Posts Tagged ‘Shawn Michaels’

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The Brothers of Destruction were one of the most dominant forces in WWE history, and Kane and The Undertakerremain active to this day. Kane was recently a guest on The Steve Austin Show and he discussed his working relationship with The Deadman.

Now that Glenn Jacobs is mayor of Knox County in Tennessee, he has more time to be retrospective about his career as The Big Red Machine. He explained that when he was in developmental, he felt nervous about the character. His mind was put at ease when he was convinced that The Undertaker would do whatever it took to make the character work.

“Again, going back to what Dutch Mantell told me. At the time I was working for Jerry Lawler in the USWA. I was still under contract with the WWF, but they weren’t doing anything with me so they farmed me out with Jerry Lawler. I am talking with Dutch Mantell and he is telling me that the Kane character is going to be successful because Mark [Undertaker] Calloway is going to make it successful,” Jacobs said. “That is exactly what happened. He was always a huge advocate of mine. In fact, the first match against The Undertaker was actually in Smoky Mountain Wrestling. He and Shawn Michaels came down and did a show I think was called ‘Super Brawl’ with Jim Cornette.”

At the time of Kane’s debut, big men dominated the wrestling industry. Jacobs said The Undertaker knew it would be a great advantage for him to work a program with someone like him. He also said The Undertaker played a huge part in helping him improve his in-ring performance.

“As you say, he is a big guy that I think he felt that he could draw money with me. The thing about being a big guy in our business is again, you don’t have to take as many bumps but anything you do has to look extremely believable because everything is exaggerated when it you are bigger. People expect that. So that is sort of the drawback of it. Yes, you have to know how to be vulnerable and sell the right way and all of those things but I was very fortunate because Mark was behind the whole thing,” Jacobs said. “He was tremendously helpful. In fact, it is one of those things where you would have egos once in a while where someone wouldn’t want to do something where they need to do and basically I would tell them, look, you can either do this or we can talk to Undertaker about it and eventually they did. Mark also understood that success in this business when you are in this business it is like a dance and it takes two people to succeed.”

Jacobs said he is proud of everything he has done with The Undertaker. With the months-long buildup to the debut of his character, there was a lot of pressure to make sure it didn’t flop. Jacobs said it was The Undertaker who was responsible for his success as Kane.

“He was always all about it and as much as anything the table that was set for me I am going to go in there with The Undertaker. Paul Bearer had been talking about Kane months before he came out, all this stuff that was set up where Kane was going to be successful,” he said. “I was fortunate to be the guy that was in that position and to go in there with The Undertaker. The first Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, which had never happened before and I was involved with that. It was one of those things where I couldn’t have written anything better than that.”

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Sports Illustrated spoke to Marty Jannetty to discuss the 27th anniversary of The Rockers breaking up on Jan. 12, 1992. The shocking WWE moment happened when his former partner Shawn Michaels delivered the Sweet Chin Music during a segment on Brutus Beefcake’s “Barber Shop.” After that, Michaels threw him through the barbershop window and tore a magazine with a photo of The Rockers in half. Below are highlights from what Jannetty had to say about the moment, the WWE Hall of Fame, and wanting to be an agent.

Reaction that people still remember Shawn Michaels throwing him through the window:

“I was hoping that moment would last six months, let alone 27 years. [Laughs] I can’t believe it’s been so long. I think one of the main reasons that the Barber Shop window moment has lasted 27 years is that it looked real enough to believe it was real. I wouldn’t want to change that.”

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Watching the fans’ reaction to the segment with Michaels:

“Seeing the look on somebody’s face when they get it, especially when the kids really get the psychology part, is really special. Anybody can do the moves, but it’s a lot harder to understand the psychology behind it. That’s a thrill for me.”

If he’s interested in being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame:

“I would be grateful for that opportunity. I would be honored. That makes a big difference in the wrestling world. I would also love to do some work as an agent. The young guys, they’re already great as it is, but you can never get too much experience or wisdom, especially on the psychology end.”

You can read more about the moment and Jannetty’s thoughts here.

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Andrew Martin was best known to wrestling fans under the moniker of “Test.” He had two stints with WWE and first joined the company in 1998 before quickly aligning himself with The Corporation.

There are many theories of how Test became known as Test and most fans weren’t exactly thrilled with the name. Bruce Prichard discussed how Martin got his name of Test on the latest episode of his podcast.

“The version was that since he was a roadie for Motley Crue,” said Prichard,” we actually had him travel for them a little bit and we made him go out on the microphone and the only thing he would go out and say was, ‘test…test.’ So, Shawn Michaels said, ‘well, he’s going out there and letting everybody know what his name is.’ He became Test out of that.”

Test was introduced to WWE fans as an unnamed bodyguard for Motley Crue who performed on an episode of Sunday Night Heat in October 1998. In a work, Test then threw a fan off the stage during the band’s rehearsal which caught the eye of The Corporation.

How Martin got the name of Test wasn’t really explained to the WWE audience, but Prichard dispels a rumor about Test being an abbreviation.

“A lot of people made the “testicle” reference assuming it was short for that, but it was funny the other way also,” Prichard stated.

Martin would compete as Test in WWE until 2004 when he was released. After undergoing neck surgery and competing on the indie circuit, Test rejoined WWE in 2006.

His second stay would last just one year before his release. Test won two tag titles and three secondary championships during his time in WWE. He retired from wrestling in February 2009 and died just one month later at the age of 34 due to an accidental overdose.

E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness recently returned from hiatus with none other than special guest WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels. Among many other interesting topics, Michaels talked about why he agreed to return to the squared circle after eight years. Also, Michaels discussed whether he would consider wrestling again.

According to Michaels, he will not be wrestling again. Apparently, ‘The Showstopper’ only agreed to tag with Triple H to take on The Undertaker and Kane at WWE Crown Jewel because it was essentially a special request for the pro wrestling legends to perform their “greatest hits”.

“I’m glad to say that I did it, but I don’t want to try it again.” Michaels explained, “negative. Yeah, yeah, so, look, the one upside is… again, you’re always just curious, ‘can I do my stuff?’ So, technically, yeah, I could go in there and do my stuff and have the young guys work around me and all of that. But the 100% only reason I said, ‘yes’ to this one was, one, it was a special request by other people. And, again, it was a chance… I looked at it like someone is asking the Stones and KISS to come over and just play their greatest hits. That’s it.”

While many people speculated that Michaels returned at Crown Jewel for the big payday, he noted that he would have made more money wrestling a single’s match at WrestleMania. In the view of ‘HBK’, there was less anxiety working with Triple H, The Undertaker, and Kane than wrestling a performer he has not tangled with in the past.

“Unfortunately, everybody feels like it was all about the money and this, that, and the other. And I mean it respectfully, of course, but, technically, I’d make more money doing a single’s match at WrestleMania. Do you know what I mean? Because that brand is bigger. I’m charging more for a single’s match! Do you know what I mean? But I didn’t feel like I was put in a position in this particular match to be that guy. Do you know what I mean? And everything else about working with a younger guy at WrestleMania puts me in a much tougher, more difficult situation performance-wise. And that’s something I had been consistent about over the last eight years. I didn’t want to be put in that position because I’m good with the performances that I’ve had at WrestleMania. I wanted to end those the way that I ended them.” Michaels added, “[Crown Jewel] just happened to be a special thing that again in a million years I didn’t think would come up, but it did and that honestly is the only reason why I said, ‘yes’.”

Also during the podcast, Michaels claimed that he is held to a higher standard for his in-ring work than Ric Flair when ‘Naitch’ was wrestling in his 50s. ‘H-B-Shizzle’ averred that fans gave ‘Naitch’ a pass that he would not be afforded.

“I go out at 53 [years old] after eight years and I think it’s passable from everybody’s standpoint.” Michaels recalled, “I don’t care what anybody says. When I came back in 2002, I mean people saw my first match back and immediately, I mean, it took one day to go back to them holding me to the standard that they held me [to] in ’96 when I left. Do you know what I mean? The only thing is that, and it’s a good problem to have, I wouldn’t get held to the same standard that Flair gets held to. If he doesn’t do everything spot on or perfect, that’s fine. They still give him some grace, and some mercy, and all of that. [Edge and Christian] know as well as I do that I won’t get that. I miss a step, I do one thing [incorrectly] and they’d be all over me, so it just doesn’t work. And I don’t say that bitterly. It’s just one of those things that, and, again, it’s flattering. Yeah, I’m held to an unfair criteria and I’m one with that, but I’m also not going to try to live up to it either because I don’t think any man can.”

WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels recently spoke with ComicBook.com to promote the release of The Marine 6 from WWE Studios. The full interview is at this link. Michaels, who was backstage at RAW when Roman Reigns announced his second battle with leukemia last month, talked about what Reigns’ announcement meant to him.

“It’s someone in your line work, a person that you know, a person that you understand is a leader of this locker room, a leader of this generation, a role that once you have played or have seen other people play and understanding that that guy is going through something tough. And for us, that’s when it gets real,” said Michaels.

Shawn also underlined that the life of a pro wrestler can shield people from the realities of life, but situations like Reigns’ can’t be avoided.

“We live in a constant world of make-believe. and on one hand, it’s the greatest thing in the world because it allows none of us to have to grow up and become adults,” Shawn said. “Every now and then real life comes in an throws you something in your face that makes you understand that real life does happen. And also to appreciate the time that we have with each other.”

Michaels believes Reigns further illustrated his strong character more by keeping his first leukemia battle a secret until the announcement on RAW.

“To understand that that’s something he’s fought through before, that was a revelation I don’t think anyone knew about. It’s encouraging on one hand, but it helps you understand and get to know him,” Michaels said. “He could have used that to help in the wrestling business to help him “get over” but that was something the human being, who he is, the real-life person didn’t want to do that he just wanted to put that behind him, go on his own merit, go on his own ability and be judged on that. And that speaks to the real character behind that young man.”

Former NWA President R. Bruce Tharpe has sadly announced that NWA Hall of Famer José Lothario has passed away at the age of 83. Lothario is best remembered by modern fans as Shawn Michaels’ on-screen manager during his ascent to the WWE Championship in 1996.

Lothario, born Guadalupe Robledo in Monterrey, Mexico in 1934, spent most of his career wrestling for the National Wrestling Alliance in the Florida and Texas territories. Though he won a bevvy of championships during his in-ring days, perhaps Lothario’s most significant contribution to the industry was in passing on his knowledge to a plucky upstart from San Antonio called Michael Hickenbottom.

In addition to teaching his apprentice how to hit a perfect inverted savate kick, Lothario also came up with a new name for his protégé: Shawn Michaels.

As Michaels began the pursuit of his ‘Boyhood Dream’ prior to WrestleMania XII, José Lothario was by his side. The Mexican – effectively brought in to help the naturally unsympathetic Michaels win over the crowd during his big babyface run – stayed with HBK until Royal Rumble ’97.

The first World Heavyweight Championship run of CM Punk’s career came to an abrupt end at Unforgiven 2008 when he was attacked backstage by Randy Ortonand Legacy. On a recent episode of Something To Wrestle with Bruce Prichard, the former WWE producer recapped the pay-per-view and shed some light on the situation.

Punk won the world heavyweight title by cashing in his Money In The Bankbriefcase during an episode of RAW. Prichard revealed that the reason WWE put the title on him was because of injuries to top stars John Cena and Randy Orton. Despite not being considered a top star by many backstage officials, Punk had a dedicated fan base that mostly consisted of the younger audience and WWE figured it was the right time to give him a run with the title.

“CM Punk was somebody who was on the rise, and someone from the television studios – which is a much younger group of guys – really liked CM Punk for whatever reason,” Prichard said. “If you were to ask someone like me or Vince McMahon or Michael Hayes what the appeal was to CM Punk, we couldn’t tell you.

“It was until I took him up and sat him down and you actually take the time to know someone. John Cena is out, Randy Orton is out, all these guys are out. You have to make the move. It forces you to pull the trigger to make the move and pull the trigger, and with CM Punk we did that. We felt that this was his opportunity where one door shuts and the opportunity comes your way to make the most out of it. We went with CM Punk during that time, which was all there was to it. It wasn’t much more thought other than necessity that we lost all of those guys at once due to injuries that we had to put somebody else in there, you have to play the game and you needed players which were how CM Punk originally got in there. From my vantage point, and me speaking my opinion, I thought CM Punk deserved it and I thought that Punk would do well in that role.”

Punk was expected to defend his title in a Championship Scramble match during the main event of Unforgiven. However, the backstage assault that included Orton punting Punk in the face rendered him unable to compete in the match, and he was forced to forfeit his championship. Chris Jericho eventually won the title, and Prichard said it was because the WWE wanted to raise the stakes of his rivalry with Shawn Michaels. Prichard said it was a clear mistake to take the title off of Punk at the time because he needed it to elevate his status. Prichard revealed that Punk was not happy about the situation.

“CM Punk was confused. Really confused, and when you look back, to me [Chris] Jericho and Shawn [Michaels] did not need that title. They needed a prop for a ladder match, okay, but they sure as hell didn’t need the championship. I thought CM Punk needed the championship. I thought that the championship helped Punk, but at that point, it was needed for a prop to have a ladder match so as crazy and as many conspiracy theories people want to throw out there it is as simple as that,” Prichard said. “It sucked, and you can see, hindsight being 20/20 you see the interview with CM Punk where they [Legacy] jump him and Punk is not even into it. He’s frustrated and probably upset, all rightfully so by the way, so you feel before he even gets jumped he’s thinking, okay fine, I’m going to do this f**k it. It did suck because it made no sense.”