Friday, April 16, 2010

Into the Wrestling Vault: 4/16/10 Edition

Both Johnny C and I have made our hatred and dismay over the Linda McMahon induced PG-Era and overall state of wrestling well known. We firmly believe that wrestling was far better in the 90's and early 2000's. In fact, even the mid 2000's are much better than the horseshit that is shoved down our throats these days. Consequently, it's no surprise that both John and I have burned countless number of hours looking up old matches, and promos on Youtube, Daily Motion, and the dozens of other websites which host wrestling videos. Now that we have turned ourselves into fancy men (with our own blog) we figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join us as we delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive our favorite videos.

For now, we are past the Austin vs Rock rivalry. I might revisit it later on, but for now, we will be moving on to some other things. I know the Into The Wrestling Vault mentions that a lot of the older stuff is better compared to today's, and while that is true, it doesn't not mean that there haven't been a few gems among the bullshit. Today's match is one of those exceptions. For much of 2008, Raw had the Feud of the Year with Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho.

This feud brought upon the death of the Y2J character, and introduced us to the current incarnation of Jericho's character. As the Highlight Reel dimmed its lights, Jericho's career took off for the stars. Before turning heel, his comeback had mostly been a disappointment as he lost his title match to Orton and was involved in an uneventful program with JBL. All of that changed when Chris Jericho called out Shawn Michaels for his bogus knee injury, and became the Paragon of Virtue (I hope someone out there gets the Dragon Age Origins reference). Y2J suddenly began to get booed because he had the audacity to call out the legendary Shawn Michaels. Eventually, Jericho was proven right, and thus Jericho's quest began to save himself from all the parasites hypocrites, and sycophants.

Jericho severally injured Shawn Michaels' eye for the latter's deceit. Following that, Jericho began to look out for himself as he captured a record breaking 8th Intercontinental Championship. The Savior of the WWE was rolling in his title defense when the thorn in his side (Michaels) returned and cost him the title. Jericho refused to take it lying down and injured Michaels to the point where the Heart Break Kid contemplated retirement. In fact, at Summerslam, the sure HOF'er was announcing his retirement when Jericho came out and refused to let Michaels retire with dignity. In the midst of a heated dispute, Chris Jericho punched Michaels' wife thereby insuring that Michaels would step into the ring again.

Their next meeting was in a Street Fight that Michaels won, but the devious Chris Jericho earned himself a title shot, and went on to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Michaels refused to standby while the man who has punched his wife reigned over the WWE as Champion., thus the match was created. At No Mercy, Shawn Michaels would face Chris Jericho for the World Heavyweight Championship in a Ladder match. This was flat out an absolutely amazing match. Hell, it might be the best ladder match ever. Michaels and Jericho had a brutal match, while utilizing the ladder match stipulation in a logical manner. For my money, this was the Match of the Year for 2008. Michaels vs Flair might have unjustly overshadowed this clash, because this match deserves a lot more recognition than it has gotten.

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