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That’s definitely a take. There have been all kinds of matches over the years but there are some that stand out over the rest. That might not always be for the best of reasons though, as there are instances of wrestlers doing something in the ring that does not go so well. Now a wrestling legend is weighing in on an infamous match and it is not the most positive reaction.

During the latest edition of his 83 Weeks podcast, Eric Bischoff discussed the Summerslam 2005 match between Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels. The match featured Michaels overselling Hogan’s offense with several over exaggerated landings and falls. Bischoff said of the match:

“I lost all respect for Shawn Michaels. It was pretty clear. There was an issue between Hulk and Shawn Michaels. There was a lack of respect, I think, there, perhaps some jealousy on Shawn’s part that, ‘Here’s this Hulk Hogan. He’s still here. He’s still the guy.’ I don’t know. I wasn’t close to Shawn at that point.”

The match was scheduled to be the first of a trilogy between the two but no other matches ever took place.

Opinion: I can understand Bischoff’s side of this situation, but at the same time, Michaels’ bumping was what made the match memorable. That being said, to do this in the main event of Summerslam, one of the biggest shows of the year, was quite the stretch of being reasonable. It didn’t exactly make the match look like a major showdown between legends and I can understand people being upset over what they saw.

What did you think of Bischoff’s comments? What do you remember about the match? Let us know in the comments below.

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