• Reason Behind Shawn Michaels Not Getting A World Title Run After 2002
Old School WWF referee Mike Chioda recently spoke to Lucha Libre Online and revealed the reason why Shawn Michaels did not receive another World Title run in WWE after his brief championship reign in late 2002.
Mike basically blamed John Cena’s #1 babyface position as the main reason.
Here’s what Chioda had to say:
“To me, John Cena, and Shawn Michaels is phenomenal, don’t get me wrong, but that time John Cena was on top for quite some time and busted his a$$ for the company and stuff like that.
So, was I surprised they didn’t give it back to Shawn? Shawn’s not going to run around for another year or six months with the title, I don’t think he wanted to travel that much anymore at that time, you know?
So it had to stay on John Cena, because he was the #1 selling merch, they pushed his merch tremendously. The company was making money.
You’ve got to go with, who’s the guy that’s making you money from merch, and stuff like that, down the line.
You know what I’m saying? It’s a decision that comes from the top, from Cesar, Vince.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWE HISTORY (May 5, 2005) – WWE SmackDown!
On this day in 2005, World Wrestling Entertainment aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWE SmackDown!’.
It was broadcasted from the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, New Jersey and featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWE Judgment Day 2005’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
– Matt Morgan vs. Rob Eckos
– Booker T vs. Orlando Jordan
– World Tag Team Titles: MNM vs. Scotty Too Hotty & Shannon Moore
– Olympic Gold Medal Challenge: Kurt Angle vs. Mike Reed
– Carlito Carribean Cool vs. Hardcore Holly
– Street Fight: Rey Mysterio. vs. Chavo Guerrero Jr.