After Monday’s WWE RAW from San Antonio, Texas went off the air, the “Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night” festivities continued.
John Cena warmed up the crowd and introduced a tribute video that was shown on the big screen and was described by several fans in attendance as incredible. Cena then called Shawn Michaels to the ring.
Shawn Michaels came out with Triple H, followed by CM Punk – who broke from his heel character and thanked Michaels for inspiring him. Punk said he’s had Shawn’s autograph since he was 15 years old.
Regarding Punk’s tribute, Michaels tweeted after RAW:
“And to @CMPunk …thank you!! I never told anyone the story…it was yours to tell when you wanted. Thank you for sharing it w/San Antonio.”
Vince McMahon then came out and told Shawn that he’s like a son to him and said, “I love you son.” They hugged and it was an emotional moment that the crowd was very into. Hunter then called out the entire locker room – including The Undertaker, who was the only wrestler to get his own entrance.
Undertaker told Shawn that he’s directly responsible for 3 of his Top 5 matches of all-time. He then thanked Shawn for being a friend, and they hugged.
Shawn was presented with a commemorative plaque to honor his work for San Antonio’s AT&T Center. Out came John Laurinaitis, who immediately got Sweet Chin Music and thrown out of the ring. Triple H and Vince McMahon threw Johnny back into the ring. The crowd chanted “one more time” and got what they wanted – another Sweet Chin Music right to the face of Big Johnny.
Michaels ended the show by thanking everyone for supporting him throughout his career. He, Triple H, and Undertaker then posed together in the ring, in a scene that was very similar to what we saw at WrestleMania 28 after the “End of an Era” match.
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