Who is the G.O.A.T of Professional Wrestling.

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  1. Carnage Carlson

    Carnage Carlson Carnage Personified

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    Not many people can claim to be the G.O.A.T., but those who can are the Greatest Of All Time in their field. Most often, the acronym G.O.A.T. praises exceptional athletes but also musicians and other public figures. To be the G.O.A.T you truly are "The Best there was, The best there is, and The best there ever will be." So who is the G.O.A.T of Professional Wrestling? Be it from; TNA, WCW, WWF/E, NJPW, ROH etc.

    Now I'm new here but if you've read my other post "What's your favorite Era from WWE" or have read my profile, then you already know by now that Shawn Michaels is my absolute favorite Wrestler. However, not only is he my favorite wrestler but I'm also going to provide the argument that he is the G.O.A.T of Professional Wrestling Entertainment.

    A great wrestler is an amalgam of several people; a comedian, an actor, an acrobat, a powerlifter, and a grappler. Michaels was all of those things and more, the rare complete package. He may not be the strongest, the fastest, or the most technical. He may not have been the best on the mic or have the highest draw. However, Shawn Michaels did absolutely everything extremely, extremely well. Now I know, his early career wasn't the best he was an "arrogant, cocky, asshole" and Canadian fans especially hated him(Some still do) for disrespecting the Canadian flag the way he did and the Infamous Montreal screw job. Regardless when he returned from a long time off between 1998-2002 after a serious back injury as well as dealing with his struggle with drug and alcohol abuse he returned a new man. Shawn Michaels was back Sober, a Born Christian and better than ever, absolutely everything he did with the WWE from this point on was absolute magic.

    So, to help really drive my point home I stated that a great Professional wrestler is " an amalgam of several people". I'm going to go over every point that makes a great wrestler great starting with Mic work. Michaels was a powerful and emotive actor, as well as one of the funniest men in wrestling history. Charisma flowed through his body like blood flows through the veins of any other mere mortal. It certainly wasn't a stretch for him to play the cocky and brash rebel. The thinly veiled version of himself was one of the most engaging characters we’ve ever seen. Whether you loved it or hated it you were still talking about it and as the saying goes "there's no such thing as bad publicity." As a member of DX, he added a whole career's worth of hilarity to his resume. The "Show Stopper" had some of the funniest skits and moments in the sports history. I challenge you to look up a compellation of the funniest moments of WWE and I promise you that almost any video you find will be filled with Shawn Michaels antics, Whether it be the time where "He never slept with that woman, as a matter of fact they were up all night" to the time he kicked a poor random guy named "Stan". On top of just being hilarious HBK's off mic charisma was just as great if not better, with one of the most Iconic Entrances as a whole, paired with him playing to the crowd he was exciting from the moment he hit the ramp to the post match celebration. Shawn Michaels never disappointed when it came to comedy or being entertaining he turned the WWE into his personal Grand Theatre.

    Next I'd like to talk about HBK's ring work. Some people say his ring work wasn't good, and that he over selled. Other than the one time between Hogan as a way to get back at him for turning their best of 3 fued into a one-off match, I'd like to ask when? A master of his body, an innovator and a warrior, Michaels fused technical wrestling, catch wrestling, Lucha Libre and martial arts-inspired moves to build a Hall of Fame career. Nearly everything that "Mr.WrestleMania" did inside the ring was clean and crisp. Some people have said "Oh he never put anyone over" and to that i'd like to say "You're not just wrong, you're stupid, and you're ugly, like your mom." Shawn Michaels was the absolute best person to put someone over, due to his near flawless sells and electrifying move set absolutely any body to wrestle HBK win or lose was better off after. The list of Superstars who had their greatest matches facing off against Michaels is a huge one.
     
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    Carnage Carlson Carnage Personified

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    PART 2.
    Moving on, to the next portion of why HBK is the G.O.A.T I'd like to take a brief moment to mention his tag team brilliance. WWE fans first saw Michaels as one half of the exciting Rockers. He and Marty Jannetty weren't just another talented team competing in the golden age of tag teams, they started a revolution. The Rockers brought a dynamic energy to their matches and didn't settle for the same tired routine most guys were doing. They innovated; they inspired. Their creative double-team moves dazzled fans. When it came time for Michaels to go out on his own, he broke apart the Rockers in momentous fashion. Sending Jannetty through the barbershop window is one of the most iconic moments in WWE history. Tag partners turn on each other all the time, but fans will never forget the broken friendship, the broken glass, the shock of seeing Michaels Superkick Jannetty. Also who could forget about his time with one of the most Iconic stables in Wrestling History with D Generation X. In the first run of DX Shawn was the founding member and leader of the Stable. The stable had many great iconic moments. During the second run of DX Shawn Michaels teamed back up with best friend HHH to reform the stable as a tag. The Duo once again delivered many Hilarious and Iconic Moments and won the World Tag Team Championship.

    Still not convinced? Ok fine let's go over the "Showstopper's" long list of achievements. Starting early in his career as the Rockers with Marty Jannetty HBK would win the AWA world Tag team championship twice. He would win the WWF, European Championship once, be intercontinental Champion 3 times Be WWF Tag team champion 3 time be WWE Tag Team Champion twice and World Tag Team Champion once, World Heavyweight Champion once and WWF World Heavyweight champion. He was a 2 time royal rumble winner one time as the #1 entrant(first man to do so). First Grand Slam champion, Fourth Triple Crown champion. "BUT CARNAGE NON OF THAT MEANS ANYTHING THAT'S ALL BOOKING AND WRITING." O.K Fine lets play that game. Pro Wrestling Illustrated would give MR. WrestleMania match of the year 12 different times, 7 times in a row during his prime from 2004-2010. 2000-2009 Feud of the decade, 2000-2009 match of the decade. 2000-2009 Inspirational Wrestler of the decade, 2 time Most Popular Wrestler of the year. 2 time Hall of Famer once solo once with DX. Let's not forget that he invented the Ladder match with close friend Razor Ramon, was in the first hell in a cell match against Under Taker, and was part of the first elimination chamber. Finally all these great matches aren't just the best of the year, or best of the decade some of them are the Greatest Matches of all time. Shawn Michaels was everything a great professional wrestler needed to be He was funny, charismatic, great in the ring, an innovator and overall the personification of entertainment.

    So there you have it, my opinion as to why "THE HEARBREAK KID" "THE ICON" THE SHOW STOPPER" "MR.WRESTLEMANIA" SHAWN MICHAELS is also the G.O.A.T. As always thanks for reading and I can't wait to read your thoughts and opinions.
     
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