Diesel steals Mad Dog Vachon’s prosthetic leg at In Your House7: Good Friends, Better Enemies on April 28, 1996

Big Daddy Cool tried to wallop Shawn Michaels with the leg but his plan backfired. The Heartbreak Kid gave Diesel a different kind of Sweet Chin Music before officially warming up the band.

Shawn Michaels tweets a picture of the Kliq at the NXT tapings: January 10, 2013
Where’s Scott Hall?

Shawn Michaels tweets a picture of the Kliq at the NXT tapings: January 10, 2013

Where’s Scott Hall?

The Undertaker defeats CM Punk inside Hell in a Cell: October 4, 2009
Three years ago, CM Punk found himself defending a championship in Hell in a Cell against an unbeatable monster — The Undertaker. Sounds familiar. The Straight Edge Superstar came into the match the World Heavyweight Champion. He wouldn’t leave with the title. The Undertaker tombstoned Punk straight to hell.
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Also on the card:
D-Generation X (Shawn Michaels and Triple H) defeated Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase in Hell in a Cell.
Randy Orton won the WWE Championship from John Cena in another Hell in Cell match.
John Morrison retained the Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler.
Mickie Jame retained the Divas Championship against Alicia Fox.
Chris Jericho and the Big Show successfully defended the WWE Tag Team Titles against Batista and Rey Mysterio.
Drew McIntyre beat R-Truth.
Kofi Kingston retained the U.S. Title in a three-way with Jack Swagger and The Miz.

The Undertaker defeats CM Punk inside Hell in a Cell: October 4, 2009

Three years ago, CM Punk found himself defending a championship in Hell in a Cell against an unbeatable monster — The Undertaker. Sounds familiar. The Straight Edge Superstar came into the match the World Heavyweight Champion. He wouldn’t leave with the title. The Undertaker tombstoned Punk straight to hell.

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Kane debuted at WWF Badd Blood 15 years ago this week: October 5, 1997
The Big Red Monster’s first WWF appearance came 15 years ago this week at WWF Badd Blood (WWE.com has a career retrospective). Kane, as promised by Paul Bearer, made an immediate impact in the main event match — Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker in Hell in a Cell. The Devil’s Favorite Demon ripped off the cage door, stared down his brother, summoned fire to come out of the posts, and then delivered a Tombstone piledriver on ‘Taker, handing Michaels the victory.
I’ll remember Badd Blood for Kane’s genesis — but also the death of Brian Pillman, who was found dead in a Bloomington, Minnesota, hotel room on the afternoon of the pay-per-view, which was held in St. Louis, Missouri.

Kane debuted at WWF Badd Blood 15 years ago this week: October 5, 1997

The Big Red Monster’s first WWF appearance came 15 years ago this week at WWF Badd Blood (WWE.com has a career retrospective). Kane, as promised by Paul Bearer, made an immediate impact in the main event match — Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker in Hell in a Cell. The Devil’s Favorite Demon ripped off the cage door, stared down his brother, summoned fire to come out of the posts, and then delivered a Tombstone piledriver on ‘Taker, handing Michaels the victory.

I’ll remember Badd Blood for Kane’s genesis — but also the death of Brian Pillman, who was found dead in a Bloomington, Minnesota, hotel room on the afternoon of the pay-per-view, which was held in St. Louis, Missouri.

The 25 longest WWE Championship reigns of the last 25 years: September 2012
WWE.com really is doing a lot of cool things. This graph is fantastic. I can’t believe Diesel held the title for nearly a year while Stone Cold only topped 175 days. Different eras, I guess.
For a better look, here’s the full-sized graphic.

The 25 longest WWE Championship reigns of the last 25 years: September 2012

WWE.com really is doing a lot of cool things. This graph is fantastic. I can’t believe Diesel held the title for nearly a year while Stone Cold only topped 175 days. Different eras, I guess.

For a better look, here’s the full-sized graphic.

WWF Intercontinental Champion “the British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith: August 29, 1992 to October 27, 1992
I forgot how short Davey Boy’s Intercontinental Championship reign actually was — just about two months. The Bulldog would win the championship in a classic match with Bret “Hitman” Hart at SummerSlam and drop it to “the Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels on Saturday Night’s Main Event. He’d never win the belt again.

WWF Intercontinental Champion “the British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith: August 29, 1992 to October 27, 1992

I forgot how short Davey Boy’s Intercontinental Championship reign actually was — just about two months. The Bulldog would win the championship in a classic match with Bret “Hitman” Hart at SummerSlam and drop it to “the Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels on Saturday Night’s Main Event. He’d never win the belt again.

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Hell in a Cell’s most thrilling scenes, featuring Shawn Michaels, Mankind, The Undertaker and more: September 18, 2012

WWE released this highlight video of past Hell in a Cell matches. Still, nothing beats the Mankind-Undertaker scenes.

CM Punk tells Bret “Hitman” Hart that he would have beaten Shawn Michaels at the 1997 Survivor Series and jumped to WCW, killing the WWE: September 10, 2012
Why does he say such hurtful things?

CM Punk tells Bret “Hitman” Hart that he would have beaten Shawn Michaels at the 1997 Survivor Series and jumped to WCW, killing the WWE: September 10, 2012

Why does he say such hurtful things?

Scott Hall and Shawn Michaels before the Kliq

Scott Hall and Shawn Michaels before the Kliq

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The Midnight Rockers win the AWA Tag Team Championships from “Playboy” Buddy Rose and Doug Somers: January 27, 1987

The Midnight Rockers win the AWA Tag Team Championships from “Playboy” Buddy Rose and Doug Somers: January 27, 1987

Walter Payton watches Razor Ramon’s back at SummerSlam ‘94: August 29, 1994
The Bad Guy (Scott Hall) was set to challenge his future Outsiders tag team partner, Diesel (Kevin Nash), for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam ‘94. But he needed an equalizer to Big Daddy Cool’s tag partner, Shawn Michaels. Enter Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton (SummerSlam originated from the United Center in the Windy City).
Sweetness tried to keep Michaels in check, although the Heartbreak Kid broke free long enough to attempt a super kick on Ramon, who was being held by Diesel. Ramon moved and Michaels gave his bodyguard Sweet Chin Music. Ramon pinned Diesel to capture the gold and celebrate with the Hall of Famer.
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Walter Payton watches Razor Ramon’s back at SummerSlam ‘94: August 29, 1994

The Bad Guy (Scott Hall) was set to challenge his future Outsiders tag team partner, Diesel (Kevin Nash), for the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam ‘94. But he needed an equalizer to Big Daddy Cool’s tag partner, Shawn Michaels. Enter Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton (SummerSlam originated from the United Center in the Windy City).

Sweetness tried to keep Michaels in check, although the Heartbreak Kid broke free long enough to attempt a super kick on Ramon, who was being held by Diesel. Ramon moved and Michaels gave his bodyguard Sweet Chin Music. Ramon pinned Diesel to capture the gold and celebrate with the Hall of Famer.

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Shawn Michaels says he lied to Triple H, never thought The Game could beat Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam: August 20, 2012
The Heartbreak Kid apologized to Triple H for not telling him the truth when he should have. Michaels added that his DX teammate had nothing to be ashamed of.

Shawn Michaels says he lied to Triple H, never thought The Game could beat Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam: August 20, 2012

The Heartbreak Kid apologized to Triple H for not telling him the truth when he should have. Michaels added that his DX teammate had nothing to be ashamed of.

D-Generation X defeats the McMahons in the main event of SummerSlam ‘06: August 20, 2006

Looking back on SummerSlam 2006, the card was loaded with dream matches. Maybe not Big Show and Sabu (Show retained the ECW Championship) or Chavo Guerrero beating Rey Mysterio (Chavo just doesn’t have it). Take a look:

Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Orton.

WWE Champion Edge defeated John Cena.

Ric Flair won an “I quit match” against Mick Foley.

Batista defeated World Champion King Booker T by disqualification.

Hulk Hogan defeats Shawn Michaels at SummerSlam ‘05: August 21, 2005

Shawn Michaels must really not have wanted to lose this battle of icons. His exaggerated bumps throughout the match were comical, especially when the sexy boy’s face met the Hulkster’s big boot. The Heartbreak Kid’s Sweet Chin Music couldn’t finish off Hogan, and the Showstopper’s end was the same as nearly every Hogan opponent: an atomic leg drop.

The show stealer though was a ladder match between Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero. At stake: custody of Mysterio’s son Dominick. An odd storyline indeed, especially when Vickie Guerrero is the voice of reason. She pushed Eddie off the ladder and held down Latino Heat while Mysterio climbed the ladder and grabbed the briefcase to keep his family intact.

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Brock Lesnar wins the WWE World Championship from The Rock at SummerSlam ‘02: August 25, 2002

Lesnar became the youngest WWE Champion in history with the win — his first WWE Championship. The Next Big Thing kicked out of a Rock Bottom in the hard-hitting affair (and a top 10 SummerSlam match). The Brahma Bull went for the People’s Elbow, but Lesnar turned him inside out with a clothesline. After a few reversals, Lesnar unleashed the F5 on The Rock to get the win.

SummerSlam 2002 also featured the returned of Shawn Michaels, who had left wrestling due to a back injury. The Showstopper hadn’t wrestled since losing the WWF Championship to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIV. The Heartbreak Kid wasn’t coming back for a wrestling match with his buddy Triple H. He was coming for a street fight with the Game, who was revealed to be the perpetrator of a parking-lot attack that left Michaels in need of a wheelchair. The bloody brawl ended when Michaels reversed a Pedigree into a pin, an instant classic (the third best in SummerSlam’s history). The Game didn’t handle the loss well, attacking his former DX partner with a sledgehammer. Though Michaels was victorious, he left the arena on a stretcher.

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