Back when Shawn Michaels returned to WWE in the summer of 2002 – he was heavily involved in a feud with Triple H. He’d go on to capture the World Heavyweight Championship and have an amazing match with Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania 19. But one thing the Heartbreak Kid never did during his second WWE run was appear on Smackdown. Turns out there was a very good reason for that.
In a recent Facebook video promoting his new WWE Studios film, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, the Heartbreak Kid tells a story of how his new found faith forced him to turn down the WWE’s request for him to switch brands;
“There are things I wouldn’t compromise on. There was a time in my career after I went back that they wanted me to go over to Smackdown, which taped on Tuesday nights, which would have affected my wife’s bible study and mine. And it was just something that I wasn’t going to do. They said “we can’t cut your contract in half.” Do whatever you gotta do, I said you need to understand the good Lord has already decided how much I’m going to make this year, there’s nothing you can do to change it.”
It makes sense really. Shawn Michaels worked a limited schedule and Smackdown needed all of its stars during that period. WWE probably would have wanted him to add to the star power of the brand, but it never came to pass.
Smackdown was very much the B-Show in WWE’s eyes so it’s not hard to believe that Michaels didn’t fancy the drop in prestige. It’s a shame really, as it means Michaels never got to work with the likes of Eddie Guerrero and some of Smackdown’s emerging talent during the 2002 – 2004 boom period.
Would you have wanted to see Shawn Michaels jump to the Blue Brand during his run with WWE? How would you have used him?