Most superstar DVD collections have either a documentary and matches, or like some have little clips of interviews then a match. This is the later where Michael Cole interviews the man himself, The Showstopper, The Headliner, The Main Event, Shawn Michaels then we have a match.
There's a terrific video package that opens the DVD and shows Michaels at his highs and lows throughout his career, great job by WWE on this one.
-Michael Cole and Shawn Michaels welcome us to the 9 hour showing of HBK's career, with some pics of Shawn as a kid and how he wanted to achieve greatness in the sport of pro wrestling. He talks about his first match and how he was terrified to be out in the real world after being brought up in the somewhat sheltered life he had. He talks about feeling honored to have been in World Class Championship Wrestling for a brief time.
-WCCW, 1/11/85: vs. One Man Gang: Basically a squash match with Gang pounding on Michaels, with forearms and clotheslines that really sound like they hurt. Gang wins with a splash for the win in less than 3 minutes. 4/10, though its nice to see Michaels in his early days.
-We hear about Shawn's teaming with Marty Jannetty in the AWA and how it felt like they were becoming main stream stars working for one of the 3 biggest wrestling companies in the US.
-AWA Wrestlerock, 4/20/86: Midnight Rockers vs "Playboy" Buddy Rose & "Pretty Boy" Doug Summers w/Sherri Martel: There's some antics between both teams starting out where the Rockers display their athletics while Rose fails miserably. Nice arm drags by Michaels on Summers, then Rose too gets a big arm drag. Rose and Summers use some dirty tactics to gain an advantage and start wearing down Michaels with chops and suplexes. Rose knocks Jannetty off the top rope and Summers makes the cover for the win, in about 14 minutes. Good classic tag team wrestling here. 7/10.
-Shawn talks about working with The Nasty Boys and how it was good they knew them outside the ring and how that made it easier to work with them during matches. He also talks about experiencing life in Vegas where the AWA did some of their TV tapings.
-AWA Championship Wrestling, 3/5/88: AWA Tag Team Title Match: Midnight Rockers (Champions) vs. The Nasty Boys: Of course most fans know the Nasties had a bit of a reputation of being kinda sloppy and just brawlers but they were actually able to display some good wrestling moves here. Rockers once again dominate for the first half of the match, then the Nasties take over on Michaels, working on his back. Jannetty hits a top rope splash onto Knobbs for the win in about 14 minutes. 7/10.
-Shawn talks about coming to WWE and has some funny story about Greg Valentine and Dino Bravo about how Shawn thought they hated him when he and Jannetty first came in to the WWE. Also talked about how much Tully Blanchard and Arn Anderson taught them a lot.
-WWE, 3/18/89: vs. The Brainbusters: I can't recall a bad match these two teams ever had and this is no exception. Its always magic when these two styles meet in the ring. There's some early one-upping by both Shawn and Tully. Shawn slams Anderson's arm into the ring post and he and Jannetty start working on Arn's arm, even doing a slingshot double arm ringer on the top rope. Nice spot with a double figure four leg lock by the Rockers. The finish comes when Shawn hits a splash from the top rope, but Tully pulls the referee out of the ring, resulting in DQ in about 22 minutes. Classic, classic tag team match. 9/10.
-Shawn talks about his favorite teams to watch and or face when he was teaming with Jannetty, like The British Bulldogs, Demolition, The Hart Foundation.
-11/25/89: vs. The Hart Foundation: At the most famous arena Madison Square Garden we see these two great teams face off. Both of their styles mix very well, good fast paced wrestling between Bret and Jannetty early on, with each man countering the other on some occasions. Anvil uses his power but its countered by both Rockers who uses their quickness. The Foundation work over Michaels with some nice double teaming and submission moves. The rest of the match is back and forth action between both men. The 20 minute time limit expires, resulting in a draw. Great, great match here. 9/10.
-Shawn discusses his turning on Marty Jannetty and his singles career beginning. He says how he wasn't totally ready at first but felt he needed to do it. He talks about working with Bret Hart and how they got along good at that time.
-6/2/92: Intercontinental Title Match: vs. Bret Hart (Champion): Knowing what these two are capable of this is a good classic match that was just a few months into Shawn's heel turn. Bret works on Shawn's arm early on, then Shawn takes over after a knee to the gut and a hard shot into the turnbuckle. Shawn presses the advantage and has Hart nearly beat on a few occasions. Bret finally comes back, hitting all sorts of moves, even a clothesline to the back of the head. Michaels goes for a flying knee, but hits Sherri on the ring apron, Hart rolls him up for the win in about 14 minutes. 8/10.
-The British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith is talked about next and how he was very good and gifted but sometime he would just coast in his matches. Also the infamous Beware of the Dog PPV, where the power went out and they had to redo the whole show soon after.
-Raw, 3/6/95: vs. The British Bulldog: Shawn has Sid in his corner as his bodyguard. Davey uses his power early on even hitting a nice pair of arm drags. Shawn locks on a short arm scissors, but Davey picks Shawn up from the mat holding him up and slamming him down. Sid even caught Shawn as he was launched over the top rope. Shawn uses a sleeper hold and almost has Davey out. Bulldog makes his comeback hitting a series of clotheslines and the finish comes when Shawn hits the superkick for the win in about 18 minutes. 8/10.
-We hear about working with bigger guys was easier cause most of the story of the match is already told. Shawn talks about how Sid was a bit before his time and how he had an intimidating presense. Also about how he felt Vince put him as a main eventer to see if he would fail, since he wasn't a big tall wrestler like most big names.
-Raw, 9/11/95: Intercontinental Title Match: vs. Sycho Sid: I always thought Sid was slightly underated as a wrestler, sure he was more persona than anything else but he was a decent worker too in his heyday. Shawn obviously has to outquick Sid and he does for the first few minutes, but Sid uses his power to almost have Shawn beat for the I.C. title on a couple of occasions. Shawn throws everything at Sid and eventually pins him after 2 superkicks to retain his title in about 8 minutes. 7/10.
-The 1-2-3 Kid aka Sean Waltman is brought up and how both of them being smaller guys made them work harder to show they could be main event players.
-Raw, 3/4/96: vs. 1-2-3 Kid: Shawn is the bigger of 2 wrestlers, certainly a rarity and the Kid uses his speed very well throughout the match with chops and martial art kicks. Shawn does use his strength to hit a nice press slam on the Kid and hitting a big scoop power slam for a 2 count. Kid hits a nice springboard crossbody to the outside on Shawn. Kid works on Shawn's head focusing on him just coming off a concussion with various martial arts kicks and a sleeper hold. Shawn makes his comeback hitting a nice moonsault and ends up hitting Sweet Chin Music for the win in about 11 minutes. 7/10. Nice aftermath with a fan of his entering the ring, even hoists her up on his shoulders as the pyro goes off.
-Shawn talks about his first year as the WWE Champion, how he was elated but also how he felt he had to push himself harder to prove he was worth the spot he was given. Also how the pressure got to him cause he was younger and put way more on himself than anyone else did. His Mind Games match was brought up and how he enjoyed working with Mankind aka Mick Foley. He then says he didn't like the Boyhood Dream storyline.
-Raw, 8/11/97: vs. Mankind: One of his first matches since he surrendered the title in February. This is more or less the same type of match they had at Mind Games a year earlier where its a physical intense brawl where the rules are kinda swept under the rug. To start out Mankind brings in a trash can and Shawn hits Mankind a couple of times then gets the Manidible Claw while Mankind has a trash bag over his head. There's some nice brawling and Mankind uses the Claw a few times. Rick Rude makes an appearance even cracking a chair over Mankind's head and Shawn wins with Sweet Chin Music in about 9 minutes. A good albeit brief brawl. 8/10.
-The Monday Night War is talked about, also the birth of Degeneration X, even Cole recalls being the butt of some of the group's jokes in the early days. The One Night Only PPV in England is brought up and how that night helped form DX.
-One Night Only, 9/20/97, European Title Match: vs. The British Bulldog (Champion): Bulldog obviously is the crowd favorite, nice that he came out with his sister, who was battling cancer for some time. This match was absolute magic, from bell to bell. Bulldog used his strength at many times even pressing Michaels and holding him over his head walking to 3 parts of the ring to throw him out. Rick Rude comes out, distracting Davey and slamming him into the ring post. Shawn takes over on Bulldog, locks in a sleeper and continues to work on his neck and back. Bulldog goes for his running powerslam on the outside but his foot went off the platform and HHH, Chyna and Rude slam the guardrail into his knee repeatedly. Michaels slaps the figure four leg lock on but Davey won't give up, but he does pass out from the pain and Michaels is the new European Champion. 9/10.
-Shawn talks about facing The Undertaker in late '97/early '98 and how their in-ring chemistry made for great matches.
-Royal Rumble '98, Casket Match for the WWF Title: vs. The Undertaker: This was one of their best encounters as Taker was in his specialty match. The action starts off fast and is back and forth, about 2 minutes in Michaels takes a backdrop on the casket that would result in a back injury that would keep him out of action for over 4 years. Taker works over Shawn with power moves, and seems to be focusing on his back. Michaels throws some powder into Taker's eyes, hits a piledriver onto the steel steps that sounded sickening. Michaels hits Sweet Chin Music and goes to shut Taker in the casket but Taker goes low (literally) and makes his comeback. Both men end up in the casket, Shawn tries to get out but gets dragged back in horror movie style. 6 men attack Taker, Kane comes to the rescue, only to turn on his brother and lock him in the casket. Michaels retains his title in about 18 minutes. 8/10.
-His back injury and retirement are talked about and how he didn't handle it maturely. He also talks about how he had to sink low before he became who he is now also that his passion for the business is still there but he loves his family and other commitments more. His match with Chris Jericho is talked about and how he didn't feel so much pressure.
-Wrestlemania XIX: vs. Chris Jericho: This was Shawn's first Wrestlemania match in 5 years and he didn't look like he missed a step. Both men had similar styles cause Jericho admired Shawn so much growing up. This made for a classic match, full of counter wrestling and momentum changes. Jericho hit Michaels Sweet Chin Music and even tried to get him to tap out to the Walls of Jericho. Michaels kept pace with Chris and won with a victory roll in about 22 minutes. 10/10. Good aftermath too, classic heel Jericho.
-Ric Flair is brought up and how the retirement match him and Michaels had and how emotional it was, especially with the fact that Flair picked him to end his career. Their match at Bad Blood '03 is talked about and how Flair was unsure of whether he could still do it, after some words of encouragement from Shawn he felt a lot better about it.
-Bad Blood '03: vs. Ric Flair: Not the runaway classic it could've been but still a very good match. Both men use their classic offense, Flair with his chops and his working on Michaels knee to set up the figure four leg lock. Michaels used his high flying moves to set up Sweet Chin Music. There's a nice spot where Michaels does a top rope splash through Flair who was on a table. The pace is good though the finish is a little weak, Michaels hits Sweet Chin Music, but Randy Orton interferes, puts Flair on Michaels for the win in about 13 minutes. 7/10.
-Shawn says his match at Wrestlemania 21 against Kurt Angle made him have to train a lot harder than he usually did.
-Wrestlemania 21: vs. Kurt Angle: Probably one of the top 15 Wrestlemania matches ever easily. Both men went all out, with some really good back and forth mat wrestling to start. Angle hits a nice modified Angle Slam into the ring post. Michaels hits a nice springboard splash onto Angle on the announce table but it didn't give. Angle goes for but misses a high angle moonsault. Michaels gets thrown from the top rope by Angle for only a 2 count. Nice spot where Angle screams at Michaels to tap out and ate Sweet Chin Music for a 2 count. Angle slaps on the ankle lock and after a lengthy time Michaels finally taps out. The best match on the entire Wrestlemania 21 card.
-The Montreal Screwjob is brought up and how time has helped make it more of a joke between Shawn and the fans. The storyline with him and Hogan is discussed especially how the build-up for their Summerslam match kinda was derailed a bit by Hogan not always being there leaving Michaels to talk up and promote the match. Also how he went back to being the HBK of old and how Hogan was two faced about the promos cut by Michaels, especially the Larry King spoof.
-Raw, 8/15/05: This was a promo in Montreal talking up the Hogan/Michaels match at Summerslam. Shawn really looked like he was having a lot of fun, especially singing O Canada or mocking it rather. He even brings up the Montreal Screwjob and is really playing up the heel role now. Bret Hart's music played and of course he didn't come out, which caused Michaels to laugh at the crowd even more. Hogan's music hits and he doesn't come out, Shawn slams Montreal more and leaves. Great promo here.
-The friendship of Triple H and Shawn is discussed, talking about how its evolved over many years and how they are good friends even outside of the business which is rare among most wrestlers. Also how they've had many good matches both as a team and against each other. Tribute to the Troops is mentioned and how happy the soldiers are to see the superstars and how humbled he felt being there.
-Raw, 12/19/05, Tribute to the Troops: Boot Camp Match vs. Triple H: Basically this is an anything goes match and while not as good as their previous matches its still a good one. Michaels gets tossed over the top rope to the outside and both men battle up the stage and Michaels hits Triple H in the head with a sandbag but Shawn gets a hard shot with a gas can moments later. The referree gets nailed, another one comes down and shows an army arm patch on his shirt and Triple H nails him anyway. Michaels hits Sweet Chin Music after a slingshot into the turnbuckle for the win in about 10 minutes. 7/10.
-Younger superstars are discussed and how Shawn is able to keep up with them and living up to his name of being an icon.
-Backlash '07: Fatal Four Way Match for the WWE Title: vs. Edge vs. Randy Orton vs. John Cena (Champion): This was six days after Cena and Shawn's 60 minute match in England on Raw and adding Edge and Orton to the match helped give it that big match feel. Momentum shifted constantly and each man got so close to winning the match on a few occasions. Edge spears Orton, then gets the FU from Cena, Shawn hits Sweet Chin Music on Cena who falls on Orton for the 3 count. 10/10.
-Shawn talks about Randy Orton and working with him at Survivor Series and how having a title match was nice but it was more about telling a good story.
-Survivor Series '07, WWE Championship Match: vs. Randy Orton (Champion): The stipulation was if Shawn used the superkick he would lose the match, but if Orton got DQ'd he'd lose the title. This made it so Michaels pulled out some different moves, a vice grip-like head lock, a front face lock, a sharpshooter and even the crippler crossface (given the Chris Benoit tragedy just 5 months ago this was pretty gutsy). Orton got in his usual offense, and gets the win after Michaels attempts the superkick, stops and nails the RKO to retain his title. 9/10.
-The evolution of Shawn as a man, from not being the nicest guy before his back injury and how becoming a family man changed him a lot for the better and how he feels he doesn't need to keep wrestling even though he loves it.
-Unforgiven '08, Unsanctioned Match vs. Chris Jericho: Easily the best match of their '08 feud in my opinion. You could feel the legit hatred these men had for each other and it came out in the form of brutal punches by both men and the fierceness of the high impact moves and weapons used. Each move seemed to have some depth behind them and even interference by Lance Cade (R.I.P.) didn't take away from it. Nice table spot where Shawn slams a chair into Jericho who falls of the top rope through the table. Michaels also hits a nice diving elbow through the announce table on Jericho. The referree calls for the bell after Shawn beats up on Jericho and chokes him out to the point where he can't continue. Nice aftermath with a couple of referree's too. 10/10.
-The classic Taker/Michaels Wrestlemania 25 match is talked about and how the size of the crowd and all the hype raised the bar to a very high level.
-Wrestlemania 25: vs. The Undertaker: Whatever I say will pale in comparison to the match itself. From the entrances for both men, to the the numerous close falls, to Taker's dive over the top rope and landing on his head, to Michaels kicking out of a Tombstone and being the one man you felt could end the undefeated streak and he almost did. It goes for 30 minutes of high impact action. While this set has good matches, even a couple of great ones, this is the one that makes it worth buying just for this match. 11/10.
-This is easily one of the best sets WWE has released, some rare matches, especially the Raw ones and some good PPV choices make this well worth seeking out and buying.