As WWE legend Shawn Michaels came to the ring on Monday Night Raw he received a huge standing ovation from the crowd in Phoenix as well as from the announcers.
Chants of “HBK” loudly echoed throughout the arena. Before he could even get out a word the Undertaker came out.
The Dead Man stopped at the top of the ramp and tipped his hat in respect to Michaels before turning around and heading back to the locker room.
Again chants of “HBK” reigned down as the crowd begged him not to go.
Michaels talked about staring his wrestling career at 19 and being on TV by 23. He said that not being in your living rooms each week is going to take some getting used to.
The crowd started chanting, “Thank you Shawn” as tears began rolling down his cheeks. He said that for years the ring and the fans were all he had. “For years you guys were the only thing that made me like me,” he said.
He thanked Triple H for being his friend when nobody else in the world wanted to touch him. He admitted that there were a lot of people that didn’t like him and that he was difficult to be around, but Hunter never left his side. He is a real friend and has been for 16 years.
He also thanked the production crew, the announcers and Jim Ross. He said they made him look so much better than he ever was.
In addition HBK thanked Adam from WWE in Stamford for putting together his awesome video packages over the year.
Pleas for “one more match” came in from the crowd. He said that he knows how a lot of people feel about career ending matches. However, he said he didn’t want to back on his word to the fans or the Undertaker and that he was going to do everything in his power to make sure that never happens.
In a sign of respect he thanked Bret Hart. He said he couldn’t begin to tell us how much he drove Hart crazy back in the 90′s. Moreover, he said that Hart had every right to say everything he ever did about him. Then he thanked him for accepting him as a friend once again.
He thanked Vince McMahon and jokingly said that he didn’t know if he’d get in trouble saying his name, but it was his farewell speech and he’s going to do it anyway. Michaels said that he could never work for anybody else and McMahon was the only man he drove crazier than Hart. He thanked the boss for standing by him. He credited Vince for keeping him on course and not letting him crash like he should have.
Lastly, Michaels thanked the fans which prompted chants of “Thank you Shawn.” He thanked the fans for giving him the honor and privilege of coming out and competing for them every night of his life.
Jesus Christ got a shout out, too.
He told his family that “Daddy was coming home” before wrapping up.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels has left the building,” he said. He then gently put down the microphone and left the ring for the final time.
Triple H came out when he was at the top of the ramp and had clearly been crying backstage. The two embraced and Hunter placed the DX glowsticks at their feet to symbolize the end of their run.
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