• “I always thought his feelings were hurt more than his knee or his back” – WWE Hall Of Famer On Shawn Michaels
During a recent edition of Grilling JR on Ad Free Shows, WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross and Conrad Thompson discussed Shawn Michaels’ WWF run in 1997-98.
JR revealed what Vince McMahon thought about Michaels.
“‘I see so much of myself in Shawn Michaels’. He’d give all of these descriptions: he’s defiant, he’s creative, he’s high strung. Yeah and both of you are insecure, both of you are afraid of your own shadow, both of you are wondering when the other shoe will drop. So yeah, maybe you are right.”
JR was asked: “When did you find out Shawn was going to forfeit the WWF Title (The famous Shawn Michaels, “I lost my smile” promo)?”
He replied: “I guess earlier that day. He was volatile. He was polarizing and volatile so anything you heard about Shawn, it was not going to be a total shock. You kind of got used to it.
But, surrendering the title, I don’t know if he lost his smile because he was injured or lost his smile because he couldn’t handle the pressure. He was influenced by outside sources that liked to poke gas on his fire.
I don’t know…So once you get the message of what’s going to happen in the production meeting that morning, it was like, geez, that’s pretty extreme. Maybe you give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe something is really wrong. We didn’t know.
But I always thought his feelings were hurt more than his knee or his back or whatever, and I don’t know exactly why. He had a hard time handling and accepting the responsibility of being the top guy in the territory.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (January 2, 1999) – WWF Shotgun Saturday Night
On this day in 1999, the World Wrestling Federation aired the last ever episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Shotgun Saturday Night ‘.
It was pre-taped at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, New York and featured mid-card matches & highlight videos on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 1999’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
– Gangrel vs. Tiger Ali Singh
– The Blue Meanie vs. Brian Christopher
– 4 Corners Match: Bob Holly & 2 Cold Scorpio vs. The Legion of Doom 2000 vs. The Acolytes vs. The D.O.A.