Shawn Michaels is undoubtedly an icon of this business, even if his ambition and his desire to succeed have often led him to exceed in the past. HBK retired permanently in 2010, at WrestleMania 26, after starting a legendary match with The Undertaker.
Contrary to what many thought, the 57-year-old from Chandler hasn't strayed from wrestling and helped his friend Triple H build the 'NXT miracle' The former WWE Champion has lent a hand to many young superstars, guiding them and helping them to fully express their talent.
Michaels has repeatedly admitted that he did not expect to find new stimuli backstage. In the latest edition of the 'To Be The Man' podcast, 16-time world champion Ric Flair praised Shawn Michaels for the huge impact he has had on this business.
According to the 'Nature Boy', HBK is the greatest worker of all time.
Ric Flair praises Shawn Michaels
“They keep asking me who are the best superstars of all time. It is not easy to give an objective answer, but you can name those who have had the greatest impact on wrestling in the last 50 years” - explained Ric Flair.
“Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin have contributed more than any other to the spread of wrestling in every corner of the world. The Rock should also be mentioned, but his WWE adventure was relatively short. The Undertaker was perhaps the most iconic character ever.
His gimmick made millions of fans fall in love with him. If, on the other hand, you ask me to choose the best worker of each era, Shawn Michaels comes to mind” - added Ric. A few days ago, Jack Doan revealed how complicated it was to work with HBK: “It wasn't easy to deal with him when he was at the height of his career.
He was super ambitious and demanded that others aim for perfection as he did. They were all very nervous when they were working with Shawn." Shawn Michaels' name often gets mentioned when talking about the greatest WWE stars of all time.
Kurt Angle worked closely with Shawn Michaels in WWE as the duo had some of the best matches of their careers together. Here's what the WWE Hall of Famer revealed on The Kurt Angle Show: "You know what? It's not too much of a leap to say that he is the next Shawn Michaels.
I believe he will be eventually. He is not there yet because Shawn put in a lot more years. So you know, 30-something years."