Shawn Michaels recently poured his heart out about Marty Jannetty, admitting that he doesn't even know how to get in touch with him anymore.
In the majority of tag teams, there tends to be one wrestler who is better than the other. It might be obvious, it could be marginal, it could even be controversial. Instances where a promotion splits a team and decides to push one while the other languishes in the mid-card. It might seem a little cruel, but when that happens, it is always compared to the split of The Rockers.
Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty made names for themselves as The Rockers in the AWA in the 1980s and then got their big break in WWE. Clearly, Vince McMahon saw something in HBK, but not so much in Jannetty. That's why after their iconic breakup, during which Michaels super kicked his partner through a barbershop window, their careers took very different trajectories.
As HBK went on to win multiple World Titles and became a Hall Of Famer, Jannetty's life would spiral out of control. Addiction and arrests have sadly led to him being remembered by fans for all the wrong things. During an interview with Challenge Mania, Michaels recently admitted that the path Jannetty has taken in life is "heartbreaking" and that he hasn't spoken to him for a while.
"It's heartbreaking to me, just as it is to everyone else. I don't know what any of us can do in that aspect," Michaels explained. He did admit that sometimes when he sees Jannetty he seems well, but other times not so much. "All we can do is care about him when it's not going well, care for him." HBK also revealed that he no longer has a contact number for Jannetty, so can't even get in touch with him to check in.
Apparently, people were trying to get hold of Jannetty at WrestleMania, but no one knew how to reach him. In a business where so many people have to deal with issues similar to Jannetty's, anyone close to him must live in constant fear of receiving that dreaded call. We sincerely hope that Jannetty one day gets back on track. We have seen it from others in the industry, there's no reason his ending has to be an unhappy one.