The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels is arguably the greatest professional wrestler in the history of sports entertainment. Even Vince McMahon has openly stated that Shawn is most likely the best in-ring performer of all time. But that's not all, as Triple H, Ric Flair, Kurt Angle, and Chris Jericho have stated that Shawn Michaels is the best to ever lace up a pair of boots.
It's hard to deny Shawn Michaels' greatness. He was labeled as a wrestler of the 90s, but it seemed that he only got better with age. While he was in his physical prime during the 1990s, many of Shawn's best matches came in the 2000s.
Of course, Shawn's WrestleMania matches against The Undertaker were by far his greatest performances of all time. With that being said, HBK's run in the 1990s was legendary as well. His ladder match against Razor Ramon at WrestleMania X, his 60-minute Iron Man match against Bret The Hitman Hart at WrestleMania XII, facing The Undertaker in the first ever Hell in a Cell match at the Badd Blood and winning the first Elimination Chamber match are all career highlights.
Shawn Michaels has done it all, but he also made a lot of enemies along the way. However, even those who despise him have admitted that he was the best. Nonetheless, being the best did not give Shawn Michaels the right to treat people so poorly. Michaels was great on-screen, but he was unbearable behind it. Thankfully, Michaels is a lot different these days.
As hard as we may try, I don't think that we will ever forget Shawn's antics during the 1990s. With that being said, here is our list of the Top 15 Things Wrestling Fans Would Like To Forget About Shawn Michaels.
15 15. His Terrible Mullet
14 14. He Was Suspended For Failing a Drug Test
Prior to his legendary ladder match against Razor Ramon at WrestleMania X, Shawn Michaels was suspended for failing a drug test. He did not fail the test because of the use of illicit drugs. Believe it or not, Michaels was suspended for using steroids. However, to this day, Shawn Michaels swears that he never took steroids at any point in his career. HBK believes that someone must have mixed in a steroid pill in the batch of somas that he was taking. Nonetheless, the failed drug test actually led to the culmination of the most famous ladder match in WrestleMania history.
13 13. His Hideous Outfit At Survivor Series 2002
12 12. He Went Bald
11 11. He Told off Bret Hart After Winning The Title From Him
10 10. He Was Supposed To Return Sooner
After Shawn Michaels left the WWE in 1998, it was thought that he would never return to action. His back had taken a tremendous amount of punishment over the years, and his casket match against The Undertaker at the 1998 Royal Rumble was the nail in the coffin. Nonetheless, Shawn made it to WrestleMania XIV, and he dropped the title to Stone Cold Steve Austin.
9 9. He Posed For Playgirl
8 8. He Was Unbearable Backstage
Shawn Michaels may have been the greatest wrestler who ever lived, but it's quite obvious that he wasn't the nicest person. So many people have said terrible things about HBK. Hurricane Helms, Jim Cornette, and Bam Bam Bigelow are just a few of the people who have openly stated how much they hate Shawn Michaels.
7 7. He Was A Drug Addict
6 6. He Was Assaulted In Syracuse
Shawn Michaels enjoyed the spotlight in and out of the ring. He was a huge WWE Superstar, and he garnered a lot of attention in public places. Michaels and his Kliq were known for partying and having a good time. Unfortunately, HBK got himself into a lot of trouble on one particular night in 1996.
5 5. He Refused To Lose Against The British Bulldog In England
The Heartbreak Kid had a lot of political power in 1997. He was one of the top Superstars in the company, and he had Vince's ear. However, rather than using his power to help out the rest of the boys, Michaels talked his way into winning several matches that he shouldn't have. For example, there was absolutely no need for Shawn Michaels to defeat the British Bulldog at the One Night Only event in England.
4 4. God Was His Tag Team Partner At The 2006 Backlash Pay Per View
The spiritual awakening that Shawn Michaels went through in his life was very real. Being the evil genius that he is, Vince McMahon wanted to capitalize on Shawn's transformation. While McMahon has made some great decisions in his life, placing Shawn Michaels in a tag team matchup with God as his partner was simply idiotic.
3 3. He Had A Relationship With Sunny
Not too many people would pass up the opportunity to have a relationship with Sunny in the 1990s. So, we can't blame Shawn too much for spending alone time with one of the hottest WWE Divas of all time. However, the fact that Sunny was in a committed relationship with Chris Candido at the time makes Shawn's actions downright disgusting. In the words of Roy Munson, "You don't mow another guy's lawn."
2 2. He Disgraced The Canadian Flag
1 1. His Part In The Montreal Screwjob
HBK did not set up the entire scenario in which Bret Hart was screwed, but he did play a vital role in the operation. Shawn Michaels has even referred to himself as the trigger man in recent years. While screwing Bret Hart was terrible enough, the fact that Hart was screwed in Canada and "submitted" with the Sharpshooter made things much worse. On a recent episode of the "Stone Cold" Podcast, Shawn Michaels revealed that it was his idea to beat Bret with the Sharpshooter.
Although it was almost 20 years ago, Shawn Michaels is still hated in Canada. However, it does seem that the Canadian fans have eased up on the hatred just a bit over the years. Nonetheless, Michaels played a very important part in the Montreal Screwjob, and fans want to forget about it more than anything else.
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