Who will be the next ‘Mr. WrestleMania’?

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February 21, 2013

The Road to WrestleMania is in high gear, and whenever The Show of Shows is at the forefront, so is the name of one WWE Hall of Famer: Shawn Michaels.

It’s been three years since Michaels’ legendary career-ending duel against The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI. In that time, The Grandest Stage of Them All has only grown larger, and the excitement and spectacle surrounding it more fervent. Yet with HBK no longer an active competitor and WrestleMania 29 just around the corner, WWE.com pondered a simple — and perhaps, misguided — question: Can there ever be another “Mr. WrestleMania”?

And if so, who would it be? (No, we’re not counting Michael Cole’s one-time claim in 2011.)

Before jumping into the hot-button topic of trying to anoint a current Superstar the next “Mr. WrestleMania,” we first had to figure out what it was, exactly, that made HBK the man on The Grandest Stage of Them All in the first place. For the more than dozen Superstars and WWE personalities we asked, this question was a no brainer. In some cases, the query garnered just short of a chuckle.

“That’s not even a question,” WWE newcomer Bo Dallas said.

“I don’t even know where to begin,” Michaels’ former D-Generation X cohort Billy Gunn answered, before rattling off a litany of reasons.

“He’s The Showstopper, man,” R-Truth croaked. “That’s qualification enough right there.”

No matter which Superstar we asked, the sentiment was the same. HBK might not have always won at The Show of Shows (his record was a pedestrian 6-11) and he wasn’t always in the main event (he competed last in five of his 17 WrestleManias), but he could always be counted on to deliver one of the evening’s most memorable performances, if not the most memorable.

“It’s pretty simple,” Cody Rhodes replied. “Shawn Michaels was always potentially in a major match at WrestleMania, but that’s not what it is. It’s the fact that after his match, very few people could follow it.”

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