Shawn Michaels was one of the greatest in-ring performers: nobody was as versatile as him. He could do it all; he could brawl, he was a great technical wrestler, he performed high-flying moves, and few wrestlers were more entertaining on the mic. A total show-off and sometimes even a jerk, Shawn also had the charisma WWE wanted. Michaels and Bret Hart carried the WWE, then WWF, through the dark competitive days of the mid-90s. Now that Michaels has retired, the wresting industry misses him.
His abrasive personality and cocky nature did hurt a lot of his colleagues. He even ended up getting beaten up by some, back stage and in a bar, but he still managed to steal the show night in and night out. Even the stars that hated his attitude praised in his abilities. However, there were moments when Shawn’s personality visibly got in the way of his performance, but he never failed to entertain.
It’s only fair to remember stinkers as well as the great moments of his career. Here we have some of the most incredible Shawn Michaels statistic that will leave you dazed. We hope you enjoy these statistics and continue your love for this amazing superstar!
10. Incredible Winning Percentage
Shawn Michaels is, inarguably, one of the most influential wrestlers of all time. During the mid-90s, the superstar took part in 172 matches, winning 159. His wrestling career spanned a decade in WWE, formerly the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), from 1988 to 1998. He then retired due to a back injury and held non-wrestling roles from 1998 to 2000. Michaels resumed wrestling in 2002 until retiring permanently in 2010. Michaels was known as the showstopper during his peak in the mid-90s. His incredible winning percentage against the best of the wrestlers is a testament to his record. Where his in-ring capabilities were undeniable, the “Heartbreak Kid” wasn’t fond of making friends backstage.
9. Marathon Career
In a career spanning over two decades, Shawn Michaels has made history by fighting 1821 matches. He won an incredible 1,268 matches and lost only 475 out of the total. During his career, Shawn was loved by the fans but hated by most of his fellow wrestlers. Some thought he was a cocky, arrogant, and disrespectful person. He has had countless back stage feuds and was disliked by superstars including The Rock, Hulk Hogan, and who could forget his longtime rival Bret “The Hit Man” Hart. Shawn returned to WWE in 2002 as an active competitor. He mended bridges which had once been burnt, and by all accounts, Shawn became a much more pragmatic guy after his return.
8. Nickname Database
Shawn Michaels has been known by several nicknames. The most recent, “Mr. Hall of Fame,” was awarded to him when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. The most notable were the “Heartbreak Kid,” “Sexy Boy,” “The Boy Toy,” and “The Show Stopper” during the 90s. He came second in The Greatest Legend of WrestleMania voting held by WWE on wwe.com pre-WrestleMania XXV with 27% of votes. Undertaker won the poll with 44% of votes. Some of his other nicknames include “The Icon,” “The Headliner,” and “The Main Event.” The most recent version of his entrance theme, “Sexy Boy,” was sung by him too.
7. Creator of Hell in a Cell
Shawn Michaels made history when he became part of the first ever Hell in a Cell match. The massive steel cage was the battle ground for two of the most famous and biggest names in WWE, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. The match was scheduled as the main event at Badd Blood. Michaels won the match and he became the number one contender for the WWF Championship and continued to win 3 Hell in a Cell matches out of a total of 4. This is an impressive winning record for someone who is known as Mr. WrestleMania. Shouldn’t he be known as Mr. Hell in a Cell too?
6. Double Cross of the Year
Although Michaels was awarded the Slammy Award Double Cross of the Year in 2013 for turning on Daniel Bryan and costing him the WWE Championship at Hell in a Cell, it should really have been given to him in 1997 when Vince McMahon and Michaels double crossed Bret Hart in the famous “Montreal Screwjob.” The “Montreal Screwjob” remains one of the most conspicuous double-crosses in WWE history. It was the first widely publicized professional wrestling double-cross since the Wendi Richter, Fabulous Moolah event following a money dispute on November 25, 1985. Hart was excluded by McMahon. Hart was also refused offers of induction to the WWF Hall of Fame.
5. Shawn Michaels VS Bret Hart
Who do you think is the better of the two? With his show stopping performances and killer persona, one would think that Michaels was the better performer. However, the statistics say the opposite. There have been 101 matches between the two, all forms included, and Michaels has won only 10 of them!! With 16 matches drawn between the two, Michaels’ winning percentage is only 10% compared with winning percentage against other wrestlers. For example, there have been 115 matches between Randy Orton and Michaels, with Michaels winning 95 of them. The Michaels and Hart rivalry was one of the greatest in WWE history, but it’s a lopsided one when it comes to wins and losses.
4. The First Iron Man Match in WWE History
Michaels and Hart were the two wrestlers taking part in the first ever Iron Man Match in WWE history. As Bret Hart recalls, “I don’t know of any two professional wrestlers that could’ve done that so well. It was an amazing accomplishment.” The match lasted 1 hour with Michaels held by Hart in a submission move for the last 40 seconds. Michaels didn’t tap out and there was no winner. Since match rules stated that there has to be a winner, the match time was extended by 1 minute and 56 seconds resulting in Michaels winning the first ever Iron Man Match. It was amazing!
3. First Ever Royal Rumble Winner
Shawn Michaels was the first WWE Superstar to win the Royal Rumble after drawing No. 1. The year was 1995 and after entering first, Michaels outlasted the 29 other wrestlers to win the Royal Rumble for the first time in WWF history. The event was attended by 10,000 fans, which was a full house at the USF Sun Dome. Shawn Michaels continued on to win the 1996 Royal Rumble as well. Michaels (along with John Cena, Hulk Hogan, and Batista) is second to Steve Austin, who is the only wrestler to have won the Royal Rumble three times.
2. Most Royal Rumble Eliminations
Shawn Michaels may be Mr. WrestleMania but he holds the record for the most eliminations in Royal Rumble Match history. Michaels has eliminated a total of 39 contenders. Kane, being the second on the record list, has eliminated 35 and is only a handful of eliminations away from the record. Shawn Michaels also holds the privilege of being the first wrestler ever to have won the Royal Rumble after drawing No. 1. Shawn Michaels is also second to Triple H for the longest cumulative time spent in Royal Rumbles, having spent 3 hours 42 minutes 30 seconds in the ring during all the Rumbles he participated in. Rey Mysterio, however, has spent the longest time in a single Royal Rumble match, spending 1 hour 2 minutes and 2 seconds.
1. HBK is Worth Millions!
Shawn Michaels is one of the highest paid WWE superstars even to enter the ring. His annual pay was $1,045,000 per year (including first class flight tickets, hotel accommodations, and ground transportation paid for every week) from 2004-2006. Shawn Michaels’ net worth is $20 million through a career spanning nearly two decades. Michaels lives in Texas and has his house built on 5,500 square feet of land, but it’s not what you would expect of a legend of this sort. He owns a few muscle cars but is mostly seen in his GM pickup truck. Michaels is truly a nature loving guy, as he has recently been attached to deer hunting. He is also a devoted Christian. Michaels has become very humble and relaxed as opposed to his early outrageous career persona, and we love him all the more for it.