Shawn Michaels has made a career out of doing whatever is most unexpected during his time in WWE. However, his absurd performance at WWE SummerSlam 2005 against Hulk Hogan is something that can’t be forgotten. At SummerSlam, Shawn Michaels faced Hulk Hogan in what initially was supposed to be the first match of a series. However, at the last moment, Hulk Hogan backed out of the series.
Bruce Prichard reveals the shocked reaction to Shawn Michaels overselling Hulk Hogan
The initial plan had been for Hulk Hogan to win the first match and then for Michaels to win a latter match. Shawn Michaels did not take the cancellation of the plan well. Instead, Michaels decided to oversell every move that Hulk Hogan hit him with.
Now, talking about the match on his podcast, Bruce Prichard revealed everyone’s reaction backstage in WWE.
”The match was highly entertaining because of Shawn overselling shit and going f***ing nuts and almost doing a parody of a Hulk match from 20 years ago. So to that, the entertainment value of it, it was incredibly entertaining. That may have been Shawn’s nod to say ‘Hey, I’m gonna go out here and I’m gonna do this and I’m gonna make you remember it because of my antics.’ Could it have been different? Absolutely it could have been different. Was it the best thing? I don’t know if it was or not. I think when Shawn first started overselling things, the reaction was one of ‘What the f*** is he doing’ and then the more he did it, the more you saw the story Shawn was telling.”
Bruce Prichard added how Michaels was so good, he managed to tell a story through his overselling in that match.
”And Shawn was gonna tell his own f***ing story, which speaks to how good Shawn is…..it’s a parody of Hulk matches 20 years before. I think Shawn fans see it as Shawn doing what he had to do, and I think Hulk fans would say ‘How can they disrespect him and not just sell all his shit’ the way they thought it should be sold. Hogan still did all his shit and got over in the end.”