Many years ago, when Marty Jannetty was new to wrestling, he teamed with Shawn Michaels as the Rockers. They looked like they would have a long and successful career as a tag team, but things didn't go ass planned.
Michaels was given a push as a singles wrestler and he became one of the greatest of all time. Although Jannetty had a lengthy and solid career, he is forever tagged as the poster boy for the losing end of tag team splits.
I wonder what would have happened if Jannetty was given that initial push. What exactly goes into that decision anyway? Was the split meant to be permanent? Was it just a test to see what developed? Maybe it was a perfectly planned jump-start to a Hall of Fame career for Michaels.
Who knows? Nobody really talks about it. I'd love to know how it all developed.
In today's wrestling, many teams are designed just to be broken up later. Back then,l there were legit teams who wrestled for years, possibly even careers. Was there ever a thought that Michaels and Jannetty would eventually reunite?
They did reunite on a few occasions, but that was mostly for special nostalgia events. Michaels got too big so quickly, there was no need for him to go back to tag teami
Maybe someday the whole story will be told. If so, I hope it is accurate and not a revisionist history. It would be easy for someone to say that they saw HOF potential in Michaels, but is that true?
In any case, it was good to meet Jannetty at Days of the Dead. Don't we look good holding the DotD title belt? Maybe I could have been a Rocker after Michaels left/
Marty Jannetty and me in Schaumburg, IL-November 2016.