There are men and women in the WWE that transcend the sport and are the probable cause for a change in the company’s history. Earlier in pro wrestling’s stages of life, Bruno Sammartino, Killer Kowalski, Gorgeous George, and others were a driving force in the WWE’s evolution to a worldwide attraction. From that era came Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, and Ultimate Warrior. Alongside Macho Man Randy Savage, those men provided great moments for WWE fans, as it received universal appeal.
That era then introduced men like Triple H, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Bret Hart, and Shawn Michaels, who took the sport to a new level. Rivalries became more about the people, rather than the match at hand. It allowed WWE officials to focus on telling a great story and letting the in-ring work finalize that saga. Michaels and Hart is an excellent example of that. After the multiple matches these men had, it’s widely considered as one of the greatest feuds in WWE history.
Even though they had their differences in the ring, Michaels and Hart were sometimes able to put them aside. Nobody could rival their intensity towards each other and chemistry inside the squared circle. The Heartbreak Kid wasn’t the same Shawn Michaels the WWE Universe sees in 2016. Hart was also an aggressive WWE star who was focused on representing the company with professionalism and respect. He obviously felt HBK didn’t do that.
After their Iron Man match at WrestleMania 12, discussions of a rematch between the two former WWE champions were taking place. At first glance, it was supposed to show Hart come back with a chip on his shoulder and take on HBK again at WrestleMania 13. Bret Hart made an appearance on Inside the Ropes: An Evening with Jim Ross and Jim Cornette to talk about original plans for Hart and Michaels at WrestleMania 13.
Hart said, “I remember we talked about — my understanding was when I left that meeting that day was that I was gonna come back, and I was gonna have a bit of a chip on my shoulder towards Shawn, start ragging on him for not being a good role model, and then to — cause I remember watching him on TV and he’d pull his pants down and show his pubes and all that.”
He continued, “But I thought really what it was was a chance for me to make a storyline here with Shawn where I lost the title to him at Wrestlemania 12 and I got a bit of a chip on my shoulder that I lost, the way the whole thing was set up was perfect for me to come back with a bit of an attitude about Shawn. And what I had wanted to do was work a storyline with Shawn where I’d wrestle him at Wrestlemania, we woulda had a really good match.”
Hart went on to talk about how a 35-minute match with Michaels was in the cards and even said he may be the best wrestler he’s ever worked with in the WWE. Evidently, that not happening led to one of the greatest matches in WWE history. WrestleMania 13 led to the classic double-turn between Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
Speaking of Austin, in an earlier report by the Inquisitr, the company may want Michaels and Austin back for the Royal Rumble in the Alamo Dome next year. That’s quite possible, but there’d be no way for them to return and make an impact. The only person making an impact in the WWE is Hart, who consistently trashed Seth Rollins for being reckless. He has since apologized, but that’s been his legacy as of late to newer WWE fans.
If Michaels and Hart would’ve happened at WrestleMania 13, then WWE fans wouldn’t have seen Austin vs. Hart. That’s a staple in WWE lore due to the ending and aftermath on television for weeks to come. The butterfly effect once again gives an interesting theory to WWE history.
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