Thursday, June 10, 2010

Into the Wrestling Vault: Shawn Michaels vs Tatanka (Wrestlemania IX)

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 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 I have turned myself into a fancy man (with my own blog) I figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join me as I delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive my favorite videos.

Those of you who read the blog back in late March/early April might remember that "Shawn Michaels: A Retrospective" appeared in Future projects. John and I were both supposed to write it together. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, we were never able to get around to it. Part of it was poor planning on my part, I was 99.9% sure that HBK was set to retire at Wrestlemania, and we should have started writing the retrospective earlier, so we could immediately put it up once the Michaels Era came to an end. Part of the blame also falls on John, since he was supposed to write the biography (kayfabe and real life) section of the Retrospective, but he got busy and couldn't write it. With better planning and less procrastination, we should have been able to put up the Retrospective, but we didn't. Now, it's time to corrrrrrrrrect that mistake, and I will be doing it by posting great matches, promos, and moments from Shawn Michaels' legendary career. How long will this go on? Till I run out of material about The Heartbreak Kid, and that won't be for the foreseeable future. Michaels has contributed so many great memories to wrestling fans everywhere, I don't think a single (albeit massive one) wouldn't really have done him justice, so this might work out better in the long run.

When we last left The Heartbreak Kid, he had just lost to Bret Hart at Survivor Series 1992. Shortly thereafter, Michaels split with Sensational Sherri and went his own way, though he was still a heel. After the split with Sherri, Michaels got his most recent (most popular as well) theme.



Even though, he lost to Hart at SS, Michaels was still the Intercontinental Champion, and the belt needed to be defended. The champion's next challenger was a rising Native American superstar by the name of Tatanka. The Lumbee tribe descendant was undefeated in the WWE, and even defeated Michaels, twice, prior to their championship match at Wrestlemania IX. For the showdown, Tatanka had Sensational Sherri in his corner while the The Heartbreak Kid countered with the precursor to Chyna, Luca Vachon, in his corner. Aside from Jim Ross' debut in the WWE, this match was on of the few good things about Wrestlemania IX. The cheap finish takes way from the overall match, but it's still worth checking out.



Last but not least, I want to thank JD and Steam (over on Wackbag) for helping me compile the list of matches and promos that are going to be posted here in the future at least in reference to Michaels.
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