Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Into the Wrestling Vault: Shawn Michaels vs Marty Jannetty (Intercontinental Championship)

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.

Though Michaels lost to Tatanka (via countout) at Wrestlemania IX, his work was far from over that night. The Heartbreak kid attacked Mr. Perfect later on that night, and the two began a feud. What does this have to do with Michaels vs Jannetty? Mr. Perfect was ringside when Michaels defended his Intercontinental Championship against his former partner, and Michael's feud with Hennig caught up with. However, before Mr. Perfect could cost Michaels, the Showstopper's own mouth got him into trouble. In an interview with Vince McMahon, Michaels claimed eh would defend his title anytime, any place, and against anyone. Just as Michaels was boasting of his courage...... out came his former partner Marty Jannetty from the crowd.* Jannetty cornered Michaels and asked if his former tag team partner was truly a man of his world. Cornered, Michaels reluctantly agreed and fell prey to his arrogance, previous betrayals and his won mouth.

*On a side note.... What is it with the shitty half of good teams and returning from the crowd. First, Jannetty and now Matt Hardy has made it a habit.

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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