Thursday, April 18

10 Best Matches Of Shawn Michaels’ WWE Career (That Weren’t At WrestleMania)

Shawn Michaels is undoubtedly one of the greatest wrestlers to ever step foot in a wrestling ring. Throughout his wrestling career, he had many great wrestling matches, and was part of legendary moments.



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Shawn’s performances at WrestleMania were the most remarkable in particular. Due to his great matches at the show, he was called “Mr. WrestleMania”. He had memorable matches apart from ‘Mania as well, though. Let’s take a look at his 10 best matches which weren’t part of a WrestleMania card.


10 Vs. Randy Orton For The WWE Championship (Survivor Series 2007)

Michaels Couldn’t Use The Superkick While Orton Would Lose The Title If He Lost Via DQ

Shawn Michaels v Randy Orton Survivor Series 2007 Cropped

  • Match Length: 17:48
  • Winner: Randy Orton by Pinfall
  • Cagematch Rating: 8.00

By this point, Shawn Michaels had established himself as a legend of the game, while Randy Orton was an upcoming star. The WWE Title was on the line, with special stipulations. Michaels’ Sweet Chin Music was banned, and Orton would lose the title if he got himself disqualified.

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The match featured excellent storytelling, as we saw Michaels change his style out of desperation, as he would try out submission moves. In the end, he would try to hit the Sweet Chin Music, but stopped, which allowed Orton to hit the RKO and retain his belt.

9 Vs. Jeff Jarrett For The Intercontinental Championship (In Your House 2: The Lumberjacks 1995)

Michaels’ Last Intercontinental Championship Victory

Shawn Michaels Vs Jeff Jarrett

  • Match Length: 20:01
  • Winner: Shawn Michaels by Pinfall
  • Cagematch Rating: 7.96

This was the only memorable match of an otherwise bland PPV. Shawn Michaels challenged Jeff Jarrett for his Intercontinental Title, and the two proceeded to have a breathtaking encounter.

Jarrett played the role of the annoying heel pretty well, and Shawn was obviously the star of the match. The in-ring work was supreme from both ends, and Shawn ended up as the winner. This was definitely Jarrett’s best match of his career.

8 Vs. Bret Hart For The WWE Championship (Survivor Series 1992)

Michaels And Bret’s Forgotten Survivor Series Match

  • Match Length: 26:40
  • Winner: Bret Hart by Submission
  • Cagematch Rating: 8.33

Five years before their infamous match at Survivor Series, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart already had a WWE Title match at Survivor Series 1992. Bret Hart was the defending champion, and Shawn headed into the event as the Intercontinental Champion.

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The two worked well and delivered a banger of a match. In an era dominated by the cartoonish style of wrestling, this match came in as a breath of fresh air, as it was a highly technical main event. The final minutes of this encounter were awesome in particular, and helped put over Shawn despite him losing.

7 Vs. John Cena In A Non-Title Match (Monday Night Raw, 04/23/2007)

Michaels Won This Rematch From WrestleMania 23

Shawn Michaels sweet chin music on John Cena

  • Match Length: 55:49
  • Winner: Shawn Michaels by Pinfall
  • Cagematch Rating: 8.96

This is the only match on the list which didn’t happen on a PPV. In fact, it is widely considered to be one of the best matches ever on free television. This was a rematch of their WrestleMania 23 encounter, but without the WWE Title on the line.

The match was slow-paced, which did make it boring at times, but it was understandable since it lasted for nearly an hour. Cena kept trying to lock in the STF on Michaels, which left him frustrated. Michaels sold his fatigue really well towards the end, and would finally hit a Sweet Chin Music to win an incredible contest.

6 Vs. Diesel In A No Holds Barred Match For The WWE Championship (In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies 1996)

Diesel’s Final Televised WWE Match Before Going To WCW

  • Match Length: 27:53
  • Winner: Shawn Michaels by Pinfall
  • Cagematch Rating: 8.49

This was Shawn Michaels’ first-ever WWE Title defense, and he excelled very well. Diesel was his former friend and tag team partner, which added largely to the drama of the match.

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It was a No Holds Barred match, and the two utilized the stipulation properly, and we saw an extreme hardcore match. The result was very predictable as Diesel was already on his way out, but it was still a very amazing encounter.

5 Vs. Mankind For The WWE Championship (In Your House 10: Mind Games 1996)

Mick Foley Considered This The Best Match Of His Career

  • Match Length: 26:25
  • Winner: Shawn Michaels by Disqualification
  • Cagematch Rating: 9.10

During his 1996 WWE Title reign, Mankind was Shawn’s strangest challenger. Mankind had established himself as a strange and mysterious character, and thus this match-up made for an interesting encounter.

Although the match was a regular singles match, it was very brutal. The match featured perfect storytelling, psychology, and brought another side of Shawn. The DQ result was the only disappointing part of the match, which prevents it from being called perfect.

4 Vs. Razor Ramon In A Ladder Match For The Intercontinental Championship (SummerSlam 1995)

Michaels Retained The Title In A Rematch From WrestleMania 10

  • Match Length: 25:03
  • Winner: Shawn Michaels
  • Cagematch Rating: 8.89

After their classic ladder match at WrestleMania 10, Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon had yet another ladder match the following year’s SummerSlam. Much like ‘Mania 10, this match also had the Intercontinental Title on the line.

As expected, the two wrestlers created magic once again and delivered yet another classic. The match had an epic moment, where Michaels reversed Razor’s attempt at a Razor’s Edge, after which Michaels would retrieve the belt to pick up the win.

3 Vs. Chris Jericho In A Ladder Match For The World Heavyweight Championship (No Mercy 2008)

The Great Michaels/Jericho Feud Culminated With A Ladder Match

  • Match Length: 22:20
  • Winner: Chris Jericho
  • Cagematch Rating: 9.20

Chris Jericho is among Shawn Michaels’ greatest rivals, and the two often created magic when pitted against each other. The two men had a series of matches in 2008, with this one being the best of the bunch.

It was a ladder match, and also had Jericho’s World Heavyweight Title on the line. They made full use of the ladder, and went for many risky moves throughout the encounter, making it a perfect and legendary ladder match.

2 Vs. Triple H In An Unsactioned Street Fight (SummerSlam 2002)

Michaels’ First WWE Match In Four Years

  • Match Length: 27:20
  • Winner: Shawn Michaels by Pinfall
  • Cagematch Rating: 9.11

Shawn Michaels and Triple H were best friends and had many cool moments together, but they were also great rivals and had some memorable encounters against each other. Their Unsanctioned Street Fight at SummerSlam 2002 was among the best matches of both men’s careers.

The two men tore the house down, and stole the show. SummerSlam 2002 is known for being an incredible show, and this match was the undisputed match of the night. It was a brutal brawl, and Michaels won the match by reversing a Pedigree into a jackknife cover.

1 Vs. The Undertaker In A Hell In A Cell Match (In Your House 18: Badd Blood 1997)

Historic For Being The First HIAC Match And For Kane’s Debut

  • Match Length: 29:59
  • Winner: Shawn Michaels by Pinfall
  • Cagematch Rating: 9.53

This was the first-ever Hell in a Cell match, and what better set of wrestlers to compete in it, than Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. It was a high stakes match, as the winner would go on to face Bret Hart for the WWE Title at Survivor Series.

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It turned into a gruesome encounter, with many amazing moments. Shawn started bleeding profusely, and ‘Taker was about to win. However, we saw the debut of The Big Red Machine, Kane. He turned the tide in Michaels’ favor by hitting ‘Taker with a Tombstone Piledriver, which allowed an exhausted Shawn to crawl into a pinfall victory.

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