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WWE legend Shawn Michaels picks Finn Balor, Kevin Owens as Royal Rumble favourites

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) legend Shawn Michaels believes Finn Balor and Kevin Owens, who he believes are “special wrestlers”, will be the favourites to win the Royal Rumble match on January 28.

other sports Updated: Jan 19, 2018 18:52 IST
Sayan Ghosh
Sayan Ghosh
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Shawn Michaels has picked Finn Balor and Kevin Owens as his favourites to win the Royal Rumble match on January 28. (WWE)

When it comes to the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), there are few pro-wrestlers who have achieved more than Shawn Michaels. From dominating the business in the 1990s to producing some of the best matches in the company’s history, the ‘Heartbreak Kid’ is still one of the big names in WWE history.

However, the one thing that is almost synonymous with Shawn Michaels is his faction ‘D-Generation X’ which he formed with Triple H in 1997. The group quickly became a rage among the pro-wrestling fans and till date, they are considered as one of the most important parts of the ‘Attitude Era’.

It has been almost seven years since DX was last seen in a wrestling ring, but Shawn Michaels believes that the team can be rebuild with some talented wrestlers from the current WWE roster.

“My first three choices are going to be my favourites - Finn (Balor), Kevin Owens and AJ Styles. But, I also want a character like X-PAC in the team and that is why I will choose TJ Perkins from 205 Live.”

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Michaels has expressed his admiration for Kevin Owens and Finn Balor on several occasions and he once again picked them as the front runners to win this year’s Royal Rumble match on January 28.

“Finn Balor and Kevin Owens are just special wrestlers. They are brilliant in the ring and although Braun Strowman has been an absolute force of nature in the last few months, I will have to say that Styles and Owens will be my picks to win the Royal Rumble match,” he told Hindustan Times.

That is extremely high praise coming from Shawn Michaels - a pro-wrestler who is still considered one of the best pure workers in the sport’s history.

The ladder match against Razor Ramon in Wrestlemania 12 and his two matches against The Undertaker in 2009 and 2010 are considered classics by the fans and experts alike and almost all top-10 matches list feature them on a regular basis.

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However, Michaels believes that his popularity is largely thanks to his opponents who helped him in producing brilliant matches in his career.

“Look at the wrestlers I have faced in my career. Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Triple H and the list goes on. They are all world-class talents and they are capable of producing magic in the ring. I will say that I was lucky to share the ring with them and they helped me in producing brilliant matches,” he said.

First Published: Jan 19, 2018 18:52 IST