WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff has given his thoughts on one of Shawn Michaels’ more infamous matches and explains why he thinks HBK was “being a d*ck.”
Back in 2005, a dream match between generations came together in spectacular style as Hulk Hogan clashed with Shawn Michaels at SummerSlam. Meeting in the show’s main event, Hulk Hogan picked up a victory but the match was somewhat overshadowed by Shawn Michaels’ behaviour during it.
The Heartbreak Kid was over the top in his selling, flipping and flopping both in and out of the ring at the merest hint of any Hogan offence.
Speaking on his 83 Weeks podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff – and close friend of Hulk Hogan – gave his take on the match and says HBK’s behaviour was at the point of parody:
“I was p*ssed off. Internally, I saw what was going on. It was so obvious right out of the shoot. I felt bad for Hulk [Hogan]. It’s such a terrible thing to do to somebody. If you’ve got an issue with somebody in the ring, take care of it before you get to the ring or after you get out. When you get into the ring, don’t get into business for yourself, don’t get cute.”
“Because of whatever personal issues you have and that’s exactly what Shawn Michaels did, in my opinion. If you go back and watch the match and pay attention in terms of how much Shawn Michaels oversold to the point of being a parody, that was just him being a d*ck.”
While Shawn Michaels remained a full-time part of the WWE roster until 2010, Hulk Hogan only competed in one more match for the company after defeating Michaels. Hulk Hogan returned to SummerSlam in 2006 to defeat Randy Orton as well.