With Wrestlemania quickly approaching, I think of the great moments which have occurred in this landmark event which happens every year. From the epic match at Wrestlemania III between “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, to The Undertaker’s streak or Stone Cold/Rock III not to mention the God awful celebrities and music performances, Wrestlemania has brought excitement and emotional reactions from the wrestling fans worldwide. But when you think of Wrestlemania, there is one man who stood out above the rest. No, I’m not talking about Hulk Hogan or Vince McMahon – I’m talking about “The Headliner”, “The Showstopper”, “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels who has competed in 17 Wrestlemania matches and as far as I am concerned there was not one match in which Shawn did not bring his best. Michaels had the ability to look at the momentum of a match’s build-up to the “Big Show” and take that match to the highest of levels. As fans, we knew if Shawn Michaels was on the card, 9 times out of 10 his match would be match of the night. For this article, I would like to shout out my wife who is a huge Michaels fan and as it so happens her favorite wrestler and this guy share the same birthday. I guess we were meant to be. So, with that being said, I bring to you…

Face and Heel of the Week Shawn Michaels

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Face of Shawn Michaels: Born Again

Many of us in the wrestling world know of the many stories of Shawn Michaels in his heyday. From the drug abuse to the disrespect of authority figures, Shawn was reckless and for the most part didn’t care about anyone within his “Kliq”. Then, after some time off and some soul searching, Shawn found his way and by the grace of his God, cleaned himself up, built his family bonds, and came back to wrestling more focused than ever. At Wrestlemania 22, Mr. McMahon tested Michaels’ faith and found out what who really had “the higher power” on his side. At Wrestlemania, Michaels faced his role model, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, in a Career Ending Match. The emotion in that match was high and the match itself was one either man could have walked away from and be proud. In Wrestlemania 25 and 26, Shawn Michaels faced the man and The Streak and was a part in possibly the greatest match in not only Wrestlemania history but wrestling history in a whole. After losing to ‘Taker in their final matchup, the Hall of Famer was forced to hang up his boots and call it a career.

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Heel of Shawn Michaels: Attitude Era

When Shawn Michaels was at his worst, Shawn was a dangerous man to be around. From his betrayal of his long time partner and friend Marty Jannetty, his creation of The Kliq and Degeneration X, and as well as the Montreal Screwjob, Shawn Michaels was the center of the controversy and did not care if anyone knew about it. With all his troubles, Shawn was able to put together matches that stand up as the best of the best. His match to unify the Intercontinental Championship against Razor Ramon at Wrestlemania X can be considered one of the best singles Ladder Matches in the company’s history. At Wrestlemania 12, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart took it to the max in a 60 Minute Iron Man match. Michaels was also involved in the biggest build ups in Wrestlemania history when he was faced to do battle with “The Texas Rattlesnake” Steve Austin. Although he thought he had the Special Guest Enforcer Mike Tyson in his back pocket, it was Michaels who ended up getting screwed over. The Heartbreak Kid is a man who could be loved and hated all at once, but he always brought the goods at the biggest event of the year. He isn’t called “The Showstopper” for nothing.