Shawn Michaels: Facts Only Hardcore Fans Know About The Heartbreak Kid
Following their 1987 exit from the WWF, The Rockers returned to the AWA and captured the promotion’s tag team titles. It wasn’t long before the WWF came calling again, and Shawn and Marty re-signed with McMahon in the summer of 1988, roughly one year after their firing. The team very quickly became one of the most popular duos in the entire company.
On October 30, 1990 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana during a “Wrestling Challenge” taping, Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty (The Rockers) faced Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart (The Hart Foundation) in a best two-out-of-three falls match for the WWF Tag Team Championships. The match was won by The Rockers as the duo hoisted WWF tag team gold above their heads for the first and only time as a unit.
The problem? A ring rope broke during the match. Though both teams amicably worked around it, they didn’t end up having the type of bout that they had hoped. Given the eyesore of the broken ring rope, Vince McMahon made the call to not air the match on television.
The bout was later officially released on a WWE DVD, but the title change was never officially acknowledged at the time. As The History of WWE notes, a TV segment was filmed and aired in the Ft. Wayne region which showed “WWF President Jack Tunney officially reversing the decision,” but nobody else outside of Indiana had any reason to think the titles had changed hands and it was never mentioned.
It’s still kind of amazing that one of the most influential tag teams in WWE history never held tag team gold, but they would have if it wasn’t for that pesky broken ring rope.
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