There are a lot of wrestling fans that will say that Shawn Michaels is the greatest wrestler of all time. Over the course of his 20+ years in the ring, Michaels showed that he could have great matches with just about anybody and it can be argued that there is nobody on his level. While he wasn't the type of draw that Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan and The Rock were, it's his in-ring work that really made him stand out. Whether he was a heel or a face, wrestling in tags or singles, the man that called himself the "Showstopper" proved time and time again just how great he was. Why? Because he could. There are also a lot of fans as well as people in the wrestling business that might say "Michaels is one of the best wrestlers ever, but he was also one of the biggest jerks ever too." Jerk is a PG word. Most people would use something a lot more aggressive than that, but you get the point. The career of Michaels from 1988 to 1998 saw him produce some of the greatest matches and moments in wrestling history while also causing as much controversy as any top guy in the history of the business. Due to his reckless lifestyle that involved drug use, Michaels did a lot of questionable things in his career. When Michaels returned to WWE as an active in-ring performer in 2002, he was healed from his major back injury that required surgery. He also was a married father that was a Born Again Christian that finally appeared to have his head on the right way. His retirement in 2010 was celebrated as a big deal because of his influence on so many people in the business from his peers to the fans watching at home. He entered the WWE Hall of Fame one year later in 2011. Since Michaels had such a long and glorious career in WWE, there's a lot of material out there about him. In addition to WWE wanting us to forget these things, it's likely that Shawn Michaels wants us to forget about them too. He should be applauded for turning his life around and he likely wants to leave a lot of things behind him with good reason. On a personal note, Shawn Michaels is my favorite wrestler ever. I also think he's the best in-ring performer of all time. This is not being written to tear him down or anything like that. It's being done because as wrestling fans we should be able to appreciate everything about the people we respect and know about all the things they went through to become the stars that they are. Here's a look at 19 things that WWE and Shawn Michaels wants you to forget about the "Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels.
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