Shawn Michaels has undoubtedly gone into the history books as one of the greatest to have ever stepped foot inside the squared circle. It's too bad that his reputation outside of the ring is far from being as pristine as his in ring track record. Everyone knows some of the details about the horror stories that follow around Shawn's early days in the business but little do people know just how deep his influence went and how far he was willing to go to protect his top spot or the potential future top spots for his Kliq buddies.
From fans that were just ecstatic to see one of their favorites in person or legends of the business, no one was safe from the antics of The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels. It's amazing to go back and look at the kind of stuff that Shawn was able to get away with but the fact of the matter is that he was so good in the ring that none of the other stuff mattered. He was able to pull off whatever he wanted because he knew the company needed him above everyone else and he wasn't afraid to flex that muscle.
Now this isn't to say that other top stars throughout wrestling history haven't pulled similar antics like this before, or even to this day, but Michaels is one of the only guys who has become infamous for his backstage shenanigans. Whether it was using his power backstage or taking liberties in the ring to make his opponents look foolish, or even just being rude to his legions of adoring fans, there is one thing that without a doubt Shawn Michaels can go down in history as being the best at, and that's being a jerk.
15 Being a Jerk to a 10 Year Old
14 Being a Jerk to Fast Food Employee's
13 Being a Jerk to Chris Candido
12 Being a Jerk to Bret Hart...the First Time
11 Provoking The Undertaker
10 Nearly Squandering His First Chance
9 Being a Jerk to the Business
8 Being a Jerk to Carl Ouellet
7 Being a Jerk to Tatanka
6 Being a Jerk to The Rock
5 Being a Jerk to Dean Douglas
4 Being a Jerk to The British Bulldog
3 Being a Jerk to Hulk Hogan
2 Being a Jerk to Vader
1 Being a Jerk to Bret Hart, Again
What other number one could there have possibly been? Is it even possible to be more of a jerk than working together with the boss and the referee to steal the title off of a man who was on his way out of the company, in his home country no less? Yes. it's the Montreal Screwjob, where Vince and company were afraid that Bret Hart was going to bolt to WCW while still holding the WWE Championship, despite his willingness to drop the belt the next night when they were out of Canadian Territory. Shawn will play this off as if he wasn't to blame on this one, but there's no way that he wasn't at least a part of it, even if he wasn't the mastermind behind it all. No matter what story gets spun about it, there's no denying this is Shawn's ultimate jerk move, which is really saying something.
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