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Old 10-07-2020, 02:01 PM   #1
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in the grand scheme of things, did Shawn Michaels matter?

In the wrestling world he is obviously a name, one of the "greats".
Outside of fans, do common people even know who Shawn Michaels is?

He certainly didn't add to the "realism" of wrestling.

If he was erased from wrestling history, would it change all that much ?


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Old 10-07-2020, 02:40 PM   #2
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I'm not sure I understand the question. You're suggesting that he only mattered to the world of wrestling but then posit that things wouldn't have changed all that much if he hadn't existed in the world of wrestling. Am I misunderstanding you?
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Old 10-07-2020, 02:48 PM   #3
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I’m not sure anyone in wrestling has ever been as big of a cunt as HBK was in the 90’s and I think the landscape of the WWF in that era would be very different without his bullshit nonsense.
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Old 10-07-2020, 02:59 PM   #4
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HBK also left wrestling right as it was about explode and came back after the boom
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Old 10-07-2020, 03:00 PM   #5
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I'm not sure I understand the question. You're suggesting that he only mattered to the world of wrestling but then posit that things wouldn't have changed all that much if he hadn't existed in the world of wrestling. Am I misunderstanding you?
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Old 10-07-2020, 03:02 PM   #6
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Iím not sure anyone in wrestling has ever been as big of a cunt as HBK was in the 90ís and I think the landscape of the WWF in that era would be very different without his bullshit nonsense.
Oh, man. Is this going to devolve into another 'KLIQ WUZ DA GRTST!!! NWO N DX DREW ALL DA MONEEZ!!! vs. 'The Kliq only looked out for themselves' argument? In God damn 2020 of all years?!?
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Well it's not like Bret ever did
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Old 10-07-2020, 03:18 PM   #8
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To the people outside of wrestling, no, Shawn Michaels doesn't mean a damned thing.

Inside wrestling you would likely have to be a moron to argue against his value.

Questioning his value is fine though because he didn't bring in huge money on his own like Austin or Hogan or Rock did and I'd be hard pressed to believe his PPV buys would stack up against any of theirs.
He probably wrestled for bigger crowds when he was in The Rockers than as a single for a long long time.
That being said he was better in the ring than Austin, Hogan and Rock by a fair way. Austin wasn't far off when he was healthy but post neckbreak Austin isn't getting close.
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Old 10-07-2020, 03:20 PM   #9
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To the people outside of wrestling, no, Shawn Michaels doesn't mean a damned thing.

Inside wrestling you would likely have to be a moron to argue against his value.

Questioning his value is fine though because he didn't bring in huge money on his own like Austin or Hogan or Rock did and I'd be hard pressed to believe his PPV buys would stack up against any of theirs.
He probably wrestled for bigger crowds when he was in The Rockers than as a single for a long long time.
That being said he was better in the ring than Austin, Hogan and Rock by a fair way. Austin wasn't far off when he was healthy but post neckbreak Austin isn't getting close.
Yeah HBK is kind of in that second/third tier of stars.
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I think Shawn mattered because in my view, he was a huge part of transforming the top guy in wrestling to the post Hogan big character WWF to era, to edgy more adult, Attitude era. Would we still have had Austin and Rock bring that change around? Of course we would, but I think Michaels was sort of a bridge between the two eras.
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Old 10-07-2020, 06:56 PM   #11
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To the people outside of wrestling, no, Shawn Michaels doesn't mean a damned thing.

Inside wrestling you would likely have to be a moron to argue against his value.

Questioning his value is fine though because he didn't bring in huge money on his own like Austin or Hogan or Rock did and I'd be hard pressed to believe his PPV buys would stack up against any of theirs.
He probably wrestled for bigger crowds when he was in The Rockers than as a single for a long long time.
That being said he was better in the ring than Austin, Hogan and Rock by a fair way. Austin wasn't far off when he was healthy but post neckbreak Austin isn't getting close.
How dare you, I'm sure there are some women who found great joy for his issue of Playgirl magizine who aren't wrestling fans
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Old 10-07-2020, 07:04 PM   #12
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How dare you, I'm sure there are some Men who found great joy for his issue of Playgirl magizine who aren't wrestling fans
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Old 10-07-2020, 07:13 PM   #13
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I dunno about women, but plenty of gay dudes who don’t watch wrestling probably enjoyed that issue.
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Absolutely, inside the wrestling world he is a major influence. How many superkicks do you see on every single episode of any wrestling show today?

Between NXT and Dynamite tonight, there will probably be 20 superkicks just tonight. That is because wrestling fans who grew up on Shawn Michaels want to wrestle like Shawn Michaels.

Outside of wrestling, non fans have probably heard of DX, even if they don't know Shawn Michaels by name. He certainly was never huge outside of wrestling, but he has done SOME things outside of wrestling like his hunting show or occasional acting.

That itself is more than almost every other former wrestler ever.
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Old 10-08-2020, 01:17 PM   #16
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There are very few wrestlers that have penetrated to the point where the general public would know who they are, and even then it’d be a generational thing. I’d wager on Hogan, Taker, Warrior being the ones that 90/100 people would know. Macho, Austin, Flair, and maybe Bret in the next tier. Michaels probably in the tier below that.

But yeah, huge influence within wrestling. There won’t be many modern wrestlers that won’t cite him as an influence.
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My dad mentioned Ric Flair recently when I asked my folks if they ever actually watched it when I had it on TV as a kid.

He seemed to like Ric Flair quite a bit, actually.
I was extremely impressed by that. It would be like me reeling of car engine info without just by hearing it drive past.
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Iím not sure anyone in wrestling has ever been as big of a cunt as HBK was in the 90ís and I think the landscape of the WWF in that era would be very different without his bullshit nonsense.
They might have just ended up going bankrupt
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