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Shawn Michaels: My Journey DVD Review (Disc1)

April 21, 2010   ·   0 Comments

SHAWN MICHAELS : MY JOURNEY

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 DVD review

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Shawn Michaels is one of the most charismatic and talented athletes in the history of entertainment. For more than 20 years he has wowed crowds, earning accolades, championships and numerous monikers, including “The Icon,” “The Main Event,” and “Mr. WrestleMania.” Now, for the first time ever, Shawn Michaels sits down and in an intimate interview retraces his early days in Texas through his Rocker tag-team partnership in AWA and WWE through his multiple reigns as WWE Champion. Shawn Michaels: My Journey offers surprising insights and absolute candor as he relives the highs and lows of his historic career. Over 20 amazing matches from the 80s, 90s and 2000s most available on DVD for the very first timedemonstrate why Shawn Michaels is truly “The Showstopper.”

DISC 1

A Boy in a Mans World

Shawn Michaels vs. One Man Gang
World Class Championship Wrestling January 11, 1985

Our Big Event

Midnight Rockers vs. Playboy Buddy Rose / Pretty Boy Doug Summers
AWA WrestleRock April 20, 1986

Rockin All Night

AWA World Tag Team Championship
Midnight Rockers vs. Nasty Boys
AWA Championship Wrestling March 5, 1988

“They Wanted Us”

Rockers vs. Brain Busters
Boston Garden March 18, 1989

Tag Team Success

Rockers vs. Hart Foundation
Madison Square Garden November 25, 1989

Going Solo

Intercontinental Championship
Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart
Ottawa, Ontario June 2, 1992
Alternate Commentary: Michael Cole / Shawn Michaels

Always Having Fun with Davey

Shawn Michaels vs. British Bulldog
RAW March 6, 1995

Contrasting Styles

Intercontinental Championship
Shawn Michaels vs. Sid Vicious
RAW September 11, 1995

High Flyers

Shawn Michaels vs. 1-2-3 Kid
RAW March 4, 1996

DISC 2

The Champion

Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind
RAW August 11, 1997

D-Generation X

WWE European Championship
British Bulldog vs. Shawn Michaels
One Night Only September 20, 1997

This Is Going To Be Art

Casket Match for the WWE Championship
Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker
Royal Rumble January 18, 1998

Ups & Downs

Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
WrestleMania XIX March 30, 2003

My Friend

Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair
Bad Blood June 15, 2003
Alternate Commentary: Michael Cole / Shawn Michaels

High Expectations

Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle
WrestleMania 21 April 3, 2005

Montreal & The Hulkster

Shawn Michaels Promo in Montreal on Hulk Hogan
RAW August 15, 2005

DISC3

Tribute to the Troops

Boot Camp Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H
RAW December 19, 2005
Alternate Commentary: Michael Cole / Shawn Michaels

The Veteran

Fatal 4-Way Match for the WWE Championship
John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Edge vs. Randy Orton
Backlash April 29, 2007

Legend Killer

WWE Championship Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Randy Orton
Survivor Series November 18, 2007

The Family Man

Unsanctioned Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
Unforgiven September 7, 2008

Mr. WrestleMania

Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
WrestleMania 25 April 5, 2009

Greatest Ever?

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In my humble opinion Shawn Michaels IS indeed the greatest ever to step into the squared circle, and I’m not the only one that thinks the same (Just ask Chris Jericho!) So when news of this DVD spread across the internet to say I was a little hyped would be a slight understatement! There aren’t many guys in the wrestling world that can make me stop what I’m doing, sit down and focus my full attention on the screen, Shawn is the top of that very short list; so much so that I can’t even bring myself to watch his ‘farewell’ speech from Raw. (Mania was gut-wrenching enough for me thank you very much!) So, I thank the guys from Frank/Silvervision for sending me this DVD and helping me cope with my withdrawal symptoms in this now HBK-less job!

So, as the title of this DVD suggests, this is a journey that takes us through Shawn’s life, both professional and personal, the highs and lows of his illustrious carreer, and the haircuts and outfits that only Shawn could make look cool!
And Immediatly I have a gripe! The opening montage on disc one (May have been used on WWE TV that I missed) but, as much as it’s awesome, it’s as equally very sad.. and that music? He’s RETIRED not dead for crying out loud! I had to skip most of this montage for fear of water damaging my keyboard..

Michael Cole introduces us to the man himself and this looks to be all set in an ‘interview’ style rather than pre-recorded segments in amongst matches which makes a refreshing change in format for a WWE DVD!
Shawn talks about how he became a wrestler, what his thoughts were the first time he got to do a show at 19 years old and his feelings about being in an enviroment with other wrestlers. He tells us about his shots in WCCW in Dallas and how he got beat up really bad on his first attempt! It’s awesome to listen to Shawn reminicing about the early days and how long it took for it to actually sink he that he was doing what he’d always dreamed of doing! Cole talks about Shawn’s time with Marty Janetty, when they had a run with Buddy Rose and Doug Summers. He mentions how they were now getting onto nationwide tv, how it was to work with a partner and how it felt to actually think that they were going to be something big in the industry.
He goes on to talk about he and Marty hanging out witht he Nasty Boys and how they first met them. (And there apparently ‘wasn’t a sane one amongst the whole bunch!’ lol)
We hear from Shawn about how his first experience of the WW(F)E played out and the ‘grizzled veterans’ that they were faced with and how much it meant to them to work with, and get help from the Brain Busters, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard.

Hearing Shawn speak fondly of the older tag team wrestling and telling us a couple of stories about the Bulldogs, Demoltion, The Hart Foundation is a really great insight into how those guys worked back then.
Of course they can’t go a whole DVD without mentioning the ‘Barber Shop’ incident, so we get to hear Shawn’s persepective on that moment and his confidence on going ahead without Marty. He tells us his feelings on being a singles competitior and traveling the world and also how he felt wrestling Bret in 1992.
Shawn speaks fondly of the British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith and how much fun he was outside of the ring as well as at work! In 1996 Shawn had to wrestle Davey Boy in a title match in the midst of a storm and the power was restored just in time for their match!
Shawn also talks quite candidly about the fact that he thinks because he wasn’t a ‘big guy’ and one of Vince’s ‘ideal’ guys, that a lot of what he did was to prove Vince wrong. It’s an interesting segment that I’d have liked to listen to more of his opinions on! One of the best things I’ve ever heard said on this subject is ‘wrestling fans don’t care they just want to see someone go out there and work for them!’ (Regardless of size!) Amen to that Shawn!

Inbetween all of these interview segments we’re treated to a matches I’ve never seen before, including from WCCW on Jan 11th in 1985, a very young Shawn Michaels facing off against One Man Gang! The match is pretty awesomely awful, good to see one from so early in Shawn’s carreer! His baggy blue trunks leave a lot to be desired so at least that much changed! On to one of those matches from the AWA, WrestleRock back in 1986, The Midnight Rockers Vs Doug Summers and ‘Playboy’ Buddy Rose. (and great to see Sherri Martell making an appearance as Rose and Summers’ manageress!) Some really fun ‘Showboating’ before this match between the two teams with the match starting only after they’d made fun of Buddy Rose trying to moonsault!
From AWA Championship wrestling in 1988 is a match between the Midnight Rockers vs their then goodtime friends, The Nasty Boys. The commentators hype Shawn and Marty up as if they’re Mary Poppins and Mother Theresa which is quite funny to listen to now! I always thoguht the Nasty Boys were more terrible than technical (and I wondered why the hell they’d call themselves Kobbs or Sags but discovered their real surnames were Yandrisovitz & Sagonovich so I guess I can forgive them!) but, although the match starts out slowly, it’s not exactly the worst match I’ve ever seen.
The Rockers vs The Hart Foundation at MSG is a personal mark out moment for me, and I hate to admit it but I have never seen a ‘Hart Foundation’ match and I don’t recall ever seeing Jim Neidhart wrestle!
Another good match that I’ve never seen is Shawn Michaels vs. 1-2-3 Kid from
RAW in March, 1996. Shawn and the more commonly known ‘X Pac’ work really well together in this fast pace match that had the crowd in a frenzy while Bret watches on a monitor backstage.

..and that’s only disc 1!

I HIGHLY reccomend this DVD, if you’re a fan of Michaels then obviously you NEED to have this in your collection, and even if you’re not such a fan, there is plenty on this DVD set to keep ALL wrestling fans entertained. This guy is THE BEST and there will never be another HBK!

To check out this three disc DVD in it’s entirity go to SilverVision.co.uk and pre-oder NOW!

Shawn Michaels: My Journey DVD (3 Discs)

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Approx running time 9 hrs 5 mins

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Region: 2
Languages: English, German, French
Subtitles: English Hard of Hearing

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