Monday, November 30, 2020

RAW After Mania (March 29, 2010): HBK Retires For Go-BWAH-HAH-HAH GOOD ONE PAL!

So Wrestlemania 26 saw Undertaker beat Shawn Michaels in what ended up being HBK's retirement match, as per the stipulation. And to give credit where credit is due, Shawn stuck to his guns and opted not to make a comeback between then and now, rightfully believing that he went out on a high note and wouldn't want to sully that moment in much the same way Ric Flair did when he had his "retirement" match in 2008, only to sully that by wrestling on TNA.

And then in 2018, Shawn Michaels came out of retirement for a Saudi payday to team up with Triple H in a tag match against Undertaker and Kane in a match that was a complete and utter disaster... because as it turns out, not everyone ages gracefully and can go as well as they did in their younger years... and apparently, Shawn, despite being out of action for years, was still the best worker on the card.

So the show ends with Shawn giving the big ol' retirement speech and that's the focus of the show, but there was some fun stuff here. Christian and Ted DiBiase Jr had a match featuring a bunch of legends as lumberjacks. John Cena & Randy Orton defeated Batista and Jack Swagger in an alright match, and even the multi-person Divas match wasn't so bad... because it didn't last long and my brain was spared the misery of bad Divas booking.

A fine show, all things considered. Not much to say there.

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