History Wrestling / ShawnMichaels

5th Apr '18 6:54:14 PM nombretomado
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*** Wrestling/TripleH also deserves a mention under this trope. They feuded for about three years, a feud which survived several of the classic "feud ending" match types (Last Man Standing, Hell In A Cell, Elimination Chamber, and even a Three Stages of Hell match), before finally being put to rest with an HBK win at a Tribute to the Troops show. All that was really missing was an "I Quit" match, although there WAS a Wrestlemania-headlining Triple Threat in which Wrestling/TripleH submitted (alas, not to Shawn, but to Wrestling/ChrisBenoit).

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*** Wrestling/TripleH also deserves a mention under this trope. They feuded for about three years, a feud which survived several of the classic "feud ending" match types (Last Man Standing, Hell In A Cell, Elimination Chamber, and even a Three Stages of Hell match), before finally being put to rest with an HBK win at a Tribute to the Troops show. All that was really missing was an "I Quit" match, although there WAS a Wrestlemania-headlining [=WrestleMania=]-headlining Triple Threat in which Wrestling/TripleH submitted (alas, not to Shawn, but to Wrestling/ChrisBenoit).



* BittersweetEnding: Shawn's match with Wrestling/RicFlair at ''WrestleMania 24''.
** The "Career vs Streak" match against Wrestling/TheUndertaker at Wrestlemania 26.
** WrestleMania 14 vs. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, his last match in Wrestling/{{WWE}} for four years, when it was believed he'd never wrestle again.

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* BittersweetEnding: Shawn's match with Wrestling/RicFlair at ''WrestleMania ''[=WrestleMania=] 24''.
** The "Career vs Streak" match against Wrestling/TheUndertaker at Wrestlemania [=WrestleMania=] 26.
** WrestleMania [=WrestleMania=] 14 vs. Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, his last match in Wrestling/{{WWE}} for four years, when it was believed he'd never wrestle again.



* GimmickMatches: He participated in many firsts, most notably the first Ladder Match on a [=PPV=] (with Razor Ramon at Wrestlemania 10), the first Hell in a Cell (with The Undertaker at In Your House '97), and the first Elimination Chamber match (at the 2002 Survivor Series), where he won the World Heavyweight Championship four years after originally calling it quits.

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* GimmickMatches: He participated in many firsts, most notably the first Ladder Match on a [=PPV=] (with Razor Ramon at Wrestlemania [=WrestleMania=] 10), the first Hell in a Cell (with The Undertaker at In Your House '97), and the first Elimination Chamber match (at the 2002 Survivor Series), where he won the World Heavyweight Championship four years after originally calling it quits.



** In the 2010 Royal Rumble, one of the biggest stories going in was Shawn Michaels' desire to face Wrestling/TheUndertaker at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}'' in order to try and avenge his loss to him the year prior (in a match that was widely considered to be the best of 2009), and since Taker is the current World Heavyweight Champion, the only way for Michaels to have a guaranteed stab at him was to win the Rumble match itself and challenge him at Mania. So in the Rumble match itself, Shawn Michaels survives a long stretch of the match (eliminating Triple H, ''his own tag team partner'', in the process) and makes the final four, where he... goes out first, at the hands of Wrestling/{{Batista}}. The BSOD ensues immediately afterwards, only broken up briefly by Michaels trying to go back into the ring and taking his frustrations out on the referees before returning to a near-catatonic state.

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** In the 2010 Royal Rumble, one of the biggest stories going in was Shawn Michaels' desire to face Wrestling/TheUndertaker at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}}'' ''Wrestling/WrestleMania'' in order to try and avenge his loss to him the year prior (in a match that was widely considered to be the best of 2009), and since Taker is the current World Heavyweight Champion, the only way for Michaels to have a guaranteed stab at him was to win the Rumble match itself and challenge him at Mania. So in the Rumble match itself, Shawn Michaels survives a long stretch of the match (eliminating Triple H, ''his own tag team partner'', in the process) and makes the final four, where he... goes out first, at the hands of Wrestling/{{Batista}}. The BSOD ensues immediately afterwards, only broken up briefly by Michaels trying to go back into the ring and taking his frustrations out on the referees before returning to a near-catatonic state.



** At ''Wrestlemania XXIV'', he ended Ric Flair's career by defeating him; and
** At ''Wrestlemania XXVI'', he bet his career he could end the Undertaker's streak. He couldn't.
** Finally, at ''Wrestlemania XXVIII'', he was the guest referee for the Triple H/Undertaker Hell in a Cell match, billed as "the end of an era".

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** At ''Wrestlemania ''[=WrestleMania=] XXIV'', he ended Ric Flair's career by defeating him; and
** At ''Wrestlemania ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVI'', he bet his career he could end the Undertaker's streak. He couldn't.
** Finally, at ''Wrestlemania ''[=WrestleMania=] XXVIII'', he was the guest referee for the Triple H/Undertaker Hell in a Cell match, billed as "the end of an era".



** After his final Wrestlemania match and his retirement speech the next night on Raw.
** Upon counting Undertaker's Wrestlemania record to 20-0; Taker having beaten Triple H.

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** After his final Wrestlemania [=WrestleMania=] match and his retirement speech the next night on Raw.
** Upon counting Undertaker's Wrestlemania [=WrestleMania=] record to 20-0; Taker having beaten Triple H.



* MoodWhiplash: At ''Wrestlemania XXV'', Shawn descends stoically, hands upward in prayer, to the ramp on a lift in all white Undertaker-themed clothing to an epic theme of Biblical proportions which sounds like the theme to a fantasy film action sequence... and then "Sexy Boy" hits.

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* MoodWhiplash: At ''Wrestlemania ''[=WrestleMania=] XXV'', Shawn descends stoically, hands upward in prayer, to the ramp on a lift in all white Undertaker-themed clothing to an epic theme of Biblical proportions which sounds like the theme to a fantasy film action sequence... and then "Sexy Boy" hits.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: At Wrestlemania XV he didn't agree with the scheduled main event, a Triple Threat match involving Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], and [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]], insisting that the main event at Wrestlemania ''must'' be two wrestlers only. But he wanted Stone Cold vs Mankind; instead we got Stone Cold vs The Rock. Not a bad match, but most agree Mick Foley deserved to star in that main event.
** Which makes ''Wrestlemania XX'' yet again a FunnyAneurysmMoment: the main event was a triple-threat between Shawn, Wrestling/TripleH, and Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, and it's widely regarded as one of the best main-events in the history of the PPV.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: At Wrestlemania [=WrestleMania=] XV he didn't agree with the scheduled main event, a Triple Threat match involving Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]], and [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]], insisting that the main event at Wrestlemania [=WrestleMania=] ''must'' be two wrestlers only. But he wanted Stone Cold vs Mankind; instead we got Stone Cold vs The Rock. Not a bad match, but most agree Mick Foley deserved to star in that main event.
** Which makes ''Wrestlemania ''[=WrestleMania=] XX'' yet again a FunnyAneurysmMoment: the main event was a triple-threat between Shawn, Wrestling/TripleH, and Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, and it's widely regarded as one of the best main-events in the history of the PPV.



** And his match with [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] at Wrestlemania 22. In short? Shawn pwned Vince ''thoroughly''.

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** And his match with [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] at Wrestlemania [=WrestleMania=] 22. In short? Shawn pwned Vince ''thoroughly''.



* RetiredBadass: His retirement hasn't stopped him from kicking people in the face. He's dropped Drew [=McIntyre=], Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio, and a few others, in addition to being the special guest referee for HHH/Taker II at Wrestlemania 28. During that match, Shawn manhandled both guys, and doled out a superkick to Taker for getting a bit chair-shot-happy.

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* RetiredBadass: His retirement hasn't stopped him from kicking people in the face. He's dropped Drew [=McIntyre=], Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio, and a few others, in addition to being the special guest referee for HHH/Taker II at Wrestlemania [=WrestleMania=] 28. During that match, Shawn manhandled both guys, and doled out a superkick to Taker for getting a bit chair-shot-happy.



** Shawn portrayed a "sexy Jesus" a few weeks before his match with Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXV. Yes, you read that right. An angelic figure in white, stripping to "Sexy Boy."

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** Shawn portrayed a "sexy Jesus" a few weeks before his match with Undertaker at Wrestlemania [=WrestleMania=] XXV. Yes, you read that right. An angelic figure in white, stripping to "Sexy Boy."
30th Mar '18 11:00:43 AM kmf_1974
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*** Except when he's in DX - apparently, that gives him uber-PopularityPower.

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*** Except when he's in DX - apparently, that gives him uber-PopularityPower.uber-PopularityPower (ironic since he was a part of DX when the Montreal Screwjob went down).
5th Mar '18 5:31:11 PM Briguy52748
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* TalkShowWithFists: "The Heartbreak Hotel"

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* TalkShowWithFists: "The Heartbreak Hotel"Hotel".
** His career was jumpstarted on one.
24th Feb '18 9:23:52 PM nombretomado
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*** During the early days of the Heartbreak Kid, his arch-nemesis was ScottHall (in reality one of his closest friends). The two had a legendary feud over the Intercontinental Title that lasted years.

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*** During the early days of the Heartbreak Kid, his arch-nemesis was ScottHall Wrestling/ScottHall (in reality one of his closest friends). The two had a legendary feud over the Intercontinental Title that lasted years.



* PetTheDog: Rick Bognar, who played the "fake" Razor Ramon, said in an interview that he was treated like a complete pariah in the locker room, but the one guy who was nice to him was Shawn of all people. He appparently gave him tips on how to act like Razor and put him in connection with ScottHall to get some of his old gear. Keep in mind this was late 1996, around the peak of Shawn's real life jerkdom.

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* PetTheDog: Rick Bognar, who played the "fake" Razor Ramon, said in an interview that he was treated like a complete pariah in the locker room, but the one guy who was nice to him was Shawn of all people. He appparently gave him tips on how to act like Razor and put him in connection with ScottHall Wrestling/ScottHall to get some of his old gear. Keep in mind this was late 1996, around the peak of Shawn's real life jerkdom.
3rd Feb '18 11:16:46 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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* EmbarrassingLastName: No wonder he used his real middle name as a first name and his first name as a last name during his career. No matter how talented, no wrestler with the name "Hickenbottom" would have ever gotten ''anywhere.''
13th Jan '18 4:30:04 PM nombretomado
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** Shawn was on the ''recieving'' end of this when his team with KevinNash (in his "Diesel" persona) broke up in 1995 due to Shawn being jealous that his former bodyguard won the WWF title before he did.

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** Shawn was on the ''recieving'' end of this when his team with KevinNash Wrestling/KevinNash (in his "Diesel" persona) broke up in 1995 due to Shawn being jealous that his former bodyguard won the WWF title before he did.
24th Dec '17 7:16:20 AM Galvatron29
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Announced he'd be the special guest referee for the Triple H/Undertaker HIAC confrontation and gloated he held the end of an era in his hands. What this actually entailed was watching his best friend and the man he respected more than any other giving each other an utterly brutal beating for half an hour. His expressions of utter misery throughout tell the story.
11th Dec '17 7:26:05 AM AM_NK
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* ArchEnemy: Wrestling/BretHart (in the ring and RealLife).
** Although Hart's return to WWE in 2010 coupled with Michaels's conversion to Christianity seems to have buried that hatchet in RealLife.

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* ArchEnemy: Aside from [[Wrestling/TheKliq his four friends]], he tends to make a LOT of enemies.
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Wrestling/BretHart (in the ring and RealLife).
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RealLife). Although Hart's return to WWE in 2010 coupled with Michaels's conversion to Christianity seems to have buried that hatchet in RealLife.



** Wrestling/TripleH deserves a mention under this trope as well. They feuded for about three years, a feud which survived several of the classic "feud ending" match types (Last Man Standing, Hell In A Cell, Elimination Chamber, and even a Three Stages of Hell match), before finally being put to rest with an HBK win at a Tribute to the Troops show. All that was really missing was an "I Quit" match, although there WAS a Wrestlemania-headlining Triple Threat in which Wrestling/TripleH submitted (alas, not to Shawn, but to Wrestling/ChrisBenoit).



** Aside from [[Wrestling/TheKliq his four friends]], he tends to make a LOT of enemies.



** During the early days of the Heartbreak Kid, his arch-nemesis was ScottHall (in reality one of his closest friends). The two had a legendary feud over the Intercontinental Title that lasted years.

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** Not even his TrueCompanions at Wrestling/TheKliq and Wrestling/DGenerationX were safe from Shawn's tendency to make enemies:
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During the early days of the Heartbreak Kid, his arch-nemesis was ScottHall (in reality one of his closest friends). The two had a legendary feud over the Intercontinental Title that lasted years.years.
*** Wrestling/TripleH also deserves a mention under this trope. They feuded for about three years, a feud which survived several of the classic "feud ending" match types (Last Man Standing, Hell In A Cell, Elimination Chamber, and even a Three Stages of Hell match), before finally being put to rest with an HBK win at a Tribute to the Troops show. All that was really missing was an "I Quit" match, although there WAS a Wrestlemania-headlining Triple Threat in which Wrestling/TripleH submitted (alas, not to Shawn, but to Wrestling/ChrisBenoit).
15th Oct '17 2:31:03 PM nombretomado
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* StealthPun[=/=]StealthInsult: He's "The Heartbreak Kid"... and his ArchEnemy was BretHart.

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* StealthPun[=/=]StealthInsult: He's "The Heartbreak Kid"... and his ArchEnemy was BretHart.Wrestling/BretHart.
15th Oct '17 2:28:41 PM nombretomado
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* TheAtoner: Ever since his RealLife conversion to Christianity, Shawn became this. He tried to tone down his former juvenile delinquent hellraiser persona in the ring and, behind the scenes, work with the current talent and put over younger wrestlers (which he would never have done in the past). Finally, in 2010, he buried the hatchet with BretHart and they came to an understanding regarding his part in the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a03ZMBIGxOU&feature=related By Wrestlemania 26]] it was clear both wrestlers were finally in speaking terms again.

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* TheAtoner: Ever since his RealLife conversion to Christianity, Shawn became this. He tried to tone down his former juvenile delinquent hellraiser persona in the ring and, behind the scenes, work with the current talent and put over younger wrestlers (which he would never have done in the past). Finally, in 2010, he buried the hatchet with BretHart Wrestling/BretHart and they came to an understanding regarding his part in the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a03ZMBIGxOU&feature=related By Wrestlemania 26]] it was clear both wrestlers were finally in speaking terms again.
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