Sometimes when you’re on YouTube you discover things, me, I discovered the first time Shawn Michaels faced off against the Nature Boy Ric Flair and it was way earlier in HBK’s career than I would have thought.
In Flair’s first run in the WWE, you know, the one where he was managed by Mr. Perfect and Bobby the Brain, and where he brought the big gold belt over from WCW. Well, Flair’s first opponent was none other than the future Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels.
Talk about a passing of the torch that was a little bit ahead of it’s time, arguably the greatest heel of the 80’s (and depending on who you ask the greatest wrestler of the 80’s) Ric Flair taking on then tag team specialist (and future G.O.A.T) Shawn Michaels, in what probably most would expect to be a squash match, but no, Shawn holds his own against his idol (something a lot of wrestlers fail to do if they are given that chance) and even the great Lord Alfred Hayes makes mention that if Shawn left the tag team scene behind he could be one of the greatest (talk about prophetic).
But here, check out Flair vs Shawn Michaels I below.