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Making The Case: Why Shawn Michaels is Professional Wrestling’s GOAT – @ShawnMichaels

Written by Colby Faria

Welcome back to my “Making The Case” series, where I’m running through some of the best Wrestlers to ever step into the squared circle. In this episode, we’ll take a look back at “Mr. WrestleMania” and his case for being the Greatest of All Time (GOAT).

If you’ve missed any previous edition and would like to check them out, please click below!

Making The Case: Chris Jericho

Making The Case: John Cena

Making The Case: Hulk Hogan

Making The Case: Ric Flair

Now, let’s get into “The Heartbreak Kid”, Shawn Michaels’ case for being the GOAT…


Real Name – Michael Hickenbottom

Wrestling Name – Shawn Michaels

Birthday – July 22nd, 1965 (Age 54)

Years Active – 34 years (1984-2018)

Championships and Accolades

WWE/WWF – World Heavyweight Championship (4x), Intercontinental Championship (3x), Tag-Team Championships (6x), European Championship (1x), Royal Rumble Winner (2x), WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2011) WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2019, with D-Generation-X)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated – Feud of The Year (1x), Feud of The Decade (2000-2009), Match of The Decade (2000-2009), Match of The Year (11x), Most Inspirational Wrestler of The Decade (2000-2009), Most Inspirational Wrestler of The Year (1x), Most Popular Wrestler of The Year (2x), Ranked # 1 Wrestler in The World (1996)

Wrestling Observer Newsletter – Best Baby-face (1x), Feud of The Year (2x), Match of The Year (4x), Most Charismatic Wrestler of The Year (2x), Tag-Team of The Year (1x), Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame (Class of 2003)

Making The Case

Shawn Michaels is labeled as Mr. WrestleMania for VERY good reasons…he’s arguably the best “big-game” performer in Wrestling history…whenever it’s a big match, expect HBK to put his best foot forward, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Not to mention he’s the best seller to ever step into a ring. He’s arguably the best Intercontinental Champion of all-time and that was when that was the most prestigious title in the company. There’s a reason that PWI has voted his matches as the best matches in that specific calendar year, ELEVEN different times…and against 10 different opponents, which just goes to show how diverse his in-ring skill is to match the best charisma we’ve ever seen in Wrestling.

Thanks for reading! Follow me on Twitter (@TattedCJ), for the next installment of “Making The Case”, where I will make the case for why “The People’s Champ”, Dwayne, “The Rock” Johnson is the GOAT!

About the author

Colby Faria

24, Boston, MA, Pats, Bruins, Celtics, Blue Jays, LSU, Pro Wrestling, MMA & Boxing | Twitter - @TattedCJ