Shawn Michaels is a four-time world champion, having won the WWF Championship three times and once the World Heavyweight Championship; he then won the Royal Rumble twice in a row (in 1995 and 1996) and was the first to complete the Grand Slam Championship.
He also won Pro Wrestling Illustrated's "Match of the Year" award a record eleven times. Michaels won the Pro Wrestling Illustrated "Match of the Year" reader vote a record eleven times, and his match against John Cena on April 23, 2007, was ranked by WWE as the best match ever aired on the company's flagship Raw program.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, HBK discussed his relationship with Undertaker outside of the ring early on: “I think in some ways, when we were younger, we were frustrated because we had so much unbelievable natural chemistry in the ring with each other, and had zero of it outside the ring.
At the time, I was an extremely difficult person. He was less so. There was clearly never any real trouble between the two of us. We just did not care for one another because we were so different. He clearly didn’t like me based on who I was and my reputation.
And I didn’t like him based on who he was. When I came back in 2002, he was one of the first guys I went to just to apologize for all of my actions in the past. And he was good with it, but at the same time he made it pretty clear: ‘We’ll see.’ I had a reputation.
A lot of people weren’t sure that [my change] was real. Then of course he recognized how [sorry] I very much was. When we got to do the WrestleMania stuff, the bond just got thicker and much deeper. We had both changed and grown in a lot of ways. And when we got in the ring, that chemistry was just so dynamic”.