Without question, Shawn Michaels is one of the most influential professional wrestlers in history. Maybe he wasn't the biggest ticket seller or the biggest crossover star, but he was certainly the first main eventer on American wrestling TV to embrace the cruiserweight/high flyer style. Ricky Steamboat, let us remember, never rose above midcard status.
But like most influential and successful people, Shawn Michaels has done all kinds of things to rub people the wrong way. Clearly, he hasn't acted like the nicest person in the world, on at least more than one occasion.
What could the source of his anger and discontentment be? Well, his real last name isn't Michaels, it's Hickenbottom. Thus, we can surmise that he got brutalized in high school and all of his professional wrestling triumphs, his notorious womanizing, and rock star posturing, was just one big drawn-out revenge against the many, many bullies who swung the scrawny teenage Hickenbottom upside down and chuckled heartily whilst dunking his head in a toilet.
Over the years, plenty of wrestlers, and other wrestling-related people. have felt the misplaced wrath of Shawn Hickenbottom, and several have happily shared their tales on the internet. For frequently declining to lose matches and politicking his friends into favorable booking throughout the '90s, is Shawn Michaels the most selfish wrestling star of all time? Probably not even in the top 10. We know Hulk Hogan was worse. For that matter, Hogan and Michaels have both had their share of high-profile, clean loses. Did The Ultimate Warrior ever lose without outside interference of some sort? (Yeah, actually, he did. Once.)
So Shawn Michaels isn't the most selfish wrestler ever. And seeing as how much of the following is based on internet rumors that could've easily been fabricated by anyone, who knows? Maybe Shawn Michaels is actually the most wonderful person in the history of humanity.
Nonetheless, we've arranged this compilation of instances in which Shawn Michaels acted in his own interest, or maybe acted in his own interest, at the expense of other people.
13 The Sunny Thing
12 The Hulk Hogan Fiasco
As has been well-documented, Shawn Michaels hoped for a face vs. face feud between himself and Hulk Hogan in 2005, in which the two icons would trade wins, and top things off with a monumental rubber match. Instead, Hogan pulled rank and decided they were doing a single, conventional face vs. heel PPV match, in which The Hulkster would prevail.
11 Holding Back Rocky Maivia
For obvious reasons, when The Kliq took their first look at Rocky Maivia back in the mid-’90s, they knew they had to bury him immediately - otherwise he’d become a much bigger star than Triple H.
10 Making Vader Cry
9 Making The Hurricane Cry...Tears Of Rage
8 Not Admitting That He Used Steroids in 1993
7 Losing His Smile
5 Refusing to Lose to the British Bulldog in England
As a last minute swerve to the originally-agreed upon booking plans, legend has it that Shawn Michaels decided he should beat Davey Boy Smith for the European title in front of a UK crowd at the One Night Only PPV. Wrestling historians have explained that HBK had observed that David Hart Smith - who had yet to enter his teenage years at the time - failed to possess the athletic prowess and charisma necessary to ever match his father’s success in the wrestling industry. To deter young David from ever entering the business, Michaels decided to humiliate his beloved dad in front of his countrymen, thereby traumatizing the boy and teaching him that wrestling is terrible.
4 The Tatanka Fiasco
3 Getting Beaten Up A Lot In Real Life
2 Telling Everyone To Stop Pretend Hitting Him So Hard
1 The Montreal Screwjob
The story has been told a million times, so let's look at it from a different light. Despite having never been to the city of Montreal before, Shawn Michaels declared himself Mayor of Montreal for life and ordered the police to immediately disarm. "Police, if you ever encounter a violent criminal, simply dispatch them with Sweet Chin Music," he said during his inauguration speech. "That always works for me!" Soon, every Montreal police officer had injured their groin muscles from attempting so many superkicks. Worse yet, HBK spent the entire city budget on drugs and body oil. Shawn Michaels should change his name to SelfishPants McGoo for this screwjob.
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