Re: If Shawn Michaels went to WCW would he have been used as badly as Bret Hart?
For the record, WCW did offer HBK a contract in 1996, and he considered it, but Vince told him that WCW wouldn't know what to do with him. Same thing he told Bret.
Also, Bret clearly got offered an insanely higher contract than Shawn, which is why Shawn only resigned with the WWF for $750,000, whereas Bret got that 30 year, $1.5 mil a year deal.
I see comments about how Bret must not have had a lot of value since Vince let him go, but people like to have amnesia and forget the intense bidding war over him in the first place. People who did not live through that era look back and pretend that Bret and Shawn were on the same level, when clearly, they were not. At least not monetarily or businesswise, from the WCW & WWF's point of view.
To answer the question, yes, WCW would have used him badly. Shawn has a lot of charisma, so he would have been over anyway, but he would not have been nearly as riveting as he was in the WWF. Nor would his ring skills be used properly. I am very biased against the WCW product though, because at the time I could not for the life of me understand why people were so into it. I really felt it was horrible, and watching it back, it's even worse than I originally thought.
Almost every intriguing character who went over there, became immensely less intriguing. For all of Vince's faults, there at least seemed to be a level of logic that went into the way he presented things in the 90s.