Long after Shawn Michaels faced his last opponent, his presence can still be felt in WWE rings as a new generation of Superstars borrow from his repertoire and mirror his show-stealing approach to the business. WrestleMania" was by no means the only smaller wrestler to succeed, but he helped break the stereotype that top wrestlers had to be bulking brutes. His triumphs have led the way for Kingston 6'0'', lbs , Ziggler 6'0'', lbs and Bryan 5' 10'', lbs to wear gold around their waists.
As WWE closes in on Monday's 25th anniversary of Raw episode, the inevitable rankings of the show's greatest moments have begun to pop up left and right. There was one great moment, however, that pre-dates the debut episode of Raw and celebrated its own anniversary last week. Exactly one year prior on Jan. Michaels, then 26 and on the verge of becoming a solo attraction, at first appeared to patch up recent issues with Jannetty by hugging him. But moments later, he superkicked him to the chin before grabbing Jannetty by the hair and throwing him through a glass window. The gripping segment helped Michaels acquire the nickname of "The Heartbreak Kid" as fans in attendance audibly shrieked with shock and disgust. After Jannetty sold the attack with a blade job, Michaels sealed the turn by holding up a magazine photo of The Rockers and tearing it in half.
Days after its 26th anniversary, Michaels looked back on the emotional breakup of The Rockers
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By: Nick Schwartz April 5, pm. The Undertaker went to with an epic win over Shawn Michaels in , and two of the greatest wrestlers of all time put on a show in a match that had everything. Michaels kicked out after a tombstone, Taker kicked out after Sweet Chin Music, then caught Michaels flying off the top rope for a final tombstone. Go watch this match now. As Taker approached the ring on his motorcycle, Durst and a team of dancers invaded the ring. If you watch this again, prepare for secondhand embarrassment. The real contenders for the Stanley Cup …. While the Pacers have been a ….