeback from a career ending back injury, perform at a high level, and perform some of the craziest bumps at his age?
​Because Jesus, I guess?  Seriously, dude, he had SPINAL FUSION surgery, that wasn't something you can fake for time off, it was legitimate career-ending shit and to this day there's no rational explanation for why he was able to come back and still be able to wrestle at that level.  That's why it's all the more awe-inspiring that he was able to make an entire second career for himself and hold out as long as he did.  ​

August Classics: Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H – SummerSlam ’02

HBK’s comeback match in 2002. At the time, there were certain circles that questioned the purpose of the match, and who it helped. My stance was and is the match kicked ass many times over and who cares. When a ***** match is on display, shut up and enjoy it.

SummerSlam 2002 – Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels… by Maxi_AguayoCopeland

July Classics: Shawn Michaels vs. Jeff Jarrett – In Your House 2

Fire up the Network for this one. I couldn’t find a good copy on the Youtubes or Dailymotion.

Jarrett came in as the Intercontinental Champion, and had just “performed” his hit single “With My Baby Tonight” earlier in the show. HBK was the red hot babyface. Arguably, the best match in 1995.

MOTD: Mr Perfect vs Shawn Michaels At Stars & Stripes Forever 91

Here’s a Mr. Perfect vs. Shawn Michaels match that’s pretty obscure.

Taped 3/11/91, aired on the Prime Time Wrestling “Road to WrestleMania VII: Stars And Stripes Forever” special on 3/17/91. 

Hennig was on a major roll at this point, no doubt.  Shawn was no slouch himself.  Had the Summerslam 93 match even been this good, people wouldn’t have been so pissed about it, I think.