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Re: Shawn Michaels and Diesel
Actually, I don't feel that HBK winning the title was simply because Nash or Luger left but because Bret took a break. Remember, Luger left in September of 1995, while Diesel was still champion and Nash left shortly after the start of HBK's reign. So, I feel Bret taking a break was instrumental in HBK winning the belt because if you notice, WWE really lacked a strong main event heel presence in 95-96. Main reason that, aside from those shitty In Your House PPV's, most of the big title matches were between babyfaces.
As for Diesel's title reign, it's like HBK took Diesel's winning of the belt as a "win for the team", meaning HBK treated it as if he actually won the belt. Several shoot interviews have been conducted, in which it was mentioned that HBK would be in Diesel's ear about what he should do or who not to job to. But even with all that, HBK was still paid more than Diesel, something Nash acknowledges on the WWE Timeline 1995 DVD.
And it actually, if you match up the stories, it wasn't until Nash came along that HBK really became hard to deal with and started fucking with people. So for him, by his buddy winning the belt, a guy he knew Vince would push once he saw his size and charisma, that he would have some sort of control himself. And if you ask me, HBK was still jealous somewhat of Nash getting the title before him. He would always find a way to get wrote off TV or find a way to drop the secondary belt without being pinned because he felt he should have been in the position that Diesel was in. So once Diesel lost the belt to Bret, thats when the tension really escalated between HBK & Bret (over Tammy) and since Bret was on the way out, HBK knew he would be the one to replace him. And to some extent, I feel Diesel didn't take a liking to that and left shortly after Bret.