WWE.com presents: “The True Story of the Curtain Call”

KliqCourtesy of WWE.com:

The footage makes you appreciate just how far technology has come since May 19, 1996. Had it happened today, a hundred iPhones would have captured the moment in high-definition from every conceivable angle. Instead, it exists as a single shaky video clip shot from a handheld camcorder somewhere in the mezzanines of Madison Square Garden.

It shows four men in a WWE ring surrounded by a blue steel cage. The quality is sketchy and the colors bleed, but the figures of Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Triple H — enemies in the ring, but 4/5ths of the backstage collective known as The Kliq (along with Sean Waltman) off-screen — are somehow unmistakable. One day later, Hall and Nash will exit WWE and head to WCW where they will start The Monday Night War as generals in The New World Order. But, tonight, they celebrate in front of an appreciative crowd as longtime friends in an act that is both a touching show of camaraderie and, in the eyes of many traditionalists, an unforgiveable insult to sports-entertainment convention.

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Shawn Michaels tells all on WWE’s new podcast

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Listen to the very first episode of WWE’s new podcast series, “30 Years of WrestleMania”. Shawn Michaels joins host Renee Young for a candid conversation about “Mr. WrestleMania’s” remarkable career on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

http://www.wwe.com/shows/wrestlemania/30/wwe-30-years-of-wrestlemania-podcast

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AR’s Breakthrough: Randy Orton vs. Chris Benoit at SummerSlam ’04

SummerSlam04I am a die-hard wrestling fan and I like to go back watching old, classic matches of wrestling. From now on these columns will go back and relive some of these matches. The first edition is for the World Heavyweight Championship from SummerSlam of 2004 involving the Champion in Chris Benoit and the challenger Randy Orton.

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Recent Shawn Michaels interview with WWE Magazine

HBKRecap courtesy of LordsofPain.net:

The December 2013 issue of WWE Magazine features an in-depth interview with Shawn Michaels, who weighed in on his most memorable matches and how he became one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time. Without mentioning Daniel Bryan by name, he addresses the topic of undersized WWE Superstars being overlooked for main event positions and how he personally responded to Vince McMahon’s perceptions at a time when larger-than-life individuals ruled the promotion.

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GUEST COLUMN: “Will Shawn Michaels Turn Heel at Hell in a Cell?” by Big Nasty

HBKEditor’s note: This column originally appeared on www.bleacherreport.com and was written by Big Nasty.

WWE has more than subtly teased a possible Shawn Michaels heel turn at WWE Hell in a Cell given HBK’s ties to Triple H. HBK has vowed to remain a neutral party during the main event between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton, where he will be a special guest referee.

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Recent interview with “HBK” Shawn Michaels

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WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels recently spoke to WWE.com about his former student, Daniel Bryan. Here are some highlights of what HBK said about:

If He Thought Daniel Bryan’s Size Would Hold Him Back In WWE: “I always tried to be honest with him. I knew he was talented. And I knew he was going to face the same uphill battle that every guy his size does, myself included, and it was simply a matter of if he had the patience and the ability to adjust in areas where other people thought he needed to adjust — as far as personality, character, things of that nature.

“I saw him as a young man who had a very good blueprint for how he wanted to work out his career as far as the order in which he wanted to progress, which was learning his in-ring skills and honing them to a point where he felt very secure in his ability and could then build on that incredibly solid foundation. And he was always very open and excited. It certainly wasn’t very tough to get him to go to Japan the first time. When that opportunity came, he was still at our school. I knew he was one of the guys that we wanted to send and he was thrilled about it and he fell in love with it. I think that was one of his building blocks, certainly, in establishing the phenomenal in-ring ability that he has today.”

Bryan’s Work Prior To WWE (Japan and Ring Of Honor): “Well, I kept up a little bit with the things in Japan. I would get updates on him from guys I corresponded with, and then certainly when I came back to work in WWE on a full-time basis, I always heard things through the grapevine. Then, obviously, he came in on a number of occasions for tryouts. And through, again, other guys in the locker room, I always heard how he was progressing in Ring of Honor.

“But honestly, I was never really concerned about checking up on him. In my opinion, I knew it was only a matter of time. Every time he came in for a tryout, so to speak, I would ask him how it went and then I would sort of say, ’It’s really up to you whenever you want to leave what you’re doing and come here. And when you come here, it will still be an uphill battle.’ Not to imply in any way, shape or form that I called him years ago and I take any credit for anything, because I don’t.”

GUEST COLUMN: ‘Why Marty Jannetty became the “Jannetty” of The Rockers’ by Ryan Frye

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Author: Ryan Frye

In 1901 in San Francisco, California, tag team wrestling was introduced for the first time. The hope was that this new concept would improve the quality of sports entertainment, and that it did. Since that time, it has become one of the primary staples of the business. There’s no telling where professional wrestling would be today without tag team wrestling.

However, at some point, almost all tag teams break-up in order for the two wrestlers to branch off into singles competition. Often times, one of the members will go onto have a successful singles career, while the other fades away into obscurity; solidifying them as the weak link of their former team.

Today begins a series where I will take a look at the weak links of some of the greatest tag teams of all-time, and why they didn’t have the same success as their partner did. First up is the weak link of The Rockers, or the “Jannetty” of The Rockers; Marty Jannetty.

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Recent Shawn Michaels interview

Shawn-Michaels

Courtesy: www.MondayNightMayhem.com

WWE Hall of Famer and former four-time WWE/World Heavyweight Champion, “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels, along with his “MacMillan River Adventures” co-host, Keith Mark, were the featured guests on this week’s all-new edition of the award-winning Monday Night Mayhem, hosted by The Big Mosh & “The Chairman of the Board” Todd Vincent.

HBK’s & Keith’s first-ever appearances on “Your Home of Wrestling Radio” is now available for FREE download, exclusively on the Wrestleview Radio Network:

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OWW Radio – “Montreal Theory” DVD producer Joe Dombrowski

OWW Radio

Welcome to OWW Radio!  Each week hosts David (@dlb19338) and Alex (@AlexGoff84) will provide perspective to the WWE, TNA, and everything else making news in the world of professional wrestling.   A new episode will be posted each week.  This week David is joined by Joe Dombrowski (@Joe_Dombrowski), the Executive Producer of PRIME Wrestling TV and the producer / host of the DVD “The Montreal Theory”.  We talk about the DVD itself and the infamous Survivor Series match between WWF champion Bret “Hit Man” Hart and challenger Shawn Michaels.  After all of his research, what does Joe think really happened?  We hope you enjoy this look back at a real turning point in wrestling history!

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Listen to this episode here:

http://www.clickwrestle.com/podcasts/owwradio