On This Date in WWE History (May 17): Marty Jannetty vs. Shawn Michaels on RAW


Coming out of the crowd during an open challenge, Marty Jannetty won the Intercontinental Title from former partner Shawn Michaels, exactly 20 years ago today.

If you are rapidly approaching thirty, or older, then seeing Shawn Michaels toss former Rockers partner Marty Jannetty through Brutus Beefcake's barber shop window was a watershed moment for your wrestling fandom.

Heck, there's even a wrestling t-shirt website named after the moment.

When "The Heartbreak Kid" committed this act, he fractured one of the most popular tag teams in WWE, but also catapulted himself into singles stardom.

Personal demons would prevent Jannetty from doing the same, however.

He was released following Michaels' betrayal only to return at the 1993 Royal Rumble to challenge his old partner. He was once again let go, but given a third chance -- on this date -- during an episode of RAW.

Michaels was inside the squared circle, gloating and talking himself up to be the greatest wrestler in WWE. He even issued an open challenge which was answered by...

Well, you can see for yourself right here:

This article was originally written and posted by Sergio Hernandez for Cageside Seats on May 15, 2012. We thank him for his contributions.

And now, from the desk of our CSS Senior Editor; for your viewing pleasure we have freshly dusted off our old archived posts from the CSS Archives -- ENJOY!


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17 May 2012
17 May 2011

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Kurt Angle says Jeff Hardy is a month sober, was intoxicated at TNA PPV by bix May 17, 2011 7:36 PM CDT

Demetrious Johnson Discusses his Upcoming Fight Against Miguel Torres, and...Tetris? by Kevin Haggerty May 17, 2011 6:57 PM CDT

Ontario commission reply Re: UFC 129 raises more questions than answers by bix May 17, 2011 4:42 PM CDT - 2 comments

[UFC 131] Shane Carwin speaks on Paul Heyman producing his interviews by bix May 17, 2011 2:38 PM CDT

CM Punk talks about WWE Wrestlemania 27, getting cheered, & more by bix May 17, 2011 1:41 PM CDT - 3 comments

Sengoku Veteran Maximo Blanco Signs with Strikeforce by Kevin Haggerty May 17, 2011 10:41 AM CDT

17 May 2010

Music Monday: Terry Funk is a great Texan, hates school by bix May 17, 2010 8:19 PM CDT

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