During his long WWE career, Shawn Michaels held the WWF Championship three times and the heavyweight title once. He also won the Royal Rumble match twice in a row and was the first to complete the Grand Slam Championship. HBK has won Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine's Match of the Year a total of eleven times.
Shawn officially retired from WrestleMania XXVI in 2010 after losing to The Undertaker in one of the most thrilling fights of the modern era. The following year he was inducted with full merit into the Hall of Fame. Currently, Michaels collaborates closely with his friend Triple H at NXT, with the task of helping the young stars to fully express their talent.
On January 29, WWE will host the Royal Rumble, one of the most anticipated pay-per-views of the entire year. Speaking in this week's episode of 'WWE The Bump', the 56-year-old from Chandler talks about how the Royal Rumble has shaped his career.
Shawn Michaels is a true legend
“The first time I heard of the Royal Rumble, it wasn't as we know it today. It was essentially a Battle Royal. I had no idea it would become what we mean now. Over the years, the Rumble has become a fundamental step towards WrestleMania.
To be honest, I did not imagine that this PPV would become such a benchmark” - admitted Shawn Michaels. Michaels also talked about Triple H's condition: “I've been harassing him a lot in the last few weeks to find out how he's doing.
He has worked a lot in recent years and is not used to resting for such a long period of time. Having to stop suddenly was something he didn't expect. He is gradually getting used to this new situation and is understanding that there is worse in life.
It is certainly a well-deserved break for him”. The new version of NXT, called 'NXT 2.0', is enjoying considerable success. According to Shawn Michaels, one of the most challenging parts of the revamp was dealing with the WWE Universe's reaction to the change.
“I think it’s dealing with the reaction to that change to be perfectly honest, it’s like ripping a band-aid off. It was very sudden. To your fan base, that’s very tough, and it’s like anything. Change isn’t easy.
When it becomes your normal, you’re comfortable with it, and then there’s an abrupt change, that’s difficult. It’s very difficult for your faithful," said Shawn Michaels.