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WWE News: Shawn Michaels explains how WWE defeated WCW in the Monday Night Wars

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1.52K   //    19 Jan 2018, 14:59 IST

Shawn Michaels played a key part in the Monday Night Wars
Shawn Michaels played a key part in the Monday Night Wars

What's the story?

WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels, in a recent interview with CBS Sports' In This Corner podcast, spoke about how WWE beat WCW in the infamous Monday Night Wars between WWE and WCW in the 90s.

Michaels, who was a key player in the battle for wrestling supremacy between the two rival promotions, explained how he put his head down and worked hard, while the management, led by Vince McMahon, did everything in their powers to defeat WCW.

In case you didn't know...

Monday Night Wars is a term used to describe the riveting rivalry between two wrestling promotions in the 90s - WCW and WWE.

The rating war between the two promotions reached fever pitch after several high-profile WWE Superstars switched to WCW, as well as the infamous Montreal Screwjob.

The rating battle came to an end in 2001 when Vince McMahon, WWE's Chairman, acquired WCW.

The heart of the matter

The Heartbreak Kid explained in the podcast about how the rating war was won by the WWE. He said that he only stuck to what he loved and knew to do best, i.e. wrestling, and trusted the people he worked with.

"[There was] a lot of nerves, lot of concern, lot of worry, and stuff like that, I'm sure all those years from the higher-ups, but those of us who were the workhorses, so to speak, our job was to go out there and do the best we could, and quite honestly, let them worry about the more important stuff," said Michaels. (H/T WrestlingInc for the transcription)

He also said that he believed that the management and Vince Mcmahon, in particular, was not going to give up easily: "I've always known the guy I work for, and the dude works 24/7, and that's why it was always easy never to leave. There was absolutely no way that guy was going to give up. You didn't know when, you didn't know how long, or whatever. But there was absolutely no way he was not going to continue standing and continue fighting."

What's next?

Shawn Michaels, and a host of WWE legends will appear at RAW's 25th anniversary show, which will air live next week.

Author's take

Vince McMahon is one of the smartest minds in the entertainment business and it's no surprise to hear that the people who worked under him always trusted him to deliver the goods.

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