Sunday, April 18, 2010

Into the Wrestling Vault: 4/18/10 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.

Wrestlemania XIX is known for a lot of things, Lesnar's botched Shooting Star Press, Triple H's complete burial of Booker T, and Austin's last match. However, it was the excellent match between Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho that ended up stealing the show in Safeco Field, Seattle.

The feud between Michaels and Jericho had its seeds planted in December of 2002. That gave the Creative Team, the wrestlers, bookers, and everyone else involved a solid 3 months to plan out the course of this feud. Boy, did it ever pay off! The story was one of jealousy on the part of Y2J, who felt that he had surpassed his childhood idol Shawn Michaels*. The King of the World (what Jericho called himself during his earlier heel run) tried everything within his considerable arsenal to show how much smarter, and more charismatic he was, than his idol. This included Y2J being the first ever competitor who actually wanted to enter #1 in the Royal Rumble just so he could win as the #1 entrant in order to show that he could do anything Michaels had done, but even better.

The same story extended to the match as well, Jericho tried to upstage Shawn during every stage of the match. Y2J did the Kip Up ala HBK, he even stole Sweet Chin Music, but the veteran Michaels seemed to stay a step ahead of Jericho. This was Shawn's first match at Wrestlemania since his gutty performance (wrestled with a broken back) at Mania 15. Didn't matter one bit, Shawn hardly looked like he missed a beat. This was a showcase of athleticism and wrestling talent between two men, who were coming off title reigns in the previous year.

*The part where Jericho referred to Michaels as his childhood idol is absolutely true, in his autobiography (A Lion's Tale: Around the World in Spandex) The Ayotollah of Rock N Rolla mentions that the long hair and a lot of his shtick was inspired by the Showstopper.

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