Shawn Michaels was one of the biggest draws in WWE in the 90s, but a horrific injury in 1998 forced him to miss the majority of the Attitude Era. He eventually made his grand return in 2002, but that didn’t come without its troubles.
Jim Ross revealed on his podcast that he had to convince HBK to return and fix his tarnished legacy.
HBK was considered one of the greatest in-ring performers along with Ric Flair, and Ross wanted him to live up to the billing.
“My pitch to Shawn was always that you can’t allow your legacy to end this way, you have put a bad taste in people’s mouth whether inadvertently or premeditatedly, I don’t know and I don’t really care.”
“Right now the perception of you is not so positive. For a guy that’s considered to be, along with Ric Flair, the two greatest in-ring performers of all time, that’s just not right. It’s not right for you or your fans.”
Michaels made his return and went on to have several classics for the next eight years, eventually hanging up his boots after the Career vs Streak match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 26.
Michaels recently returned for a one-off match against the Brothers of Destruction alongside Triple H, but has majorly worked as a trainer at the Performance Center since he bid adieu to the Squared Circle.