By the mid-1990s, fan attention towards WWE was waning rapidly and the situation was only getting worse despite Vince McMahon’s attempts to get back on track. 1995 has been defined by many fans as one of the worst years ever in the history of the Stamford federation.
By that time, absolute legends of the caliber of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage had left WWE, while Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart took their place and dominated the scene for a long time. The two superstars were bitter rivals not only inside the ring, but also backstage.
HBK and Hart faced off in a one-hour 'Iron Man match' at the close of WrestleMania 12 in 1996, with Bret forced to relinquish his title and pass the torch to the enemy. Hart would controversially leave WWE in late 1997 when he made the decision to move to WCW.
As for Michaels, he kept the belt until WrestleMania 14 main event (where he surrendered to Stone Cold Steve Austin). A serious injury stalled his career for about four years after that match, before making his return to Vince McMahon's service.
In a recent interview with Perched On The Top Rope, WWE Hall of Famer Jake Roberts threw a stab at both Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. "When you get to a certain point, your role is no longer just to perform in the ring and win matches.
I mean, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart - in the worst period of WWE history - were only concerned with racking up titles. Everyone knows this. Without disrespecting the two of them, who fucked up during their respective careers, they should have acted differently for the good of the company.
Jake The Snake did not need a belt around his waist to affirm his status," ruled Roberts.
Paul Heyman reveals his Survivor Series Dream Team
His role as Mad Genius and well-known manager of the WWE has led Paul Heyman over the years to always be the protagonist.
In the past we have noticed him as a manager who launched among the greats and partly created the myth of Brock Lesnar and in the last he was the adviser of Roman Reigns, wrestler currently WWE Universal Champion and ruler of the roster not only of Smackdown but of the entire main roster.
In the course of a recent interview with the Z100 microphones, Paul Heyman dealt with various topics. Paul Heyman made the Dream Team to field at the Survivor Series and his choices don't seem, to be honest, surprising.
Here are his words: "In my Dream Team I would obviously put Roman Reigns and Usos and honestly I will also put myself in it because there will never be the need to give me the Tag, the three of them can easily manage any other among four wrestlers in the whole planet."
In addition to talking about the recent experience at Madison Square Garden, Heyman also had nice words for another WWE Tag Team, namely the Streets Profits. Here are the words of the Mad Genius: "If we put the exception of the Usos, the Streets Profits are the strongest Tag Team of the last 20 years.
It's a shame because they are on the same roster and will never be champions, the titles will always remain with the Usos." During the last episode of Friday Night Smackdown, for the occasion held at Madison Square Garden, they were one step away from the success that seemed really close but that was stopped in extremis by the intervention of Roman Reigns.
The Tribal Chief intervened when Montez Ford had made a Frog Splash on Jimmy Uso and was preparing to pin him, but the WWE Universal Champion intervened and hit him with the Guillotine Choke causing the referee to be disqualified.