History Wrestling / ShawnMichaels

16th Oct '16 4:32:01 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* FingerPokeOfDoom: Quite possibly the ''original'', at least to how the term is used in professional wrestling and definitely the first any national promotion had the audacity to air when he laid down for Triple H and gave up the European Championship. It wasn't as hated as the WCW example because it did not involve the prior destruction of a hot star (Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}), it did not lead to a retread of an angle people were getting sick of (the Wrestling/{{n|ew World order}}Wo), it wasn't the top title, it wasn't in the main event, and [[PlayedForLaughs it was]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny fucking hilarious!]].

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* FingerPokeOfDoom: Quite possibly the ''original'', at least to how the term is used in professional wrestling and definitely the first any national promotion had the audacity to air when he laid down for Triple H and gave up the European Championship. It wasn't as hated as the WCW example because it did not involve the prior destruction of a hot star (Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}), it did not lead to a retread of an angle people were getting sick of (the Wrestling/{{n|ew World order}}Wo), it wasn't the top title, it wasn't in the main event, and [[PlayedForLaughs it was]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny fucking hilarious!]].hilarious!]]''.
16th Oct '16 4:31:29 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* FingerPokeOfDoom: Quite possibly the ''original'', at least to how the term is used in professional wrestling and definitely the first any national promotion had the audacity to air when he laid down for Triple H and gave up the European Championship. It wasn't as hated as the WCW example because it did not involve the prior destruction of a hot star (Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}), it did not lead to a retread of an angle people were getting sick of (the Wrestling/{{n|ew World order}}Wo), it wasn't the top title, and it wasn't in the main event.

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* FingerPokeOfDoom: Quite possibly the ''original'', at least to how the term is used in professional wrestling and definitely the first any national promotion had the audacity to air when he laid down for Triple H and gave up the European Championship. It wasn't as hated as the WCW example because it did not involve the prior destruction of a hot star (Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}), it did not lead to a retread of an angle people were getting sick of (the Wrestling/{{n|ew World order}}Wo), it wasn't the top title, and it wasn't in the main event.event, and [[PlayedForLaughs it was]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny fucking hilarious!]].
16th Sep '16 11:17:34 AM Gimere
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* [[Memes/ProfessionalWrestling Memetic Mutation]]: Shawn "losing his smile"; achieving the "boyhood dream"; "LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADDER MATCH"; "I JUST KICKED STAN!"; and if you're not down with that, he's got two words for you . . . see below.
** Perhaps the biggest is his contribution to the vocabularies of twelve-year-old boys everywhere - "SUCK IT!".



** The Screwjob becomes a touch HarsherInHindsight, as the Screwjob left Bret's brother, Owen, alone in WWE, with Bret unable to protect Owen from doing the stunt that cost him his life on May 23, 1999, giving the Screwjob's legacy a REALLY bad taste in the mouths of the fans of the Hart Family, and all Canadian fans of WWE.

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** The Screwjob becomes a touch HarsherInHindsight, harsher now, as the Screwjob left Bret's brother, Owen, alone in WWE, with Bret unable to protect Owen from doing the stunt that cost him his life on May 23, 1999, giving the Screwjob's legacy a REALLY bad taste in the mouths of the fans of the Hart Family, and all Canadian fans of WWE.



* RealLifeWritesThePlot[=/=]ShockingSwerve
** The Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob.
** Also under RealLifeWritesThePlot: Shawn's status as a born-again Christian (he found religion during his time away from the ring between 1998 and 2002), which has played into promos and angles since his return, most notably in his feud with Wrestling/TheUndertaker leading into ''[=WrestleMania=] 25'' and his controversial feud with [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] leading into Backlash '06.
** Doubly so for his rematch against Undertaker. After he lost the Royal Rumble, Shawn went berserk and descended into an obsessive downward spiral.
** As well as his oft-referenced [[HeterosexualLifePartners friendship]] with Wrestling/TripleH.
16th Sep '16 11:12:41 AM Gimere
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* CareerResurrection: One of the biggest in all of wrestling history. After a back injury in 1998 seemed to end his career, Michaels returned in 2002 and stunned everyone by being ''better'' than he'd ever been before. With an attitude change to give other guys the rub, he spent the next eight years putting on sensational battles to solidify his legacy as a great.
29th Aug '16 10:05:42 PM Crashlander555
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* FingerPokeOfDoom: Quite possibly the ''original'', at least to how the term is used in professional wrestling and definitely the first any national promotion had the audacity to air when he laid down for Triple H and gave up the European Championship. It wasn't as hated as the WCW example because it did not involve the prior destruction of a hot star (Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}), it did not lead to a retread of an angle people were getting sick of (the Wrestling/{{n|ew World order}}Wo) and it wasn't in the main event.

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* FingerPokeOfDoom: Quite possibly the ''original'', at least to how the term is used in professional wrestling and definitely the first any national promotion had the audacity to air when he laid down for Triple H and gave up the European Championship. It wasn't as hated as the WCW example because it did not involve the prior destruction of a hot star (Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}), it did not lead to a retread of an angle people were getting sick of (the Wrestling/{{n|ew World order}}Wo) order}}Wo), it wasn't the top title, and it wasn't in the main event.
24th Jul '16 11:07:50 AM nombretomado
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** Which makes ''Wrestlemania XX'' yet again a FunnyAneurysmMoment: the main event was a triple-threat between Shawn, TripleH, and ChrisBenoit, and it's widely regarded as one of the best main-events in the history of the PPV.

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** Which makes ''Wrestlemania XX'' yet again a FunnyAneurysmMoment: the main event was a triple-threat between Shawn, TripleH, and ChrisBenoit, Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, and it's widely regarded as one of the best main-events in the history of the PPV.
25th Jun '16 11:15:13 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ZerothLawRebellion: Michaels' infamous match against Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 2005 was a form of this- he was booked to lose to Hogan, even though Hogan had backed out of the return match, so he had no choice but to lose. He could have just [[NoSell refused to sell]] Hogan's attacks, deliberately making it a bad match to make Hogan look weak, but that would have made him look bad as well and that's not the way he rolls. So instead he got his revenge on Hogan by ''overselling'' every attack, deliberately making it a SoBadItsGood match to make Hogan look ''silly.''

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* ZerothLawRebellion: Michaels' infamous match against Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania Summerslam 2005 was a form of this- he was booked to lose to Hogan, even though Hogan had backed out of the return match, so he had no choice but to lose. He could have just [[NoSell refused to sell]] Hogan's attacks, deliberately making it a bad match to make Hogan look weak, but that would have made him look bad as well and that's not the way he rolls. So instead he got his revenge on Hogan by ''overselling'' every attack, deliberately making it a SoBadItsGood match to make Hogan look ''silly.''
25th Jun '16 11:02:23 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* ZerothLawRebellion: Michaels' infamous match against Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania 2005 was a form of this- he was booked to lose to Hogan, even though Hogan had backed out of the return match, so he had no choice but to lose. He could have just [[NoSell refused to sell]] Hogan's attacks, deliberately making it a bad match to make Hogan look weak, but that would have made him look bad as well and that's not the way he rolls. So instead he got his revenge on Hogan by ''overselling'' every attack, deliberately making it a SoBadItsGood match to make Hogan look ''silly.''
24th Jun '16 6:39:41 AM N8han11
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* TenMinuteRetirement: Subverted, as Shawn's back injuries would force him out of the ring for four years; after his triumphant return in 2002, Shawn's been going on for years.
** And during his feud with Wrestling/ChrisJericho in 2008.
** Time will tell us if his current retirement will play this trope straight or not, but many signs point to no subversions or aversions. While he has been back in the ring, it's been strictly as a referee or guest, not as a wrestler. Shawn himself is pretty emphatic he's done with in-ring performing. When the fans chanted "One more match!" during his retirement ceremony on Raw (following ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVI''), you could tell that he felt bad (or at least awkward). Really, though, when your last match is against The Undertaker at [=WrestleMania=], what more can you ask for?
*** It's most likely going to stick, as Shawn ''is'' getting in on his years (he's currently pushing fifty; a wrestler's considered old once he hits ''forty'') and he originally wanted to retire after ''WrestleMania XXV''.

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* TenMinuteRetirement: Subverted, as TenMinuteRetirement:
**
Shawn's back injuries would force him out of the ring for four years; after years. After his triumphant return in 2002, Shawn's been going on Shawn wrestled for years.
** And during his feud with Wrestling/ChrisJericho in 2008.
** Time will tell us if his current
years until ProfessionalWrestling/TheUndertaker forced him into retirement will play this trope straight or not, but many signs point to no subversions or aversions. While he has been back in the ring, it's been strictly as a referee or guest, not as a wrestler. Shawn himself is pretty emphatic he's done with in-ring performing. When the fans chanted "One more match!" during his retirement ceremony on Raw (following ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVI''), you could tell that he felt bad (or at least awkward). Really, though, when your last match is against The Undertaker at [=WrestleMania=], what more can you ask for?
*** It's most likely going to stick, as Shawn ''is'' getting in on his years (he's currently pushing fifty; a wrestler's considered old once he hits ''forty'') and he originally wanted to retire after ''WrestleMania XXV''.
for good.
17th Jun '16 10:46:46 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* BadBadActing: Done ''intentionally'' to Wrestling/HulkHogan at ''[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7o0rg_summerslam-2005-hulk-hogan-vs-shawn_news Summerslam 2005.]]'' Hogan had screwed Shawn by getting him to agree to lose to him at ''Summerslam'' but then welching on the planned return match where Shawn would get his own win, citing injury. Justifiably pissed off, Shawn [[LargeHam oversold]] every attack Hogan made to the level of ''pantomime absurdity,'' tumbling around the ring like a slinky after each hit and making the Hulkster look ridiculous. The highlight (or lowlight) was probably when Hogan hurled him against the turnbuckle and Shawn jumped up and spread himself across it instead- when Hogan came in to deliver a bunch of kicks to his exposed belly, Shawn ''threw'' himself into the air with each kick like he was spring-loaded, ending by coming down onto the ropes [[GroinAttack groin first]]. By the end, Hogan is visibly ''fuming'' at the farce Shawn has made of the match.

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* BadBadActing: Done ''intentionally'' to Wrestling/HulkHogan at ''[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7o0rg_summerslam-2005-hulk-hogan-vs-shawn_news Summerslam 2005.]]'' Hogan had screwed Shawn by getting him to agree to lose to him at ''Summerslam'' but then welching on the planned return match where Shawn would get his own win, citing injury. Justifiably pissed off, Shawn [[LargeHam oversold]] every attack Hogan made to the level of ''pantomime absurdity,'' tumbling around the ring like a slinky after each hit and making the Hulkster look ridiculous. The highlight (or lowlight) was probably when Hogan hurled him against the turnbuckle and Shawn jumped up and spread himself across it instead- when Hogan came in to deliver a bunch of kicks to his exposed belly, Shawn ''threw'' himself into the air with each kick like he was spring-loaded, ending by coming down onto the ropes [[GroinAttack groin first]]. By At several points in the end, match, Hogan is visibly ''fuming'' at the farce Shawn has made of it, looking at him with a "what the match.''hell'' do you think you're ''doing?!"'' expression on his face.
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