"For the first time ever, Shawn Michaels talks about the matches that helped define his illustrious career and set the standard for others to follow. Seven of the matches that made him the "Showstopper" are presented in their entirety in this one-of-a- kind compilation: - AWA Tag Team Championship
- Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match vs. Razor Ramon at WrestleMania X
- Iron Man Match vs. Bret Hart at WrestleMania XII
- No-Holds-Barred Match vs. Big Daddy Cool Diesel
- WWE Championship Match vs. Mankind
- Hell in a Cell vs. Undertaker
- Shawn`s comeback Non-Sanctioned Match vs. Triple H at SummerSlam 2002 DVD Extras:
Three hours of bonus footage, including promos, interviews, a photo gallery and alternate commentary by Shawn Michaels and Kevin Nash on their now-classic No-Holds-Barred Match.As you can see this is a great chance to see some of HBK's greatest matches, matches that truly show why Shawn Michaels is one of the best wrestlers of all time."
The Reasons they call HBK the Showstopper!
Andrei Prytyka | Tampa, FL USA | 07/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
If there is only one DVD you get this year, make it From the Vault with Shawn Micheals! This DVD has all the great matches in their entirety icluding entrances and aftermath. Each match is chock full of extras!
Heres the breakdown:AWA Tag Team Championship:
The Rockers vs. Play Boy and Pretty Boy
Ok match. Things got a little brutal to the point of ending in DQ.Wrestlemania 10 Ladder Match for Intercontinental Title:
Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) vs. HBK
Great match! The first ladder match set the standards for how the match works.Wrestlemania 12 60-minute Iron Man Match for WWE Title:
Bret Hart (champ) vs. HBK
Settle in, this is a long one. In some moments it's slow but after awhile it gets exciting. The first time HBK won the title.No Holds Barred Match for WWE Title at "Good Friends, Better Enimies":
Big Daddy Cool Diesel (Kevin Nash) vs. HBK (champ)
Kevin's last match in WWE before going to WCW. Very fast paced. Kevin even removed a prosthetic leg from a former wrestler in
the audience! HBK wins with the Sweet Chin Music.WWE Title Match at "Mind Games":
Mankind (Mick Foley) vs. HBK (champ)
When you get the Hardcore Legend against the Showstopper, you know you're in for a classic! Big backdrop through table was insane! Match ends in DQ after interference by Vader, Sid, and Undertaker. Shawn retains title.Hell in a Cell Match at "Badd Blood":
Undertaker vs. HBK
The first HIAC match ever! Just plain sick! The match that put a toll on Shawn's back. Also, Kane's debut which pretty much gave HBK the win.Unsanctioned Street Fight at Summerslam 2002:
Triple H vs. HBK
Simply amazing. Possibly the best match of 2002 next to Rock vs. Hogan. Match ends with HBK countering the Pedigree with a rollup for the win.The DVD has this and loads of extras including promos, TV spots, unseen footage, history packages, post-match events, a look at Shawn's past, a music video, photo gallery from said matches, commentary from Shawn and Kevin Nash on the No Holds Barred match, and hidden easter eggs. Try to find them!Above all, I give this DVD not 5, but 10 stars. They should've named this "The Essential Shawn Michaels." I hope to see more of the "From the Vault" series with icons like Ric Flair, Bret Hart, or anybody else who has achieved the title of "MAIN EVENT"
HBK's Greatest Matches of All Time!
Andrei Prytyka | 05/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Shawn Michaels DVD `From the Vault: Shawn Michaels' will be released on June 24th. According Silvervision the matches scheduled to be on the DVD are: - AWA Tag Team Championship
Midnight Rockers vs. Buddy Rose and Doug Somers - Ladder Match at WrestleMania X
Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon - Marathon Match at WrestleMania XII
Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart - No Hold Barred Match at In Your House: Good Friends, Better Enemies
Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel - In Your House: Mind Games
Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind - Hell in the Cell at Bad Blood
Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker - Streetfight at Summerslam 2002
Shawn Michaels vs. Triple HCredit - TheMayhem.comIf you ask me, this DVD can be simply put, AWESOME! Also some interesting facts about these matches ... The WrestleMania X Ladder match is for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. The Marathon match featuring HBK & Bret Hart is a 60-Minute Iron Man match, in which HBK captures his dream on becoming the new WWE Heavyweight Championship. The Hell in a Cell match is the first HIAC match ever, and the Streetfight from Summerslam 2002 is HBK's return-match after 4 and a half years. His last match was at WrestleMania 14 with Stone Cold Steve Austin.This looks to be an all-match DVD, meaning it will not be like the Undertaker or Mick Foley DVD's. If you are familiar with the Triple H "That Damn Good" DVD, it will be like that, featuring nothing but matches!"
Great DVD! Great Matches! Hidden Easter Eggs!
Andrew J Marchand | Middleburg, FL United States | 06/24/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Great set. It's wonderful to see these matches in their entirety and in their digital glory. Just wish there could have been more like Shawn vs. Brett at Survivor Series '97, Wrestlemania XIV vs. Steve Austin among others.There are three hidden features on the new wrestling DVD from the WWE.First up on Disc 1 go to Extras. Select and highlight Be Ready! Then press left on the remote. This brings up the infamous and hilarious TV commercial parody, The Biddy Rose Blow-Away Diet. In this clip, 300 + pound wrestler Buddy Rose tries to lose weight.Also on Disc 1, go to Extras. Select and highlight Barbershop. Press left on the remote. This will bring up a short story from WWE Confidential with Shawn commenting on his entrance music and video "Sexy Boy".On Disc 2, go to Extras. Select and highlight Photo Gallery on the second page. Prss left on the remote. This brings up Shawn's emotional interview where he gives up the WWF title, claiming injuries have forced him to "lose his smile."Andrew Marchand
Orange Park, FL"
DaveyBoy | 04/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"September-2, 1986: The Midnight Rockers vs Playboy Buddy Rose & Prettyboy Doug Somers. AWA Tag-Team Title Match: Unfortunately for myself, I already have this match on an AWA DVD & actually reviewed the bout way back in 'The Wrestling Menu #33'. A 16 minute bloodfest where Michaels & Jannetty show their resilience after taking a massive beating and bleeding from very early on in the match. The bout ends in a no contest. Michaels basically played a moving unconscious man after the opening 5 minutes.
March-20, 1994: Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon (Scott Hall). Ladder Match for the InterContinental Title: Arguably one of the top 10 greatest WWE matches ever (voted tied for 6th in my 'Greatest Ever Match' poll in The Wrestling Menu #54'), this ladder match was simply groundbreaking at the time. Nothing is held back, the action begins practically immediately, the offense is innovative & both competitors play their part very well. Scott Hall's alter-ego picked up the win at WrestleMania 10, in this bout that just failed to last 20 minutes.
March-31, 1996: Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart. 60 Minute IronMan Match for the WWE Championship: The infamous WrestleMania 12 match which possibly receives more of a mixed reaction than any other WWE bout in history. Definitely not perfect, this bout has too few exciting spots & one or two too many restholds. But the psychology is amazingly real. So real, you would swear that all but the final 4 minutes were unscripted. Michaels' emotion following his sudden-death win caps it all off perfectly. While 3 alternate matches could have been placed on this DVD, this classic just had to be there.
It should be noted that most of the extras are directly related to the matches featured on the DVD.
Bloodbath!: Two minute interview with Greg Gagne after the AWA match. I have no idea why this is here!!!
Be Ready: Fascinating little one minute interview during Shawn's AWA days. He was decent on the microphone for his age, but it's fair to say that he has improved since. ***Easter Egg***: Push 'left' twice with this option highlighted & you will get to see a strange & humorous dieting promo by Playboy Buddy Rose.
Barbershop: The infamous 6 minute January '92 Barbershop segment where Michaels turned heel by superkicking Marty Jannetty & throwing him through a window. This was where HBK truly began his singles career & I'm so glad this was included on this DVD. It is very well done & a genuine classic moment in WWE history. ***Easter Egg***: Push 'left' twice with this option highlighted & you get to see HBK discussing singing, dancing & his entrances.
No Rules: Good, if unspectacular, 3 minute in-ring speech concerning the WrestleMania 10 Ladder Match. This extra is handy in order to remember the heel Michaels of the early to mid nineties.
2 Champions: Documentary-like segment explaining why 2 wrestlers were walking around with 2 separate InterContinental Titles for about 5 months. Used as the promo for the WrestleMania 10 match.
Piper's Announcement: Good 8 minute face-to-face segment between HBK & The Hitman, where Rowdy Roddy Piper comes out to explain the WrestleMania 12 main event will be a 60 Minute IronMan match.
Training Video: I always like these training videos, and this 5 minute one is no exception. Focuses on both Shawn & Bret, and is mainly narrated by Jim Ross.
IronMan TV Spot: OK, although covers similar ground to the 'Training Video'.
Match Of The Year: Strange little spot from the Slammy Awards, where both Bret & Shawn accept the 'Match Of The Year' award & give a little speech.
Before They Were Superstars: Typically well produced 13 minute piece which includes interviews with Shawn, his parents & his childhood best friend.
Tell Me A Lie: Music video to the 'Tell Me A Lie' song that was used at the time of one of HBK's hiatus' from wrestling. Decent highlights of his career are included.
April-28, 1996: Shawn Michaels vs Diesel (Kevin Nash). No Holds Barred Match for the WWE Championship: This is an often over-analyzed bout from the 'Good Friends, Better Enemies' pay-per-view. It really did set out to purely be entertaining, and succeeded in doing this for most of it's 18 minutes. Despite ordinary pacing & the lack of anything great wrestling-wise, I don't mind this match at all. Nash wasn't much better mobility-wise 7 years ago than he is now!!!
This match is also available with commentary from Michaels & Nash. While the commentary is ok, it's nothing more than that, and could have been so much better. The inclusion of having Jonathon Coachman there asking them questions is a negative, as Nash & Michaels could have been hilarious if left to their own devices.
September-22, 1996: Shawn Michaels vs Mankind (Mick Foley). WWE Championship Match: Taking place at the 'Mind Games' pay-per-view, this is a truly superb match which proved that HBK could get the job done in the ring against practically any type of opponent. As Shawn said himself in the introduction to this 25 minute bout, Mick Foley's style gave him the opportunity to do something a little different & show the fans something new in his matches. Intense, well-paced & very psychological, the Disqualification ending (Vader running in) is the only real low point of this bout.
October-5, 1997: Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker. Hell In A Cell Match: A genuinely brutal & bloody half hour inside the cell for HBK. Completely disregarding the ending which saw Kane debut in the WWE, there wasn't too much wrong with this match. Apart from the brutality, the cell gimmick was used with great impact, while both wrestlers got in their fair share of offense. Whether inside or on top of the cell, the fans got what they paid for in this bout.
August-25, 2002: Shawn Michaels vs Triple H. Non-Sanctioned Match: Taking place at last year's SummerSlam, this is undoubtedly one of the most pleasant surprises I have witnessed in all my years of watching professional wrestling. No-one could have ever expected a match up to this standard, considering how long Michaels had been away from a wrestling ring. My personal Match Of The Year for 2002, this was another pure classic involving HBK. Imperfect when over-analyzed, this 28 minute brawl is pure entertainment & intensity. As Shawn said himself in the introduction to the match, he believes the bout will stand the test of time. I agree!!!
Diesel Interview: Ordinary 90 second promo by Nash regarding the No Holds Barred match.
Big Daddy Cool: More of the same, but with Nash more in the 'Diesel' character. HBK throws his 5 cents worth in as well.
Good Friends: Short & mediocre promo for the upcoming pay-per-view match.
Better Enemies: More of the same, but a little better.
In Your House: Yet another promo, but this is longer, better produced & more informative. The only one of the five extras concerning this match that was really needed.
Have A Nice Day: Short little promo asking the WWE fans to pray that Mankind does not become the new WWE champion.
SlamJam Promo: Average 30 second monologue from HBK.
Mankind Promo: Classic little promo by Foley from the boiler-room.
Brain Surgeon: OK interview with Michaels on the day of the 'Mind Games' match.
Pre-Match Interview: Interview of Michaels, by Kevin Kelly, moments before the main event against Mankind. Showed fairly well that this match would be a little different than the usual HBK bout.
Hell In A Cell TV Spot: Ok little (45 second) promotional spot for the HIAC match against The Undertaker.
Building Hell: The now familiar, but good, look at the building of the cell. Narrated by Vince McMahon.
Blaze Of Glory: Nicely put together 5 minute interview of Michaels in the ring on Raw by Jim Ross. Includes a short speech by The Undertaker on the TitanTron.
Good News, Bad News: Backstage interview before the big HIAC match.
Badd Blood: Interesting & well-produced 3 minute promo looking at Michaels in general, and then the Hell In A Cell match specifically.
Nothing Left: Nicely put together look at HBK & Triple H. Some of their history is shown, but it concentrates mostly on the lead up to the 2002 return bout. Four minutes worth & includes the song "Fight" in the background.
Hammered!: The aftermath of the match where Triple H ruined the HBK party by savaging him with his sledgehammer.
Photo Gallery: Super clear stills of all matches on both discs of this DVD set, except the AWA bout. ***Easter Egg***: Push 'left' twice with this option highlighted & you get to see the infamous & emotional February-13, 1997 "I lost my smile" interview. Excellent 7 minute segment which just had to be included.
In short, this 2 DVD set is an absolute must for any wrestling fan who likes what Shawn Michaels has accomplished in the ring. Even if you are not a huge fan of HBK, 'From The Vault' would be a worthwhile addition to your DVD collection. With over 6 hours of footage, and priced favorably to alternative WWE DVD's, this set does provide value for money. While some will feel the WWE made an incorrect decision with regards to not having a 90 minute biography-type main section, those that have seen previous WWE DVD's will know that they are very imperfect anyway. So with the length of most of Shawn's matches, why not just go all out & show 7 full matches as they have done.
While some of the extras (especially on Disc 2) are a waste of space & could have been replaced by much more meaningful & insightful segments, the time wasted is fairly minimal when all is said & done. The matches were chosen well & get good replay value over the years. Overall, I definitely recommend the addition of this DVD to any wrestling fan's collection.