Shawn Michaels is fondly remembered as one of the best performers in wrestling history, but he's aware of the act that helped put him over the top.
While on Sean Waltman's X-Pac 12360 Podcast, Shawn Michaels recalls how he was informed that he'd be paired with Sensational Sherri. An eventual WWE Hall of Famer in her own right, Michaels admitted that the partnership gave him direction that he needed.
"I received a phone call about how they were putting me with Sherri and I got the music and stuff like that. I remember them playing it for me(Sexy Boy Song), Sherri had gone out on TV and done the promo talking about me and putting herself with me I wasn't sure... I was trying to figure out who I was and what I was going to be. I'm in my whole trying to find myself leaving The Rockers and taking time to do that. And again Pat Paterson he said, "Look, Sherri has been with two guys, okay DiBiase and Savage both top guys... We put you with her because she's going to raise your stock. You get put next to her and that is going to put you on another level." And I was like, OH. And then, of course, Sherri and I were friends from the old AWA days... It started out with the boy toy thing but then them putting her with me sort of gave me a direction. Again back then I don't think they were called Cougars back then. But clearly, that was the vibe we were sort of given with she and I go out there with one another... It gave me a sexual component that I wasn't aware I was going to have, but because I was with her it gave me that area."
After less than a year together, the duo's relationship on-screen would be dissolved and Sherri was eventually released from her contract.
You can hear the full episode of Waltman's podcast at this link.