Shawn Michaels Deserved Better

Author: Mario Alejandro

Last night’s WWE Raw was supposed to be a special moment for wrestling fans young and old. Shawn Michaels, one of the greatest wrestlers of all time was “forced” into retirement as a result of losing his match with The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 26 on Sunday.

Monday’s show was supposed to be The Heartbreak Kid’s sendoff and while WWE made good with lots of classic Michaels clips from his entire tenure with the company and a nice plug for his WWE DVD, it still did not have the feel of a show saying goodbye to one of its most reliable performers.

Instead, we were treated to horrible skits with two of the lesser stars of ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ and the one emotional moment, Triple H’s speech to his best friend, was interrupted by a run-in from Hunter’s new BFF, Sheamus. Oh, and more tired and played out John Cena.

As for Shawn’s career in The Hobby, you could build one hell of a collection as he’s been in trading card sets from as early back as the 80’s. More recently, Topps’ WWE releases have produced “worn” memorabilia relics and certified autographs, which in this blogger’s opinion, are less than desirable.

Here’s hoping Topps steps up their game and produces a card of Michaels in their next release WITH an on-card autograph. While Michaels is a legend in the business, it really should not be that difficult to give collectors something special by making the effort of having Shawn directly sign cards instead of stickers.



  1. Hate to be a cynical bastard, but you know he’ll probably be back and wrestling again by the end of the year anyway.

  2. Haha, I was just playin, thankfully you seem to have picked up on it. Well, not playing about it being fake… you know what I mean.

    I was the Ultimate Warrior for halloween when I was 9.

  3. When it comes to sets like WWE, UFC, and non-sport Celebrity / Americana sets, there really is no excuse to have sticker autographs. The card sets don’t have a seasonality aspect that tightens the release window.

    Sticker autographs came about for two reasons, I think:

    – For the sake of laziness convenience on the part of card companies, allowing the subject to sign a vast amount of stickers that can be used for years to come, so they only “bother” the person once;

    – For the sake of release schedules. With each company trying to release so many products in and around the respective sports’ seasons, turnaround time for on-card autographs probably could be murder. Given how the hobby loves to complain, the loathing for redemption cards did give card companies an opportunity to respond to the problem by using stickers.

    However, at this stage of developments, on-card autos are the only way to go. The answer is to fix the redemption process of on-card autos so it is lock-tight, not to water down the product and open it up to validity and authentication issues.

    Yeah, I trust weasel words as to the athlete’s or subject’s certification of authentic autographs. By their cousin. Or assistant.

    Back on topic though, there’s far fewer reasons to cut corners on perpetual sports or non-sport activities that could be released year-round, and using stickers is a cut corner.

  4. LOL, hilarious video. All in good fun. I was also a fan of Doom… or Legion of Doom… one of the two. Whichever was the one that was the tag team with spiky shoulder pads.

  5. And actually, I still fire up some N64 wrestling game. I forget which one, one of the WCW vs NWO games (or something similar) by THQ with my created roided-out monster.

    OK, I’m a nerd.

  6. Last year’s Michaels/Taker match was a great one, but this year’s edition was terrible, as was most of Wrestlemania. I was hoping for a double disqualification that would result in a ruling that they both had to retire. Triple H is looking pretty terrible these days also. Major moobage going on these days.

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