Shawn Michaels is considered to have been one of the greatest wrestlers to have ever been a part of WWE programming, following a highly successful second stint with the company in the mid-2000s.
This wasn’t always the case; after he left WWE in 1998 following a serious back injury, the pain of the injury forced him into a drug addiction that he needed serious help to climb back out of. Luckily, Michaels sites the fact that he found God as the reason he managed to fight the addiction and returned to WWE and become one of the greatest of all time.
Michaels then had a decade long run with the company that saw him compete in a hellacious, no-holds-barred match against Vince McMahon at WrestleMania, reunite with Triple H to become D-Generation X and end Ric Flair’s career at WrestleMania 24.
Michaels fought The Undertaker twice at WrestleMania after he decided the first match was so good that the second one could be his final one. It failed to top the impact that the first match had, but it was still one of his best. It saw him walk away from the company with his head held high.
The Texas native has been retired from WWE now for six years, which means he has had a lot of time to change career direction, or to be a part of things he never could with WWE’s hectic travelling schedule. Here are the 10 things that Shawn Michaels has accomplished in the past six years.
10 WWE Ambassador
Apart from being considered one of the greatest of all time, Michaels is also one of the most recognised wrestlers of his generation. It came as no surprise that following his final match at WrestleMania 26, Michaels was offered the position as a WWE Ambassador.
9 WrestleMania 31 Appearance
WrestleMania 31 was one of the biggest WrestleManias of all time and this was mainly down to the Triple H vs. Sting match. The match had it all, it was truly an end of an era in the WWE vs WCW saga and WWE played it brilliantly.
8 Daniel Bryan Saga
The Daniel Bryan vs. The Authority saga gripped WWE for the best part of 2013 and 2014, before Daniel Bryan finally defeated Triple H and went on to lift the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania 30.
7 WWE Appearances
Being a WWE Ambassador, Michaels is available to make on-screen appearances for WWE whenever the company feel he is needed. Since his retirement he has been a part of many different story lines without actually needing to wrestle.
6 Slammy Award
The match between Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania 26 won the Slammy Award for Moment of the Year, but Michaels wasn’t there to collect the award. Instead, he thanked the WWE Universe via satellite.
5 No WrestleMania Match in Texas
WrestleMania 32 takes place in Shawn Michaels' home state of Texas, and it is to be believed that WWE wanted Michaels to return to be a part of the event.
4 Royal Rumble 2016
The WWE Royal Rumble signals the beginning of The Road to WrestleMania, but the 2016 version of the event lacked star power.
3 Jim Ross’ Podcast
Shawn Michaels has published many books about his WWE career and he has opened up a lot about his family and his wrestling life, but his 2015 appearance on The Ross Report was one of the most open interviews Michaels has ever done.
Michaels finally joined Twitter in May 2010, just a month after his final match at WrestleMania 26. Michaels uses his Twitter account to interact with fans and to talk about any upcoming appearances outside of WWE.
1 WWE Hall of Famer
After a career that spanned more than two decades, Shawn Michaels finally took his rightful place amongst wrestling’s elite at the 2011 Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Michaels was inducted into the class by his best friend and long time wrestling team mate, Triple H, and fellow Kliq members Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman (X-Pac) joined, too. The group joined Michaels on stage after what was a heartfelt and emotional speech by "The Heartbreak Kid." It was the ending that Shawn Michaels deserved after such an illustrious career, and it was a fantastic gesture from WWE to allow it to happen.
Sources: Fansided, Inquisitr, Twitter, YouTube
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