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The First WWE Wrestlers To Defeat Shawn Michaels

Shawn Michaels is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, but the Heartbreak Kid wasn’t immune to suffering losses in the early stages of his legendary WWE career.




Two-time WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels is regarded as one of the all-time greats to grace a wrestling ring. Tag team wrestling was Shawn Michaels’ bread and butter as Marty Jannetty was his tag team partner in the Rockers. However, the Heartbreak Kid was destined for bigger and better things. He infamously betrayed Jannetty in early 1991 and the Heartbreak Kid was born.

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Shawn Michaels is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, with a lengthy career inside the ring, and now continuing his craft behind-the-scenes.

Michaels mixed it up with some of the greatest wrestlers of all time throughout his career. Defeating Michaels is a big deal, and surprising names have managed to beat HBK in one-on-one action. This article will feature the first 10 competitors who saw off the Heartbreak Kid in televised one-on-one matches.


The Orient Express’ Kato Handed Michaels His First Loss In 1991

Michaels And Kato Had Some Good Exchanges

Kato The Orient Express 1991 Cropped


Event

Match Length

Method Of Victory

WWE on MSG (3/15/91)

12:50

Kato defeated Shawn Michaels via pinfall

The Rockers and The Orient Express had an underrated rivalry in the Golden Era, and on the March 15, 1991, edition of WWE on MSG network, Michaels and Kato clashed in a brilliant one-on-one match. They had good chemistry together in a back-and-forth contest.

There was outside interference from Mr. Fuji and Kato’s tag team partner, Tanaka. Kato took advantage as Tanaka nailed Michaels with a cane, allowing Kato to steal the win.

Mr. Perfect And Shawn Michaels Clashed Over The Intercontinental Championship

Shawn Michaels Was Unable To Beat Perfect For The Intercontinental Championship

Mr Perfect & Bobby Heenan Intercontinental Champion Cropped


Event

Match Length

Method Of Victory

Prime Time Wrestling Road To WrestleMania 7 (3/17/91)

10:24

Mr. Perfect defeated Shawn Michaels via disqualification to retain the Intercontinental Championship

The atmosphere was electric in Shawn Michaels’ attempt at dethroning Mr. Perfect for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. Perfect is one of the greatest technical wrestlers in WWE history, and Michaels had a brilliant outing against Perfect.

Fans desperately wanted the Heartbreak Kid to get his hands on the Intercontinental Championship. In the closing stages, Perfect nailed Michaels with the Perfect Plex but Big Boss Man, who was scheduled to face Perfect for the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania 7, nailed him with his nightstick with Perfect retaining the gold albeit by disqualification.

Ric Flair And Shawn Michaels Locked Horns In 1991

The Real’s World Champion Got The Better Of Michaels

Shawn Michaels v Ric Flair Prime Time Wrestling December 1991 Cropped


Event

Match Length

Method Of Victory

Prime Time Wrestling (12/16/91)

10:11

Ric Flair defeated Shawn Michaels via submission

Shawn Michaels sent Ric Flair into retirement at WrestleMania 24, but 17 years before that historical night in Orlando, Florida, Michaels went head-to-head with the Nature Boy. Flair was looking to build up some momentum heading into the 1992 Royal Rumble match for the vacant WWE Championship.

Michaels kept up with Flair and he put on a world-class performance. Mr. Perfect was in Flair’s corner. However, Michaels crashed and burned into the barricade, and his tag team partner Marty Jannetty threw him into the ring with tension continuing to grow between the pair, and Flair pinned Michaels to secure the win.

Shawn Michaels Is The British Bulldog’s Nemesis

Bulldog Scored A Rare Victory Over Michaels In 1992

Michaels Bulldog


Event

Match Length

Method Of Victory

Prime Time Wrestling (3/16/92)

7:58

The British Bulldog defeated Shawn Michaels via disqualification

Shawn Michaels was a thorn in The British Bulldog’s side as he has defeated him for the Intercontinental, European, and WWE World Tag Team Championships. Nonetheless, Michaels and Bulldog squared off on the March 16, 1992, taping of Prime Time Wrestling.

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The Sensational Sherri didn’t hesitate when she saw fit to give Michaels a helping hand. Bulldog was the powerhouse, and Michaels was looking to use his speed to evade Bulldog’s offense. Ultimately, Bulldog picked up the win over Michaels but Sherri grabbed Bulldog’s hair leaving no choice but to disqualify Michaels.

Randy Savage And Shawn Michaels Collided Over The WWE Championship

Shawn Michaels Failed To Add The WWE Championship To His Cabinet In 1992


Event

Match Length

Method Of Victory

UK Rampage 1992

16:21

Randy Savage defeated Shawn Michaels via pinfall to retain the WWE Championship

Shawn Michaels was presented with the opportunity of a lifetime as he challenged Randy Savage for the WWE Championship in Sheffield, England at UK Rampage 1992. Michaels was looking to clinch his maiden WWE Championship reign.

Sensational Sherri got involved when the referee was knocked down but Miss Elizabeth emerged to even up the odds and she pushed Sherri off the apron. The crowd went berserk when Savage saw off HBK to remain as WWE Champion in a match that proved that Michaels was capable of hanging with the major stars that WWE had to offer.

Shawn Michaels Was Bidding To End Bret Hart’s WWE Championship Reign

Michaels Was Looking To Become A Double Champion


Event

Match Length

Method Of Victory

Survivor Series 1992

26:40

Bret Hart defeated Shawn Michaels via submission to retain the WWE Championship

The rivalry between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels is one of the greatest feuds in WWE history. At Survivor Series 1992, Michaels was looking to add the WWE Championship alongside his Intercontinental Championship when they clashed in a one-on-one match with Michaels’ title not up for grabs.

This was a technical masterclass and this match isn’t as spoken about compared to the other two matches in their trilogy. Michaels gave it his best shot but it wasn’t his time yet to hold the WWE Championship with the Excellence of Execution getting one over on his future rival in their first one-on-one PPV meeting.

Shawn Michaels Failed To End Tatanka’s Unbeaten Streak

Michaels And Tatanka Clashed Over The Intercontinental Championship


Event

Match Length

Method Of Victory

Superstars (2/13/93)

7:00

Tatanka defeated Shawn Michaels via pinfall

Wrestlemania 9

18:13

Tatanka defeated Shawn Michaels via disqualification in an Intercontinental Championship match

Tatanka and Shawn Michaels clashed on the February 13, 1993 taping of Superstars. Michaels’ Intercontinental Championship was not on the line, and Tatanka’s unbeaten streak was at stake.

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Tatanka nailed Michaels with a Samoan Drop to secure the win. A couple of months later, they battled in the curtain-raiser at WrestleMania 9 for Michaels’ Intercontinental Championship. It was arguably the best match on an underwhelming WrestleMania, and the Native American was victorious once again, but he was unable to unseat Michaels for the Intercontinental Championship as it was a count-out victory.


Crush Beat Shawn Michaels By Count-Out

Crush And Shawn Michaels Fought Over The Intercontinental Championship In The UK

Crush Cropped

Event

Match Length

Method Of Victory

UK Rampage 1993

8:51

Crush defeated Shawn Michaels via count-out in an Intercontinental Championship match

Just one week after WrestleMania 9, Shawn Michaels defended the Intercontinental Championship once again, this time against Crush across the pond in Sheffield, England. The Heartbreak Kid received a lot of boos from the British crowd.

Crush showcased his strength in the match and Michaels fought back with some offense. However, Michaels escaped with the Intercontinental Championship and he retained his title although he lost the match via count-out.


Jim Duggan Failed To Win A Championship In His WWE Career

Duggan Challenged Michaels For The Intercontinental Championship On Raw In 1993

Shawn Michaels v Hacksaw Jim Duggan Raw May 3, 1993 Cropped

Event

Match Length

Method Of Victory

Raw (5/3/93)

11:17

Jim Duggan defeated Shawn Michaels via count-out in an Intercontinental Championship match

Shawn Michaels was a fighting Intercontinental Champion, and he faced off with the 1988 Royal Rumble match winner “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan on the May 3, 1993 edition of Raw. This was the curtain-raiser, but it wasn’t a memorable Intercontinental Championship match.

Duggan dominated proceedings, but Michaels wasn’t going to hand over his Intercontinental Championship to Duggan. Michaels was defeated by Duggan via count-out and he was smart as he continued his Intercontinental Championship reign.


Shawn Michaels Is Haunted By His Former Tag Team Partner

Michaels’ First Intercontinental Championship Reign Came To An End

Event

Match Length

Method Of Victory

Raw (5/17/93)

10:57

Marty Jannetty defeated Shawn Michaels via pinfall to win the Intercontinental Championship

Marty Jannetty was looking to bring the curtain down on Shawn Michaels’ seven-month Intercontinental Championship reign on the May 17, 1993 taping of Raw. They closed out the show and it was a fast-paced championship match.

A recurrent theme in Michaels’ Intercontinental Championship reign was getting counted out when he was getting outfoxed. This time, Michaels was stopped in his tracks by Mr. Perfect. Ultimately, Jannetty defeated Michaels for the Intercontinental Championship which was the first title change to take place on Raw.

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