This past Monday night on Raw, The Undertaker re-affirmed his opinion to both Shawn Michaels and Triple H. Speaking to Hunter, he said – "Remember when I told you that Shawn Michaels is better than you? He is."
At first glance, many fans might simply agree based on what they know about both men’s careers in
While wins and losses may not be kept thoroughly and don't exactly have a deep impact on a superstar's career, it's still interesting to compare the overall PPV record of these two legends:
Triple H has a career PPV record of 77-59-4 across 140 PPV appearances (not including
Shawn Michaels has a career PPV record of 47-57-6 across 110 PPV appearances. That's a win ratio of 42.7 percent.
Against each other on PPV, Triple H also owns the lion's share of victories, going 3-1-1 against his Hall of Fame best friend:
Aug. 25, 2002 – SummerSlam – HBK wins 'Unsanctioned Street Fight'
Dec. 15, 2002 – Armageddon – Triple H wins 2 of 3 falls match (2-1)
Jan. 25, 2004 –
June 13, 2004 – Bad Blood – Triple H wins 'Hell In A Cell' match
Oct. 19, 2004 – Taboo Tuesday – Triple H wins match
(I am not counting their
In PPV matches with multiple participants in which either HBK or HHH won the match, Hunter has the advantage there also, going 3-1:
Nov. 17, 2002 – Survivor Series – Elimination Chamber - Shawn Michaels beat champ Triple H, Booker T, Rob Van Dam,
April 27, 2003 – Backlash – Triple H, Rick Flair & Chris Jericho beat Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels & Booker T
Aug. 24, 2003 – SummerSlam – Triple H beats Goldberg, Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Randy Orton & Chris Jericho for the World Heavyweight Title
Feb. 17, 2008 – No Way Out – Elimination Chamber – Triple H beats Shawn Michaels, Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho, JBL & Umaga
Despite being “Mr. WrestleMania,” Shawn Michaels (6-11) has a worse record than Triple H (7-8) at WWE’s
At SummerSlam, WWE's biggest event of the summer, Hunter (8-4) edges out Michaels (6-4-1) again. Shawn holds one more Royal Rumble victory than Triple H.
Triple H also has more WWE championships to his name, in almost every category (except tag team titles):
World Heavyweight Title
Tag Team Title
Yet despite how fun it might have been to look through these numbers, there is a reason Shawn Michaels is considered the greatest superstar of all time and why so many agree with what The Undertaker said on Raw this past week. For that, we need to look at the qualitative facts, not the quantitative.
In terms of charisma, HBK has no equal. His ability to connect with the crowd through his actions in the ring is second to none. Though Triple H may be better vocally on the microphone, HBK always seemed to rally the crowd behind him more than his counterpart.
The biggest argument is that despite the numbers, it can be said that at every WrestleMania since No. 10, HBK has had the best (or second best) match on the show:
10 – Razor Ramon beats HBK – Ladder Match
11 – Diesel beats HBK – WWE title
12 – HBK beats Bret Hart – Ironman match
19 – HBK beats Chris Jericho
22 – HBK beats Mr. McMahon
24 – HBK beats Ric Flair (career-threatening match)
25 – Undertaker beats HBK
26 – Undertaker beats HBK
It's no easy feat to consistently show up and steal the show at the event where every superstar brings their very best, and Shawn Michaels continuously did that.
To generalize, you knew that if Shawn Michaels was booked, he would most likely give you the best and most entertaining match on the card. That reputation was earned through providing years of evidence in the ring. Particularly earlier in his WWE ascension (most notably his first championship reign in 1996), HBK would rev the engine on the highest gear whether the event was televised or in front of 2,500 people in Kalamazoo. That alone goes a long way in tipping the scales in HBK's favor in this argument.
Though it's an intriguing part of the Undertaker vs. HHH story going into WrestleMania, I'm sure to real-life best friends HBK and HHH, this debate is nothing more than an opportunity to take playful jabs at each other. But it sure is interesting and fun for us to debate.