HBK: 1st Half vs 2nd Half?
The Heartbreak Kid, Shawn Michaels, has been considered one of the greatest superstars of all time. Mr. Wrestlemania has certainly lived up to the hype as in his illustrious career, he has earned an astounding amount of accolades. It can be said that from his first wrestling match to his last, HBK has never missed a single step in the ring and has consistently put on the same high caliber matches from day one. Wrestling fans tend to divide Shawn Michaels' WWE career into two halves: the first half and the second half. But just what is considered the first and second halves?
The first half of HBK's WWE career ran from 1988 all the way to 1998. In his early WWF days, HBK teamed up with Marty Jannetty to form the dynamic tag team known as The Rockers. This pair of high flying wrestlers would continue to team up until 1991 when Shawn turned on Marty and went on his own. From that day on, he became known as "The Heartbreak Kid", a narcissistic villain. Along the way, he would become an Intercontinental Champion as well as the European Champion and WWF Champion. During this half of his career, he would become the WWE's first ever Grand Slam Champion as well as become the leader of one of wrestling's most famous stables, D-Generation X. At this point of his career, HBK was on top of the world but all of his momentum would come to a screeching halt when he suffered a career threatening back injury at the Royal Rumble '98 when he was backdropped onto the edge of the casket. Months later, he would drop the WWF Championship to rising star, Stone Cold Steve Austin at WM 14 in what appeared to be the final match of his career.
Thing wouldn't end for HBK as he made his triumphant return to the ring when a feud ignited between him and his former stablemate and on-screen best friend, Triple H. Along the way, Shawn won the World Heavyweight Championship for the first time in the first ever Elimination Chamber match. After he lost it a month later, HBK would continue to feud with countless superstars including, Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle, Hulk Hogan, Edge, Randy Orton, John Cena, Legacy, JBL and The Undertaker. Though he never reached his status as "the man" again, Shawn created countless of exciting moment during each and every one of his feuds.
Tale of The Tape
The 1st Half
-3x WWF/E Champion
-1x WWF European champion
-3x WWF/E Intercontinental Champion
-3x WWF/E World Tag Team Champion
-2x Royal Rumble Winner (1995, 1996)
-Won the first ever Iron Man Match
-Won first ever Hell in a Cell Match
-Formed D-Generation X
-4x PWI Match of the Year Award Winner(Won all four in a row)
-1st Ever Grand Slam Champion
The 2nd Half
-1x World Heavyweight Champion
-1x WWE Tag Team Champion
-1x World Tag Team Champion
-7x PWI Match of the Year Award Winner (Won all seven in a row)
-Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011
With the brief look at the two halves, which to you think was his better run? First or second? Or maybe you're of a different opinion...