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Shawn Michaels has been referred to as Mr. WrestleMania, mainly for his ability to have memorable moments on the grand stage. It doesn't always mean that he won, though. It's a bit hard to believe that Michaels nearly lost twice as many matches as he won at WrestleMania. Michaels holds the mark for the second-most WrestleMania matches competed in, behind The Undertaker. Triple H will compete in his 17th WrestleMania match this Sunday, tying The Heartbreak Kid.
Michaels had his first few WrestleMania matches alongside Marty Jannetty in a tag team known as The Rockers. Their first WrestleMania match was a loss at WrestleMania V to The Twin Towers, Akeem and The Big Boss Man. At WrestleMania VI, it was the same result for The Rockers as they lost to Sato and Tanaka, known as The Orient Express. Their first win as a team came at WrestleMania VII, when The Rockers defeated The Barbarian and Haku.
The Rockers would split in the year that followed, and The Heartbreak Kid was born.
Michaels would defeat El Matador at WrestleMania VIII on his way to singles gold and was Intercontinental Champion when he faced Tatanka at WrestleMania IX. Michaels lost by countout, keeping his title and Tatanka's undefeated streak at the time both in tact.
His first WrestleMania moment came at WrestleMania X. Even in a loss to Razor Ramon, Michaels was remembered for his splash off a ladder in the first-ever ladder match at WrestleMania.
Michaels was suddenly up into the world title picture. He faced his former ally, Diesel, at WrestleMania XI but couldn't take the title away from him. A year later at WrestleMania XII, Michaels and Bret Hart had an epic Iron Man match that lasted over an hour, with Michaels getting the only pinfall of the match to become WWE Champion.
After a year off from the event, Michaels returned at WrestleMania XIV to face Stone Cold Steve Austin. Thinking special enforcer Mike Tyson was on his side, Austin won on a quick count from Tyson.
Shawn Michaels would not compete at WrestleMania again until WrestleMania XIX, when he had an underrated match with Chris Jericho, which he won. At WrestleMania XX, Michaels tried to win the World Heavyweight Championship but lost in a triple threat match.
HBK would lose once again at WrestleMania 21 in another instant classic with Kurt Angle. A street fight at WrestleMania 22 saw Michaels win over Mr. McMahon, but Michaels would try once again to win the WWE Championship a year later, losing to John Cena at WrestleMania 23.
Michaels would win once more at WrestleMania XXIV, ending the career of Ric Flair in the process. What followed for The Heartbreak Kid was two incredible matches with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 25 and WrestleMania XXVI. The latter of those two saw Michaels put his career on the line and lose, effectively ending his career that night.