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WWE: The Shawn Michaels Story - Heartbreak & Triumph
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Hes the Heartbreak Kid; the Show Stopper. For more than two decades, Shawn Michaels has had amazing matches inside the ring and controversial moments outside it. Now, for the first time on DVD, fans can see the whole story. From the Rockers to D-Generation X with Triple H, the Clique to the "Montreal Screwjob," every ounce of Michaels heartbreak and triumph is here!
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There's nothing that can be or hasn't been said about anything regarding Shawn Michaels that hasn't already been said weather your talking about his performances in the ring or his controversial life outside of the ring but now you hear from Shawn Michaels himself on these subjects on this DVD set "Heartbreak & Triumph" along with others such as his family (wife Rebecca, his parents & childhood friends) & superstars including Triple H, Vince McMahon, Marty Jannetty, Tully Blanchard, Ted Dibiase, Chris Jericho, Jim Ross, Sensational Sherri, Pat Patterson, Bruce Prichard & John Cena.
The documentry kicks off talking about Shawn growing up on an air force base & becoming a wrestling fan at age 12 to the point where he started doing Ric Flair promos & wrestling in his pool. Shawn tried college but quit to get trained by Jose Lathario & started in World Class & Mid-South Wrestling. The next story is how he met Marty Jannetty in Kansas City & brought him up to the AWA a month after he was there. They're "life in the fastlane" lifestyle & the fued between Doug Sommers & Buddy Rose over the AWA tag team titles is talked about next along with how it lead to them coming to the WWE before Jimmy Jack Funk led to them getting fired. They're experience in working Continental Wrestling and alternating between Memphis & the AWA before making it back to the WWE is discussed. They're second run in WWE is discussed along with the story behind their tag title win being recalled & erased from the record before the story behind their breakup & the impact of the Barber Shop segment that happened between Shawn & Marty. Shawn's morphing from The Rocker into the Heartbreak Kid with Sensational Sherri (R.I.P.) giving him credibility, Mr. Perfect coining the nickname "Heartbreak Kid", and the importance of the Intercontinental Title. The story behind Shawn bringing in Kevin "Diesel" Nash (and what Rick Steiner had to do with it) is briefly talked about before moving on to why he was suspended in late 1993 & how that indirectly planted the seeds for the WrestleMania X ladder match. How the Kliq was formed along with what exactly they're "backstage power" was along with various opinions of the group by people such as Vince & Ted Dibiase is talked about. The story behind the WrestleMania XI match with Diesel is talked about before the story behind Shawn being attacked in a New York nightclub and how Triple H came up with the idea for Shawn to do the "Owen Hart" angle where Shawn passed out. Who's idea it was for the WrestleMania XII Iron Man match along with how Shawn trained for it is talked about next before they go into detail about how Shawn was very bitter & heavily opinionated despite being the champion at the time. A very interesting part was Shawn, Triple H, and Vince giving their sides of the story behind the infamous "curtain call" in Madison Square Garden. Shawn's homecoming at the Royal Rumble '97 was briefly discussed before his forfeiting the title because of the knee injury in Feb. '97 is talked about along with what his mom had to do about him "losing his smile." His Hell In The Cell match with Taker & pushing the envelope with DX are both talked about before moving on to Survivor Series '97, how involved HBK really was with the whole incident, and how that effected him backstage is heavily discussed. HBK's injury in the Royal Rumble casket match and wrestling though the injury at WrestleMania XIV while being bitter about passing the torch to Austin is talked about. How Shawn found his wife Rebecca (who he saw on WCW Monday Nitro), got married, and had a child is discussed along with Shawn's heavy downward spiral that led an incident backstage at RAW the week before WrestleMania that resulted in his falling out with Triple H before he found religion though his wife's bible study. The return to WWE is talked about next along with what exactly Triple H had to do with. How important the WrestleMania XIX match with Jericho was along with the heavy details about why the fued with Hulk Hogan resulted in HBK being a heel for a month is talked about. His fued with HBK along with "infamous" McMahonism/God angle is talked about before they go into the DX reunion & why Shawn wouldn't go where he did with the original DX. The documentary closed out with the WrestleMania 23 match with John Cena & how Triple H's injury figured Shawn into the title picture along with how everything was on HBK (not John Cena) to deliver.
vs. Billy Haynes - This was a real quick match where Hayes was in control before Shawn resorted to tactics that quickly moved the momentum in his favor only for him to get caught when he decided to show off.
"World Class Championship Wrestling" Jan. '85
Rockers vs. Brain Busters - This was Arn Anderson's & Tully Blanchard's debut at Madison Square Garden with the Busters attempting different tactics only for Rockers to return it right back to them with more force winning the exchanges & using their speed to stay a step ahead of the Busters while heavily worked over the arm before the Busters were finally able to bait one of them & isolate him from his partner taking away the speed advantage grounding him in a nice back & forth encounter.
"MSG" Jan. '89
2 Out Of 3 Falls Match: Rockers vs. WWE Tag Team Champions Hart Foundation - It should be noted that this match has no commentary as both teams were evenly matched early from using various double team combinations to playing to each other's strengths as the Rockers relied on their speed while the Hart Foundation used their power & technical wrestling with each team attempting to focus on a specific area of the body leading into the second fall with one team getting more aggressive in singling out one opponent from his partner keeping him in their half of the ring & grounded on the mat using their numbers advantage before a freak accident caused the top rope to break which had it's effects for the rest of the fall as a team got real desperate going into the third fall where they kept using illegal tactics to keep the advantage while their opponents were able to use the teams momentum against team & take advantage of mistiming in what was a very hard fought match that unfortunately was never seen for close to two decades.
Rockers vs. Orient Express - Orient Express attempted to get the early advantage attacking from behind & double teaming only for the Rockers to beat them at their own game with double team combinations in & outside of the ring before they slowed things down grounding their opponent while taking advantage of various moments of mistiming allowing the Rockers to continue to work over both opponents at once as a team through multiple double team combinations or as one individual against both to the point where it took illegal tactics from the Express for them to change the momentum in their favor including Mr. Fuji making his presence known on the outside while relying on their martial arts style in what was a competitive match.
Royal Rumble '91
vs. Intercontinental Champion British Bulldog - Bulldog easily showcased his strength early as Shawn attempted to move him only to kept easily being shoved down causing him to resort to illegal tactics in order to execute some offense in his favor only for Bulldog to quickly gain it back with power moves & easily stopping Shawn dead whenever he was attempting to gain momentum before Shawn was able to use his momentum against him allowing an opening to heavily focus on a part of the body that neutralized his power while using some desperate tactics of his own resulting in a match that was heavily significant in Shawn's career.
"Saturday Night's Main Event" Nov. '92
[Best Of Saturday Night's Main Event]
Royal Rumble Battle Royal - A couple of notes here in that Pamela Anderson was at ringside as she was set to escort the winner to ringside for the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania XI while this was advertised as "the fastest Royal Rumble in history" as the interludes between participants was every 60 seconds as this Rumble featured such highlights as who were the first & final two participant, who was out for revenge against certain participants for what happened earlier in the night, a 1,000 pound battle between two giants, another man's stand out performance, and the controversial finish in another match that was a significant to Shawn's career as he made history in this match.
Royal Rumble '95
vs. Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett - This started out with each man trying to show off & "one-up" each other such as Jarrett doing HBK's pose on the top turnbuckle & Shawn doing Jarrett's strut resulting in Jarrett tried to break Shawn's momentum by constantly stalling on the outside & breaking the referee's 10 count at 9 to avoid a count out. When the match continued, Roadie tried to get involved only for Shawn to not only toss Jarrett onto Roadie on the outside but also dive onto both men from the top rope. Jarrett was able to regain the momentum when he back dropped Shawn over the top to the floor opening the door for Roadie to get involved as both men choked Shawn on the ropes, connecting with his own clothesline off the apron, and causing Shawn to lose his balance on the top rope allowing Jarrett to hit a superplex. Both men continued to trade momentum but Roadie got involved one too many times that not only resulted in a Sweet Chin Music that not only knocked Jarrett out for a three count but both men out of the WWF for the time being. This is a very underrated match in both men's careers due to the fact that it happened during a period that WWF was very low on viewership & crossover appeal along with the fact that it didn't happen on one of their bigger shows but this was definitely a "lost classic" encounter in both men's careers with a funny side note here but there was a moment when Vince's headset wasn't working with Lawler having fun at his expense.
"In Your House" July '95
[Best Of In Your House]
WWE Championship Match vs. British Bulldog - It should be noted that Mr. Perfect was assigned to be the special outside referee due to the controversial ending to their previous PPV match, Owen Hart was on commentary for this match, and Bulldog was not only managed by Jim Cornette during this match but also had his wife, who was accusing Shawn of sexual harassment during this time, in his corner as well. Bulldog showed off his power advantage early by shoving Shawn to the floor twice resorting in Shawn going for the strategy of grounding Bulldog while also using his lucha influenced offense like catching Bulldog in a head scissors sending him to the floor followed by a frankensteiner off the apron. Bulldog decided to also try to ground Shawn but kept getting outpaced by Shawn & eventually got caught in a armbar takedown. Bulldog's strength came to his advantage with moves like pressing Shawn over the top to the floor only to press him back into the ring before going back to grounding him in the ring. Shawn kept trying to fight out of it with various move attempts only for Bulldog to have counters of his own such an attempted frankensteiner into a powerbomb. This was one of the best quality singles performances in Bulldog's career during this period while Shawn was really on his game during this period as well resulting in a quality encounter.
King Of The Ring '96
[Best Of King Of The Ring]
vs. World Champion Triple H - Shawn received this title shot in his hometown of San Antonio both men were feeling each other out early working on different locks on the body as Shawn was able to play mind games with not only Triple H but Ric Flair on the outside as Shawn used his superior speed to his advantage using Triple H's own momentum against him & always staying a step ahead with a counter for anything he did along with having no issues using a shortcut of his own before Triple H was able to heavily focus on a previous injury of Shawn's with heavy punishment in the ring & taking advantage of the ringside environment on the outside as they traded momentum with Shawn taking advantage of Triple H injuring himself while Triple H got assistance from Ric Flair when possible along with both men countering the other's tactics to the point where not only one man was bleeding but more than just the two participants felt the effects of this match in what was a competitive encounter.
"RAW" Dec. '03
Rockers vs. La Resistance - This was not only the first time The Rockers had teamed up in 14 years as Marty looked like he hadn't lost a step heavily working over the arm along with The Rockers delivering their classic double team offense such as the dual crossbody causing La Resistance to resort to illegal tactics to gain the advantage isolating & grounding one opponent as this was a basic "tag team wrestling 101" match that was not only a backdrop to The Rockers reuniting but also Marty's first nationally televised wrestling match in 7 years.
"RAW" Mar. '05
vs. Kurt Angle - This was their WrestleMania 21 rematch that started out with both men being very evenly matched working themselves over on the mat with different types of takedowns & working over the same area of the body before Angle heavily worked over the head & neck grounding him along with hitting impactful offense such as various suplexes including one on the outside of the ring onto the announce table & a powerbomb into the corner while HBK fought back with punches & chops along with his high flying across the ring & off the top rope as they traded momentum countering each other's signature moves while executing their own in a match that saw both men beat each other into exhaustion & matched the "instant classic" quality of their previous match.
vs. John Cena - This was a non-title rematch from WrestleMania 23 as both men had the same game plan in the early moments feeling each other out & going for a single body part while also having counters to each other's offense & utilizing the same moves such as a headlock takeover before Cena heavily focused on the neck area while Shawn took advantage of an opening allowing himself to target the arm also using the ringside environment to heavily work it over to the point where Cena was showing the effects such as only able to execute a bodyslam with one hand as both men traded momentum with leading to some impactful action both in & outside of the ring along with sequences resulting in a match that went close to an hour that has been regarded in not just one of the best matches in both men's careers but also the history of RAW.
"RAW" Apr. '07
[John Cena's Greatest Rivalries]
Other matches include Midnight Rockers matches from the AWA against Tag Team Champions Buddy Rose & Doug Somers (Feb. 87) & vs. Super Ninja & Super Go (June 87). DVD extras include the debut of his "Heartbreak Hotel" interview segment, his "Tell Me A Lie" music video, and his infamous Larry King Live spoof of Hulk Hogan. There were tons of interview outtakes & bonus stories such as Shawn earning his letterman's jacket as a sophmore in high school, how his mom approves of his outfits, the backstage fight that started the Rockers breakup, his wrestling school that produced Lance Cade & Brian Kendrick, discussion of his WrestleMania 21 match against Kurt Angle, Shawn's thoughts about the ladder he used at WrestleMania 23, and Triple H & Chris Jericho talking about the HORRIBLE brown tights Shawn wore at Survivor Series 2002. Hidden extras include a story about heaving trouble learning his left hand from his right, a Midnight Rockers promo from the AWA, the Hardys talking about HBK's influence in a ladder match they had at a fair, Tully Blanchard talking Hogan's reaction to a match he & Arn Anderson had with Rockers, and Marty Jannetty talking about the Rockers reunion.
This DVD doesn't include most of his more memorable & high profile matches but more of his rare performances along with other significant highlights in his career (first official & "unofficial" championship victories along with his history making performance in the 1995 Royal Rumble) which makes this one unique set to pick up if your a HBK fan. In the end, if your just looking for more of his high profile & memorable matches then his other DVD sets (From The Vault; My Journey; Mr. WrestleMania; Superstar Collection) might suit you better but this is a DVD set I would recommend.
Shawn Michaels: Heartbreak and Triumph DVD (3 Discs)
He's the Heartbreak Kid; the Showstopper. For more than two decades, Shawn Michaels has had amazing matches inside the ring and controversial moments outside the ring. Now, for the first time on DVD, fans can see the whole story, from the Rockers through D-Generation X and the clique and Montreal Screwjob along the way. This 3-disc DVD set collects some of Shawn's greatest matches, including many matches never before available on DVD.
Shawn Michaels vs. Billy Jack Haynes
AWA Tag Team Championship Match
The Midnight Rockers vs. Buddy Rose & Doug Somers
AWA Tag Team Championship Match
The Midnight Rockers vs. Super Ninja & Ninja Go
The Rockers vs. The Brainbusters
WWE Tag Team Championship (2 out of 3 falls)
The Rockers vs. The Hart Foundation
The Rockers vs. Orient Express
Royal Rumble 19/1/91
Intercontinental Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. The British Bulldog
Saturday Night's Main Event 8/11/92
Shawn Michaels enters #1 and wins the Rumble
Royal Rumble 22/1/95
Intercontinental Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Jeff Jarrett
In Your House 23/7/95
WWE Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. The British Bulldog
King of the Ring 23/6/96
World Heavyweight Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H
The Rockers vs. La Resistance
Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle
Shawn Michaels vs. John Cena
RAW 4/4/94 - Heartbreak Hotel
Tell Me A Lie Music Video
RAW 1/8/05 - Larry King Spoof
Who's the Greatest "Wrestler"?
High School Prankster
High School Talent Show
The Rockers "Fight"
This Is a Little Higher Than I Thought