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Apparently repenting for the Undertaker Jukebox I had to suffer through during October, the WWE came through and delivered the best of Shawn Michaels! 8 hours of nip ups, cat skins, superkicks, and big elbows came crashing through my computer screen, and is now being delivered to you in typically late fashion. My apologies!

June 18, 1988

WWE Preview: By now, all WWE fans know of the legendary Shawn Michaels. But in June of 1988, the man known today as the Heartbreak Kid was a young man just trying to make a name in this business. Check out his first WWE match ever, as he and Marty Jannetty team up to take on the masked Intruder and veteran Iron Mike Sharpe.

The Rockers get a surprisingly large pop upon their entrance, but then I suppose having spent time in the AWA they had some previous exposure. Sharpe and Michaels start. They go into a criss-cross, and Jannetty blind tags himself in. We cut away briefly to hear a promo from the Rockers, and essentially they let us know that they’re gunning for Demolition. Jannetty can’t take down Sharpe with shoulderblocks, but a dropkick works. The Intruder enters and walks into an armdrag. Michaels dives in with a slingshot splash, and Jannetty hits a neckbreaker. Michaels tags in while Ventura laughs at the idea of these two small guys going after Demolition. Jannetty nails Intruder with a snap suplex, and Michaels comes off the top with a kneedrop. He then hiptosses Jannetty on to Intruder, and Jannetty scores the pin at 3:09! * Just an exhibition match, as most non-SNME or PPV events were in the 80’s.

April 2, 1989

WWE Preview: Shawn Michaels' WrestleMania career began in Trump Plaza at WrestleMania V. Watch as he and Marty Jannetty take on two mammoth Superstars - Akeem and the Big Boss Man.

We open in the back where the Rockers stand with MEAN GENE. Michaels promises to show the Twin Towers something they’ve never seen before, and Jannetty says that while a good showing would be nice, they expect to win this one. And with that, they bounce off to the ring.

The big men start by chasing the smaller two around the ring - but can’t keep up, and Bossman takes an elbow, courtesy of Michaels. Bossman retaliated by putting Michaels on the top rope - but Michaels bitchslaps him, and dropkicks him in the head. They run around the ring, and Michaels gets in a forearm on both Akeem and Bossman. Akeem decides to tag in, so the Rockers work over him with armwringers back and forth, and follow each one with an axehandle off the top. Michaels tries to work an armwringer in the middle of the ring, but Akeem escapes. A blind charge sees Akeem hit the corner when Michaels moves, and Jannetty comes in for another armwringer. Bossman blind tags himself in - and Jannetty completely misses the whole thing, jumping right into his arms, and getting squashed by Akeem. Bossman straddle in the ropes is followed by a splash against the ropes - and Jannetty’s in a bad place now. Bossman delivers an avalanche, and Akeem is right behind him to do the same. Bossman works over Jannetty with a series of shots to the back, and Akeem comes in. Bossman holds Jannetty hostage while Akeem charges - but Jannetty sidesteps and they nail eachother! Michaels gets the hot tag, dropkicks Akeem on his way in, mounts the corner, and pounds away. The Rockers start whipping Akeem into the buckle, over and over, and when he falls Michaels gets 2. Akeem gets out, and clotheslines the shit out of Michaels - getting some LOUD heat! Bossman heads up, tries a big splash off the top...but misses, and Michaels scoots on top for a 2!!! Jannetty trips up Bossman, and Michaels falls on top for 2! They each dropkick Akeem, then go off the top with a missile dropkick at the same time on Bossman, getting another 2! Michaels tries to go off the top once again, but he’s caught and given a spinebuster! Akeem tags in, and Air Africa finishes Michaels off quickly at 8:06. **1/4 The early proof that Michaels was destined to work well with slugs...

SHAWN MICHAELS vs. THE BRITISH BULLDOG (for the WWF intercontinental title)
October 27, 1992

WWE Preview: In the early 90s, Saturday Night's Main Event was one of the most anticipated events. Check out this match, as HBK challenges the British Bulldog for the Intercontinental Championship.

This was shortly after SummerSlam at Wembley Stadium that saw Davey pin Bret Hart in front of 60,000 hometown fans for his first major singles title. Bulldog shoves Michaels to his ass a couple of times to start and calls to the crowd for support. They happily provide it. Michaels comes back with a poke to the eye, hiptoss, and short arm scissors. Bulldog powers out of it, and picks Shawn up with one arm while Michaels clings onto the hold!!! This results in a single arm backdrop, and is followed by a gorilla press slam! The fans are absolutely rabid as Michaels is clotheslined to the outside! Back in, Bulldog delivers a rana, and follows with a hiptoss. Michaels rakes the eyes to regain some control and delivers a series of elbows. Bulldog recovers and charges - but Michaels has the wherewithal to sidestep and send him to the floor. While the referee count Bulldog, Michaels undoes the turnbuckle. And with that, we take a commercial!

Upon return, Michaels is making sure the turnbuckle is covered so nobody sees it - and yanks Davey Boy back into the ring. Shawn applies an abdominal stretch in the middle of the ring, and uses the tights for leverage. Bulldog manages to hiptoss his way out of it, but misses a follow up senton splash - and Shawn throws a series of closed fists at Bulldog’s back. Michaels moves right back to the abdominal stretch, and Davey’s fading fast. Bulldog again powers his way out, and drops an elbow. Heenan announces that Michaels is still winning this match on points. Bulldog clotheslines Shawn, and catapults him face first to the corner! Another clothesline seemingly kills Michaels, and gets a 2 count. A vertical suplex leads to Vince telling us “1,2,hegotitnohedidn’t!” A whip to the corner sends Bulldog to the exposed corner, and Davey Boy nails the bolt with force! They wind up fighting to the top rope with Bulldog still selling the back, and a botched superplex sees Shawn fall on top - which is enough to score the win and title at 10:27!! *** Shawn manages to dizzily strap on his newly won belt, and stagger to the back while Heenan whistles “Sexy Boy”.

SHAWN MICHAELS (with Diesel) vs. MARTY JANNETTY (for the WWF intercontinental title)
July 19, 1993

WWE Preview: With the mighty Diesel by his side, Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels went one-on-one with his former Rocker partner Marty Jannetty. Can Jannetty capture the gold? Or does HBK turn back on his former partner? Watch this match to find out.

No, this isn’t THAT match. This is actually the third in the series, with each man sporting a win apiece. Michaels attacks Jannetty while he’s talking to the referee. A backslide fails, and Jannetty clotheslines Michaels for 2. A rollup gets 2. Jannetty dumps Michaels to the outside, and poses to the fans. Back in, Michaels slaps on a headlock. He releases and goes for Sweet Chin Music, but Jannetty ducks out of the way. He tries to choke Jannetty out on the ropes, and follows with a blind charge to the corner - but Jannetty moves and Michaels runs face first to the buckle. Jannetty follows that with a hiptoss for 2. Michaels comes back with an elbow, but does another blind charge and runs into the boot of Jannetty. Jannetty heads to the top rope, but Michaels moves from whatever the move is...only Jannetty lands on his feet, delivers a DDT, and scores the pinfall!! Jannetty celebrates his win, but Diesel is quick to point out Michaels had a foot on the ropes. We take a commercial break...

Upon return, Jannetty is STILL bouncing around the ring, and Diesel’s still screaming at the referee. BOBBY HEENAN leaves the commentary booth to run over and inform the referee that the foot was on the rope, and even shows him the replay footage. EARL HEBNER discusses it with HOWARD FINKLE, and they decide to continue. Heenan’s sporting a smile that would put the Cheshire Cat to shame. We take another break.

Jannetty and Michaels are brawling on the floor. Quickly they re-enter, and a snap suplex from Jannetty gets 2. A backbreaker gets 2. They move into a sleeperhold, and Michaels fades fast. Shawn somehow finds the strength to backdrop out of it. Michaels is quick to dump Jannetty to the outside, near Diesel. The referee keeps an eye on them, and nothing happens. Back in, they bounce into a double collision, and Michaels seems to purposely fall outside in hopes of a countout. Diesel tries to help Shawn to his feet, but the referee wants NO aid from outside sources...and we again step aside for commercial. Yeesh.

Lucky Jukebox subscribers get dark footage taken DURING the commercial break! Michaels is in the midst delivering a bodyslam on Jannetty for 2. The best part is they don’t actually turn off the microphones for the announcers, so we can hear them going on about whatever... The highlight is this bizarre exchange:

Vince: “Oh, I’ve seen him throw up before. Not tonight.”

Savage: “Ratings.”

Jannetty and Michaels hit double dropkicks. The fans are solidly behind Jannetty here. The live feed kicks back in with Michaels nailing a double axehandle off the top for 2! Shawn drives a knee to Jannetty’s midsection, and holds him down on the mat with a front facelock. He even uses the ropes for leverage, and Diesel smartly shakes them on the otherside of the ring so that Hebner doesn’t think twice about the vibrations. Jannetty fights to his feet, and lifts Michaels to the top rope...and then crotches him! A back elbow drops Shawn, and Jannetty gets 2! Michaels tries a powerbomb, but Jannetty rolls through into a package for 2! Jannetty blind charges, and hits the corner face first. Michaels runs to the top, nails a cross body, but Marty rolls through and gets 2! The Rocker Dropper connects!!!! Shawn gets caught in the ropes, so Jannetty charges, but Michaels drops down out of the way and Jannetty crashes hard to the floor. Diesel immediately rolls Marty back in where Shawn drapes an arm over and retains the title at 18:20!!! ****1/4 Absolutely awesome match from both guys, and pretty much Jannetty’s last hurrah before fading out into drug induced mediocrity.

SHAWN MICHAELS (with Diesel) vs. RAZOR RAMON (in a ladder match for the WWF intercontinental title)
March 20, 1994

WWE Preview: The WrestleMania X Ladder Match is widely recognized as one of the most revolutionary matches in WrestleMania history. Never before had pay-per-view audiences witnessed a match of this caliber. Both HBK and Razor Ramon took it to the limit in a match that has to be seen to be believed.

Both Intercontinental titles hang above the ring. Basically Shawn had been suspended at the end of 1993 while he was the champion, and in his absence the fed crowned a new champion in Razor Ramon. When Michaels returned he was not impressed, and kept referring to himself as champ - so this match was born to settle the score. Razor decides to walk under the ladder on his way to the ring, throwing all caution and superstition to the wind. Michaels tries an early hiptoss, but can’t move the big man and winds up taking a chokeslam. Michaels comes back with a swinging neckbreaker and dumps Razor outside. Diesel sees an opportunity and runs over Razor with a clothesline. EARL HEBNER’s not putting up with any of Nash’s shit tonight though, and tosses Diesel out of the building. Back in, Razor whips Shawn around and dumps him outside. Razor starts ripping apart the padded area outside the ring, but can’t do anything before Michaels rakes the eyes. They head back in where Ramon goes for the Razor’s Edge, but Michaels backdrops out of the move, sending Razor crashing to the exposed concrete! With him down and out, Michaels grabs the ladder. Razor recovers, and decks Shawn. He starts to bring the ladder into the ring, but Michaels delivers a baseball slide dropkick to the ladder, and more importantly drives it into Razor. They head in where Michaels uses the ladder like a battering ram! With Razor down, Shawn starts tenderizing him, with repeated shots to make sure he stays down. Finally, Michaels starts his climb, but Razor’s got enough strength to pull down Michaels’ pants and give us all a full moon! Gratuitous ass shots long before the attitude era... This match IS innovative! Michaels shoves him off, then sets the ladder in the corner so he can deliver a splash off the top! Michaels heads up again, but Razor is able to push the ladder over, and that sends Shawn crashing into the ropes. Both guys are slow to recover, but when they do - they find the ladder in the corner. Michaels tries to whip Ramon into the ladder, but Razor reverses and Shawn hits it back first! They head out to the floor, because Razor now wants to brutalize Michaels, and catapults him into the ladder! Back in, Razor delivers the knockout blow to Michaels with the ladder that sends him flying to the outside and Ramon sees his opportunity. Razor climbs, but Michaels comes back off the top rope - diving to knock Razor off, and knocks himself down at the same time. Both guys recover at the same time, and climb the ladder on separate sides. Upon meeting at the top - Razor uses his size and strength to suplex Shawn over, and falls off himself! He’s alright though, and quickly goes back up the ladder - but Michaels has had time to get up, and dropkicks Razor off the ladder! Michaels then dumps the ladder on Razor, and nails Sweet Chin Music! Ramon would appear to be out cold, and Shawn just piles it on with a spike piledriver!!! That’s followed with Michaels standing on the top turnbuckle, and falling with the ladder onto Ramon, and then setting up the ladder over Razor’s dead body to climb to victory...only Razor’s not going to die today - and shoves the ladder over!!! Michaels falls into the ropes, and his leg winds up tied up. Shawn pulls and squirms for his life, but by the time he escapes Ramon is already on top of the ladder, and grabs both title belts for the win at 18:48!!! ***** Razor just collapses in the ring while the fans go apeshit for what they’ve just seen.

SHAWN MICHAELS vs. BRET HART (for the WWF world heavyweight title)
November 25, 1992

WWE Preview: After breaking away from the Rockers, Shawn Michaels made a meteoric rise to the top of the singles circuit in WWE. In fact, he was even a part of the main event of one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year, Survivor Series, when he challenged Bret "Hit Man" Hart for the WWE Championship.

We start with a promo from Shawn, letting us know he’s got nothing to lose and everything to gain, since his IC title isn’t going to be on the line. Meanwhile, Bret gives thanks for being the WWF champion. He lets Shawn know that he’s got nothing but respect for his flashy moves, and that he’s a great IC champion - but as far as the World Title goes...we’ll see.

Vince notes that Bret’s been a busy WWF champion, defending the belt at a record setting pace since having won it just weeks earlier. Bret and Shawn lockup, and wind up struggling back to the corner. Michaels comes in with a waistlock takedown, and they trade holds on the mat until Michaels gets to the ropes. A shoving match breaks out, but goes nowhere. Bret hammers away at the shoulder of Michaels, and works a hammerlock on the mat. After about 90 seconds in the hold, Michaels is able to reverse it - only to see Bret run Michaels to the side of the ring, and toss him out. Bret yanks him back in, and puts on an armbar. Bret hits a crossbody for 2. A sunset flip gets 2. All this energy needs another hold, so we move back to the armbar. Shawn tries an armdrag, but Bret hangs on and drags the other side, and holds the armbar. A hiptoss is blocked by Shawn, but a right hand isn’t, and Bret gets 2. Heenan summarizes my feelings thus far with “Can you get me a wakeup call? We’re gonna be here for awhile.” Of course, that may have more to do with the fact it’s currently 6:00am here. Michaels gets in a stun gun out of nowhere, dropping Bret right on his throat across the ropes. Bret tries to come back, and dives at Shawn, but HBK sidesteps and Bret hits the ringpost shoulder first! Michaels punches at Bret, leading to another classic Heenan line. “Don’t bother hitting him in the head, he’s a Hart!” Michaels whips Bret to the buckle, and gets 2. We move to a headlock on the mat. Shawn milks the hold for several minutes. Bret finally escapes, only to be hit with a dropkick getting 2 for Michaels. A backbreaker gets 2. We go back to the mat, and Michaels works a chinlock - but Bret isn’t in the mood and gets out. A swinging neckbreaker from Bret turns the tide, but Shawn’s up first and punches Bret in the throat. A front facelock is applied, and Michaels works it on the mat. Bret refuses to fade out that easily though, and drives Michaels back to the corner. The running bulldog is good, but the elbow off the second rope misses - and Shawn covers for 2. Michaels hits a back elbow for 2, and goes back to the front facelock. Heenan feels this is good enough, and wants to ring the bell now...setting a Survivor Series tone some 5 years early! The arm is checked, but Bret hangs on during the third attempt, and with the momentum he sneaks in a small package for 2. Shawn is blind with rage now, and winds up walking into a belly to back suplex. A catapult sends Michaels flying to the corner, and that serves to knock him down. Bret’s up first now, and works over the midsection of Shawn. He gets thrown on the top rope, and Bret kicks away at the midsection of Michaels, before delivering the ultimate of crotchings. Russian legsweep gets 2. A backbreaker leaves Shawn prone for the double axehandle, which gets another 2. Bret puts Michaels on the top rope, hits the superplex, and gets 2. Bret tries a sleeper, but Michaels runs him back to the corner where the referee gets sandwiched. He’s okay though, showing a great deal of strength by referee standards. Michaels sends Bret out to the floor, and follows close behind - driving Bret face first to the ringpost, and then slams him on the mat. They head back in, and Michaels scores a 2. Shawn hits a backdrop for 2. Michaels isn’t so sure about that 2 count, and screams at the referee, only to get rolled up for 2. Sweet Chin Music connects...but Shawn takes forever to get back to Bret and gets his eyes raked. Shawn comes back with a belly to back for 2. Shawn can’t believe his poor fortune - and freaks out. That gives Bret ample opportunity to deck Shawn, tying him up in the ropes. However, he sidesteps before Bret’s splash works, and Bret bounces off. Shawn heads up, tries a dropkick, but is caught in the middle of the ring in the Sharpshooter, and Michaels finally gives at 26:41. ***1/2 As it is with most work involving Bret as a babyface, excellent match, but boring as sin. SANTA CLAUS enters the ring during the celebration, and it starts snowing in the arena. No, Santa doesn’t turn heel and reveal himself to be someone in disguise, it’s simply a celebration, and a very poor one at that.

SHAWN MICHAELS (with Sid and Jenny McArthy) vs. DIESEL (with Pamela Anderson) (for the WWF world heavyweight title)
April 2, 1995

WWE Preview: For the first time in Shawn Michaels' career, he was on the biggest stage of them all, competing for the biggest prize in sports-entertainment - the WWE Championship. Watch as he challenges his former bodyguard Diesel.

Alright, TODD PETTENGILL is in the house! If you’ve ever wondered what old Todd is up to these days, clicky here! Warning: It may shock you. Anyway, Diesel yaks on about retaining the title against Shawn Michaels - and we send things down to ringside.

Our guest time-keeper is introduced as JONATHAN TAYLOR THOMAS. NICHOLAS TURTURRO is the guest ring announcer tonight, because we’re just rolling out the A-list celebrities tonight. During ring-intros, Diesel escorts his diva of the evening Pamela Anderson to ringside, while Jenny McArthy bring her diva Shawn Michaels to the ring.

After Diesel’s half-hour long intro, we’re off. Diesel gets the first blow of the match in the form of a right hand. Sid tries to be the voice of reason, but that’s a battle he lost a long time ago. Diesel backdrops Shawn, and then dumps him over the top rope. A camera man gets in Shawn’s way, so Shawn drags him down the aisle, far away from the ring. Back in, Diesel clotheslines Shawn. Michaels tries to attack, but eats an elbow. He manages to get away from a gorilla press slam, but can’t suplex the big man. Diesel has NO trouble suplexing Shawn though, and then clotheslines him to the outside. Michaels is feeling woozy, so Sid makes sweet verbal love to Shawn’s ear. That gives Michaels the motivation he needs to poke Diesel in the eyes. Diesel comes right back by dropping Shawn crotch first over the top rope - but is unable to follow up with a big boot. Shawn does the Cactus clothesline over the top, but then skins the cat to stay in, and comes off the top with a plancha!!! He hammers Diesel on the floor, gets back in, then comes over with a baseball slide dropkick! Diesel throws himself at Michaels - but Shawn sidesteps and Diesel hits the ringpost with his ribs. Michaels follows with a big splash off the apron to make things worse. Diesel gets back in, and Shawn starts to punch at the ribs. Big Kev falls, allowing Shawn to jump on his midsection. Michaels heads up, and hits a bulldog off the top for 2! The fans try to rally for Diesel, but Michaels hits a springboard elbow for 2. Now some fans start chanting “LET’S GO SHAWN!” while Michaels pounds at the back of Diesel. Shawn heads up once again, and hits the big elbow, getting another 2! Michaels tries to go for a DDT, but Diesel winds up backdropping him. He goes for a running powerslam, but Michaels slips off the back, and shoves Diesel rib first to the buckle. Shawn jumps on the back of Diesel, and works a sleeper. The champion starts to fade, and the referee starts to check the arm. Diesel fades twice, but stays alive on the third try! Our hero hulks up, and runs Shawn back to the turnbuckle to force him to break. Diesel hits the elbows in the corner, then connects on a series of running corner clotheslines! Snake eyes is good! The running Bossman straddle doesn’t miss, and Diesel sends Michaels out to the floor. Shawn rolls back in, and Diesel’s right behind. It’s a one man slugfest! Shawn rolls out to the floor again, and Diesel follows closely behind. The referee sees Sid approaching - an quickly jumps down to stop anything from happening, but twists his ankle in the process! The two brawl back into the ring, and Michaels connects with Sweet Chin Music!!! No ref. Sid physically throws him back in, but it’s far too late and Diesel kicks out at 2. Sid undoes the turnbuckle, and orders Shawn to send Diesel into it. He can’t though, because Diesel’s busy backdropping Michaels. Still, it took everything out of Diesel, and it’s Shawn who rolls over first, and gets 2! They both struggle to get up - and once on their feet Diesel hits a side slam. Both guys are down once again. Diesel recovers first, and catapults the challenger face first into the exposed turnbuckle. That’ll do it. Diesel runs through the usual, hitting a big boot, a powerbomb, and Diesel retains the belt at 20:36. *** Decent, but bland.

JIM ROSS quickly interviews the champion, and Sid screams that this is not over. Back in the ring, Diesel invites both Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy into the ring. Nicholas Turturro and Jonathan Taylor Thomas get in as well, and it’s a great big Nash Lovefest! Not unlike my website on a regular basis.

SHAWN MICHAELS vs. RAZOR RAMON (in a ladder match for the WWF intercontinental title)
August 27, 1995

WWE Preview: Then-WWE President Gorilla Monsoon called for the biggest rematch to date - a Ladder Match between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon. Were HBK and the Bad Guy able to recreate the magic from their first epic Ladder Match? Find out in this SummerSlam classic.

Here we go again... This is the ONLY bright spot on SummerSlam 1995, but I couldn’t even justify picking it up even with this here. We open with Razor being interviewed by DOK HENDRIX, and he mentions that history has a way of repeating itself. BRET HART angrily runs by while Razor speaks. “Shawn Michaels, your pain brings me pleasure.”

We fast forward to the start of the match, after the referee suspends the belt above the ring. Razor and Shawn are both faces by this point, and engage in an even slugfest. Michaels goes for Sweet Chin Music immediately, but Razor hooks the ropes and avoids the kick. Razor tries Razor’s Edge seconds later, and also fails as Shawn squirms away. Punches are traded, and when that goes nowhere Razor whips Shawn to the buckle, and Michaels flies over the top to the floor. Razor sees a chance to grab the ladder, but Shawn stops him in the aisle and fights him back to the ring. Michaels attempts to get Razor back in via vertical suplex, but Ramon is FAR too big and the move is reversed. Shawn winds up flying over the top with the suplex and hitting the guardrail! They head back in where Razor again tries Razor’s Edge, but Shawn slips off the back door. Razor ducks a Sweet Chin Music, and they both throw clotheslines knocking each other out. They recover, and Razor throws Shawn on the top rope. He boots at Michaels’ midsection, then follows with a super fallaway slam! That gives him ample opportunity to go retrieve the ladder from the entryway, which he does.

A camera finds SYCHO SID watching on from the back.

In the ring, Razor is setting up the ladder and starts his climb. Michaels manages to recover during this timeframe though, and knocks the ladder over. With Razor down, Shawn sets it up and starts to climb...but Razor hooks the tights, and pulls them down. Once again, we can’t avoid Shawn’s ass. Michaels kicks him off, but Razor comes back, catching Shawn’s leg IN the ladder, and Michaels falls to the ground HEAD first! That didn’t look good... Razor’s no fool, and quickly stomps Shawn’s leg between the ladder, attempting to shatter it! After that ceases being fun, Razor starts slamming Shawn’s leg on top of the ladder over and over! A leg first scoop slam to the ladder does not help Michaels’ cause, and Razor sets up the ladder in the corner. Razor drops a series of elbows to Shawn’s leg, but Michaels kicks him off - sending Razor crashing rib first to the ladder in the corner. Razor retaliates by picking Shawn up in a single leg atomic drop position, and then dropping him leg first on the ladder. Michaels uses whatever strength he’s got left to nudge Razor over the ropes and to the floor, but that just gives him a whole new place to play with Shawn’s leg. Razor slams it to the ring apron several times, then on the outside he wraps it around the ringpost. Back in, Razor hits a drop toe hold and continues to work over the leg. For shits and giggles, Razor drops the ladder on Shawn’s leg, and Michaels rolls to the corner for mercy. Razor now takes his chance to set up the ladder and start his climb, but Shawn slowly limps to the top rope, and dives off towards the ladder to knock Razor off. Michaels shoves Razor into the ladder, but it’s weak and Razor’s up first. He starts his climb, but Michaels is right on his tail - hitting a belly to back suplex off the middle of the ladder! Michaels puts the ladder in the corner, and whips Razor into it. To ensure maximum effect, he does it again and stomps on Razor’s head. A scoop slam hits, and Michaels starts to climb the ladder from the corner...and delivers a moonsault from near the top! With Razor back down, he goes up again and off the TOP of the ladder he tries a splash...but it misses, and Shawn’s hurt!!! Razor uses the opportunity to set the ladder back up, and both guys start their climb on either side. They meet at the top and start throwing punches. After a series of punches and headbutts the ladder collapses, and while Shawn crotches himself on the top rope, Razor falls to the floor! They each recover at a slow pace, and Michaels grabs the ladder. Michaels charges, but Razor ducks, and Michaels flies with the ladder to the outside! Everyone’s moving slowly now, and Ramon starts digging around under the ring for something. He comes up with another ladder while Shawn sets the original one back up! Michaels doesn’t even see him coming, and during his climb towards the belt, Razor sneaks in and hits a Razor’s Edge!!!! Michaels starts to stir while Ramon sets up his new ladder, and then starts climbing the original! With Razor an arm away from winning, Michaels throws a Sweet Chin Music from his ladder to Razor’s face, and Razor falls! Shawn then leaps towards the belt...and comes crashing down empty handed. That was supposed to be the finish, but they quickly cover by Razor trying an Edge, and Michaels backdrops him to the floor! Michaels scurries up the ladder, grabs for the belt...and again drops down empty handed because it’s tied so tight. Botched Finish #2!! Shawn throws a mid-ring tantrum, throwing the ladders around, before putting on his head long enough to climb and finally retain the belt at 25:06! ****1/2 The psychology was FAR better this time around, but it involved so much lying around over the last 10 minutes I can’t go the full monty. Still, a very, very, very good match - and Scott Hall’s last GREAT match.

SHAWN MICHAELS (with Luna Vachon) vs. TATANKA (for the WWF intercontinental title)
April 4, 1993

WWE Preview: The Heartbreak Kid, alongside Luna, defends his Intercontinental Championship against Tatanka outside at WrestleMania X. This battle was not without controversy, as Sensational Sherri made her presence felt.

SHERRI MARTELL comes down to ringside before the match starts, just to observe. Tatanka’s still undefeated at this point. Shawn gets in a couple of single leg takedowns to start, but Tatanka kicks him away. They fight with a test of strength, and Tatanka wins by shoving Michaels away. Shawn works a headlock, and uses a springboard for a snapmare, holding on for 2. He tries another springboard snapmare, but Tatanka backdrops Shawn this time. Michaels tries to come off the top, but takes an armdrag instead. A whip to the buckle followed by a chop sends Michaels to the floor! Michaels tries to get back in a couple of times, but Tatanka keeps chopping Michaels down and off the apron. Shawn finally gets a clue and gives Tatanka a thumb to the eye. From the top - super sunset flip...and Shawn gets 2! Tatanka comes back with an inverted atomic drop, and follows with a DDT. Tatanka legdrops Shawn’s arm, and applies a nerve hold. Savage starts rambling incoherently on commentary here. Tatanka yanks at Shawn’s arm, and keeps working the nerve hold. Michaels comes back with a couple of elbows to the head - but blind charges the challenger and winds up hitting the ringpost with his shoulder! Back to the nerve hold. It’s released, and Tatanka hits a shoulder breaker, followed by an elbow drop to the shoulder! Tatanka goes up, and hits a tomahawk chop on the shoulder! He goes up a second time, but this time Michaels is ready with a crescent kick!!! Shawn dumps Tatanka to the outside, and Luna approaches her prey. Sherri chases off Luna though, and Luna can’t do anything. Michaels slams Tatanka’s face to the ring apron, and follows with a clothesline off the apron! Tatanka tries to stand, but Michaels stomps on him. Eventually Tatanka gets back into the ring, and Michaels hits him with a swinging neckbreaker for 2! A standing dropkick gets 2. Michaels moves to a chinlock, because this match isn’t moving slowly enough... Tatanka fights out of it, but Michaels peppers him with shots in the corner. A victory roll gets 2 for Michaels! Michaels tries it again, but this time Tatanka just falls back with the electric chair drop, getting 2! Michaels comes back with a double axehandle, but Tatanka starts calling on The Reserve. He starts his war dance around the ring, and blocks the Sweet Chin Music! Here come the chops! Michaels falls with every chop that hits. Tatanka goes up, hits the crossbody, and gets a 2! Michaels tries a dropkick, but Tatanka catches him, catapults him to the corner, then rolls him up for 2! Michaels comes back with a schoolboy for 2. Shawn goes to the top rope once again, but gets caught with a powerslam coming off the top, and Tatanka gets another 2! Michaels dumps Tatanka outside and headbutts him. Michaels tries to fly, but Tatanka sidesteps and Michaels cracks his head on the apron! For some reason, upon standing, Michaels drags the referee outside. He heads back in, and walks right into a Samoan drop from Tatanka...and the referee rings the bell at 18:16, disqualifying Michaels. * Shitty match, shitty finish, and I don’t even know why they bothered putting this on the Jukebox. Post-match, Luna beats the piss out of Sherri.

SHAWN MICHAELS (with Jose Lothario) vs. VADER (with James E. Cornette) (for the WWF world heavyweight title)
August 18, 1996

WWE Preview: Watch Shawn Michaels defend his WWE Championship against the man they call Vader in the main event of SummerSlam. Vader, a former WCW Champion, had James E. Cornette in his corner. Find out if the mouthy manager made a difference.

Vader starts with his “WHO’S THE MAN???” routine to put early heat on himself. They lockup, and Vader pounds away with his huge fists. A clothesline levels Shawn, but a big boot is actually blocked, and Michaels hits a legsweep! With Vader on his ass, Michaels kicks away at Vader’s face, and throws a series of punches. Vader tries a slam, but Michaels slips off the back way and dumps Vader to the floor. A baseball slide dropkick sends Vader crashing to the concrete, and that’s followed by a tope suicida! Cornette tries to get involved, but Shawn gets rid of him - and they head back in. Michaels hits a clothesline off the top rope, and follows with a rana! A second rana over the top sends Vader back to the outside, and Michaels skins the cat to get back in! He gets cocky, tries a third one...and Vader finally has enough, powerbombing Shawn on the floor!!! Vader slams Michaels back into the ring, and starts throwing some huge forearms in the corner. Vader quickly throws a vertical suplex, and continues to hammer away at Michaels in the corner. A whip sees Shawn bounce to the floor, and Vader stays put - opting to pose for the fans. Michaels re-enters, and immediately takes a backdrop from the challenger. A belly to back is temporarily blocked by Shawn, but Vader pulls at the hair and tries again. This time, Michaels falls on his feet. Vader tries a blind charge to catch him, but Michaels sidesteps and Vader avalanches nothing. One right hand later though, and Michaels is back on the mat! A vertical suplex sees Shawn find the strength to land on his feet - but Vader quickly sends him over the top rope. Michaels tries to skin the cat, but Vader catches him, and slams him in the middle of the ring for 2! Time for resting, as Vader works the Tender Loving Hug. Michaels isn’t a fan, and gets away. Clotheslines fail to drop Vader, and when Michaels tries to slip through Vader’s legs, he winds up getting caught. Vader goes to drop all his weight on Michaels...but Shawn gets his legs up, and crotches Vader! At this point, Shawn heads up to do something - but Vader’s not where he’s supposed to be, and Michaels throws a temper tantrum. I’m talking a full fledged screaming fit in the middle of a PPV match. He quickly seems to realize where he is though, and refocuses. A crossbody against the ropes see both guys tumble outside. Vader gains control quickly, and drops Shawn throat first across the steel guardrail. Michaels is out, and Vader wins by countout at 13:49! Jim Cornette jumps on the microphone immediately, and says he’s here for the belt - and refuses the victory. Michaels stupidly agrees to go along with it, against the wishes of the referees and Jose Lothario - and Vader immediately pummels Shawn on the floor. Cornette sneaks in a shot with the tennis racket, and Vader hits a belly to belly in the middle of the ring for 2. Vader calls for the Vaderbomb, but Michaels winds up on Vader’s shoulders and pounds away! Vader falls, and Michaels rushes to the top rope to hit a flying elbow! Shawn warms up the band, but Cornette cuts him off. Michaels grabs the tennis racket away, and starts to pound on Vader, causing a DQ at 17:47. Cornette takes a couple of shots, and Vader grabs a chair. Cornette jumps on the microphone and refuses the victory again. “You’re a gutless no good coward!!!” GORILLA MONSOON is also in the ring with all the officials, and agrees the match can continue. Shawn tries a sunset flip, but fails. A forearm shot does drop Vader, and he follows with the flying elbow off the top! Michaels quickly warms up the band, hits Sweet Chin Music...for only 2!!! Michaels can’t quite believe that, and during the argument, gets bumped into the referee, knocking him out! Vader hits a Vaderbomb, and another referee hits the ring...counting 2! They head over to the corner, and Vader decides to hit his variation of the Vaderbomb off the ropes. Cornette stops him before hitting the move, and demands a Vadersault instead! Vader agrees, but the extra time gives Michaels recovery time, and he rolls away! With Vader down, Michaels nails a moonsault out of the corner, and gets the surprise pin at 22:21!!! ***1/4

SHAWN MICHAELS (with Jose Lothario) vs. MANKIND (with Paul Bearer) (for the WWF world heavyweight title)
September 22, 1996

WWE Preview: WWE Champion Shawn Michaels defends his gold against the deranged Mankind in this In Your House main event.

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve seen this match. This once-forgotten classic has been overplayed to death over the past few years, with the release of DVD and VOD. Michaels tries a side headlock, but that wrestling stuff isn’t going to fly with Mankind, who takes him down with an elbow to the face. Mankind hits a backdrop, and takes Michaels to the floor with a cactus clothesline! Immediately, he takes to ripping apart the padded area around the ring, but Michaels sees an opening and dropkicks Mankind to the now exposed concrete. Mankind winds up underneath the padding, and Michaels jumps on him several times before heading up. He finds his way out, only to see Michaels gliding off the top rope with a plancha. They head back in, and Michaels nails a double axehandle off the top. Mid-ring slugfest is surprisingly won by Michaels, and Mankind is then leveled with a clothesline. Scoop slam is followed by the top rope elbow, and Michaels warms up the band already! Mankind sees it coming, and dives to the floor taking a harder bump than most guys would even after a move! Paul gives him the urn to calm him down a little. Back in, Michaels continues to hammer at Mankind, and takes him down with a front facelock where the punches can continue. Mankind comes back with a snapmare, and holds a chinlock in place while trying to apply the Mandible Claw! Michaels fights and fights to avoid it, and does escape. Mankind remains in control here, and sends Shawn to the floor. He pulls the Spanish announce table closer to the ring - but Michaels leapfrogs it onto Mankind! That’s followed by a snap suplex that sends Mankind leg first into the ringsteps...and a loud BANG goes off upon impact. Back in, Michaels takes Mankind down with a chop block. Mankind rolls on top of the casket he travels to and from the ring in, but Michaels follows and slams his knee into the top of it! Michaels jumps on the leg of Mankind in the ring, but Mankind throws a couple of rights to take him down. He hits a running knee strike to Shawn’s head, but Michaels retaliates with a leg drag, and slaps on a figure four!!! Mankind fights, and turns it over. The hold is released, and Michaels dropkicks Mankind in the injured knee! A kneedrop to the bad knee connects, and Michaels applies a half crab. Michaels gets in a rollup for 2. A blind charge is where things finally go wrong, because one stun gun later, and Michaels is out! On the outside of the ring, Mankind confesses to Paul how much his leg hurts, and grabs a pen. With the pen, he starts STABBING HIMSELF in the leg to regain the feeling! Good gawd! Mankind kicks Michaels in the face, and pounds away in the corner. He limps around, but decides he’s okay enough to do the running kneelift in the corner. Michaels is woozy, and his situation fails to improve when Mankind starts slamming Shawn’s face to the mat over and over and over. Michaels comes back with a backdrop suplex, but Mankind turns around and kicks Shawn in the stomach. Michaels is soon thereafter caught in a tree of woe, and Mankind drops an elbow on his face. And another! Mankind drops a leg, and then kicks Shawn out of the ring. Michaels props himself up with the ringstairs - but when Mankind charges, Shawn moves, and Mankind hits the stairs full force with his knees! If that’s not bad enough, he staggers into a drop toe hold that sends him face first to the stairs! They fight back up to the apron, where Mankind winds up diving at Michaels, and missing...taking the ringpost between the eyes! Back in the ring, Michaels slams Mankind for 2. A blind charge from Mankind quickly sees him get caught in a hangman’s noose on the ropes - but when Shawn goes to make it worse, Mankind reaches back and applies the Mandible Claw!!! Shawn’s only escape is to release the noose, and Mankind crashes to the outside. Michaels follows, but Mankind puts the Claw right back in. Michaels shoves it off, sending Mankind to the guardrail. When he stands, Michaels slams a chair over the head of Mankind, and then a couple of times into the hand he uses for the Mandible Claw!!!! They head back in, and Shawn now BITES the hand. Mankind falls, and Michaels stomps on the fingers, then tries to break them. Mankind rolls to the safety of the ring apron, but Michaels keeps stomping on the hand the whole way. Finally the ref breaks it up, long enough for Mankind to stand. Michaels charges, and takes a MANSIZED backdrop over the top and to the floor! Mankind follows with the running elbow off the apron to the floor! A swinging neckbreaker causes Shawn’s head to bounce off the concrete, and Mankind’s in full control now! As Michaels crawls back into the ring, Mankind drops a leg over Michaels, then follows with a double arm DDT...for 2! A spike piledriver gets 2! Mankind is furious that he can’t finish Michaels, and hooks the leg...getting another 2. He starts ripping hair from his head in frustration, and throws some chairs into the ring. He also opens up his casket and rolls Shawn in. Michaels fights before the door is closed though, and they head back in. Michaels hits the flying jalapeno and nips up! The scoop slam hits, of course, and Michaels heads up for a crossbody, which gets him 2! He heads up again, but this time he’s crotched by Mankind who falls into the ropes - and Mankind follows him up. Instead of superplexing him back in, Mankind BACKDROPS Shawn to the outside - and BOTH guys go flying through the Spanish announce table!!! Mankind grabs a chair while Paul Bearer distracts the referee and heads to the top rope - but Michaels jumps up and delivers Sweet Chin Music to the chair, and ultimately the face of Mankind! That gets 2!!! VADER hits the ring now, since Vince forgot to actually book a finish for this match, and it’s all thrown out at 26:24! ****3/4 With a finish, we go the full 5. Michaels disposes of Vader, but Bearer rushes in and cracks him over the head with the urn. SYCHO SID heads down to fight with Vader now. Mankind wakes up now, and applies the Mandible Claw to Michaels who’s out cold! Bearer goes to open the casket, but is a tad surprised to see THE UNDERTAKER inside, who was NOT there a minute ago!!! Mankind and Paul shit themselves, and rush to the back at breakneck speed while Michaels is declared the winner by disqualification. You want hardcore, you GOT hardcore!

SHAWN MICHAELS (with Jose Lothario) vs. SYCHO SID (for the WWF world heavyweight title)
January 19, 1997

WWE Preview: In front of more than 60,000 screaming fans, Shawn Michaels tried to pry the WWE Championship away from Sid. With the hometown fans on his side, find out if the Heartbreak Kid can regain the gold.

Michaels had been teasing a heel turn for months leading up to this - but at the last minute the WWF chickened out of the whole thing, and just went back to Michaels as the Super Babyface with Jose at his side. Michaels is battling the flu here, and as he does anytime he’s got an “injury” or otherwise, he hasn’t shaved to accentuate the idea he’s not 100%. Sid is the man during his ring entrance, stopping halfway down to start sniffing the air. “Smell that? That’s the smell of a powerbomb!” As soon as the bell rings, Sid shoves Michaels to the mat. Sid Big! Michaels Small! Michaels gets right back up in Sid’s area with a crossbody that takes him down! A boot to the chest sends Sid sprawling to the outside. Sid plays dead on the floor, so Michaels chases him out - and winds up being sent into the ring apron back first. Sid goes for a gorilla press, but Michaels rakes the eyes to escape and they head back in. Shawn hops up to the top rope, and tries a crossbody, but Sid turns it around in mid-air and slams him! They move to a camel clutch, which Sid works for the better part of a couple of minutes... Too many times Sid drops his weight down on Michaels, and Shawn moves aside on the third try, causing Sid to hit nothing. Sid’s back on Michaels immediately though, and whips Shawn to the corner, where Michaels flips over and to the floor. Battering ram time! Sid sends Michaels back first to the ringpost several times before rolling back in and getting 2. Michaels attempts to hammer his way back into this, but one Sid clothesline stops that. After some posing, he gets 2. Sid works a bearhug, but Michaels escapes with the Clap Behind The Head...for a second. Sid punches Shawn in the kidneys, and puts the hold right back on. After a minute, Michaels succeeds in getting a surprise atomic drop in, but when he bounces off the top rope for a double axehandle, Sid catches him in mid-air and puts the bear hug on again! This time they roll to the mat, and Sid gets a 2 count. A legdrop gets 2. Sid tries a chinlock, but Michaels is quick to escape and scoop slams Sid!!!! The flying jalapeno hits its mark, and Shawn nips up! To the top rope the elbow is dropped, and it’s time to warm up the band!!! Sweet Chin Music is blocked by Sid, and Michaels winds up being backdropped to the floor! Sid’s right behind him, and powerbombs Shawn on the mat! Sid grabs Jose Lothario by the throat, causing PETE LOTHARIO, his son, to jump in from the crowd!! Sid throttles him too - but the referee talks some sense into him and Sid lets go. Back in, Sid whips Shawn into the referee which knocks him cold. Chokeslam!!! No referee. A second ref hits the ring, and Sid gets 2. Sid knocks the new referee out on purpose, and turns to Jose Lothario. During the scrim here, Michaels grabs a TV camera from outside of the ring and hauls it in. The first referee wakes up, and Michaels gets a very close 2 count! Shawn sees victory though, and warms up the band. Sweet Chin Music hits the mark - and that’ll finish Sid off for good at 13:50, giving Michaels the belt back! **1/2 We get an extended celebration after the match, that basically sees Michaels slap hands with everyone in the first 2 rows.

SHAWN MICHAELS (with Triple H, Chyna, and Rick Rude) vs. THE UNDERTAKER (in a non-title hell in a cell match)
October 5, 1997

WWE Preview: The Hell in a Cell Match is one of the most feared matches. It can literally end careers. Watch as HBK and Undertaker compete in the first Hell in a Cell Match ever. This match also marked the first time WWE fans ever saw the Undertaker's brother Kane.

Hey, a freebie! This match was actually included in the October Jukebox, and I’m not about to redo it again just a couple of weeks later. Instead, here’s my recap:

We cut in with SERGEANT SLAUGHTER looking around the ring for tomfoolery, and coming up bare. Sadly his search with a flashlight under the ring is cut out. Michaels enters carrying his trophy European title and appearing cocky...until the cell lowers and the eerie BONG hits the arena. Once the Undertaker hits the cage, forget it, the seat of Michaels' pants turn brown. With the cage locked, Hunter provides words of encouragement to his boyfriend - but Michaels is clawing at the door desperate to get out. The bell rings and Undertaker gives Michaels a boot to the face that knocks him out cold 10 seconds in. Perhaps I should explain why Shawn's scared to death...

Back in August, Michaels accidentally cost The Undertaker his World Title belt in a match against Bret Hart at SummerSlam. He'd been the referee and slammed Taker with a chair meant for Bret. Taker was understandable pissed, and Shawn quickly apologized by forming an alliance with Triple H and spending the next few weeks doing everything in his power to annoy The Undertaker as much as he could. Shawn was a master of his artform and succeeded brilliantly. This led to a match at Ground Zero against Taker, where about 10,000 people interfered and Shawn picked up the victory. In order to prevent such a thing from ever happening again, the two were locked in a cage with a roof and ordered to fight until we have a winner. And that brings us right back to...

...The Undertaker slamming Shawn's face into the turnbuckle! This goes on for awhile with Shawn bumping around like a pinball until Taker gets bored and goes for a chokeslam! Michaels fights out of it and throws every haymaker he's got. This flurry continues for about 30 seconds before getting whipped to the corner and having the shit clotheslined out of him. Give us a 2 count! We go for an Old School ropewalk, and Taker chokes out Michaels with his boot to the throat. Scoop slam, big leg drop, but Hulk Hogan he is not and Michaels kicks out at 2. Taker dumps Michaels over the top, and Shawn takes a ropeless back bump to the floor he had no business taking, but did because he's awesome!!! Michaels thumbs Taker in the eye and tries to scale the cage to safety, but Taker yanks him right back off from the middle and sends him back to the floor on his back again! And you wonder why he retired! Taker whips Shawn into the cage, and on the rebound clotheslines him to the floor! And because it's so much fun the FIRST time, we do it again! Taker has a big ass grin on his face, and sets up a powerbomb! Shawn hammers away, so Taker runs him back first into the cage and drops him to the floor from there. Figure we're about 7 minutes in, and Michaels is losing his 9 lives quicker than a cat on a highway. In a spot stolen from Rocky, Taker sets Michaels against the ring and pounds as hard as he can on the ribs. They move into a bearhug position, and Taker starts ramming Michaels repeatedly into the ring and cage posts! Taker's having an absolute blast kicking the shit out of Shawn, and sets up a battering ram. Michaels slips off the back, so Taker clotheslines him and smashes his face into the steps! Shawn takes an elbow to face, and Taker stands on his throat, looking as casual as someone awaiting a bus. He gets too cocky though, and misses a clothesline charge into the cage - and off the rebound Shawn JUMPS on his and throws as many punches as he can. With Taker temporarily dizzy Michaels dives into the ring for his safety. Taker draws Shawn to the apron where after Michaels gets in a couple of shots, Taker simply gives him a massive jawbreaker over the top rope! He goes to follow...but Shawn throws himself at Taker's body, knocking him to the outside, and follows with a tope suicida!!!! He quickly scales the cage and drops an elbow on Taker to keep him from getting up, and heads to the apron for a diving clothesline! Sensing his chance, Michaels grabs the steps and starts slamming them into Taker. Lawler: "Those steps weigh at least 150 pounds!" I appreciate the thought... Michaels stands on the bottom steps now, picks up Taker...and gives him a freakin' SPIKE PILEDRIVER! Unfuckingbelievable! A heel section of fans start chanting "REST IN PEACE" while Michaels gets back into the ring. He rests for a second but sees Taker recovering, and hits a double axehandle from the apron to floor! They both head in, but Michaels brings with him a chair...causing some noise from the fans remembering SummerSlam! Nice payoff. Michaels slams Taker in the back while the referee pleads for him to stop. Having done the damage, Michaels whips the chair into the cage, goes for the pin...but Taker is out at 2. I can't believe the fans even bought that nearfall. Taker starts his comeback, coming punch for punch with Shawn, but Michaels is able to tie him up in the ropes crucifix style! However, off the charge, Taker escapes and backdrops Michaels to the outside and on top of a camera man. Michaels is shaken...but suddenly gets an idea, and beats the crap out of the camera man! He throws him face first onto a chair, while JR shakes about the impending lawsuit coming this way from the camera man. The guys remaining in the cage call for some medical help because he's not moving. Meanwhile, back in the ring, Michaels hits a forearm on Taker and nips up! Slaughter comes back to ringside to get the cage open for the camera man while Michaels hits the flying elbow off the top! Michaels wants this over with and warms up the band. Taker slowly stands, and walks right into SWEET CHIN MUSIC! Michaels can't even go for a cover before Taker sits up, and Michaels has had QUITE ENOUGH of this and goes running to the outside - through the open door he created when he took out the camera man.

The action spills out to the floor with Taker following. A dropkick is shrugged off, and Taker catapults Shawn into the cage! Here comes the juice!!! Blood starts pouring from his head, and Taker does him no favors by punching him in the face, and using him as a battering ram into the cage a couple of times! Taker wants to continue, but Shawn kicks him in the nuts and decides the only place he can go to safety is up!

Now on top of the cell, The Undertaker looks up and is right behind him. Michaels desperately tries to piledriver Taker the second he arrives, but he's backdropped. An eerie shot sees Taker grate Michaels' face on the top of the cage while blood drips down onto the camera below! Michaels takes a press slam, and the whole cage starts to look like it's breaking. Michaels figures he's taken enough and starts heading down. Taker isn't done though, and grabs him by the hair - then tosses him off the side THROUGH the announce table at ringside!!!!! JR: "MAH GAWD! HE MAY BE BROKEN IN HALF!" Shawn's scraped off the floor like the Coyote after falling off a cliff - and Undertaker starts his descent.

Back on the floor, Michaels is thrown into the Spanish announce table - and then back into the wreckage of the US table! Vince gives us replays of what we've just seen while they fight back into the cage. His face is very literally the crimson mask we hear so much about, and Taker runs him right over with a clothesline in the ring while we take a look at it. Michaels is put on the top rope...and takes a chokeslam off it!!!! A pool of blood starts forming underneath Michaels while Taker goes and gets the chair! The fans start to wake up in a HUGE way, because justice will be served. And sure enough, it is, with Michaels taking a shot RIGHT between the eyes!!! JR: "PAYBACK'S A BITCH!" And you can figure that's it...except the lights go out, and some unfamiliar organ music hits! The arena turns red, and next thing you know PAUL BEARER and SOME GUY IN A MASK head to the ringside area! Vince: "THAT'S GOTTA BE...THAT'S GOTTA BE KANE! THAT'S GOTTA BE KANE!!!!" And indeed it is, as Kane rips the cell door RIGHT off its hinges and throws the referee away. Into the ring, Kane stands face to face with The Undertaker. Taker's eyes grow winder than watermelons while he stares this man in the face. Kane lights the turnbuckles on fire while causes Undertaker a distraction...and Kane spins him around RIGHT into a tombstone!!! His task completed, Kane and Bearer start to the back to a very loud chorus of boos.

Oh yes, and in the ring? Michaels rolls over and drops his arm over Taker. Hebner enters and does his patented slow 3 count, and Michaels win again at 29:59! ***** Michaels simply lies in a pool of red while he's announced as the winner. Triple H, Chyna, and Rude rush to ringside to haul Michaels' ass out of there before Taker can wake up. Hunter holds Shawn's arm high in the air, as the bloody unconscious European champion is dragged out of the arena.

SHAWN MICHAELS vs. BRET HART (for the WWF world heavyweight title)
November 9, 1997

WWE Preview: This match is undoubtedly the most controversial match in the history of sports-entertainment, and the effects of its outcome are still felt today. Find out what all the talk is about in this classic Survivor Series encounter.

We open with Shawn in the back, headed out towards the arena with D-GENERATION X, though they don’t accompany him to ringside. He hauls a Canadian flag with him, and proceeds to wipe his ass and nose with it...before laying it down and humping it on the mat. Now THAT’S funny, though I bet you’ll never see a similar stunt attempted in the States.

From there we cue Bret and THE HART FOUNDATION in the back seeking the entrance way - and Shawn’s theatrics have ensured Bret gets a pop that blows the roof off. There was a fear they’d react poorly since the WCW news was out - but things were okay...for now. Though just watching it, you can feel the tension all the way around.

Michaels rushes the ring to attack Bret with his back turned - but Bret quickly turns it around and pounds Shawn down on the mat. A clothesline sends Shawn over the top rope and to the floor - and Bret quickly posts him. EARL HEBNER tries to maintain control and get it officially started, but he can’t until they settle down and take it to the ring. Bret tosses Shawn into the crowd, and pummels him amongst the sea of Canadians. Bret runs him face first to the guardrail and throws him back to ringside. SERGEANT SLAUGHTER has headed down to ringside, and strangely enough so has VINCE MCMAHON. Of course, Vince’s presence doesn’t really make a lot of sense since until this point he’d been an announcer, and had been MIA that evening until just now. Shawn chokes Bret out with camera cables, and then throws him back into the crowd. He attempts a piledriver, but Bret winds up backdropping Shawn back over the guardrail and to ringside. Bret follows that with a boot to the netherregions. Lawler: “What does Vince think he’s doing out here?” Michaels takes a backdrop on the concrete, and that’s followed by a vertical suplex. EVERY REFEREE in the company has now surrounded these two, trying to regain order - and for no apparent reason, Shawn suddenly flies and decks PAT PATTERSON. JR mentions that this looks like the locker room in Hartford, which is just a tad insider... The fight goes to the back where Bret launches Michaels onto the concrete again, and pastes him with a fire extinguisher. Vince: “Get in the ring!!!” Jack Doan gets in Bret’s face, and winds up getting knocked out. Vince continues to scream at Bret, and Bret looks ready to strike to a surprisingly loud pop. He remains cool though, and doesn’t do anything. The fight finally spills back to ringside where Bret rolls Shawn into the ring, and the bell rings to start it!

Bret grabs a nearby Quebec flag and chokes out Shawn with it in the middle of the ring. When Shawn starts to pass out, Bret releases and drops a leg. An inverted atomic drop sees Michaels drop hard, but he manages to come right back with a flying jalapeno and nip up. Shawn kicks Bret in the face a couple of times, and takes his turn to choke out his opponent with the Quebec flag. Shawn dumps Bret to the outside and pastes him with a couple of rights. Michaels moves the top portion of ringsteps aside, and stands on the bottom portion so that he can faceplant Bret on it. The Canadian flag is broken so that Shawn can grab the pole, and he drives it into Bret. Back in, Michaels hits a double axehandle off the top, and takes him down with a front facelock. Bret manages to fight to his feet, and escape. With Shawn temporarily down, Bret drops an elbow to Michaels’ leg, but Shawn kicks and fights Bret away. Shawn rakes the eyes of Bret, and delivers a scoop slam. He heads up, tries a top rope crossbody, but Bret rolls through and gets 2. To the corner, Bret wraps Shawn’s legs around the ringpost, and puts on the figure four!!! Michaels squeals in pain, and Bret breaks at 4. Back in, Bret drops all his weight down on Shawn’s leg across the bottom rope. Dead center, Bret puts on the figure four, and Shawn fights like crazy to keep from tapping! Michaels manages to roll it over after about 30 seconds in the move, and Bret has to scramble to get to the ropes, which he does fairly easily. Bret whips Shawn to the corner, and off the rebound hits a Russian legsweep for 2! Bret headbutts Michaels in the midsection, and delivers a vertical suplex for 2. The backbreaker hits, and Bret heads up for the double axehandle...only Shawn pulls the referee into the way, and he’s out! Michaels rakes the eyes, and goes to put Bret in the Sharpshooter. Hebner recovers in record time by referee standards and suddenly calls for the bell at 12:22. **1/2 Listening, of course Vince had called for Hebner to “ring the fucking bell”. TRIPLE H rushes down to ringside with GERALD BRISCO, both of whom rush Shawn out of the building, and the PPV goes off the air immediately.

THE MIDNIGHT ROCKERS vs. BUDDY ROSE and DOUG SOMERS (with Sherri Martel) (for the AWA world tag-team titles)
September 2, 1986

WWE Preview: For the first time in WWE Jukebox history, an AWA match is made available with this Tag Team Championship Match pitting Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty against champions Buddy Rogers and Doug Somers. You are not going to want to miss this graphic blood bath.

I don’t know how the WWE site could confuse Playboy Buddy Rose with Nature Boy Buddy Rogers, but by god - they did it! Michaels is all of 20 years old at this point. Rose and Michaels start, and Michaels gets an early rollup for 2. Rose tries a backdrop, but it fails, and Michaels sneaks in a victory roll for another 2. Somers tries to talk some sense into the very off balance Rose, but he immediately winds up eating Sweet Chin Music for 2. Somers has enough, and drags Michaels face first to the buckle, and sends him to the floor. Jannetty runs over to help his partner before they get counted out, and succeeds in helping Shawn back in, who’s been busted open with his fall on the floor. Somers boots Michaels in the face, and hammers at the open wound. Rose sneaks in some shots when the referee is busy with Jannetty, and then officially tags himself in. Rose jumps on Michaels, and punches away at the face. Somers re-enters, and teases Jannetty by holding Michaels up by the hair - then drops an elbow on his face. Michaels throws a haymaker to the midsection of Somers, but it’s not enough to send him off, and Somers continues to punch away. Rose again gets in a couple of freebies on the apron. Somers backdrops Michaels, and drops an elbow for 2. Michaels staggers to his feet, and throws a right hand that causes Somers to fall, but before the tag is made Somers cuts him off. Michaels is sent to the floor, and Jannetty has enough - attacking Somers from behind. That’s quickly broken up. Rose enters while Michaels lies on the concrete floor, trying to get up. He gets back in before the 10 count, and fights off Rose - only to be faced with Somers. A series of rights and boots sends Somers to the ground, so Somers rakes the eyes to keep Shawn from tagging. Michaels isn’t going to be phased by that though, and continues to fight - and makes the tag! Jannetty is a house of fire, and backdrops Somers! A right sends Rose to his ass, and a whip sends Somers rushing hard to the buckle. Sherri gets to the apron, and Jannetty grabs her by the hair! Rose is all over him, and knocks him quickly back into the ring. Rose sends Jannetty face first to the buckle, and pounds away. Michaels tries to get involved, but the ref sends him back to the corner. Rose bites at the face of Jannetty, and Marty falls to the mat hard. Marty’s face pretty much explodes, because blood is all over the place. Somers dropkicks Jannetty in the face to make things worse, and gets 2. Jannetty fights, but misses with a huge punch and falls. He continues to blindly throw punches around, and succeeds in knocking Rose down. In retaliation for his wound, Jannetty pounces on Rose, and bites at him. Rose punches him off...sending Jannetty flying into Michaels! Shawn immediately jumps on Rose in the corner, and just pounds on him in the corner. Jannetty works a headlock on Somers, and the referee gets knocked out in the melee. Rose and Jannetty get knocked to the outside, and Rose gives Marty a gutbuster on a chair. In the ring, Michaels works over Somers - and another referee gets involved. Somers tosses this new one aside, and the original one wakes up to throw the whole mess out at 16:09! **1/4 The champs destroy the referees before turning their attention to the Rockers. SOME OF THE LOCKER ROOM exits to save the challengers. Rose and Somers immediately head to the back to escape any attacks, but Michaels isn’t done - and jumps on Rose! Somers pulls him off, grabs Sherri, and quickly heads to the back for good. Coolest part of the whole thing: Michaels’ blood smeared over the camera lens.

SHAWN MICHAELS vs. TRIPLE H (in a street fight)
August 25, 2002

WWE Preview: Shawn Michaels and Triple H will always be linked as founding members of D-Generation X, but on this night they were bitter enemies and it showed in their attempt to destroy each other in this battle. Blood poured from the skulls of both Superstars in this instant classic that stole the show on this hot August night.

I initially recapped this one right after SummerSlam aired - but since it’s been some two and a half years and the initial buzz from Shawn’s return has worn off a little, I’d like to see if this is still the classic I believed it to be. Michaels attacks Hunter before the bell, and takes him right down while continuing to hammer in the rights. Hunter comes back with a shoulderblock, but winds up getting tossed to the outside moments later. A slingshot plancha takes Hunter down, and Michaels sends Triple H face first to the ringpost! A clothesline keeps Triple H down long enough for Michaels to go digging under the ring, and he comes up with a trashcan. With Hunter in the ring now, Michaels delivers a blow with the trashcan lid - and skins the cat to re-enter the ring to a pop! A full on trashcan shot takes Hunter down, and that’s followed by a double axehandle off the top! Shawn wants this one over with in just 3 minutes, and starts to warm up the band. Sweet Chin Music misses the mark, and Triple H hits a backbreaker which Shawn sells like death. A second one draws some great heat, because we had been told for years that Michaels’ back could snap like a twig at anytime - and even in the buildup Shawn had been making vague hints he wasn’t 100%. Hunter whips Michaels back first to the turnbuckle a couple of times, and with Shawn begging for mercy, Triple H gives him a “SUCK IT” for old times sake! Elbows are dropped on the back, and Triple H decides to take it up a notch with a chair. It’s slammed into Shawn’s back repeatedly, drawing a 2 count. Triple H tries to continue the assault, but Michaels gets in a surprise rollup for 2! That won’t continue though, because Triple H nails a facebuster, and then DDT’s Shawn face first on the chair! It only gets 2, but the juice has started flowing from Michaels. Triple H rips the belt straight off of Michaels’ waist, and starts whipping Shawn. When that grows old, Hunter wraps the belt around his hands, and with the belt buckle on the outside, he punches Shawn in the face - further opening up the wound. Triple H starts running circles around the ring, desperately seeking something from under the ring, and eventually comes up with a sledgehammer! EARL HEBNER shits a brick, and tries to stop Triple H - but it’s all legal. Michaels avoids a beating, by firing off shots with everything he’s got - getting Triple H to drop the sledge, but he winds up whipped back first to the buckle seconds later, and caught in an abdominal stretch! JR begs Michaels to submit before winding up with permanent back damage. Since there are no rules, Triple H uses the ropes for leverage right in front of Earl, but Hebner’s had enough and starts to shove him around. He and Hunter scream at eachother for about 30 seconds, and Triple H actually backs down. Michaels and Triple H wind up on the top rope - and Michaels actually fights Triple H off, only for Hunter to shove Hebner to the ropes, causing Michaels to be crotched and fall into a tree of woe. Triple H, ever the gentleman, slams the chair into Michaels’ exposed back. Middle of the ring, Triple H sets up the chair, and gives Shawn a backbreaker THROUGH the chair, actually drawing a “HOLY SHIT” chant! Michaels still continues to kick out at 2! JR: “It may be his last match, but he isn’t giving up!” Triple H gives Shawn a side slam on the chair. “Fast count him Earl!” Shawn won’t give though, and kicks out at 2. Triple H tries numerous covers, but it ain’t happening. “HBK” chant. Triple H decides to put the cherry on top with a Pedigree on the chair, only Michaels drops down before the move and delivers a lowblow!!! Hunter staggers to his feet and grabs the chair - but Michaels fires off Sweet Chin Music onto the chair and into Hunter’s face! Now Triple H is bleeding, and it’s a gusher! He and Hunter start to trade punches, but Michaels wins with a flying jalapeno, and immediately nips up to a MASSIVE pop!!! Backdrop to the chair! Chairshot to the face! HBK is alive tonight! Michaels dumps Triple H to the outside and smacks him with a trashcan lid between the eyes! Turning briefly to the bible, Shawn remembers a verse from the book of Deuteronomy which says “Revenge Is Sweet”, and starts whipping Triple H with the belt. Or perhaps I made that up. Once his hide is properly tanned, Michaels smacks Hunter around with the trashcan, starting a “WE WANT TABLES” chant somehow. Instead, Michaels grabs the shoe of HUGO SAVINOVICH and pastes Triple H across the forehead! Triple H staggers away, but Michaels comes flying in with a running bulldog, smearing Hunter’s face across the ringsteps as he sails by! Under the ring Shawn goes digging and comes up with a ladder. It’s promptly used not for climbing, but beating, in the form of a battering ram. Michaels sets it up against the ringpost, and catapults Triple H into the ladder. They head back in, and JR squeals like a schoolgirl when Michaels tries a pinfall. It only gets 2. Michaels heads back out to get the ladder, but on his way in he’s met with a baseball slide dropkick! Back in, Hunter heads up, but Michaels manages to cut him off and nail a superplex for 2! A rollup gets 2! Triple H finally has enough, and hits a running knee strike to the face of Michaels, and heads outside. Triple H decides the ringsteps are sadistic enough, and brings them in, only to be hit with a drop toe hold, sending Hunter face first to the steel! Michaels clotheslines Hunter to the outside, and grabs a table to another big pop! It’s set up, and Michaels ensures that Hunter’s gonna remain knocked out by slamming a fire hydrant over his head!!! With Hunter on the table outside the ring, Michaels heads back in...and leaps off the top turnbuckle, delivering a splash through the table!!! Everyone’s dead! Fire up another “HOLY SHIT” chant from the fans! Michaels rolls Hunter back in, and sets up the ladder near the corner. Shawn makes the long climb to the top, tells everyone that he loves us, and drops an elbow off the top! The adrenaline is flowing like you wouldn’t believe now, and it’s time to warm up the band!!! Hunter blocks the shot, goes for the Pedigree, but Michaels manages to trip him up, bridge back, and scores the massive upset pin at 27:20!!! ****3/4 Still as good as I remember it! Michaels celebrates the victory, and the Jukebox decides to cut out before we get the sledgehammer to the back, and Triple H drawing more heat than a furnace on full blast.

March 30, 2003

WWE Preview: Growing up, Chris Jericho idolized Shawn Michaels. He even attempted to pattern his wrestling career after HBK. But at WrestleMania XIX, the two charismatic Superstars were battling for each other's respect.

I recall really liking this one the first time out, so we’ll see if it holds up. Michaels fires confetti cannons on the way to the ring, half of which don’t work - but since this is New Millennium Shawn, he doesn’t flip out. We start the match with an “HBK” chant, which Shawn naturally encourages. They trade armdrag takedowns, but Shawn’s not at all impressed with what he sees - and lies down on the top rope hammock style. That serves to piss Jericho off, and he tries a hammerlock. Shawn easily reverses. They continue to trade wrestling holds, all of which Michaels is able to beat Jericho with. Chris finally has enough and bitchslaps Shawn, but Michaels quickly decks Jericho and tosses him outside. Michaels starts a slingshot plancha, but Jericho sidesteps to show us how smart he is...completely missing Shawn’s oncoming baseball slide dropkick. Back in, Michaels hits a top rope crossbody which Jericho rolls through and gets 2. The chops finally start via Jericho. Jericho’s running bulldog is blocked when Michaels tosses him through the momentum crotch first against the ringpost! Michaels applies a Figure Four, but Jericho quickly reverses. Shawn hits a single leg atomic drop, but again Chris is able to shrug it off and shove Michaels to the corner. Jericho tries to dump Michaels, but he skins the cat and catches Jericho with a rana OVER the top rope to the outside! That’s followed by the slingshot plancha, and Jericho’s hurting. A dropkick from Michaels gets swatted away, and Jericho puts on the Walls Of Jericho! CHARLES ROBINSON isn’t putting up with it though, and starts his 10 count - and Jericho’s back in at 9. Robinson: “Stay in the ring!” Of course he doesn’t, and slams Michaels back first to the ringpost outside! That’s met with some loud heat from the fans, and Jericho dances. Michaels slowly climbs back to the apron, and walks into a springboard dropkick from Jericho, sending him RIGHT back out again! Jericho hauls Michaels back in, and hits a backdrop suplex. “I’M BETTER THAN YOU!” A vertical suplex gets 2. A running backbreaker is followed with the Arrogant Cover, and again the fans are NOT thrilled with Jericho’s antics while Chris gets 2. He starts working a chinlock, and when Shawn tries to escape, Jericho rakes the eyes. Jericho goes for a double leg slam...but Michaels shifts in mid air and connects with a DDT! Jericho comes back with a flying jalapeno, and nips up!!! While posing like Shawn, the real deal nips up and hits Jericho with an atomic drop! A backdrop works, and a moonsault gets 2! They start rolling back and forth with pin attempts, but eventually Jericho rolls all the way through into the Walls. Michaels uses his leg strength to shove Jericho off, but can’t avoid a Northern lights suplex which gets 2 for Jericho. The running bulldog works this time, and the Lionsault hits the mark, getting 2!! Michaels tries to come back with a rana, but Jericho simply folds him up into the Walls Of Jericho, dead center of the ring! Michaels crawls and scratches to the ropes, and makes it! Jericho opts for a double underhook backbreaker, and follows with a back elbow off the top rope to ground Shawn. And now the fun begins, because Jericho’s decided to warm up the band. Sweet Chin Music hits...but Michaels kicks out at 2!!! Michaels immediately comes back with a flying crossbody off the second rope, much to the surprise of Jericho. A catapult sends Chris face first to the corner, and a schoolboy gets 2! Jericho regains control by ducking a clothesline and delivering a kidney shot, and they head up to the top rope together. Jericho’s belly to back superplex is countered in mid air with a crossbody for 2! Michaels then slowly makes the climb back up, and with no strength left Jericho shoves the referee with his boot, causing Robinson to hit the ropes and crotch Shawn!!! Jericho plays innocent, heads up, but Michaels sends Jericho crashing back down with a faceplant! Now he hits the elbow, and warms up the band!!! Sweet Chin Music MISSES, and Jericho puts Shawn into the Walls for a third time now, again in the middle of the ring!!! Michaels starts his crawling, but Jericho drags him right back out to the middle again! A second crawl sends Michaels to safety, and Jericho nearly bursts into tears and starts pleading with Robinson. “He tapped out! I know he tapped out!!!” Jericho turns back to his opponent, only to eat Sweet Chin Music!!! Michaels covers...but only gets 2!!!! Both guys are running out of gas. They slowly stand, and slug it out in the corner. A whip sends Michaels hard to the corner, but a backdrop fails and Michaels rolls up Jericho for the win out of nowhere at 22:31! ***3/4 Jericho’s in tears, and when Michaels offers his hand, Jericho collapses into his arms, and they share a manly tender moment...until Jericho boots Michaels in the testicles, and walks to the back with a pissed off look on his face. Now THAT’S class!

SHAWN MICHAELS vs. TRIPLE H vs. CHRIS BENOIT (for the world heavyweight title)
March 14, 2004

WWE Preview: WrestleMania XX was when it all began...again. On this night, however, it was when Triple H's World Heavyweight Championship reign ended. Watch this WrestleMania main event to find out who emerged as the new Champion.

This one’s another freebie, since I just covered it in my Hard Knocks: The Chris Benoit Story recap about 4 months ago. Here’s my recap of this one:

And now the main event to end all main events, we culminate at Wrestlemania XX. Unfortunately the crowd is a little drained from FIVE HOURS of action leading up to this - and we can only hope the WWE learned that once in awhile Less Is More. Triple H's entrance gives me goosebumps here. Everyone shoves each other around to start, with the basic fight being between Shawn and Benoit for the right to beat up on Hunter. Benoit tries a Crossface, but it's WAY too early and they wind up chopping each other. Triple H gets dumped in the mess, while Benoit and Shawn chain wrestle. Chris bridges out of a pinfall attempt, but gets cradled for 2. Benoit comes back with a bridge suplex for 2. Hunter gets involved with Benoit down and clotheslines Shawn to take control of the ring. He tries to dump Shawn, but Michaels skins the cat and dumps Benoit. Triple H and Shawn start their fighting, and Michaels chops away. Hunter gets a running kneelift for 2. Benoit tries to re-enter the fray, but gets dumped back out and powered back first to the apron by Triple H. Shawn gives them both a baseball slide dropkick for ignoring him. Up he goes...and hits a moonsault on both guys! Shawn opts to roll Hunter into the ring, and gets 2. Triple H hits a facebuster, goes for a Pedigree...but it's stopped by Benoit via a clothesline - and Shawn gets posted. Chris delivers a snap suplex to Triple H, and chops away in the corner while JR makes it clear to those at home that Benoit's really from Atlanta and certainly not Canada. Hunter hangs Benoit in the tree of woe and whips Shawn into him, taking them both out. Now that's using your head! A cover on Shawn gets 2. Michaels reverses a second whip - and Benoit kicks Hunter in the head giving Shawn a 2 count. Michaels delivers the flying Jalapeno to Triple H - nips up, and gets clotheslined outside by Benoit! Triple H stands, and meets the trifecta of Germans from Benoit! Chris calls for the end, and heads to the top. Michaels flies back in to the ring to crotch Benoit on top - and Hunter DDTs Shawn sending him back outside. Benoit and Triple H fight on the top rope, and Hunter wins this exchange via superplex! Three successive covers get three successive 2 counts. Chris fights back, and applies the Crossface! It doesn't last, because Shawn's back in and breaks it up. Shawn now hits a German on Benoit to BOOS - and when Benoit reverses, the place goes nuts! Three in a row for Shawn, and it's the thumb to the throat! The flying headbutt CONNECTS, Benoit covers...and gets a close 2! Benoit tries another cover to similar results. Michaels comes back with a flying Jalapeno for Benoit, sending him outside. Shawn nips up again, slams the recovering Hunter, and heads up. The flying elbow is good - and Michaels dances around the ring to a LOT of boos now. The band is warmed up...and nails the mark!!! Shawn covers, and Benoit yanks Hunter right out of the ring to save him. The fans start chanting for Benoit as Shawn lays in the chops. Chris tries a Sharpshooter, but Shawn's too wiggly, so Benoit catapults him into the corner which busts him right open. Shawn likes tapping those arteries methinks. Benoit applies the Crossface, and Michaels goes to quit...but Hunter grabs Shawn's arm and won't let him tap!!! Triple H breaks the hold and forces Benoit out to the floor. Benoit's violence isn't done though, and he beats the piss out of Hunter on the floor, slamming him face first into the steps. Triple H returns the favor seconds later. With Benoit down, Triple H rips apart the Smackdown! announce table to a loud pop. Benoit recovers, and they rip apart the Spanish announce table. While on it, Chris tries to give Hunter a German onto the RAW table - but Triple H blocks and Shawn joins the mess! Speaking of messes, the blood is all over Shawn's body now. Shawn and Triple H eye each other...and team up to throw Benoit through the Smackdown! table. Shawn points to Hunter through a legit crimson mask - and calls him out! Triple H gets into the ring, and the fist flying begins! Shawn wins the exchange, and dumps Hunter over the top on top of a nearby camera man! Michaels follows and throws Triple H into the ringsteps...drawing bloody from him! They fight back in...and out of nowhere, Triple H hits the Pedigree, drawing the ire of some 20,000 folks! He goes for the cover...and Benoit comes FLYING back in to break it up!!! Hunter, losing blood now, slowly gets to his feet - and tries to Pedigree Benoit! However, in mid-move, Benoit counters and applies the Sharpshooter!!!!!!!! Triple H SCREAMS for dear life while trapped in the hold and the fans are going ape shit! Hunter crawls and claws his way to the ropes...and Benoit drags him right back in to the middle of the ring! Michaels scoots back in and out of the picture, he hits Benoit with the Sweet Chin Music!!!!! Michaels covers...but it's only a 2 count!!!! Shawn warms up the band again, but Benoit sidesteps and dumps Shawn!!! Triple H stands up, behind Benoit, and tries to sneak in a Pedigree! However, Benoit counters it in mid-move and puts on the Crossface!!!!!!! The place is going insane, because they can feel it now!!! Hunter hangs on for dear life, but he's caught and caught hard! Benoit rolls when Hunter gets close to the ropes, and yanks him back to the middle of the ring!!! Hunter hangs on, hangs on....AND TAPS AT 24:46!!!!!!!! ***** "Ladies and gentlemen...the winner of this match...and NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEWWW HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.... CHRIS BENOIT!" The belt is presented to Benoit who takes one look at it and bursts into tears. As he celebrates, he turns and sees EDDIE GUERRERO standing behind him. The two just fall in to each other's arms, and burst into tears as confetti falls throughout the arena over the two longtime friends and the fans give them a non-stop standing ovation.

June 15, 2003

WWE Preview: Two future Hall of Famers square off in this Bad Blood match, as Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair go one-on-one. Find out which legendary competitor had the upper hand on this night.

This was an interesting feud taking place during a not-so-interesting time... Basically, Shawn Michaels let Flair know that he was his biggest fan, and nearly succeeded in turning Flair against Hunter. Of course, it ultimately failed, as most people do who try to screw with Triple H - and this match was born.

During the entrances, Lawler notes that nobody dominated the 90’s quite like Shawn Michaels... I’d argue that nobody dominated 1996 quite like Michaels, but I’d leave the rest of the decade up for some serious debate! They start with some chain wrestling, and a stalemate leaves Flair strutting. Michaels takes Flair down, and dances on his back, just to show him that he’s not the ONLY arrogant star in down. Flair’s not impressed and takes Michaels down. However, Michaels is quick to ride Flair, and upon standing he slaps him. Flair charges in anger, and winds up in a drop toe hold. A clothesline sends Flair crashing to the floor, and Michaels quickly follows with a slingshot plancha. Back in, Michaels works a headlock, but Flair escapes and starts the chops! Michaels fires right back with his own. Flair rushes in with a chop block, and that immediately turns the tide. With Michaels hurting, Flair makes it worse by dropping a knee on Michaels’ leg. The Figure Four is applied, and Michaels writhes in pain! He spends about a minute fighting it before finally making the ropes - and Flair’s so upset he gets into a shoving match with EARL HEBNER. He refocuses though, and goes to the leg...only to see Michaels hit an enzuigiri! Michaels delivers a backdrop to Flair, and follows with a blind charge to the corner - but Flair gets an elbow. Flair quickly heads up, and you can imagine how well THAT goes. With Michaels now back in control, he goes for Sweet Chin Music - but Flair blocks and takes Michaels down! He goes in, but Michaels rolls him up for 2! Michaels then does what every opponent of Flair MUST do, putting Ric in the Figure Four. Flair’s too smart for that though, and delivers a thumb to the eye of Michaels. They go through a series of counter roll ups, all of which get 2 counts. Flair goes up a second time - and this time he makes it off on his own, but Michaels clotheslines him on the way down! They head back up where Michaels superplexes Flair off the top, and Michaels rolls out. Shawn goes digging under the ring and comes up with a table. Outside, Michaels sets Flair up on the table, and from the corner of his eye catches RANDY ORTON hitting ringside and charging! Before Randy can strike, he walks right into Sweet Chin Music! Michaels then goes up to the top rope and splashes Flair through the table - busting Flair’s BACK open! Ow! Back in, Michaels gets a 2 count. They battle into the corner, and when the referee tries to break it up - both Michaels AND the referee take a lowblow courtesy of a mule kick! Michaels is quick to recover, hits the flying jalapeno and nips up! With a scoop slam, he heads up to the top, and drops his trademark elbow. Shawn warms up the band, NAILS Sweet Chin Music, turns, and meets a chair from Randy Orton right across the skull!!!! Randy drapes Flair over Michaels, wakes up the referee who has been passed out ever since the Flair lowblow, and Flair scores the win at 14:19!!! **3/4

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