Classic Rivalries: Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon

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June 19, 2012

Shawn Michaels wasn’t always The Showstopper, The Icon and Mr. WrestleMania. Long before his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, HBK was just another competitor hoping for a shot at superstardom. That all changed on March 20, 1994, at WrestleMania X. On that night, he found himself standing atop a ladder in the middle of The World’s Most Famous Arena, New York City’s Madison Square Garden, with his close friend Razor Ramon lying prone on the mat beneath him.

Michaels was motivated heading into the unique Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match, but he never could have expected the reaction people around the world would have when he took a leap of faith from the top of the ladder and into sports-entertainment history.

“You always go into WrestleMania wanting to have the best match,” Michaels told WWE Classics. “But we didn’t go into the match thinking we were going to create history or revolutionize the business.”

As he flew through the air, Michaels had no idea that he was altering the course of sports-entertainment. By the time he came crashing down to the canvas, a new generation of Superstars had been inspired to climb to new heights.

“They redefined the Ladder Match,” Cody Rhodes said. “They set the bar so high that guys probably wouldn’t want to have [a Ladder Match] because it couldn’t be better than what Shawn and Razor did.” (PHOTOS | VIDEO PLAYLIST)

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