Friday, June 4, 2010

Into the Wrestling Vault: Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart (Ladder Match)

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 Shawn failed to win the WWF Championship from the Macho Man at European Rampage, he turned his attention towards the Intercontinental title, because back then the IC Title had a lot of prestige, and people wanted it. In his way stood the man, who would eventually become his arch nemesis; Bret "The Hitman" Hart. These two men met in the first ever Ladder Match (It's true this took place before Razor vs Shawn) in the WWE's history. Bret was familiar with the match (as he reveals in his excellent autobiography) since Stu's Stampede company had already used the match once or twice. On the other hand, Michaels was a total novice when it came to the Ladder match, but watching this match you wouldn't know it at all. The match was booked smartly, was quite innovative, had the crowd on it's feet, and told a good story. Really, what else can you ask for?



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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