Top 25 WrestleMania stars: No. 2
5 (1989): Along with Marty Jannetty, lost to Akeem and The Big Bossman
6 (1990): Along with Jannetty, lost to The Orient Express by countout
7 (1991): Along with Jannetty, defeated The Barbarian and Haku
8 (1992): Defeated Tito Santana
9 (1993): Lost to challenger Tatanka by disqualification. Michaels retained the Intercontinental title.
10 (1994):) Lost to Intercontinental champion Razor Ramon in a ladder match
11 (1995): Lost to WWF champion Diesel
12 (1996): Defeated Bret Hart less than two minutes into overtime of a 60-minute Iron Man Match to win the WWF title
14 (1998): Lost the WWF title to Steve Austin
19 (2003): Defeated Chris Jericho
20 (2004): Lost to Chris Benoit in a world heavyweight title match. Champion Triple H also was in the match.
21 (2005): Lost to Kurt Angle
22 (2006): Defeated Vince McMahon in a No Holds Barred match
23 (2007): Lost to WWE champion John Cena
24 (2008): Defeated Ric Flair in a match with the stipulation that Flair had to retire if he lost
Comments: Thanks to his spectacular wrestling skills, he has stolen the show on the grand stage more than anyone. … His 15 WrestleMania appearances are second only to The Undertaker (16). … Has competed in five world title matches at WrestleMania, four of which went on last. … Although it wasn’t his greatest match at WrestleMania, Michaels’ victory over Flair in the latter’s final match created one of the most memorable WrestleMania moments – Michaels mouthing, “I’m sorry, I love you,” before delivering the decisive superkick to his idol. … First show-stealing performance was at WM 10, when he and Ramon competed in the first ladder match on a WWE pay-per-view. … Victory over Hart to win his first WWF title at WM 12 is the longest match (nearly 62 minutes) at WrestleMania. … Working with a severe back injury, Michaels put on a gutsy performance in dropping the WWF title to Austin at WM 14. It would be Michaels’ last match for more than four years. … Michaels, Benoit and Triple H competed in a tremendous triple threat match at WM 20. … Matches with Jericho (WM 19) and Angle (WM 21) were both outstanding. … Carried 60-year-old McMahon to an entertaining brawl at WM 22.
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