One of the hottest topics in the wrestling world at the moment is the Career v. Streak match featuring Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. The stipulations are simple, Undertaker loses and then streak is over. Shawn Michaels loses and his career is over.
Many of you have been quick to jump to this, Shawn Michaels’ career isn’t going to end, Undertaker is going to lose. Why have many of you jumped to this? Perhaps because you don’t want to face the reality of Shawn Michaels retiring from wrestling and leaving us for good. However no matter how much you may not want to hear it, Shawn Michaels losing at Wrestlemania seems almost like a sure lock.
Just curious to hear what your “educated” responses will say to this, but why do you think they are releasing an Shawn Michaels DVD right before a career threatening match? If he isn’t retiring what possible reason could they have for this? Just for the heck of it? Yeah, I don’t think so. This is already a great sign that shows that Shawn’s retirement is coming come Wrestlemania time. Don’t deny the truth I beg of you.
I have more to this argument besides just a DVD for consumers to eat up. How about the status of Shawn Michael’s contract? Ever think about that. Shawn Michaels’ contract expires after Wrestlemania and he expressed his desires about returning to his loved ones to spend some time with them. So there’s a career threatening match and a contract that is going to be expiring, aren’t thing playing in so nicely?
I understand the mentality most of you are taking. You do not want to see Shawn Michaels leave the business so you are trying to tell yourself that he is going to win, that he is bigger than the streak, that he is bigger than that instead of looking at the true facts and seeing the signs. It’s alright, all it means is it will be harder for you guys to take the loss come Wrestlemania time.
Let’s break away from that for a second and look at the actual match, storyline, etc.
Personally I do not like the direction that the WWE has taken with the Shawn Michaels retirement. I think there is a better way to send him off. Let’s take a look at things. The current angle they are taking makes it look like this, Shawn Michaels is so obsessed with beating the Undertaker he is stupid enough to put his career on the line and that’s what is going to kill him in the end. Maybe it’s just me(sarcasm), but this storyline they are choosing makes Shawn Michaels look rather idiotic, wouldn’t you agree?
Second issue, why the Undertaker? Ok I can understand that they had a match last year and it was phenomenal no doubt. However you’re making it that Shawn can’t let go because he wanted to end the streak that badly? It may be just me, but that’s a terrible storyline. There are so many better storylines that could have been used to send Shawn Michaels off. Plus, no disrespect to the Undertaker, but the are other men who are more worthy of the right to call themselves the men that ended Shawn’s career.
There were plenty of rumors regarding a showdown between Triple H and Shawn Michaels. Hell there was even some build up for it with the WWE and Monday Night Raw, but it did not happen. Why? I cannot understand why they did not go through with this. Triple H retiring Shawn Michaels would have made so much more sense and it would have been a better way to send him off. When it comes to the actual match, Triple H v. Shawn Michaels matches are always classics. Last year’s match with Undertaker was so good that there is no possible way of living up to expectations with the second one in my opinion. They will never be able to get something of that manner ever again.
What about Chris Jericho? I’m not going to mark in on Chris Jericho, but this would’ve been a great way to send him off. Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho are two of the best superstars in the WWE, actually let me rephrase myself. Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho ARE the two best superstars in the WWE currently. When it comes to the ring this match would be off the charts if you ask me and isn’t that what WWE wants? To send HBK off in a top rated match? The storyline for this matchup has real potential if you have any knowledge on the previous Jericho/Michaels feuds. I understand that there has already been a match at Wrestlemania with it being Shawn Michaels v. Chris Jericho, but Undertaker v. Shawn Michaels has also gone down and that was just last year. This would also mean putting Edge v. Jericho on hold, but that is a sacrifice I’m willing to make.
How about another obvious possibility? Send him off by giving the win to the successor. I know I might get some heat for this one, but why not have John Morrison retire Shawn Michaels? He is being called the next Shawn Michaels and this would more than solidify that. I understand John Morrison may not really deserve that right, but what better way to build him as a main eventer or more importantly as already mentioned, HBK version 2.0? The storylining outlined for this one could’ve been truly superb and I know John isn’t the absolute best person on the mic, but in the ring it’s another story.
In my humble opinion this is just simply not the right way to send Shawn Michaels off and for those of you still denying, yes he is leaving. Wrestlemania 26 will be a sad day for Shawn Michaels fans because one of the best of all time will be leaving us. However we all need to accept that for every superstar comes a time when you just can’t take it anymore, where what you’re doing has gotten the better of you, where it’s time to call it a career. Perhaps Shawn Michaels’ time has come and it is time to say good bye to the Showstopper.
Michael Shawn Hickenbottom, I bid the farewell and there is no doubt in my mind you will always be remembered by us wrestling fans. Whether it was for your 5 stars matches, interesting promos,or some of your darker moments(1997), you have left your mark on wrestling!
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