WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels recently spoke with Vicente Beltrán of ViBe & Wrestling about who gave him the best rivalry of his career.
The former WWE Champion named two stars – Bret Hart and Triple H.
While Michaels and Hart had a rivalry for years, it peaked with the famous Montreal Screwjob incident at the Survivor Series pay-per-view event in 1997 where Vince McMahon screwed Hart in the main event where Michaels won the WWE Title.
“Well I think it’s got to be Bret Hart right? I mean my goodness how do you mention me and not mention income Bret and certainly it spilled over into real life but again all these all these years later … it was something that was so palpable and people felt it so as proud as I am of all those other rivalries I think it’s Hart.”
With Triple H, the two have been friends for years dating back to their time in the late 1990s when they formed DX. In 2002 after Michaels wanted to come back for one more match, he picked Triple H as his opponent because he knew he would take care of him in the ring.
“If we don’t mention that one I would say Triple H. I think he and I even though now I certainly everybody has always associated both of us with our friendship that I think they always knew was very real and palpable. We still managed to cross one another backwards and forwards as good guy, bad guy, medium guys, tagging together. We did a lot of stuff together. Triple H and I that you couldn’t always get away with but because people knew the behind-the-scenes story on me and I it somehow always seemed to make sense.
They could understand us beating each other because they knew we were both really competitive and competitive with one another and that always added to the storyline… so I have to say it in the first part of my career you say Bret Hart and then the second part I think I’d have to say Triple H.”
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