Feud: Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart
I recently finished watching Ryan Murphy's mind-blowing show Feud: Bette vs. Joan. This is an anthology show that documents famous rivalries from history. The first season detailed the toxic friendship and feud between Hollywood actresses Joan Crawford and Bette Davis in the 1950s.
The show got me thinking, Ryan Murphy already has plans for a second season set to stir up the conflict between Prince Charles and Princess Diana and hopes to raise more feuds for future seasons. What perfect place to find feud worthy real-life stories with cinematic potential, then feuds from WWE?
Indeed and what perfect feud but the pinnacle of sports entertainment reality blending with larger than life personas like Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart. It's an intense on and off screen rivalry that transcended the industry.
So here I am to pitch to Ryan Murphy and the world, the idea for Feud Season 3 (or any future season).
This one is for those not in the know and maybe Ryan Murphy because I'm not sure if he is a wrestling fan or not.
The Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels feud begin in all earnest with each man's individual personas and ideologies (at that time), to be honest, that is how great rivalries are born.
Bret Hart trained in the legendary halls of his families Hart Dungeon, becoming a respected and traditional wrestler in the mould of golden greats in Canada. He would become a well-renowned technician earning the name 'the Excellence of Execution', eventually joining the then WWF in its tag team ranks along with brother-in-law Jim Neidhart.
On the other end was Shawn Michaels, a showman through and through; Michaels was inspired by the styling and profiling likes of Ric Flair. He trained in Mexico and brought his heartthrob looks, to the WWF alongside with Marty Jannetty, forming the Rockers.
One was a hard working skilled fighter born and bred in the business and wary of its values. The other was a talented and charismatic outsider bringing something never before seen to the audiences. Both men were deemed too small to succeed in a land of giants, yet they did in-spite of themselves and each other.