Every Awe-Inspiring Accolade of WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels

Published 07/23/2021, 8:15 AM EDT


WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels turned 56 on July 22. ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ has been part of WWE programming since 1988 and continues to stay relevant to this day.

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Michaels paved the way for superstars with his charisma and mic skills. His snobbish heel persona serves as a prototype for many till today including The Miz, Adam Cole, Dolph Ziggler, and Robert Roode.

Often considered as one of the greatest performers in WWE history, the accolades of Shawn Michaels are awe-inspiring. He is a four-time World Champion who also

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won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship once, and WWE (then WWF) title thrice.

In the upper-mid card, Michaels won the Intercontinental Champions three times, the now-defunct European Championship. He is also a six-time Tag Team Champion, having won it with Triple H, Diesel, Stone Cold Steve Austin and, John Cena.

Apart from this, Michaels has headlined WrestleMania five times and delivered multiple well-acclaimed matches. This earned him the nickname of ‘Mr. WrestleMania.’

He is also a two-time Royal Rumble winner, and the first man to win the match as the number one entrant. Michaels’ accolades made him the first-ever WWE Grand Slam Champion and the fourth WWE Triple Crown Champion.

Michaels also has the rare achievement of being a two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee. He was inducted in 2011 as a singles wrestler, and again in 2019 as part of D-Generation X.

Apart from the WWE accolades, fans and critics both regularly consider Michaels’ matches as some of the best in WWE history. Michaels won 15 Match of the Year awards between Pro Wrestling Illustrated and Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Not to mention, his rivalry with Bret Hart is considered one of the best in WWE history.

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What is Shawn Michaels up to now?

‘The Showstopper’ retired from pro-wrestling in another highly acclaimed match against The Undertaker in WrestleMania XXVI in 2010. Since then, Michaels has resumed several roles including a trainer and guest referee.

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He made a one-time return to the ring alongside Triple H to face The Brothers of Destruction at WWE Crown Jewel in 2018. However, the match was poorly received by both fans and critics.

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA – JUNE 06: Shawn Michaels attends WWE’s First-Ever Emmy “For Your Consideration” Event at Saban Media Center on June 6, 2018, in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

Since then, Michaels slipped back into his retirement and started working as a writer and producer of NXT, alongside Degeneration-X members Triple H and Road Dogg.

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We hope to see more of Michaels in the days to come!

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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