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Shawn Michaels Talks About Comparisons in Punk & Bryan to Hart & Michaels

Shawn Michaels was asked about CM Punk and Daniel Bryan often being compared to himself and Bret Hart in an interview with Aftermath on The Score. Here is Shawn Michaels reply.

“I’m remiss at saying, ‘boy, it’s a big compliment to them!’ I hope they take it as a compliment… it’s just weird. If Bret and Shawn are something to be compared to, it’s only because we have a [Ric] Flair and [Ricky] Steamboat to be compared to. If that’s what we’re talking about, then I’m deeply complimented and honored to have that, and I hope that they are too.

“I do know that they are both very talented. It does not surprise me one bit that they have phenomenal matches, that they can continue to have something very special and consistent through the years because they’re both very talented. They both bring so much to the table… they don’t rest on their laurels, they’re two guys that want to continue to improve, continue to get better. Those are the same things that Bret and I strived for in each other, in ourselves and in our matches.”

  • Tyler(:

    There’s opinions and patheticness, and the ass-kissing on this website of CM Punk is a joke.

    Oh wait, SYM, was that the real you or the “fake” you? fucking pathetic.

  • Devil_Rising


    First off, including Sheamus in a list of guys that can wrestle is rather silly. He is just another big bruiser who uses a handful of a power moves. And by the way, his “beat their chest 10 times” shit is one of the lamest things I’ve seen in wrestling since the “Five Knuckle Shuffle”. The rest, you’re right about, except that Orton, for all his talent, still somehow manages to put on some incredibly boring matches. It depends on his opponent, but “Mr. Chinlock” is hardly the picture of excitement.

    And if you really want to go there, the early 90s had Bret Hart, Owen Hart, HBK, Mr. Perfect, Tito Santana, Roddy Piper, The Undertaker, The British Bulldog (who while huge, was also a hell of a wrestler, unlike Sheamus), Jeff Jarrett, Marty Jannetty, The 1-2-3 Kid (X-Pac, who was a phenomenal wrestler until his neck injury in WCW), Razor Ramon, etc….

    But beyond that, even with the bigger guys with more limited movesets, WWF back in the early to mid-90s was more focused on the WRESTLING. Especially after the steroid scandal, WWF put the focus on good matches between often smaller guys (I.E. Bret Hart and 1-2-3 Kid main eventing an early episode of Raw in what was a great match). THAT’S what was I talking about. Not only was that era, in fact, “as good as I remember it”, but the major point was, you’re not going to see something akin to Punk vs. Danielson main eventing a WM in a WRESTLING match, for a long long time.

  • scooter

    @Devil Rising
    Today: D-Bryan,CM Punk, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus Alberto Del Rio, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton. All of whom are above good workers all above midcard level.

    1993: Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart and Owen Hart. I think theres someone else but yeah there you go it just shows how people think too much of the past I’m sure the same wil happen 20 years from now.

  • SYM

    this must be a thread about wrestling because Tyler(: is whining about opinions again.

    Punk/Bryan can’t be compared to the great feuds of the past, but only because the WWE still seems unwilling to actually push Bryan. he always loses. if they were to build him up to something besides a comedy act to where people could believe he might beat Punk, then i think we might have the beginnings of something that could be epic.

  • Tyler(:

    I guess this will be the ROH Fanboy thread, as the two Best Wrasslers Evar are mentioned.

  • Dave

    Hate to say it, but right now I agree with Moo.
    I still think Punk and Bryan are very good. But compared to the dross we get served up on a weekly basis, it looks epic. I’m not sure it would look quite so epic when compared to some of the legendary feuds of the past.

  • moo

    what the hell?, Punk and Bryan isn’t even close to being as good as Shawn and Bret, are people that easily impressed nowadays?

  • Bawb

    I could never compare the two match-ups. There’s not enough tension, be it real-life or scripted, between Punk and Bryan. Mater of fact, knowing the two are such best indy buds backstage kills the heat automatically, because it’s the fact that Bret and HBK didn’t like each other and still ensued a rivalry on TV made it nuts. ANd that lasted for years. The fact that the writing and booking for Bryan and Punk sucks just doesn’t make things better. They are top stars in WWE but the two just aren’t big enough in the grand scheme of things, like Bret and Shawn, to be given the credit. Don’t mean to be a hater, but I just can’t link them. Bryan and Punk ARE a rivalry to be had but it’s just whatever. I blame Creative.

  • wildeye

    the rivalry looks like it will be like the rock vs stone cold one as well. i also agree a submission match would be the best for them

  • Devil_Rising

    It would be NICE, if they could MAIN EVENT Wrestlemania. That would be a match worthy of making WM feel “special” again. In fact, fuck it, make it a “Submission Match”. That would be epic. It doesn’t have to go an hour like the Iron Man Match did with Bret and Shawn, but it would have that same kind of feel.

    If only WWE still had the faith in WRESTLING, to let it take the forefront, like they did back in 1996………

  • Effmenow

    I have to agree with that statement that Punk/Bryan = Hart/Michaels.

    I can see Punk/Bryan becoming a rivalry. I think for it to become a legit rilvary though they need to have a match at a Wrestlemania.