Friday, April 9, 2010

Friday Random Stuff

We here at Bearcats Blog, the only Bearcats Blog named Bearcats Blog on the internet!!!!, promise to deliver the basketball season breakdowns starting on Monday. Things are going to go like this. Monday, player breakdowns. Tuesday, memorable games. Wednesday, Bearcat blasts from the past. Thursday, questions and answers. Friday, random stuff. Now that we have all of that clear, let's get to the Friday random stuff. It can be a thing, a rant, a list, a youtube video, a plea for hottie hottie hot hot ladies to go out with me, or anything else that I see fit. Because after all, I'm the one writing this.

The first edition of Friday Random Stuff is undeniably nerdy and dorky on my behalf. It's a post about Shawn Michaels. Now, I am a wrestling nerd. Shawn Michaels has been my favorite wrestler, or one of my favorites, since I was a little kid. I loved the Rockers. I remember when Shawn superkicked Marty Jannetty and threw him through the Barber Shop window. By the way, you don't see things like that anymore in wrestling. There are no Piper's Pits, Barber Shops, Funeral Parlors, or any of that. I think it's because in the mid 90s, everyone at the top was charisma-less, and they had no one to step up and take the reigns on such a premise. Anyway, back to HBK. I remember watching Wrestlemania 10 and the ladder match over and over and over. It was one of the greatest, most innovated matches ever. It was the beginning of Shawn Michaels becoming Mr. Wrestlemania. That would be solidified at WM 12 when he and Bret Hart went for over an hour. HBK won his first title, the 'boyhood dream had come true' as Vince McMahon said. Shawn's attitude problems kept him out of WM 13, but he returned to fight in another innovative match, Hell in a Cell. HBK would go on to injure his back at the Royal Rumble. It would be a career threatening injury. We all thought his match at WM 14 against Stone Cold Steve Austin was his last. It was a hell of a performance for someone would could barely stand.

HBK left wrestling for 4 years. He came back to have a great match with HHH at Summerslam 2002. Unbelievably, HBK kept wrestling. He won the World Heavyweight title at Survivor Series. He ended up fighting Chris Jericho at WM 19. He had a classic with Benoit and HHH at WM 20. He put on a clinic with Kurt Angle at WM 21. He beat the shit out of Vince McMahon at WM 22. He brought the goodness against John Cena at WM 23. He ended Ric Flair's WWE career at WM 24. He and the Undertaker put on one of the greatest matches of all time at WM 25. Finally, he and the Undertaker put on another of one of the greatest WM matches ever this year. The stipulation was the Undertaker's undefeated streak at WM would end, or HBK's career would end. The next night, HBK gave this speech.

A fitting way to end a legendary career. I just mentioned the WM moments, but there were many more great matches. HBK had classics with Mankind, Randy Orton, Cena, HHH, hell, everyone on the roster. He also did this awesome move to Shelton Benjamin.
I just watched that 10 times. Anyway, the point of this whole thing was that Shawn Michaels was one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. In fact, I would say the greatest wrestler in the history of the WWE. This may be a Bearcats Blog, but we still send out love to those who deserve it. Anyone who is the best in the world deserves it. Shawn Michaels more than deserves it. Have a nice retirement HBK.

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