Marty Jannetty Explains His Split from Shawn Michaels Back in 1991


SLAM! Wrestling published a review of Kayfabe Commentaries’ latest release, Breaking Kayfabe with Marty Jannetty, which features the former WWE Superstar discussing his career and personal life in great detail. The shoot interview, however, is difficult to follow, according to Matthew Byer, who labels it “wildly incoherent.”

“Despite the efforts of KC’s interviewer Sean Oliver to try and rein in Jannetty, he largely fails, and so what is left are stories that veer off wildly into unrelated or trivial tangents that make for a frustrating viewing experience,” states Byer.

Despite his incoherency, Jannetty reveals some interesting information as he explained why he and Shawn Michaels quit WWE in late 1991 (then known as the World Wrestling Federation) just prior to Michaels kicking off his legendary singles career. Jannetty says they found out they were being paid a significantly lower amount compared to other wrestlers for a commercial, and decided to resign from the company. Jannetty indicates that Michaels expected Vince McMahon to meet their financial demands, but the plan backfired, with the organization head telling them they could leave after the Survivor Series. However, Jannetty then indicates that McMahon had no intention on parting ways with Michaels, as this was his attempt to begin their separation.

To get the split in gear, Michaels was “accidentally” kicked in the face during a maneuver initiated by Jannetty on one of The Nasty Boys, which clipped Shawn in the face and led to his elimination at the Survivor Series. Michaels got up after being pinned and began screaming at Jannetty, blaming him for his elimination. Attempting to help settle their differences, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake invited both on his interview segment “The Barbershop” in January 1992. Infamously, Michaels severed his partnership with Jannetty by smashing his friend’s head through a window.

Jannetty was originally scheduled to work with Michaels in a feud that would culminate at WrestleMania VIII at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. However, six months of house arrest after attacking a police officer would prevent the program from happening, and Jannetty was released from the organization in March.

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  1. Marty and Shawn didn’t get along because Shawn was a lot like his AWA character. He got all the attention while Marty did all of the work. It wasn’t until the two fell out that Shawn became the hard worker.

  2. Just like Marty Jannetty to do something stupid to hurt his career. He had all the talent in the world, but no brains. To s*** away his career like that is a huge waste.

      • I’m not saying he was Shawn Michaels. But this guy was good. His lack of mic skills also limited him.In the ring, they both did the same things had had basically the same moves. I understand Michaels was more popular with the ladies at the time, which is good. But Marty Jannetty had a world of talent inside the ring.

  3. Marty is the exact character portrayed by Mickey Roarke in the Wrestler. Marty has nobody to blame but himself. He had more opportunity to make $$$$ than most people in life. It is sad to sit by an watch cuz I believe Marty is really a good person deep down. However you can’t save someone from themselves. Hopefully DDP can take him in and help him turn it around

    • What you say is true to a certain degree. I’ll give you 80%,maybe 85% but when Shawn made it to the WWF he cut some strings out from under quite a few people.

  4. All you idiots on here who rag on Hogan and HBK was the biggest SACK OF S*** EVER in the wrestling business…lmao.


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