Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels
Whenever I see ‘John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels’ I get pretty fuckin excited. To my knowledge they’ve only had 4 singles matches together. The only one I haven’t seen yet was just two weeks after this one. The driving factor here is Shawn’s IMMENSE character work. Instantly from the entrance he comes off so angry, so bitter at being aligned with JBL. That carries on throughout the whole match and ultimately reflected the way he wrestled.
The first half of the match had some great storytelling as Cena used his size and strength to his advantage but could never give Shawn any space, because when he did he lost every time. Of all things Michaels would get the advantage and go straight to a submission (Figure 4 & Crossface). Another sample of how Michaels’ mentality had seemingly changed due to his attitude towards JBL. Cena eventually realizes what’s going on and goes the smart route and locks in a bear hug. This was on RAW but the pacing made it feel like a big time PPV main event, building and building with every move.
The ladder half of the match is where it gets exciting. Having wrestled each other before, they countered their signature moves several times and eventually hit their finishers, but were too exhausted to get the cover in time to pull out a win. Cena locks in the STFU and the look of pure desperation on JBL’s face is fantastic as he slowly tried to edge the bottom rope towards Michaels. Once Michaels grabbed it the anger just radiated off him, as if he was saying “FUCK YOU LAYFIELD, I DON’T NEED YOUR HELP!” The finish is so sudden and so awesome the camera hardly even caught it. The way Shawn walks out without saying or doing anything makes him look like such a badass. Incredible match.