God's gift to wrestling: Shawn Michaels

Learn what it means to fight an uphill battle

Shawn Michaels debuts in 1984

“I’m always slightly amused by how people talk about how so-and-so ‘isn’t big enough.’ And how someone is fighting an uphill battle because of his size. You don’t know the first thing about an uphill battle. Try doing it in 1994 and 1995, even earlier than that. Try doing it back when there hadn’t been — with all due respect — me complaining about how size shouldn’t matter. Now there’s a list of guys as long as my arm who complain about getting looked over. When I got here, I didn’t have a name. I didn’t have a legacy. I didn’t have a famous family. And there was only one guy who was gonna kick down the door and moan until — quite frankly, and thankfully — the old man finally relented. Ha ha.”

Watch HBK battle the much larger British Bulldog in 1995