This is one of my Top 5 Favorite Matches. It’s a masterpiece. There’s such a complete story. HBK versus John Cena was all about the thrill of competition.
At WrestleMania 23, Shawn and John faced off in a stellar match, which the Doctor of Thuganomics won. That wasn’t enough for Mr. WrestleMania. He knew he could beat Cena, but he never got the chance. Until this match. It was about a month later. There were other matches set to go on after them, but HBK and HLR (Hustle, Loyalty, Respect) went so long, that they bumped everyone else off the show.
They were so good that Chris Jericho, who claimed he was done with wrestling, saw the two of them, and changed his mind. He was back in a WWE before we knew it, all because of Cena and Michaels.
The match was a solid back and forth brawl the whole way through. There were countless near falls. I was lucky enough to find this match while looking through the selection on HBK’s Heartbreak and Triumph DVD that the WWE released towards the end of his illustrious career.
I had always liked John Cena, but my respect for him grew tremendously after this match. This was the one that completely sold me on the Doctor of Thuganomics.
FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Courtesy of WWE.com.