Bruce Prichard Reveals Who Came Up With The Hogan vs. Michaels Match At SummerSlam 2005


During the latest edition of his “Something to Wrestle” podcast, Bruce Prichard revealed who suggested the Hulk Hogan vs. Shawn Michaels match at SummerSlam 2005, and more. You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On whether there was an initial thought of turning either guy heel: “There was an initial reaction of ‘Do you need to turn either guy?’ The feeling being that, in reality, there were just going to be Shawn fans and Hulk fans. The overall feeling was taking the guy from the 80s and the guy from the 90s and putting them against one another. Each had their own legion of fans and followers and what have you. It was kind of a natural. But I don’t think you really had to turn anybody. Shawn could do heelish things, and Hogan did do heelish things. Their fans forgave them, and the other person’s fans despised them for that. It was just kind of playing into both men’s personalities and not making a full-fledged ‘Oh my god, this guy’s gotta be a heel.’ Yeah, eventually we got there. But even when we got there, I think it was still divided somewhat.”

On why the decision was made to turn Michaels heel: “Again, as I’ve said before, as far as turning heel and what people considered turning heel to their audience and fans, they weren’t turning heel. They were saying everything that was true and they were doing what they wanted them to do. Both guys in a traditional sense turned heel.”

On whether Hogan and Michaels wanted to do the match and who was the first person to suggest it: “In the beginning, yeah both were very receptive to it. It was a conglomeration of the writing team in getting to this match. It might have been Michael Hayes even that first suggested the match, to the best of my recollection. It was something everybody was saying ‘If we can only get to this, shit, this could be good.’ Because again, you had the two heroes from two different eras.”

(h/t – 411 Wrestling)

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