Another Ripoff! AEW Copies an Iconic Shawn Michaels-Ric Flair WrestleMania Moment

Published 05/13/2021, 8:45 AM EDT


The Young Bucks and SCU put on an excellent tag team match. Although the bloodbath was a little over the top, they delivered a match worthy of being SCU’s last match as a tag team. However, despite the great wrestling and storytelling, AEW once again copied an iconic WWE moment.

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AEW recreates HBK-Ric Flair WrestleMania moment

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At WrestleMania 24, Shawn Michaels took on Ric Flair in the latter’s retirement match. After fifteen minutes of breathtaking wrestling, HBK delivered a Sweet Chin Music that put Flair’s career in the burial plot. Before nailing him in the face, HBK looked at Flair and said, “I’m sorry, I love you.”

The Young Bucks copied the iconic moment, with Matt Jackson saying the same words to Christopher Daniels before hitting him with superkick. Matt and Nick Jackson are obnoxious heels and mocking HBK-Flair fits into their persona. However, AEW is taking it to far to throw shade at WWE.

This wasn’t a recreation by any length but a mockery of WWE’s purest WrestleMania moment. Just on tonight’s episode of Dynamite, we saw Sammy Guevara spray the Pinnacle with what looked like Sprite. The cannon barely reached the ring, and AEW failed another attempt to copy WWE.

Lack of original ideas or not, something seriously needs to change, or wrestling critics will have a field day ripping apart AEW.

Young Bucks beat SCU; force them to disband

A few weeks ago, Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian promised that they’d split if they lost their next tag team match. This stipulation encouraged them to beat all comers, and they went on an unbeaten streak.

They became #1 contenders by beating the Varsity Blondes, Jurassic Express and the Acclaimed.

On Dynamite, Kazarian and Daniels pulled out all the stops to put away the Young Bucks. Frankie busted out a Styles Clash for a nearfall, while Matt Jackson channeled his inner HBK to kick Daniels’ teeth into his throat. Daniels even pulled out his old TNA finisher, the Best Moonsault Ever, but only got a two count.

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Both Frankie and Daniels bled buckets, and the Bucks exploited this perfectly. Daniels’ blade job looked horrifying, and it probably made viewers uncomfortable, but he registered one of his greatest performances. In the end, the BTE Trigger sealed the deal for the Young Bucks and SCU are not a tag team anymore.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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