Shawn Michaels is Mr. WrestleMania. WWE does not let us forget this, ever. They love to bring it up whenever he is on television, especially around WrestleMania season.
It would not be the same without him, and it rarely has been without him. Shawn Michaels performed as a wrestler at WrestleMania from 1989 to 1996, in 1998 and from 2003 to 2010.
In the few years since his WrestleMania debut that he has not wrestled, Michaels has appeared most years in other capacities. In 1997 he was present on commentary and in 1999 as the WWE's Commissioner.
Michaels did miss WrestleMania from 2000 to 2002, but since his retirement at WrestleMania XXVI in 2010, has yet to miss one.
In 2011 he was featured in a pivotal promo with The Undertaker and Triple H in the build-up to their WrestleMania match before being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is held in WrestleMania's host city the night before the event and included in the WrestleMania PPV package, so is arguably part of the event.
Last year, Michaels joined Triple H to induct Mike Tyson into the celebrity wing of WWE's Hall of Fame before playing the part of special guest referee at WrestleMania XXVIII in Triple H and The Undertaker's "End of an Era" Hell in a Cell match.
Michaels appeared frequently in the build-up to the event that year on WWE's "Road to WrestleMania" phase the company annually goes through.
It would feel strange not to see Michaels at WWE's Showcase of the Immortals. Lets have a look at what ways WWE might consider using the Heart Break Kid at the event.