Shawn Michaels

Thanks for taking my questions…was reading "Sex Lies and Headlocks" and Shawn Michaels seems to be a fascinating person.  I've always been a big fan of his, but where do you put him in the pantheon of all-timers?  He didn't have the longevity as Flair, Hogan, Austin, or even HHH or UT as "the man".  His early years as "the man" coincided with Nitros dominance over Raw.  As much as he delivered in the ring, I'd have to see he's historically overrated and behind  Hogan, Austin, Flair, HHH, UT, Rock, and Cena.  Thoughts?  Thanks       MH

Well, the thing with Shawn is that you kind of have to divide his career into the two different eras, because it's basically like two different people.  The arrogant drugged-out ass who put on great matches but tanked ratings, and then the beloved legend who ended up carrying the promotion on his back through some times when key people got injured and someone needed to step up.  As I've said many times, I hate the first guy and love the second guy.  I think the second guy is enough to put him over the top as one of the best of all-time, though, because he got out at the right time and left an awesome legacy.