Was Shawn the chosen one?

Watching Survivor Series 91, which sows the seeds of the Rockers turn and it's amazing to think a year later Shawn was in the main event.  When they decided to break the Rockers up, was Shawn always pegged as the future, or was it a case where Jannetty let the demons get to him?   Were there thoughts Marty might end up just as big a star had he stayed clean?   Or was the rocket just strapped to Shawn's back from the barbershop turn?
​Well obviously once Shawn turned it was obvious which one was "chosen".  I remember reading Herb Kunze's Tidbits on RSPW from 1990, where the suggestion seemed to be that Jannetty was going to get a singles push after WM6, but I have no idea if that held up via the WON at the time.  That being said, once it became obvious who the colossal fuckup of the team really was, they were all in on Shawn being the guy to be the singles star.  Now, whether or not that meant they saw him as the mega-star he eventually became, I have no idea.  I would guess not, because the business was very different at the time he turned and things changed dramatically, leaving Shawn as the right guy at the right time despite his size. ​

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.  

October Classics: Razor Ramon & The 1-2-3 Kid vs. Shawn Michaels & Diesel – Action Zone 10/30/94

With the Razor’s Edge within the first couple of minutes of this match, I was hooked. I have not really seen this match included on any DVD sets (you may correct me if I’m wrong), and it certainly has not been seen on the Network. I’ve only ever seen this match when it originally aired. Call it ****1/2?

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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.

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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.  ​

WMXI Shawn screwed Diesel!

Hi Scott,

I watched a Nash interview a while back where he claims HBK tried to sabotage him at WMXI by intentionally running a fast paced match in order to blow him up and make himself look good in the process.

I rewatched the match and basically, yeah, that seems to be what happened. HBK was basically Summerslam '05 it the whole way, basically running at the speed of light and doing every "look at me" bump he could think of. Shawn was obviously wrestling to Diesel's weaknesses and making himself the star.

Not only that, but the match itself seemed laid out to make HBK seem like a total world beater, getting a visual pin on Nash and, never having Sid interfere (Except once or twice which backfire and, thus make HBK look even stronger since he definitely would have won had Sid not been there.)  

What was the thinking here? Did Shawn purposely sabotage the match to get over at Diesel's expense? If so, how could he have gotten away with it when Vince himself was watching the match from commentary (Not to mention Lawler, who definitely would've seen what Shawn was doing).

Was the match actually booked to benefit HBK? If so, WTF? Why sabotage your top star in your biggest event when you plan on making him the next Hogan? Why not lay out the match to have constant Sid interference and have Shawn play Chicken heel like this match seemed tailor-made for him to play? Hell, it would've flowed perfectly into the Sid-Nash feud they were going into anyway?

I'm no Nash fan but, geez, this really seemed like a hack job.

​Yeah, we discussed this a lot in the post-WM 11 RAW threads, and Shawn absolutely backstabbed him in that one, bigtime.  ​Shawn was operating on such a high level as a worker that he was able to make it look like he was putting Diesel over, when in fact he was putting himself over.  It was the same kind of deal in the original ladder match with Ramon, but Razor was a smart enough worker to make sure he didn't get overshadowed like Diesel did.  
That being said, it was all Shawn.  Vince absolutely wanted Diesel to be the next Hogan, but I bet there was a big part of him that respected Shawn for going out and grabbing his own brass ring.  I think Nash has said in shoot interviews that he eventually figured out what happened and doesn't hold a grudge against Shawn for doing it.  Shawn saw his shot and took it, and you have to respect that a little.  

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.

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