Re: Shawn Michaels and Diesel
Also of note, WWE's potentially biggest heel of 1995, Bam Bam Bigelow, was also turned face not too long after WM 11. IIRC, he said in a shoot that it was the Kliq's idea.
Even in 1996, they never had a clear cut credible top heel besides Vader, who HBK completely buried. Even Sid was getting a mixed reaction from the crowd, as well as Stone Cold, because they displayed more of an attitude. And the result of all this was the shitty IYH PPV's from April to July, as well as the failed Ultimate Warrior run. I feel Brian Pillman could have been the perfect heel opponent for HBK in 1996 but the ankle injury put a stop to that.
Everything worked in HBK's favor after Nash & Hall left. He was defending the belt in second rate feuds and would bury anybody who was a threat to him. The only reason he ever dropped the belt to Sid was to get his hometown crowd behind him and garner a sell out for Royal Rumble 1997. But even that didn't go as planned. Once everything started picking up, he loses his smile again.
'Sigh' This was pretty much my strategy in my TEW 1995 game for stopping WCW getting ahead. Real Shame Pillman's ankle got messed up. He was an amazing athlete and really would've done well against Shawn.
On Topic, Never actually thought about Shawn not wanting Nash or Hall around as they always seemed legit best buds but I suppose HBK was a complete jackass at the time so maybe he was happy to be the Big Fish as it were
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