Originally Posted by The-Rock-Says
People have always said Michaels wasn't very good on the mic. But his work on the stick in 1997/1998 is brilliant.
He was cut loose and just allowed to be himself. There is one promo were he completely owns Steve Austin and all Austin could say was he was going to kick his ass.
Michaels promos where he's coked out of his absolute mind are the greatest. There's one where he's in Canada, visibly wired to the moon, and totally soaks up the fact everybody in the arena hate him to fucking death. He's waving a tiny little Canadian flag around and he's prancing about the ring like a spastic. It's incredible. He was technically still a babyface at the time (IIRC), but I'd assume Vince just told him to go be as big of an egomaniac as he wanted. Shit, he probably told him that every week in '97.