There are just some days you remember in the history of pro wrestling. Even if you weren’t a fan, or even alive at the time, you know certain days in wrestling history.
Twenty five years ago today, the most cowardly act in WWE, and most likely pro wrestling history, took place.
The Rockers were a high flying tag team. Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty knew how to get the crowd going with their aerial moves. But in late 1991/early 1992, they were facing hard times. There was mis-communication that caused friction between teammates. Shawn Michaels was noticeably frustrated.
Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, of all people, thought he could help The Rockers sort things out during his interview segment called “The Barber Shop.” For a second it looked like The Rockers settled their differences. But Shawn Michaels had none of it. Michaels laid out Jannetty with a superkick.
And that is when Marty Jannetty took the cowards way out.
Knowing that he was outmatched, Jannetty tried escaping from Michaels by jumping through a glass window. Why did he do it? Maybe Jannetty knew he couldn’t stand up to the far superior Shawn Michaels.
Color Commentator Bobby Heenan, known for his unbiased opinions and expertise, was quick to point out what Jannetty did. Heenan knew Jannetty tried running from Michaels by jumping through the window. Heenan knew what a historic moment it was. He was quick to call it an act of cowardism. Little did Heenan know that it would never be topped, and Jannetty’s window dive would go down as the most cowardly act in the history of pro wrestling.
Marty Jannetty would never recover from this. He would have a brief run with the Intercontinental Championship, but it didn’t come close to what Michaels did. Jannetty tried a failed team called The New Rockers. He then went on to become a jobber in WCW. We all know the career Michaels had. Jannetty was never able to shake the coward moniker that stuck with him for the rest of his career.
Take a look for yourselves. Some day, if your kids become wrestling fans, you can share it with them too.
Until Next Time,
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