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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Back to the review, this is also a great trip down memory lane for long time fans like me to see Shawn from back in his AWA days. I began watching wrestling in 1985 and I viewed the AWA as weak in those days. The Midnight Rockers was one of the few reasons I watched the AWA back then because they were different from Nick Bockwinkle, "Playboy" Buddy Rose, "Pretty Boy" Doug Sommers, the late Ray "The Crippler" Stevens and others. Nothing against them as they were great performers but I think The Rockers brought a breath of fresh air to that territory.
It also visits the break up of The Rockers, his time with the late Sherri Martel, behind the scenes fights with management including Vince McMahon, the infamous "Curtain Call" in Madison Square Garden, the infamous Montreal Screwjob (more on that one), his leaving the WWE due to his back injury, his marriage to former Nitro girl Whisper (Rebecca Hickenbottom), his drug problems, his brief falling out with HHH in 2001, his conversion to Christianity and his return to WWE.
For those that either own or seen Bret Hart's WWE release, this gives Shawn's side of the Montreal story. On that, I believe Bret was screwed over. However, I hold Vince more responsible than I do Shawn. Shawn was/is an employee of WWE. He did what he was told to do by his boss. While it was low what he did, I think most people (myself included) would've done what Vince wanted. Ultimately, the buck stops with McMahon.
For the record, I do think Bret brought it on himself a bit by not agreeing to job that night BUT what McMahon did was still wrong.
Back to this, I think most fans or even a fan of documentaries will be pleased with this. I haven't gotten to all the extras yet but so far, I like it! High recommendation!
I wish the WWE releases another 3 disk DVD set on Shawn Michaels some years from now. That would make a complete collection of HBK's career along with the previous two DVD sets.
Ultimately, I realize they can't fit in everything (and I know future DVDs will fill in some holes), and I'm very pleased with the matches they did choose.
As usual the documentary is outstanding (though always one-sided since WWE owns everything and can re-write history however they wish) and seems to just fly by. This is a great DVD set that I hope has its format recreated for all the great WWE legends and current stars.
What I like the most is Shawn telling the story, with a lot of personal stuff, that the WWE cant hide anymore: like using Steroids, Drugs, Bar Fights, etc.
Those things, you never hear about in the 80s, 90s, all you hear, is that wrestlers like Hogan, Batista, Lashley, etc, never use steroids, and are perfect human beings, which is not true.
The Matches are great, and are not repeated from the Vault, which is great, because usually you see the same matches in four or five boxsets, which sucks.
You should own this DVD, if you are a Shawn Michaels fan.