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Old 02-03-2013, 02:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is there any validity to these HBK/HHH/Rock claims?

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"It’s worth noting that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Shawn Michaels, who long harbored animosity towards each other, crossed paths during WrestleMania weekend. WWE.com published a photo of Johnson and Michaels sharing a laugh shortly after HBK had appeared on stage at WrestleMania XXVII to commemorate his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. According to F4WOnline.com, their past animosity was actually settled in 2008 when Johnson inducted his father, Rocky Johnson, and grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Johnson’s issues with Michaels dated back to when he was a teenager. He long harbored animosity towards Michaels because he felt he was disrespectful to his maternal grandmother (Lia Maivia) at a wrestling show she was coordinating for Polynesian Pacific Pro Wrestling. His disrespect towards her incensed Johnson, and nearly led to an altercation.

Their issues persisted several years later when Johnson was a rookie starting out in WWE. Bret Hart wrote in his 2007 autobiography, Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling, that Michaels and Triple H disliked Johnson “intensely.” Both resented him because he was talented and Hart, a political foe, had taken a shine to him. Many believe they were out to sabotage Johnson so that Hunter would ascend to the top before him, since they were both viewed as the future of the company at the time.

Michaels and Hunter conspired to obstruct Johnson’s push in March 1997, who was the Intercontinental Champion at the time. Michaels suggested to Vince McMahon that Johnson lose the title to Hart on an episode of Raw. Meanwhile, Hunter insisted to Hart that he beat Johnson. Their suggestion would serve two purposes — sabotage Johnson’s push and take Hart out of the world title scene. Hart, however, refused to beat Johnson. Hart felt it wouldn’t build heat for his newly launched heel turn, not to mention that it would undermine Johnson. Instead, Hart insisted on a DQ finish, which infuriated Michaels and Hunter.

By 1999, Johnson had ascended to the top of WWE, going beyond nearly wrestler, including Hunter. Meanwhile, a back injury had forced Michaels to retire and he was relegated to sporadic appearances. Nonetheless, Michaels attempted to politically undermine Johnson by lobbying to McMahon that he be replaced by Hunter in the main event at WrestleMania XV.

Johnson stated years later in a 2005 interview with WWE.com that he never had interest in working with Michaels — when asked if he would have liked to."



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Old 02-03-2013, 02:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nonetheless, Michaels attempted to politically undermine Johnson by lobbying to McMahon that he be replaced by Hunter in the main event at WrestleMania XV.
^ I have never heard this one before.

Always, the story I heard is that Shawn Michaels wanted Mankind inserted into the 'Mania match to make it a triple threat. But Vince went with Austin v. Rock.

I've never heard anything of Michaels' wanting HHH in the main event.

The only indication I've ever saw of an animosity between Rock and Michaels is the interview when Rock said, "I've never ever wanted to wrestle him [Michaels]." Other than that, everything is speculation.

Shame we never got Rock vs Shawn Michaels. It would have been great feud if done in 2003 when both were active wrestlers.
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^ I have never heard this one before.

Always, the story I heard is that Shawn Michaels wanted Mankind inserted into the 'Mania match to make it a triple threat. But Vince went with Austin v. Rock.

I've never heard anything of Michaels' wanting HHH in the main event.

The only indication I've ever saw of an animosity between Rock and Michaels is the interview when Rock said, "I've never ever wanted to wrestle him [Michaels]." Other than that, everything is speculation.

Shame we never got Rock vs Shawn Michaels. It would have been great feud if done in 2003 when both were active wrestlers.
Rock talked about it in his book.

Not sure if he wanted to be in the main-event, but he def' didn't want Rock to be in it.
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