Two Dudes with Attitudes

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Two Dudes with Attitudes
Two Dudes with Attitudes: Shawn Michaels (left) and Diesel (right) as WWF World Tag Team Champions in September 1994.
Tag team
Members Diesel
Shawn Michaels
Name(s) Diesel and Shawn Michaels[1][2]
Two Dudes with Attitudes[3][4]
Heights Diesel:
6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)[5]
Shawn Michaels:
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[6]
Combined
weight
553 lb (251 kg; 39.5 st)[5][6]
Billed from Diesel: Detroit, Michigan[5]
Shawn Michaels: San Antonio, Texas[6]
Debut June 6, 1993
Disbanded 1995
Years active 1993-1995
Promotions WWF

In professional wrestling, Two Dudes With Attitudes - also known simply as Diesel and Shawn Michaels - was a tag team that competed in the World Wrestling Federation from 1993 to 1994 and again in 1995.[3][4] The team held the WWF World Tag Team Championship on two occasions.[1][2]

History[edit]

World Wrestling Federation[edit]

First run (1993-1994)[edit]

Two Dudes with Attitudes was formed in early 1993 when Diesel began acting as a bodyguard for WWF Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels.[5] During 1993 and 1994, both Michaels and Diesel held the WWF Intercontinental Championship.[7][8][9]

On August 28, 1994, Two Dudes with Attitudes defeated The Headshrinkers at a house show to win the WWF World Tag Team Championship.[1] During Diesel's Intercontinental Championship title defence against Razor Ramon at SummerSlam 1994 on August 29, 1994, Michaels inadvertently superkicked Diesel while attempting to interfere on his behalf, costing him the title.[10] At the 1994 Survivor Series on November 23, 1994, Michaels once again accidentally superkicked Diesel. The team subsequently split, vacating the WWF World Tag Team Championship.[1] Three days later, Diesel squashed Bob Backlund at a house show to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.[11]

Second run (1995)[edit]

In early 1995, Michaels and Diesel began feuding over the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. After winning the Royal Rumble, Michaels unsuccessfully challenged Diesel in a title match at WrestleMania XI on April 2, 1995.[12] On the April 3, 1995 episode of Monday Night Raw, Diesel came to Michaels' rescue after he was attacked by his replacement bodyguard, Sycho Sid.[13]

Two Dudes with Attitudes reformed in mid-1995. At In Your House 3 on September 24, 1995, they challenged WWF World Tag Team Champions Owen Hart and Yokozuna in a match in which the WWF World Tag Team Championship, Diesel's WWF World Heavyweight Championship and Michaels' WWF Intercontinental Championship were all on the line. Diesel and Michaels won the bout and the titles. However, the titles were returned to Hart and Yokozuna the next day on a technicality following lobbying from their lawyer, Clarence Mason.[2][14]

Two Dudes with Attitudes disbanded for a second time after Diesel lost the WWF World Heavyweight Championship to Bret Hart at Survivor Series on November 19, 1995.[11] On January 21, 1996, Michaels won the Royal Rumble for a second consecutive year, eliminating Diesel in the process.[15] After Michaels won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from Hart at WrestleMania XII on March 31, 1996, Diesel unsuccessfully challenged him at In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies on April 28, 1995.[16] Diesel and Michaels continued to feud until Diesel's departure from the WWF in May 1996.

Reunions (2002, 2003)[edit]

Michaels and Nash did not reunite until June 3, 2002 when Kevin Nash named Shawn Michaels as the newest member of the nWo.[17][18][19] On the June 10 edition of Raw, Michaels explained his best friend, Kevin Nash was always there for him, which was why he returned to WWE to become a member of the nWo. He then shocked the audience by Superkicking Booker T out of the nWo.[17][18][20]

A month later, Nash tore his quadriceps, which broke up the nWo. When Nash returned from his injury, the duo faced Evolution (Triple H, Ric Flair and Randy Orton) in an effort to have Nash win the World Heavyweight Championship from Triple H. At Judgment Day 2003, Nash came close to winning the title until Triple H got himself disqualified when he hit referee Earl Hebner with the sledgehammer in the chest.[21] This did not stop Nash, as he eventually Jacknife Powerbombed Triple H through the announcers' table. Nash later left the WWE soon after SummerSlam 2003 when he was the first to be eliminated in the Elimination Chamber match after Shawn hit him with Sweet Chin Music.[22]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "World Tag Team Championship - Diesel & Shawn Michaels". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  2. ^ a b c d "World Tag Team Championship - Diesel & Shawn Michaels". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  3. ^ a b Murphy, Ryan (November 17, 2011). "Shawn Michaels, Sean Waltman discuss the war between Triple H and Kevin Nash". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  4. ^ a b Roopansingh, Jaya (March 14, 2004). "Shawn Michaels, still the show-stopper". Canoe.ca. Québecor Média. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Kevin Nash". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  6. ^ a b c "Shawn Michaels". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  7. ^ "Intercontinental Championship - Shawn Michaels". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  8. ^ "Intercontinental Championship - Shawn Michaels". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  9. ^ "Intercontinental Championship - Shawn Michaels". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  10. ^ "Intercontinental Championship - Razor Ramon". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  11. ^ a b "WWE World Heavyweight Championship - Diesel". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  12. ^ "Full WrestleMania XI Results". WWE.com. WWE. November 17, 2011. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  13. ^ "List This! Hardest Hitting Betrayals #7: Sycho Sid turns on Shawn Michaels - Raw 4/3/95". WWE.com. WWE. November 17, 2011. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
  14. ^ "World Tag Team Championship - Owen Hart & Yokozuna". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  15. ^ "1996 Royal Rumble match". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  16. ^ "Shawn Michaels vs. Bret "Hit Man" Hart in a WWE Iron Man Match for the WWE Championship". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  17. ^ a b "Shawn Michaels and Diesel's Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  18. ^ a b "WWF RAW results". Angelfire. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
  19. ^ "RAW results - June 3, 2002". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  20. ^ "RAW results - June 10, 2002". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  21. ^ "Judgment Day 2003 results". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  22. ^ "Triple H vs. Goldberg vs. Randy Orton vs. Kevin Nash vs. Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho". WWE. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 

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