Going All The Way
Unmasking Shawn Michaels' Claim To Fame
September 3, 2003 - by Emer Prevost
After reading these, as well as doing a little extra research, I learned that
Ultimo Dragon, when loosely (and I mean really loosely) translated , means "The
Last Student Of Bruce Lee", or simply "The Last Dragon." But, Ultimo really
wasn't the last student of the legendary Bruce Lee. That title was bestowed
upon him as a gimmick when he was wrestling in the CMLL promotion in Japan.
Again, I would like to thank all the people who wrote in about this.
Before I begin, I'd like to take a few moments and make a statement.
I would like to thank all the people who responded to my last column, for they
are deserving of thanks. While a few of the emails responded to the
Undertaker/Kane statement, most commented about the Ultimo Dragon segment.
Now, about the whole Undertaker and Kane comment I made (you know, the one about
the burning caskets), I got responses that I knew I'd get. Yes, they have
burned caskets. But, they never burned them in the middle of the ring, and they
sure didn't do it on a regular basis. To the few people who wrote in about
this, I thank you as well.
Second, there wasn't a whole lot of talent in the match. Excluding Davey Boy
Smith, Owen Hart, and Shawn Michaels, the rest of the entrants were glorified
jobbers who had no future in the WWF. The other 'superstars' in the match were:
Aldo Montoya, the Bushwhackers, Dick Murdoch, Henry Godwinn, Men On A Mission,
Bob Backlund, Well Dunn, Kwang, The Heavenly Bodies, Rick Martel, The Smokin'
Gunns, Lex Lugar, the Blu Brothers, Duke 'The Dumpster' Droese, The
Headshrinkers, King Kong Bundy, Doink, Adam Bomb, Mantaur, and Crush. Right
away, you see that the WWF talent roster at the time was pretty bare. Again,
Michaels didn't earn much, when you look at his opposition in the match.
Now, on to the new column!!
Well, I just re-watched the 2003 Royal Rumble, and I had to write about this.
Am I the only one who notices that you know when January comes around if you
watch the WWE. At the start of every year, a mention is made of Shawn Michaels
winning the 1995 Royal Rumble and being the first man to enter the ring for the
match. It seems that no one ever mentions that this was one of the worst
Rumbles of all time, though.
Let me explain. First off, rather than the participants enter every two minutes
(which was the norm at the time), it was shortened to one minute. This means
that Shawn didn't last very long in the ring in the first place. Rick Martel
lost the '91 Rumble and lasted longer than HBK did in this match. Ric Flair
lasted almost twice as long in '92 and won the Rumble. So, first off, Michaels
didn't earn a damn thing, as far as time is concerned.
Third, Michaels really didn't do much in the match. He only eliminated Duke
Droese, Tom Prichard, The Bushwhackers, Jacob Blu, and of course, the British
Bulldog. The rest of the match, he pulled what Rick Martel did to last about 45
minutes in '91, absolutely nothing. Throwing a punch and running away isn't
exactly entertaining, now is it?
I have been wondering something. Since the WWE seems to love talking about this
kind of crap, then why not annually mention Vince McMahon's Rumble win. He
started as number two and won the match, and that one had the two minute
intervals between entries. Again, Vince, like a lot of other Rumble entrants of
the past, was able to surpass Shawn's 38 and a half minutes. But, I guess it's
because Vince eliminated one person (Steve Austin, who entered at number one)
and spent most of the match outside of the ring.
On a plus side, Shawn proved his legendary status by eliminating both
Bushwhackers, something I have never seen anyone else do in a rumble.
Now, a lot of people are probably going to write to me saying that I'm talking
about this because I hate Shawn Michaels. Untrue. Well, not totally true. I
just think that it is rather stupid to continue to bring up a match that wasn't
Anyway, I think that if the WWE wants to show us the end of the Rumble every
single year, they should at least mention the circumstances surrounding the
match. The fact that 27 of the entrants were jokes, the match was just a little
over a half hour, and winning such a short Rumble really doesn't mean a whole
lot. But, because of the Kliq's monster power backstage, we'll never hear the
end of the '95 Rumble.
Well, this one wasn't a huge column, but I had to make this point made. So,
everyone, when January comes rolling in, and we see the same tired old Rumble
Rewinds on RAW, and we all see the Shawn Michaels 'one foot' moment, you can all
remember that the match in question was not that great, and HBK really has
nothing to be proud of... except for maybe eliminating both Bushwhackers.
Y2J holding TWO belts with PRIDE
Titles won from ROCK & AUSTIN!
As I was writing this, someone told me about Jericho pulling an identical thing
with his reign as Undisputed Champion. Well, I thought about it, and yes,
Jericho reminds us at all times that he was the first Undisputed Champion
whenever he thinks we have all forgotten.
But, where the King Of Bling Bling does it all the time, he does it right. He
mentions that he beat Rock and Austin to get the belt, and he actually did
something of merit. Whenever Shawn Michaels mentions winning the Rumble, he
never mentions anything else. It's always "I entered the Royal Rumble at number
one and won the match." He never mentions any of his opponents or that there
have been losers in better Rumbles who have lasted longer in their matches than
by Emer Prevost
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