Sorry, but this wasn't Vader's time
Nowadays, Shawn Michaels is a devout christian and turned away from his evil ways. Back in 1996, he's an egotastical douchebag. It shows here.
Here's a little comparison that I would like to draw up, based on the Bad Matches, Good Memories entry on Botchamania: I've been a fan of Digimon for a bit (until the 4th season, which was awful) and what I like about the last portion of the first season is the Spiral Mountain storyline. Essentially, the Digidestinend (split into groups) had to scale a weird-as-hell mountain to get to the top, only to fight against Apocalymon, and tell me that he wasn't a bad dude (insert Bad Dude reference here). He won, and he won with authority. It's a great way to build hype for the closing episode (you watch it yourself because I've spoiled enough already, even if this aired over a decade ago). A lot like SummerSlam 1996, really, in which Vader won the WWF Champio--wait, VADER DIDN'T WIN?
Well, I won't sit through 30 minutes for this match, so I'll just jump ahead to the finish: Vader wins via count-out because Vader absolutely destroyed HBK outside the ring. O WATE, TITLES CAN'T CHANGE HANDS VIA COUNT-OUT. So Mr. F**K THIS COMPANY (Vader's manager at the time) dares Shawn Michaels to restart the match and he did. Hahahahaha, stupid Michaels. So Shawn grabs Cornette's tennis racket and clobbers Vader with it, resulting in a DQ. O WATE, TITLES CAN'T CHANGE HANDS VIA DISQUALIFICATION. So Mr. F**K THIS COMPANY dares Michaels to restart the match again and he did. YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES *repeat for 2 minutes*.
Michaels hits Vader with Sweet Chin Music for two. YES! Vader powerbombs HBK for two. NO! Vader, instead of going for the Vader Bomb, went for the Vadersault after hitting a Twink Pancake. But he misses and HBK hits a bad-looking moonsault for the finish. F**K THIS COMANY
It's bad enough that Vader's push was screeched to a full stop at the PPV and went back to mid-card hell for pretty much the rest of his career, but even worse that VADER WAS SUPPOSED TO WIN THIS MATCH. You heard me, Vader was supposed to win. However, Shawn Michaels was a complete douchebag in 1996 and convinced the creative team to book a match in his favor. It was supposed to be Vader winning the title at SummerSlam and HBK getting it back on Survivor Series the same year. However, Shawn and his ego had great veto power and said that he wanted the title throughout. It's no wonder why no one in the back liked Michaels. It would be the equivilant of Tai and co. beating Apocalymon the first time seeing him...which would piss me off. Why bother introducing a monster heel if he's gonna be beat the first time around? The point of having monstrous villains in any story is to show that the good guys can be beat to build up hype so that said good guys can beat him the second or third or so time around.
Thankfully, Digimon is not WWF circa 1996.