From the Heartbreak Kid to the Sexy Boy to the Showstopper, Shawn Michaels has had countless notable monikers throughout his illustrious three-decade-long career. However, it was the nickname “Mr. WrestleMania” which sparked his grandeur and brought people memories of why he’s considered one of the greatest in-ring performers of all time.
In this article, we will try to further explore Shawn Michaels’ WrestleMania career and give an answer to why he is nicknamed after the Grandest Stage of Them All itself.
Early WrestleMania Days As A Rocker
Shawn Michaels’ early days at WrestleMania primarily consisted of him teaming up with Marty Jannetty as part of the exciting, high-flying, fan-favorite duo, The Rockers. The Rockers were usually a bright spot on a mediocre WrestleMania card, with some standout bouts like the hidden gem against Haku & Barbarian in the opener of ‘Mania VII and a fun battle of power versus speed with the Twin Towers at WrestleMania V.
Unfortunately, the tandem eventually collapsed, as Shawn turned on Jannetty during the infamous Barber Shop segment on WWF Wrestling Challenge, shocking the entire wrestling world at that time. And with this heel turn set in the books, Shawn’s singles career had begun on the right note.
The Heartbreak Kid Was Born
Fresh off his pivotal heel turn, Shawn Michaels went on an impressive six-year singles run that ultimately concluded with him dropping the WWF Championship to Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIV. The moniker “Heartbreak Kid” was born here due to Shawn’s flamboyant, arrogant, and over-the-top persona. Shawn switched roles as a face and a heel quite often in this era, but it was the heel role that stayed with him in the first and last moments of this run.
During his time as the face of the WWF’s New Generation Era, Shawn participated in several memorable bouts at the Show of Shows. Some of these examples included an all-time classic Ladder match against Razor Ramon at WrestleMania X, the famous 60 minutes Iron-Man showdown versus Bret Hart at WrestleMania XII, and a friend v. friend affair where he challenged his fellow Kliqster Diesel for the World Championship belt at ‘Mania XI.
The Birth Of Mr. WrestleMania & Career Resurgence
After suffering a career-threatening back injury that was said to force his premature retirement in 1998, Shawn Michaels decided it was finally time to get back into the squared circle again. The Showstopper made his in-ring return at SummerSlam 2002 in a show-stealer against Triple H and went on to capture the World Heavyweight Title at Survivor Series later in the year in the night’s Elimination Chamber main event.
With this emphatic statement made, it was clear as day the Heartbreak Kid was more than ready to step back into the big stage. Shawn’s second career resurgence in the 2000s is regarded by many as one of the greatest runs a wrestler ever had, with his numerous terrific performances at ‘Mania rightfully earning him the moniker “Mr. WrestleMania”.
Even over a decade after his retirement in 2010, Shawn Michaels’ outings at WrestleMania are still a hot topic to discuss amongst various wrestling fans, with classics against the likes of the Undertaker (WM 25 & 26), Chris Jericho (WM 19), Ric Flair (WM 24), and many others being named Match of the Year contenders for that respective year.
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