It’s a Happy New Year to the wrestling community, and CM Punk has started it off with a bang.
With night 2 of Wrestle Kingdom 15 going on right now in Japan, all eyes are currently on New Japan Pro Wrestling. Meanwhile, over here in the States, Monday Night Raw celebrates Legends Night tonight and some minor controversy is afoot. While promoting tonight’s event, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair gave praise to fellow Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels as the “greatest worker in the wrestling business.”
This was then intercepted in the replies by none other than 5 Time WWE World Champion CM Punk, with a well known gif from 1998’s Big Lebowski as a means of saying it’s nothing more than Flair’s opinion.
CM Punk VS. Ric Flair
Going into detail on what exactly Flair said, he states:
”It’s not arguable anymore, Shawn is the greatest worker in the history of our business. I think everybody would give that to him. He carried me in my farewell retirement match, no matter how many people want to think I was holding up my end of it, I was trying to get through it. At that point in my career I did not have the self-confidence that I needed to have to rise to the occasion and he made it look like I did.”
It’s understandable why Flair gave Michaels this kind of accolade. Before his retirement in 2010 (We ignore Crown Jewel 2018), Shawn Michaels in his 8 year return to the WWE in 2002 was involved in some of the greatest matches in the company’s history. His return match with Triple H at Summerslam 2002 proved that he did not miss a beat.
Later that year, not only did he win the first ever Elimination Chamber at 2002’s Survivor Series, he also became the World Heavy Champion. He wrestled Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 19 in a marquee match that we highly recommend to wrestling fans who have not seen it. He was then involved in a amazing rivalry with Chairman Vince McMahon that lead to a stellar match in Wrestlemania 22, reformed D-generation X with Triple H in the summer of 2006, wrestled John Cena in the main event of Wrestlemania 23 in 2007, and even wrestled Ric Flair himself in his retirement match at Wrestlemania 24 in 2008.
In his last two years as an active wrestler, Shawn Michaels wrestled The Undertaker in arguably 2 of the greatest matches in Wrestlemania history; Wrestlemania 25 and Wrestlemania 26 in the Streak vs Career match. Shawn Michaels would later be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2011, inducted by his best friend Triple H, leaving a legacy of joy, controversy, redemption and a boy hood dream.
Side Note: WE IGNORE CROWN JEWEL 2018!
What are your thoughts on Ric Flair’s statement and CM Punk’s reply? Do you agree that Shawn Michaels is the greatest working in the business? Who do you believe is the greatest worker past and/or present? Hit the comment section with the super kick to let us know what you think while we are limousine riding, and jet flying. WOOOOO!
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