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Re: Official DVD/Match/Show Discussion Thread
Yeah mate, bought a new (had to go Region 1) copy a couple of months ago, think I'll watch that next, always loved Flair's work and his whole persona but I may be getting a comp from you at some point (probably the Japan one) so many great matches I probably havnt seen
Flair's Ultimate Collection is easily a top 2 DVD set ever released by WWE. WATCH IT NOW.
A charity shop near my house was closing down a few weeks ago and I picked up that, the Bret/Shawn rivalry and UFC 1+2 dvds for a combined 12 euros, best score of the year.
Ive always had a soft spot for the Flair/HHH taboo tuesday cage match from that set, even by Rics standards things get insanely bloody, his whole head turns a bright orangey red.
Inspired by this, I decided to check out what many consider HBK's best match to see if it holds up...
Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker - Hell in a Cell - WWF Badd Blood 1997
Watching this really fizzles out any thoughts that I had on Michaels being a bad worker after reading some comments online. Hell, he actually is a pretty good one. Sure his overselling did make a few 'serious' moments seem overly cartoony, but he also made other spots seem more barbaric and brutal because of the way he bumped. Shawn also gets criticized for his 'kip-up' comeback totally disregards any damage he had taken previously, which is probably my main issue with Shawn's matches nowadays. Here though, it wasn't a problem. Shawn being the dickhead heel that he is, didn't get a big comeback (being the heel and all...) and used the kip-up to show his arrogance after finally taking control of the Undertaker.
To give some perspective of how highly I rate Michaels nowadays; If I was to compose a list of top 50 WWE ring workers, I could definitely see HBK making the cut. Wrestlers still active in the WWE that I would rate above Michaels are Punk, Cena, Mysterio, Bryan, McIntyre and possible Ziggler. This topic really has changed my opinion on Michaels. I rate him nowhere near as highly as I used to and the criticisms really have opened my eyes to some of Michaels' faults, but it's really not enough to take Michaels out of the 'Good' bracket.
Just watched Hulk Hogan vs Randy Savage (Wrestlemania 5). I rate the match 3 stars. Started slowly but it improved as the match went on. Hogan becoming the first to kick out of Savage's elbow drop was cool to see.
Been watching RAW throughout 1998 on the 05.04.98 RAW Terry Funk Vs Mick Foley (after throwing Dude Love and all his gimmicks away earlier in the night) was a chaotic match they obviously both loved it aswell.