For those of you that were reading the site before I became Manager a couple weeks ago, one of the things we introduced was a simple daily series aptly entitled "On this date in History." The column, penned by my esteemed colleague Jesse Holland, is a nice way of reliving some of the great moments in the rich history of professional wrestling.
He's done a great job of trying to incorporate stories that revolve around matches and the like from obscure but still recognizable promotions (and talents). He does this to keep the feature fresh but there is the rare instance in which he will pass on a story because he would rather not bring it back to light.
Today is one of those days.
Because on this date in WWE history, Shawn Michaels, the wrestler I consider to be the greatest of all time, absolutely clowned and made a mockery of Hulk Hogan, the wrestler he considers to be the greatest of all time.
Not to make this too much about those that run the blog instead of the blog itself, but this is a rivalry you might see come up from time to time. Only when it matters, though, and this actually was an incredible moment in WWE history.
The back story is your typical affair in anything wrestling related involving Hogan. He insisted that he should go over clean but refused to do the same for Michaels at a later date, which made no sense because what's the point of giving Hogan a clean win when he had limited time with the company while "HBK" would go on to perform for another half a decade?
There isn't one. And that's what made Michaels upset enough to oversell all of Hogan's offense to the point that it was downright laughable and there were instances in the match that the "Hulkster" very clearly got rather upset at the situation.
It's important to note that there are those that believe Michaels was simply selling Hogan's offense in line with how he should have considering the circumstances. Hogan is a gigantic man and Michaels is not. He's much, much smaller, in fact, so theoretically, every punch Hogan lands should be like an atomic bomb exploding on Michaels' face.
Plus, going into the match, Shawn was playing the heel, which wasn't his decision and wasn't what he wanted, while Hogan was back in his stale role as mega-babyface.
But that's not how it went down. Throughout most of the match, the "Showstopper" ruthlessly mocked Hulk by overselling his offense, which made him even more of a hero in my eyes. And whoever made the following video is also a hero because although it's low quality, it's solid gold. Enjoy.