Shawn Michaels likes to call himself Mr. WrestleMania -- and for a good reason. Only two men have wrestled more at WrestleMania than Shawn Michaels and those men are The Undertaker and Triple H. While Kane has the same number of WrestleMania matches as Michaels, at 17, the interesting thing about HBK is that his record at the biggest show of the year is worse than all three of those fellow WWE superstars.
Believe it or not, Shawn Michaels has a record of 6-11 at WrestleMania events, and despite losing almost twice as many times as he won, his matches were almost always the best on the show -- at least later in his career. While none of Michaels matches were duds, there were a few that were nowhere near as special as his best appearances. Here is a look at his five best WrestleMania matches and his five weaker appearances.
10 VS. THE UNDERTAKER (XXV) - BEST
To include as many different opponents as possible, only one of Shawn Michaels matches with Undertaker is on this list, although they could be considered 1A and 1B for the best Shawn Michaels WrestleMania matches of all-time. The one listed here is the better of the two -- WrestleMania XXV.
This match saw Michaels show up dressed all in white, representing the light and battle The Undertaker, dressed in black and representing the dark side. This was not only Shawn's best WrestleMania match but the best in Undertaker's career as well. The next year, they fought again, and Undertaker won both matches, retiring HBK.
9 VS. STEVE AUSTIN (XIV) - WORST
First of all, The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin was one of the most important matches in WWE history. This match saw a passing of the guard, with Austin winning his first WWE world title by beating Michaels and the Attitude Era was officially in full force.
However, there were a lot of problems with the match, and even Steve Austin said he is disappointed by the match. Shawn was wrestling with a bad back, and he bumped the best he could for Austin, but it was clear he was slower and not moving as crisp as usual. There was also the fast count by Mike Tyson, which should have been more natural since Austin was the babyface in the match. It was an important moment, but too many things kept it from being great.
8 VS. RAZOR RAMON (X) - BEST
There have been a ton of ladder matches in WWE history that have had bigger moments than the match between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon at WrestleMania X. However, giant spots do not make a match great, even if they do leave lasting memories for the fans.
There were ladder matches before this one, but this was the first big-time ladder match in WWE history and since there were not crazy spots to call back on as in later years, Michaels and Razor just used the ladder as a tool and told a brilliant story. The match was for the Intercontinental Championship, and Razor Ramon won.
7 VS. TITO SANTANA (VIII) - WORST
Remember how Shawn Michaels had appeared in 17 WrestleMania events and only won six? That is a 35-percent winning percentage, which looks bad. Compare that with former Intercontinental Champion and former WWE tag team champion Tito Santana. He wrestled seven times at WrestleMania and only won once -- a 14-percent winning percentage.
Shawn Michaels, in his first significant WrestleMania match as a heel with Sensational Sherri as his manager, beat Santana at WrestleMania VIII. Fans wanted Shawn vs. Marty Jannetty to pay off the breakup of the Rockers and got this match instead, an average one on a lackluster WrestleMania show.
6 VS. CHRIS JERICHO (XIX) - BEST
Chris Jericho is just like Shawn Michaels. He worked 14 WrestleMania events and only won five of them, but his matches were always one of the best on every show. That meant at WrestleMania XIX when Michaels and Jericho faced off, and it was guaranteed to bring the house down. It did not disappoint.
Shawn was in the middle of his return to WWE and was turning in better matches than he did on his first run in the company. Jericho was reinventing himself every time he showed back up in WWE, and this was a match where Jericho called Michaels his idol as a kid but felt he was now washed up. Michaels picked up the victor in this 22-minute masterpiece.
5 VS. FACES OF FEAR (VII) - WORST
The Rockers were massive stars in the AWA and then made their debut in WWE and looked to be the company's answer to the exciting NWA tag teams like the Rock 'n Roll Express and Fantastics. However, WWE had their own created tag teams like Strike Force and never got behind The Rockers.
Shawn and Marty never won the tag team titles, and their two WrestleMania matches were forgettable. The better of the two was against The Orient Express (Pat Tanaka and Paul Diamond), which ended in a count out loss for the Rockers. The other match saw them beat Barbarian and Haku in a match no one remembers.
4 VS. BRET HART (XII) - BEST
Maybe this match is overrated, but the storyline and the emotions make it one of the most memorable matches in WWE history. Bret "The Hitman" Hart was the WWE world champion. Shawn Michaels was the former heel who wanted to prove he was good enough and succeed in his boyhood dream of one day being a world champion.
The match at WrestleMania XII was a 60-minute Iron Man match where the man who got the most pins or submission victories left as the WWE world champion. What made this match interesting is that there were no ties or come from behind moments. Neither man pinned or made the other submit in the full 60 minutes. They received overtime, and Shawn stole the win in just 1:52 later and won his first world title.
3 VS. TATANKA (IX) - WORST
WrestleMania IX was one of the worst WrestleMania events of all-time. There wasn't a great match on the card, and it all ended with Bret Hart losing his world title only for Hulk Hogan to return and win it immediately from Yokozuna. No WrestleMania has received the disdain as this one.
Shawn Michaels was still a young heel at this time, and he battled the undefeated Tatanka in an Intercontinental title defense. Tatanka had Sherri in his corner when she turned on him for putting her in danger's way to protect himself. This match opened the show and ended when Michaels was counted out, meaning Tatanka was still undefeated, but the title did not change hands.
2 VS. KURT ANGLE (21) - BEST
Shawn Michaels was still in the middle of his hugely successful return to WWE when he faced Kurt Angle at WrestleMania 21. Angle was at the top of his game at this time, and no one was better in WWE than the Olympic gold medalist. Angle wanted to prove he was going to achieve everything Michaels did in his career in a shorter time.
The match itself saw the two men pull out all the stops. Angle was ruthless and a major heel heading in, but Michaels knew that he had to do what he could to win and even hit a low blow before putting Angle through a table at ringside. However, in the end, it was Angle who stood tall after forcing HBK to tap to the ankle lock. It was a 27 minutes masterpiece, and both men received a standing ovation from the crowd.
1 VS. DIESEL (XI) - WORST
Shawn Michaels and Diesel took turns putting the other over at times in the '90s, as did their Kliq friends Triple H and Razor Ramon. By the time WrestleMania XI rolled around, it was time for the two to have fun again. If it tells you anything about what WWE thought of this match, it wasn't even the main event even though it was for the world title and an NFL legend in Lawrence Taylor battle Bam Bam Bigelow in the top spot.
Honestly, there was little to like about this match. While Shawn Michaels loved to fight the bigger guys and would sell like the devil for his buddies, the highlight of this match was former Playboy models Pamela Anderson and Jenny McCarthy who accompanied each man to the ring and then both left with Diesel when he won the match.