Shawn Michaels

Professional Wrestler
Born Jul 22, 1965

Michael Shawn Hickenbottom, better known by his ring name Shawn Michaels, is a retired professional wrestler, and an American television host. He is currently signed to WWE, where he has served as an ambassador for the company since December 2010. Hickenbottom consistently wrestled for WWE, formerly the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), from 1988 until his first retirement in 1998, due to injury.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Shawn Michaels.


1965 Birth Born on July 22, 1965.


1984 18 Years Old Hickenbottom began to train under Mexican professional wrestler Jose Lothario. During his training, Hickenbottom adopted the ring name, "Shawn Michaels". After his training with Lothario, he debuted as Shawn Michaels with the National Wrestling Alliance's (NWA) Mid-South Wrestling on October 16, 1984, against Art Crews, losing to Crews via swinging neckbreaker. … Read More
1985 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1985, he debuted for World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), the NWA territory in Dallas, Texas.


1988 - 1991 3 More Events
…  After winning the AWA Tag Team Championship twice, the team continued to the WWF as The Rockers, and had a high-profile breakup in January 1992. … Read More
1993 27 Years Old 1 More Event
Michaels lost the Intercontinental Championship to Jannetty on Monday Night Raw on May 17, 1993. … Read More
1994 28 Years Old On August 28, 1994, Michaels and Diesel captured the WWF Tag Team Championship from The Headshrinkers (Samu and Fatu). … Read More
Michaels went on to win the Royal Rumble in 1995, which set up a championship grudge match at WrestleMania XI against Diesel (who had gone on to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from Bob Backlund). … Read More


After teasing a retirement, Michaels returned to the WWF at the Royal Rumble match in 1996, which he wound up winning for a second year in a row, to receive a WWF World Heavyweight Championship match in the main event at WrestleMania XII. … Read More
Michaels recaptured the championship from Sid in January 1997 at the Royal Rumble. … Read More
At the 1998 Royal Rumble, Michaels received a serious back injury in a Casket match against The Undertaker. … Read More
On January 4, 1999 on Raw, Michaels re-joined DX as a fan favorite, but disappeared from WWF television for a few weeks to have back surgery, and by the time he returned, DX was on the way of dissolving within the next couple of months.
2002 36 Years Old In 2002, Michaels returned to WWE television after 18 months of absence. … Read More
2003 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Michaels then began a rivalry with Chris Jericho, after Jericho claimed that he was the next Shawn Michaels. On January 13, 2003, after Jericho won a battle royal to select his entry number for the Royal Rumble, choosing number two in order to start the match with Michaels, who had already been named number one. … Read More
2005 39 Years Old 1 More Event
At the Royal Rumble in 2005, Michaels competed in the Rumble match and eliminated Kurt Angle. … Read More


2006 - 2010 4 More Events
Michaels is a four-time world champion: a three-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion and a one-time World Heavyweight Champion. He is also a two-time Royal Rumble winner, the first WWF Grand Slam Champion and the fourth WWF Triple Crown Champion, as well as a 2011 WWE Hall of Fame inductee. … Read More
2012 46 Years Old On February 13, 2012, he confronted Triple H about accepting The Undertaker's challenge for a Hell in a Cell at Wrestlemania XXVIII, and announced he'd be the special guest referee for it. … Read More
2013 47 Years Old 1 More Event
On the April 1, 2013 Raw, Michaels returned to offer to corner Triple H in his match with Lesnar at WrestleMania 29. … Read More
2014 48 Years Old On the August 25, 2014 episode of Raw, Michaels returned along with fellow legends Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair in a legends panel segment, where he predicted Bray Wyatt to win the rumble. … Read More
2015 49 Years Old Michaels appeared on the October 19, 2015 episode of Raw, confronting Seth Rollins who was cutting a promo on relieving Kane of his duties as Director of Operations. … Read More
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