2.) Triple H/Bayley = Scottie Pippen
As great as Scottie Pippen was, he will always be considered the sidekick to Michael Jordan. He won all six of his championships with Michael Jordan during his time with the Chicago Bulls. Rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, and buzzer beaters were all part of his game, but he will always play second fiddle to the legendary MJ.
Triple H and Bayley fit this role due to the secondary role they play, alongside Shawn Michaels and Sasha Banks. They will never be as great as their best friends, which would always blur the lines of jealousy and support and encourage the media to speculate about them breaking up or sticking together despite the tension, just like they did with Pippen and Jordan.
Like Pippen, Triple H and Bayley received sufficient accolades in their career to consider themselves successful. However, because of their assistance from and association with the greats, it is impossible to consider them the greatest of all time because their best friend was always one step ahead and the world may never know how their careers would have ended up if it wasn’t for that assistance and support.
1.) Shawn Michaels/Sasha Banks = Michael Jordan
Clearly, Jordan is the best there is, best there was, and best there ever will be. Although Pippen won as many championships as Jordan did, Jordan was still the superior player who consistently carried the team, especially during critical moments.
The Miz claimed that he is the Michael Jordan of the WWE during his Miz TV segment with Lavar Ball, but he evidently needs to stay in his lane. Shawn Michaels and Sasha Banks are undoubtedly the Michael Jordans of the WWE because they deliver every single time they step foot in that ring and lay their palms on a microphone.
Although Triple H won more championships than Michaels did, Michaels was still the superior wrestler who consistently ‘stopped’ the show every single night. Although Bayley held championships longer than Banks did, Banks was still the superior wrestler who consistently stole the show every single night.
While Triple H and Bayley needed to hold more championships to be on the level of Michaels and Banks, it’s obvious that Michaels and Banks don’t need that many championships to be great because they have their actions to show for it. That must explain why Michael Jordan did not need to win eleven NBA championship rings, like Bill Russell did, to be the greatest of all time, right?