Author's note: Apparently an article about this has already been done and disproven, so it is no longer a "Breaking News" article but now a "What if it Happened" article. Sorry guys about not being up to date.
According to 24wrestling.com (whose source is the Wrestling Observer Newsletter), Vince McMahon is prohibiting the use of "the Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels's image as part of any marketing or (I assume) merchandising. Apparently top WWE officials, including the Chairman, had recently approved of a marketing idea using Michaels, but it has since been vetoed.
Now I know what you guys are thinking because I thought the same thing when I first heard about this. You're thinking "McMahon is going crazy! First he took off JR as some sort of punishment for appearing on UFC, then banned Ric Flair's classic chops so fans won't go 'WOOO,' and now he's leaving HBK out to dry!"
Now before you light up your torches and grab your pitchforks, let's see if I can shed some light on why this might be happening. Shawn Michaels is not under contract with WWE in any shape or form. Therefore they cannot make money off of him.
Don't believe me? Ask Goldberg. They had to get him under a "legends contract" before they could put him in the new video game or make any merchandise. Don't see any yet? They'll come. Same thing with Ultimate Warrior and Randy Savage. WWE couldn't do anything with them until now because they aren't under any type of contract. Don't hear about Stone Cold very much anymore? I guarantee it's that very same reason.
Of course, some of you are probably thinking "WWE just recently made DVDs of both Warrior and the Macho Man. How did they do that then?" I honestly don't know. Maybe this is just some new policy Vince has come up with. Maybe McMahon got their permission first. I really couldn't say.
That is the only logical explanation there is. Shoot, this might not even be true. I try not believe too much of what I read on the Internet about what goes on behind the scenes because you can't be sure if it's true (just like the tabloids).
The real reason I decided to write this is because of all the comments that came attached to the article I read about this. I honestly cannot describe how dumbfounded I was after reading such garbage.
Now, before I go on I would like to say that I do not pretend to know everything or even close to everything about how this business works, that's why all my articles go under "opinion." Now that I got that out of the way...
Many people starting saying something to the effect of "Shawn might go to TNA now." Are you kidding me? As far as I and everyone else knows, the Showstopper is finished with pro wrestling. Period. This isn't a Ric Flair retirement. This is the real deal.
Flair never wanted to retire and that's why he's is still around. Michaels was trying to retire for years before his final match at Wrestlemania 26 (notice how I said "final match"). You could even tell after the match was over. He wasn't sad like Flair was, he was perfectly content.
Also, Shawn Michaels has absolutely nothing to prove. His legacy is set. He has long since been established as possibly the single greatest performer in wrestling history. If you don't buy what I'm saying, go ahead and check out who had PWI Match of the Year for the past six years (soon to be seven next year), plus four during the '90s. Why would he need to go not only to TNA, but anywhere?
And then, of course, there's the fact that Shawn and Hulk Hogan don't get along. Case closed, moving on.
Somebody also said this is because McMahon lost respect for HBK because of his "born-again Christian" status, and even said that's why he jobbed so many matches. First of all, let me say again that Shawn was trying to retire for YEARS before Vince let him go. Second, since when is Vince against religion? Third...wait, when did Shawn job all those matches? Did I miss them?
Here's a list of some of feuds HBK came out on top in of since his return as a religious man: Chris Jericho, Kane, Vince McMahon, Spirit Squad, Rated RKO, Ric Flair, Batista, Jericho again, JBL, Legacy, and Jerishow. Let's not forget about him winning the World Heavyweight Championship in the first Elimination Chamber.
Sorry to ramble on, but I thought all this had to be said. As stated before, this whole ban might not even be true (which is likely because I just saw Shawn Michaels's image on Raw). I'm sure if it is true there will be more details to come.
As always check out the Lords of Evolution radio show (http://reallordsofevolution.proboards.com/index.cgi ) Mondays at 8 PM EST and Tuesdays at 9 PM EST. And to all of you who didn't believe Kane would get anywhere with his angle...booyah.