Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Into the Wrestling Vault: Shawn michaels vs Randy Savage (European Rampage 1992)

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.

After the break up of The Rockers, Michaels took on the role of an arrogant and cocky villain. It also marked the beginning of one of the most recognizable theme songs of all time. You hear "Sexy Boy" and you will immediately associate it with the one and only Shawn Michaels. However, what you might not realize is that there are several version of "Sexy Boy" that Michaels has used throughout his career. This is the first one.

Not as good as the current one right? Neither was the beginning of Michaels' singles run. So a couple of great minds collaborated and came up with the idea of pairing Shawn up with the Sensational Sherri. The story was that Sherri was totally infatuated with this "Boy Toy" and she just had to have him. Upon hearing this, Curt Hennig suggested that Michaels use the moniker "The Heartbreak kid". Along with a sexy, new valet, and an excellent moniker comes a great theme song. Some of you might might be familiar with this since Kurt Angle brought it up during the buildup to his Michaels' epic encounter at Mania 21.

Armed with new toys to play with Michaels faced WWF Champion Randy Savage at European Rampage 1992.

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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