WWE SummerSlam 2012: Looking at Every Shawn Michaels Appearance at the Event
On Raw we witnessed Shawn Michaels being brutally beaten by Brock Lesnar, but that does not mean the Show Stopper will be down for the count.
It is possible, despite reports stating he will not be there, that we will see Michaels at SummerSlam, albeit with a kayfabe cast on his arm.
WWE would be smart to report that he would not be at SummerSlam in order to make his appearance both a surprise and an attention grabber.
HBK is one of those guys who always has memorable moments, and his years at SummerSlam are no exception.
Since this could be one of Michaels' last SummerSlam appearances, I thought it would be appropriate to look back on all his matches at the historic summer-time event.
Unfortunately for Mr. WrestleMania, his first outing at a SummerSlam event was a loss in the record books.
Michaels, along with fellow Rocker Marty Jannetty, teamed with Tito Santana to take on Rick Martel and the Fabulous Rougeaus.
Looking back at the second SummerSlam makes me realize what a long way Michaels has come in the last 24 years.
He went from being a cocky, young upstart to being one of the best in-ring performers of all time.
To view part two of the included match, visit this link.
Well, you can't win them all.
Shawn's second SummerSlam match also ended in defeat when The Rockers fell to Power and Glory, a team made up of Paul Roma and Hercules.
This was a short tag match with little to no consequence, but even during this short bout you could see Michaels beginning to mature as a wrestler from where he was a year before.
After being left off the card the previous year, Michaels returned to the event, this time in singles action, as he faced Rick Martel.
Michaels was yet again unable to gain a victory, but at least the double-countout finish was not a complete loss.
Michaels was already being groomed for a singles run at this point and you could tell it was only a matter of time until he was a big name in the business.
Michaels was the IC champion and he was set to defend the title against another great Hall of Famer, Mr. Perfect.
HBK was finally able to secure a win at the event, although the win was by countout, not the most noble of ways to win a match.
At this point, Michaels had already picked up Diesel as a bodygaurd and he was beginning to show everyone that performance was more important than muscles and size.
Rest in peace, Curt Hennig.
This event saw Michaels acting as the corner-man for Diesel, as the seven-footer faced off against fellow clique member Razor Ramon.
Ramon had someone in his corner who made him not only the fan favorite, but the heavy favorite to win in Chicago—Walter Payton.
As a Chicago-area resident, I cannot help but look back on this match with very fond memories, as Payton's legacy means a great deal to this city.
Despite not having a match of his own, Michaels made his presence felt.
This year saw something very strange happen. Michaels was scheduled to face Sid in a match for the IC title, but the match was scrapped for unknown reasons.
Instead, we were treated to a rematch from WrestleMania 10, as Michaels was able to defeat Razor Ramon in a ladder match for the belt.
This time Michaels was the baby face and his win made him the king of ladder matches, although there had only been two on WWE TV at this point, so there was not much contention.
Michaels was finally main-eventing a SummerSlam PPV, but the challenge ahead of him was one of the biggest he had ever faced.
With his mentor, Jose Lothario, in his corner, Michaels took on the powerful and legendary Big Van Vader.
The match was brutal for Michaels, and he held onto the title by the skin of his teeth.
This year was where Michaels was beginning to develop a reputation for always stealing the show.
Even though Michaels did not have an opponent for the night, he played into the main event heavily, as he donned the black-and-white-striped shirt to ref the match between Bret Hart and Undertaker.
We have all seen the clips before. The controversial ending to this match is one of those moments WWE likes to relive over and over.
Even with two huge stars like Hart and Taker in the ring, it was Michaels as the ref who ended up being the most important person to the outcome between the opening and closing bells of the match.
Unfortunately, fans would have to wait four years to see Michaels back on SummerSlam, as a near career-ending injury sidelined him for four years.
After four years of being on the bench, Shawn Michaels returned to WWE and took on Triple H in what was billed as an unsanctioned street fight.
Fans wondered how Michaels would perform after so long away from the ring, but with a reliable hand like Triple H in the ring with him, he was able to steal the show once again.
The match was brutal and entertaining to even the most casual of WWE fans. Michaels' return to SummerSlam also marked The Rock's final SummerSlam, as he left to pursue Hollywood.
Being firmly back in the fold, Michaels began to rise up to the main-event scene again, but that was a much more crowded place than it used to be.
Michaels was put into an elimination chamber match for the World Title against Triple H, Kevin Nash, Chris Jericho, Goldberg and Randy Orton.
This lineup was literally one of the most star-studded matches WWE had ever put on, and it did not fail to impress.
Michaels was unsuccessful this night, but he made sure to superkick as many people as possible in the process.
Shawn took 2004 off from SummerSlam, so I guess he felt like he had to make up for it by wrestling the biggest name in the history of the business.
Shawn Michaels vs. Hulk Hogan was one of those dream matches a lot of people doubted we would ever see, but WWE likes to prove people wrong.
The match was so over the top that you could not help but love it. Michaels over-sold to Hogan in a way that only Michaels could do, and it was great.
If you have never seen this match, I suggest giving it a look because it is definitely a good watch.
DX was back, baby, and they were back to making the lives of the McMahon family a living hell, just like they did in the '90s.
Michaels and Triple H faced off against Shane and Vince McMahon in a tag match that saw DX take home the victory.
It was good to see Michaels and Triple H back to their old tactics. However, the DX reunions would be milked dry in the coming years, so we had to enjoy this one while it was still a fresh idea.
Michaels took another few years off from appearing at SummerSlam before DX returned yet again to face a new generation of cocky heels.
DX defeated Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase, known as Legacy back then, in a tag match that showed that the two second-generation wrestlers both had a lot of potential.
It was around this time that the DX reunions became a bit of a gimmick and not as special as it was the first time.
This was Michaels' final SummerSlam match before he lost a match to the Undertaker, forcing him to retire from in-ring competition.
This year will see Michaels supporting his friend, as Triple H is going to be taking on Brock Lesnar in a match which will see The Game try to get revenge for both his and Michaels' arms being broken by Lesnar.
This will be a brutal match and no one is likely to come away looking very healthy, but a winner will be decided one way or another.
As you can see from looking at Michaels' history at SummerSlam, it is clear that he is not just Mr. WrestleMania, he is Mr. Pay-Per-View in general.
How will HBK play into this year's event? You will have to tune in on Sunday to find out.
Thanks for reading and please feel free to share your thoughts on Michaels' SummerSlam legacy as well as what might happen at this year's event.