Is Shawn Michaels really better than Triple H?

March 22, 2012|By Arda Ocal

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 WWE. WWE’s official DVD release of “Top 50 Superstars of all time” even names Triple H No. 12 and HBK No. 1. This would be enough for most to deem the argument conclusive, but taking into consideration other factors, is it true? Is Shawn Michaels better than Triple H? Let’s compare.

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 WrestleMania 28). That’s a winning percentage of 55%.

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 – Royal Rumble – ‘Last Man Standing’ Match ends in a draw

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 European title “match” on Raw in 1997, hilarious as it was)

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, Chris Jericho and Kane to win the World Heavyweight title

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 Super Bowl. Hunter has closed the show more times: HBK -- five main events (12, 14, 20, 23, 26), Triple H -- six main events (16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25). Hunter has also done something Shawn Michaels has never done on the grandest stage off them all –- as a villain, win in the main event at WrestleMania. In fact, Triple H was the first villain to do this at WrestleMania 2000, retaining the WWE title in a fatal four-way match to close the show (HBK was unsuccessful as a villain against Diesel at WrestleMania 11, in the penultimate match on the card).

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):



Shawn Michaels



Triple H



WWE Title







World Heavyweight Title







Intercontinental Title







Tag Team Title







European 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.

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