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 retired permanently to WrestleMania XXVI in 2010, after losing to The Undertaker in a match where his career was up for grabs and then fighting in a Tag team match with Triple H at Crown Jewel in 2018.
In December 2010 he signed a long-term contract with WWE, which consists of a series of appearances in no-obligation roles in the ring, making her first live appearance on a WWE show from WrestleMania in the same month. In a recent interview with Metro, HBK discussed the Randy Orton vs.
Edge match at WWE Backlash.
HBK on Orton vs Edge at Backlash
“There’s so many things about the wrestling business I don’t know. At first, when I heard about it I was thinking to myself, ‘Man I got to see that!’.
I didn’t know it had not taken place yet until I was asked to do interviews for it on SmackDown. Of course, my question was ‘Oh it hasn’t happened yet?” They’re like, ‘No, it’s being billed like that”.
‘Oh my goodness!’. I thought to myself, ‘My goodness, why don’t they put a little more pressure on those guys!’. [laughs] That’s a tough billing to live up to!" Michaels explained. “Look, they’re no different to the rest of us.
Everyone loves a challenge. In WWE, everyone understands what the big E means in our line of work – but at the same time, there’s still competition. You still want to go out there with the guy you’re in the ring with and have the absolute best match you can.
And everybody – believe it or not, I think for the most part – goes out there trying to have the greatest wrestling match ever … Look – you as the fans, and the performers I guess, ultimately make that decision.
But at the same time, that’s what everybody’s trying to do. Sure, putting that billing there is a tough bar to attain – but at the same time, Randy Orton and Edge at Backlash, they’re both pros. They were going to go out there and more than likely try to do that anyway because that’s just in their DNA!
So, this has just added fuel to the fire and look, they are no dummies! They certainly wouldn’t, I guess, have supported this tagline so to speak – or this promotion – if they weren’t really challenged and willing to try and live up to it," Shawn Michaels added.