Shawn Michaels
Professional wrestler
Shawn Michaels
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.
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Shawn Michaels Delivered Some Sweet Chin Music While Promoting His New Movie
Yahoo News - about 1 month
Shawn Michaels recently popped up on WWE television again, but it wasn’t to announce he would be wrestling AJ Styles at the Royal Rumble. It was to … promote his new Christian comedy movie, The Resurrection of Gavin Stone. Anyway, Michaels is still hard at work on promoting that movie, and last week, he was a special guest at Liberty University’s Convocation, which is touted as being “North America’s largest weekly gathering of Christian students.” He was there to talk about Gavin Stone as part of Liberty University’s big kickoff event for the new semester.
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WWE Reveals UK Championship Belt, Shawn Michaels Confirms He Is Done, Joel Embiid Tweets WWE And HHH
Forbes - about 1 month
WWE revealed it's brand new championship belt, Shawn Michaels says he is done with wrestling and Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid had a question for WWE and Triple H.
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WWE News: Ric Flair Pitched For A Match At ‘Wrestlemania 32’?
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
Being in the latter stage of his career, the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair still provides the wrestling world with entertainment and an undying passion. This is what allegedly led a fellow legend to pitch a match for next year’s Wrestlemania. In an interview with WrestlingNews, Ric Flair stated that the “Immortal” Hulk Hogan has pitched a match between himself and Flair at Wrestlemania 32 which is set to emanate from Dallas. However, fans shouldn’t get their hopes up or down, as the 66-year-old former 16-time World heavyweight champion has no plans of wrestling in a WWE ring, even with Vince McMahon’s blessing. “No, that won’t happen. I mean, Hogan’s been pitching me and him for Dallas forever. I could pull it off… I need like 6 months of really serious training and dieting because I’ve never been exactly a cosmetic dream but if I had time I could pull it off. It’s not gonna happen… you know he respects us but he’s not gonna go back in time.” While Flair is in late 60s, Hogan himself ...
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Rumor Roundup (Jan. 31, 2014): Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania 30, Developmental plans, more
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
Today's rumors: Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania 30 could have been a title match, fans don't forget CM Punk at NXT taping, developmental news regarding KENTA, Big Cass, and more! Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill. Important reminder: Rumors are just that -- rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact; so remember to take it all with a grain of salt. Rumors for the Day: Here's an interesting "what could have been" scenario: Apparently, late last year before plans were set with Batista's return and the unification of the WWE and World Heavyweight titles, there was talk of putting one of the titles on Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble and having him keep it up to his match against the ...
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WWE Royal Rumble 2014 results & reaction: I dissent
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
Vince McMahon no longer gives his fans what they want to see. What does it say about a product that claims to be in the business of "putting smiles on people's faces" and "giving the fans what they want" when the company-appointed (anointed?) returning star -- working as a babyface -- flips off the fans and openly mocks their distaste in the direction of the product. Vince McMahon once upended a SummerSlam applecart (at a time when SummerSlam was the number two show the company ran each year) and pitted Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon in a WrestleMania X rematch. Both were babyfaces at the time and the match seemed to come out of nowhere. Well, that's because it did. On commentary, they tried to pass the match (you know, where two guys try to hurt each other enough to emerge victorious) between two good guys off as "sportsmanship" and "a desire to see who was the better athlete." But in reality, Vince took one look at his SummerSlam card and saw that it sucked. Som ...
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Royal Rumble Rankings: 11-7
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
There have been 26 Royal Rumble matches in WWE history. Let's rank each one, shall we? Up next: Numbers 11-7. Professional wrestling is all about gimmicks and no gimmick has been as successful, at least as a match type, as the annual Royal Rumble. It takes place in January of every year and features 30 (one time 40) wrestlers competing in an over-the-top-rope battle royal. Initially, it was just a fun match WWE would put on that featured the best of the best. Eventually, it became a showcase match that would see the winner rewarded with a shot at the WWE championship at that year'sWrestleMania event. In anticipation of the 27th Royal Rumble match taking place this Sunday night (Jan. 26, 2014) at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we're going to rank each of the first 26 from worst to first. Today we tackle numbers 11-7. _________________________________ 11. Royal Rumble 1997 Why it was good: This one benefits greatly from hindsight. Stone Cold St ...
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On this date in WWF history: TYSON AND AUSTIN! TYSON AND AUSTIN!
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
One of the most infamous confrontations to ever take place on Monday Night Raw occurred on this date in WWF history when Mike Tyson and Stone Cold Steve Austin nearly brawled. During Monday Night Raw's 20 years on cable television, there have been many memorable moments, most of which came during the Attitude Era in the late 1990s. This particular moment on this particular date in history (Jan. 19, 1998) was no different. I'm talking about the infamous and epic confrontation between "Iron" Mike Tyson and Stone Cold Steve Austin. It was one night after the Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV), where Austin won the match of the same name to earn a WWF championship match against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 14 just a few months later. Tyson was a guest at the Rumble event and was back the next night for what WWF Owner Vince McMahon was calling a major announcement. But before he got the chance to make said major announcement, the glass broke and out came "The Texas Rattles ...
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All Wrestling, All the Time: WWE Network First Impressions
The Street - about 3 years
LAS VEGAS (TheStreet)-- If there's one thing that World Wrestling Entertainment knows how to do, it's build excitement around its brand. Last night was no different, as the entertainment company announced its WWE Network, a 24/7 streaming service, akin to Netflix . With the new network, the company aims to not only build excitement, but generate some serious revenue growth as well.Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, who else!, kicked off the event, telling the crowd at the Consumer Electronics Show that the company will begin to make use of its massive library of content (some 100,000+ hours worth) by affording fans a place to relive the "sport's" glory days by watching pay-per-views (including WrestleMania) all in one place. WWE launches it's network. Note new logo #ces2014 #wwe Chris Ciaccia (@Chris_Ciaccia) January 9, 2014 The new network, which starts Feb. 24 in the U.S. right after Raw, the WWE's flagship program, will cost $9.99 per month with a 6-mo ...
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CSSGMT First Round Match: (3) Montreal Screwjob vs. (14) Cane Dewey
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
The first round of the Cageside Seats Greatest Moment Tournament continues today with a match-up pitting number three seed Montreal Screwjob against number 14 seed Cane Dewey. Come vote now! The first round of the Cageside Seats Greatest Moment Tournament continues today with a match-up pitting number three seed Montreal Screwjob, featuring arguably the most infamous moment in pro wrestling history, against number 14 seed Cane Dewey, featuring a memorable promo from Mankind about ECW fans wanting to harm his son. Remember, voting closes at midnight CT. In order to cast your vote, leave a comment and in the subject line make sure you adhere to the guidelines as follows: To vote Montreal Screwjob simply write: Vote - Screwjob To vote Cane Dewey simply write: Vote - Dewey Here are the two moments to choose from: Montreal Screwjob: One of the most infamous events in pro wrestling history. Bret Hart was leaving the WWF to go to WCW but refused to drop the championship ...
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This tasty 'Bird will be AutoRama fare
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
In 2011, Tony Rodriguez's son was driving down a residential street in Pasadena, when he spotted a red 1955 Thunderbird in a garage and took it upon himself to chat up the owner. Rodriguez has taken it to a few local car shows, including one in Pearland where it picked up a prize, but said he's content cleaning and maintaining the Thunderbird and keeping it as original as he can. [...] driving it. A lot of the time they don't have real chrome. More than 500 customs, hot rods, classics, trucks, race cars and motorcycles will be on display starting Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 1. Adults are $18, children 6-12 are $4.99, discounted tickets are available from O'Reilly Auto Parts stores. There are lots of activities ranging from an indoor swap meet where visitors can scrounge and find hard-to-find parts, repair manuals and vintage magazine advertisements, to a Kruse Classics collector car auction, fashion shows, live music, stunt bike and motorcycle show, and a pin- ...
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Watch WWE Hell in a Cell tonight (Oct. 27): Live video stream online/TV details
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
WWE Hell in a Cell is tonight (Sun., Oct. 27, 2013) live on pay-per-view (PPV) beginning at 8 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT broadcasting from the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, and will feature a gaggle of (potentially) exciting matches. You know, like the kind of anticipated Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan WWE championship match with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee, or John Cena's big return against Alberto Del Rio in a world heavyweight title bout, or CM Punk taking on both Ryback and Paul Heyman inside the Cell, or even The Shield vs. the Rhodes brothers vs. the Usos in tag team action. To watch every second of the event, you'll need to contact your local cable or satellite provider or if you're away from home or have cut the cord like many Americans have, you can head over to and order the show directly from the source. Or if you're just looking for a local watering hole showing the event, click here and check out the "Blast Areas" section. But if ...
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WWE Raw results and reactions from last night (Oct. 14): Rhodes Family Dynasty
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
WWE returned to the USA network for Monday Night Raw last night (Oct. 14, 2013) from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, featuring the Rhodes brothers, Cody and Dustin (Goldust), winning the tag team titles from The Shield in what turned out to be an awesome main event match and segment. I wasn't able to catch the show live, so these aren't real time reactions. Yes, we're going old school with an abbreviated version, which works fine this week seeing as the show was littered with filler. Click here for the live blog and full results. On to reactions: Shawn Michaels coming back was less than useless here. I'm not sure how much of a ratings draw he is but that seems to be the only reason he was called in to show up, because he didn't do anything this week that he didn't do last week. He may have even been given the very same script. Plus, I want to shake him and scream every time he says "H-B-Shizzle". He's now the old man who desperately wants to stay hip but m ...
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Shawn Michaels 'MacMillan River Adventures' star at Cabela's on Saturday
The Morning Call - Blogs - over 3 years
The former pro wrestler turned celebrity hunter will hold air gun demo. Former WWE champion Shawn Michaels, now a celebrity hunter and one of the hosts of Shawn Michaels' "MacMillan River Adventures," will be a featured clinician 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Cabela's in Hamburg as part of the outdoor outfitter's Waterfowl Classic weekend.     
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WWE 'Payback' Preview: CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
The Best vs. The Best, Round Three Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk The question of the night is clear - will the Second City Saint be in his hometown to face Y2J at Payback? The Road to Payback The original undisputed champion returned to WWE last January after a series of apocalyptic promos. After weeks of silence and almost capturing a title shot in the Royal Rumble, Chris Jericho decided he didn't like then WWE champion CM Punk declaring himself the Best in the World. Y2J had long been partial to his version of Wolverine's Best There is at What He Does motto. And while it may have seemed a petty or silly basis for a feud - hey, this is pro wrestling we're talking about. Unfortunately, while their two contests were technically sound, the program never caught fire the way fans and the men themselves clearly hoped it would. Jericho would drift off to pursue his many other ventures, while Punk would turn heel and finish his record breaking run as holder of the most ...
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Why the Rock is the first pro wrestler (or athlete) to become a movie star
Yahoo News - almost 4 years
By Lucas Shaw NEW YORK ( - Ask a group of pro wrestling fans to name their favorite lord of the ring and you might get 10 different answers. Older fans grew up idolizing Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant and "Nature Boy" Ric Flair while newer fans might list Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin and John Cena. Yet ask those same people to pick their favorite wrestler-turned-movie star and the decision gets a whole lot easier. There's only one choice. Dwayne Johnson, better known as The Rock, has starred in three movies over the past three months, "Snitch," "G. ...
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Mass. man charged with taking gold from dead grandmother's neck
Fox News - about 4 years
A Bridgewater man has been charged with stealing a $5,000 gold chain from around his dead grandmother's neck as she lay in her casket. Police say 25-year-old Shawn Michael Wilde, who has the words "only God can judge me" tattooed on his chest, showed up at a funeral home about 30 minutes before Mary Baroni's funeral on Jan. 28 and asked for a few minutes alone to say a prayer. When Wilde left, the funeral director noticed that an 18-inch gold chain, which held Baroni's husband's wedding band formed into a heart, was missing. Wilde left before police arrived. Police issued a warrant for Wilde's arrest and he turned himself in Saturday. The Enterprise reports he was held on $2,500 bail after pleading not guilty at his arraignment Monday.
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When Beer Kills: Already Intoxicated Man Bought Beer, Died Later in Snow
Burnsville Patch - about 4 years
The following stories first appeared last week on this Patch site or those of our neighbors throughout the South Metro region. To read the full stories, click on the headline links. Apple Valley-Rosemount Six Car Accident Calls in Three Hours at the Same Intersection Keep track of crime in the community with the weekly Rosemount police blotter. Burnsville Lakeville Teen in Custody After Robbery of Restaurant in Burnsville Emily Kay Schuster and Jesus Alexandro Ybarra, both 19, were allegedly part of a cadre that robbed a restaurant on Cliff Road and threatened an employee with a stun gun. More Boy Scout 'Perversion Files' May be Released AP report: Case originated with suit against Burnsville Scoutmaster Peter Stibal II, serving a 21-year sentence for molestation. Eagan Police: Man Exposed Himself to Woman, Child Outside Eagan Restaurant Michael Christopher Schwarzhoff, 29, faces two counts of indecent exposure and one count of disorderly conduct for ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Shawn Michaels
  • 2015
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At WrestleMania 32, Michaels made an appearance during the event in his in-ring attire, confronting The League of Nations alongside Mick Foley and Stone Cold Steve Austin where Michaels delivered Sweet Chin Music to Alberto Del Rio and King Barrett before celebrating with Foley, Austin and The New Day.
  • 2014
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details All three legends then became involved in an altercation with Big Show. Michaels would appear at WrestleMania 31, interfering as a member of DX in the Sting vs. Triple H match, delivering Sweet Chin Music to Sting. At a WWE tour in Australia Michaels was confronted by Bo Dallas and was called a has-been and got a Sweet Chin Music for his troubles turning face again in the process.
  • 2013
    Age 47
    In October 2013, Michaels won a fan poll to become special guest referee for the Hell in a Cell match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton for the vacant WWE Championship.
    More Details Hide Details There, he superkicked Bryan, allowing Orton to pick up the win. The next night on Raw, he explained that he was upset with Bryan for attacking Triple H during the match. He degraded Bryan for not showing him respect, turning heel for the first time since 2005. Bryan put him in his "Yes!" Lock finisher to end the segment. On December 9, he presented Bryan with the award for Superstar of the Year. Later that night, Bryan hit Michaels with a running knee after Michaels had super-kicked CM Punk.
    On the April 1, 2013 Raw, Michaels returned to offer to corner Triple H in his match with Lesnar at WrestleMania 29.
    More Details Hide Details During that match, Michaels superkicked an interfering Paul Heyman, helping Triple H win and keep his job. He returned on the May 27 Raw in a backstage segment with John Cena, and again on the SummerSlam pre-show.
  • 2012
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details August 6 was "Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night". He appeared on Raw, where he was confronted by Brock Lesnar, then again after the broadcast for the Appreciation Night ceremonies. On the January 24 NXT, he announced a tournament to crown the inaugural NXT Tag Team Champions.
  • 2011
    Age 45
    The DVD, Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart: WWE's Greatest Rivalries, was released in November 2011.
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    In June 2011, Jim Ross, Michaels and Hart announced that the three were working on a DVD chronicling the careers of Hart and Michaels that the WWE was planning to release in October 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The subject of the DVD would be their on-screen rivalry and real-life conflicts, with a particular focus on the Montreal screwjob. In his tweet, Hart described working on the DVD as a "cathartic" experience, and Ross asserted that both Hart and Michaels had been very honest and emotional in their interviews.
    He appeared on the January 10, 2011 Raw, where he was announced as a WWE Hall of Fame inductee.
    More Details Hide Details After being ridiculed by Alberto Del Rio later that night, Michaels hit him with Sweet Chin Music. On the March 28 Raw, Michaels addressed Triple H and The Undertaker about their match at WrestleMania XXVII. Michaels was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 2 by Triple H. They were also joined by fellow Kliq members Kevin Nash (who had returned to WWE for the Royal Rumble) and Sean Waltman. He returned on the June 27 Raw, where he was confronted by CM Punk, and superkicked David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty. Later that night, when Diamond Dallas Page's special appearance was interrupted by Drew McIntyre, he superkicked McIntyre.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hickenbottom was born on July 22, 1965, in Chandler, Arizona. The last of four children – Randy, Scott, and Shari are his older siblings – he was raised in a military family and spent a brief part of his early years in Reading, Berkshire, England, but grew up in San Antonio, Texas. As a child, Hickenbottom disliked the name Michael, so his family and friends just called him Shawn. Ever since, he has been referred to as Shawn. Additionally, Hickenbottom moved around frequently since his father was in the military. He knew he wanted to become a professional wrestler at the age of twelve and said he performed a wrestling routine in his high school's talent show, complete with fake blood. Hickenbottom was already an athlete; his career began at the age of six when he started playing football. He was a stand-out linebacker at Randolph High School on Randolph Air Force Base and eventually became captain of the football team. After graduating, Hickenbottom attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, but soon realized that college life was not for him. He then began pursuing a career in professional wrestling.
  • 2010
    Age 44
    On the January 4, 2010 episode of Raw, Michaels buried the hatchet with long-time rival Bret Hart, as they shook hands and hugged in the ring.
    More Details Hide Details In contrast to the storylines featured on the show, this was in fact a real-life reconciliation which laid to rest animosities surrounding the Montreal Screwjob. While some cast doubts on its sincerity, both men have confirmed that it was indeed genuine. DX lost the Unified Tag Team Championship in a Triple Threat match to the team of The Miz and Big Show on the February 8 episode of Raw, the match also included The Straight Edge Society (CM Punk and Luke Gallows). At the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Michaels cost The Undertaker the World Heavyweight Championship in the main event. At WrestleMania XXVI, Michaels lost to The Undertaker and, as a result, he was forced to retire due to the match stipulation, the same way HBK ended Ric Flair's career. The following night, on the March 29 episode of Raw, Michaels gave an emotional farewell speech, departing with the familiar sentence, "Shawn Michaels has left the building."
  • 2009
    Age 43
    Michaels returned to WWE programming in a series of segments that aired on the August 10, 2009 episode of Raw, where he had, in storyline, left the WWE.
    More Details Hide Details Triple H met with Michaels at an office cafeteria in Texas where he was working as a chef; throughout the segments, Triple H would try to convince Michaels to return to WWE and reform DX. After several incidents during the segments, Michaels agreed to team with Triple H to face The Legacy (Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase) at SummerSlam. At the pay-per-view event, DX defeated Legacy. The two teams would exchange victories, with their feud concluding in October. Two months later, at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, DX defeated Chris Jericho and Big Show to win the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match (TLC).
  • 2008
    Age 42
    In December 2008, Michaels, having lost his family's savings due to the global recession, grudgingly accepted a one-year general employment contract from John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL).
    More Details Hide Details After failing to help JBL win the World Heavyweight Championship from John Cena at the Royal Rumble, and being derided for it, Michaels agreed to face JBL in "All or Nothing" match at No Way Out in February. Michaels won the match, letting him out of his contract early, while still receiving full payment. On the March 2 Raw, Michaels became the first person to defeat Vladimir Kozlov, and so earned a match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXV in April. The Undertaker defeated Michaels in a highly acclaimed match to extend his WrestleMania winning streak to 17–0. After WrestleMania, Michaels took a hiatus from WWE.
  • 2006
    Age 40
    In 2006, a series of events took place which suggested a reunion of Michaels and Triple H as DX.
    More Details Hide Details They began at WrestleMania 22, where both Michaels and Triple H performed the crotch chop, during their matches. On Raw, the two continued to deliver chops, as Michaels feuded with Vince McMahon and Triple H went to challenge John Cena for the WWE Championship, repeatedly butting heads with Vince McMahon in the process. On the June 12 episode of Raw, DX officially reunited. During Triple H's gauntlet match, which had him compete against the Spirit Squad. Michaels came in to help Triple H, and the two did the DX "crotch chops." At Vengeance, DX defeated the Spirit Squad in a 5–on–2 handicap match. They also defeated the Spirit Squad at Saturday Night's Main Event in a 5-on-2 elimination match and defeated The McMahons at SummerSlam. At Unforgiven, DX once again defeated the McMahons and ECW World Champion The Big Show in a Hell in a Cell match, finally ending the nine-month long feud.
  • 2005
    Age 39
    On the December 26, 2005, episode of Raw, Vince McMahon lauded Michaels for his part in the "Montreal Screwjob".
    More Details Hide Details Michaels said he was only being loyal to his company, he had moved on, and McMahon should move on as well. McMahon then began setting unusual stipulations for Michaels' matches and interfering on behalf of Michaels' opponents. During the Royal Rumble, McMahon made his way to the ring, and as Michaels stared at McMahon, Shane McMahon made a surprising appearance, eliminating Michaels from the match. On the February 13 episode of Raw, McMahon tried unsuccessfully to force Michaels to sign retirement papers. The following week, Michaels won a handicap match against the Spirit Squad (Kenny, Johnny, Mitch, Nicky and Mikey) and after the match, Michaels' former partner, Marty Jannetty, came down to help Michaels from the assault by the Spirit Squad. After the two reunited, McMahon offered Jannetty a contract if he "kissed his ass." The following week, Jannetty refused McMahon's offer and instead took Chris Masters' "Masterlock challenge." Michaels tried to help Jannetty, which ultimately resulted in Shane attacking Michaels and forcing him to kiss his father's behind. At Saturday Night's Main Event, Shane defeated Michaels in a Street Fight, a match without disqualifications and where scoring conditions can occur anywhere, after he applied a sharpshooter on Michaels, which led to McMahon immediately ordering for the bell to be rung, even though Michaels did not submit, which was an allusion to the "Montreal Screwjob". Despite interference from the Spirit Squad and Shane, Michaels defeated McMahon at WrestleMania 22 in a No Holds Barred match, a match where there are no disqualifications.
    At the Royal Rumble in 2005, Michaels competed in the Rumble match and eliminated Kurt Angle.
    More Details Hide Details In seeking revenge, Angle re-entered the ring and eliminated Michaels, and thus placed him in an ankle lock submission hold, outside the ring. Michaels issued a challenge to Angle for a match at WrestleMania 21, which Angle accepted when he appeared on Raw to attack Michaels. The following week on Raw, Marty Jannetty and Michaels had a one time reunion as The Rockers and defeated La Résistance (Robért Conway and Sylvain Grenier). Three days later on SmackDown! Angle defeated Jannetty, after Angle made Jannetty submit to the ankle lock. To send a "message" to Michaels, Angle also humiliated Michaels' former manager, Sensational Sherri, when he applied the ankle lock hold on her. At WrestleMania 21 in April, Angle defeated Michaels by submission, again with an ankle lock. Two months later, at a WrestleMania 21 rematch, Michaels defeated Angle at the Vengeance pay-per-view event.
  • 2003
    Age 37
    On the final episode of Raw of 2003, Michaels would defeat Triple H after a Sweet Chin Music for the World Heavyweight title in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas with Eric Bischoff as the special guest referee (Earl Hebner originally refereed the match, only to be knocked out by Triple H in the middle of the match).
    More Details Hide Details However, Bischoff reversed the decision due to both men's shoulders being on the mat. Angered by this, Michaels attacked Ric Flair and Bischoff. Because of Michaels putting his hands on Bischoff, Bischoff then fired him. However, Michaels would be rehired by Steve Austin. As a part of an ongoing feud with Triple H, the two competed alongside Chris Benoit in the main event match at WrestleMania XX for the World Heavyweight Championship. The former DX partners both came up short in the match, however, as Benoit won the championship. The night before this, Shawn Michaels inducted Tito Santana in the WWE Hall of Fame. At Bad Blood in June, Michaels lost to Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match. Four months later, he lost a World Heavyweight championship match against Triple H, after Edge interfered at Taboo Tuesday, when the fans voted for him ahead of Edge and Chris Benoit to face Triple H one more time. Following this, Michaels was out of action for a few months with a legit torn meniscus.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details At the Royal Rumble, Jericho, with the help of Christian, eliminated Michaels. Michaels defeated Jericho at WrestleMania XIX. Despite this, Michaels was low-blowed after hugging with Chris Jericho.
  • 2002
    Age 36
    In 2002, Michaels returned to WWE television after 18 months of absence.
    More Details Hide Details On the June 3 episode of Raw, Kevin Nash announced him as a new member of the recently reformed New World Order (nWo). Michaels was the only nWo member to have never worked in WCW. After the nWo had disbanded, Triple H appeared to make amends with Michaels. This was solidified when Michaels pleaded Triple H to return to Raw. Later on, they came down to the ring sporting their DX music and attire. When the pair was about to perform their trademark "Suck It" taunt, Triple H turned on Michaels by performing a Pedigree on him. Continuing the angle, a week later, Triple H attacked Michaels from behind in a parking lot and put his head through a car window, in storyline. In response, Michaels challenged Triple H to "a fight" (a non-sanctioned match) at SummerSlam, which Triple H accepted, laying the foundation for a rivalry that would last for several years. In his first official wrestling match since WrestleMania XIV, Michaels won at SummerSlam, but was attacked by Triple H with a sledgehammer after the match. At Survivor Series, Michaels won the World Heavyweight Championship from Triple H in the first-ever Elimination Chamber match. Michaels' reign as champion came to an end a month later when he lost the championship to Triple H in a Three Stages of Hell match, a series of three matches in which wrestlers attempt to win the majority of matches, at Armageddon.
  • 1999
    Age 33
    On November 23, 1999, Michaels made a special appearance at FMW's Yokohama Arena show as the guest referee for the H (Hayabusa) vs. fake Hayabusa (Mr. Gannosuke) main event.
    More Details Hide Details He got himself involved in the match when fake Hayabusa delivered a low blow on him and he responded later on with Sweet Chin Music. Michaels was still contracted to the WWF (known, by May 2002, as World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE) during this period.
    Believing that his wrestling career was over, Michaels was interested in training individuals who wanted to become professional wrestlers. He saw potential in using his name and opened the Shawn Michaels Wrestling Academy in 1999, after his lawyer Skip McCormick suggested the idea.
    More Details Hide Details Michaels left the academy in 2002, giving co-founder Rudy Boy Gonzalez sole responsibility due to Michaels' new contract with WWE. Michaels was also a sportscaster for San Antonio's local news for a short period during his retirement.
    Michaels made occasional appearances as the WWF Commissioner during the spring and summer of 1999, but remained absent from television after August until May 15, 2000, when he returned on Raw to declare himself the special guest referee for The Rock and Triple H's Iron Man match at Judgment Day.
    More Details Hide Details One month later, Michaels briefly reappeared on Raw to hand over the role of Commissioner to Mick Foley and after another appearance in October, he did not make any in-ring appearances until mid-2002, although he appeared briefly on television to make a speech at WWF New York during Armageddon 2000. Michaels also had no part at all in the Invasion storyline.
    Hickenbottom's first marriage, to Theresa Wood, soon ended in an amicably settled divorce. He married Rebecca Curci, a former WCW Nitro Girl known as Whisper, on March 31, 1999, at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    More Details Hide Details Only the couple and an Elvis impersonator were present. Their son, Cameron Kade, was born on January 15, 2000, and a daughter, Cheyenne, born on August 19, 2004 followed. His cousin Matt Bentley is also a professional wrestler, having wrestled in TNA and WWE. In 1996, Hickenbottom posed for a non-nude layout in Playgirl magazine. Only after he posed did he discover Playgirl has a mostly homosexual readership, for which some of his fellow wrestlers teased him. He is ambidextrous, and had trouble differentiating between right and left, which affected his football games as a boy. He uses his right hand to draw and color and his left hand to write. He typically kicks with his right leg in Sweet Chin Music, but uses either arm for his signature elbow drop, depending on position. Hickenbottom is a born-again Christian. He was raised a Catholic, but became a non-denominational Christian because of his wife. Following his conversion, his later ring attire often incorporated cross symbols and he often made a praying gesture on his knees during ring entrances. He was in the audience for a televised service of John Hagee's Cornerstone Church in his hometown, San Antonio, where he is also a Bible teacher. In 2008, he appeared on a Trinity Broadcasting Network program with fellow professional wrestler Sting.
    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.
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  • 1998
    Age 32
    Throughout late 1998 and early 1999, Michaels made regular television appearances on Raw, in which he scheduled matches, throwing around his authority, and sometimes even deciding the outcome of matches.
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    Michaels would continue to make non-wrestling appearances on WWF programming, and on November 23, 1998, replaced Sgt.
    More Details Hide Details Slaughter as the WWF Commissioner, a portrayed match maker and rules enforcer, eventually joining Vince McMahon's group of wrestlers called the Corporation as a villain.
    At the 1998 Royal Rumble, Michaels received a serious back injury in a Casket match against The Undertaker.
    More Details Hide Details Michaels took a back body drop to the outside of the ring and hit his lower back on the casket, causing him to herniate two discs and crush one completely. This rendered Michaels unable to compete in the main event of the following month's No Way Out of Texas: In Your House as advertised, and forced him into retirement after losing the WWF World Heavyweight Championship to Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIV. After being away for nearly four months, Shawn Michaels would make a surprise return to the WWF as a guest commentator on the July 13th episode of Raw is War.
  • 1997
    Age 31
    Michaels' feud with the Hart Foundation culminated in a championship match at Survivor Series in November 1997 against Bret Hart.
    More Details Hide Details Michaels came out of this match, dubbed by fans the "Montreal Screwjob", as the WWF World Heavyweight Champion. Michaels now held both the WWF World Heavyweight and European championship at the same time. Michaels dropped the European Championship to D-Generation X member Hunter Hearst Hemsley in a farcical match.
    By spring of 1997, the real-life backstage conflict between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart were reaching its heights.
    More Details Hide Details Both men were going out on television and frequently making personal, true to heart remarks about one another. Shawn Michaels briefly left the WWF in June of that year after a real backstage fight with Bret Hart, just hours before a Raw is War show, which allegedly resulted from Michaels making an on-air remark, known as the "Sunny Days" comment, implying that Bret (who was married at the time) was having an affair with WWF Diva Sunny. Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin were still WWF Tag Team Champions at the time during an ongoing feud with The Hart Foundation and a tournament was made to decide new Tag Champions. Michaels would eventually return that summer in July. At SummerSlam, Michaels officiated the WWF World Heavyweight Championship match between WWF Champion The Undertaker and Bret Hart. The match ended in controversial fashion, with Michaels hitting Undertaker with a chair (unintentionally, as he was aiming for Bret after he spat in his face). Michaels was then forced to award the championship to his nemesis, Bret Hart. The next night on Raw, signs of a heel turn started to show as Michaels told the WWF fans what happened at SummerSlam was an accident and that he would deal with the Undertaker when the time came. At WWF One Night Only, held in Birmingham, England in September, Michaels defeated The British Bulldog to capture the WWF European Championship.
    Michaels recaptured the championship from Sid in January 1997 at the Royal Rumble.
    More Details Hide Details On a special episode of Raw dubbed Thursday Raw Thursday, Michaels vacated the WWF World Heavyweight Championship; he explained to fans that he was informed by doctors that he had conjured a knee injury, and that he had to retire. His speech was regarded as controversial, as Michaels was allegedly unwilling to lose to Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13 (since it was noted that he was going to have a rematch with Hart at WrestleMania). Michaels contemplated thoughts of retirement and stated that he "had to find his smile again", which he had "lost" somewhere down the line. After knee surgery by Dr. James Andrews, Michaels returned a few months later, briefly teaming with Steve Austin to win the WWF Tag Team Championship. In his autobiography, Michaels reveals about his real-life feud with Bret Hart, claiming that Bret did interviews on live television claiming that he Michaels was faking his whole injury.
  • 1996
    Age 30
    Michaels' championship reign ended at the 1996 Survivor Series event, where he lost to Sycho Sid, his former bodyguard.
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    On May 19, 1996, Michaels and his fellow Kliq members were involved in the incident known as "Curtain Call".
    More Details Hide Details Diesel and Razor Ramon were about to leave WWF to company rival WCW. After Michaels won a match against Diesel, Ramon and Hunter Hearst Helmsley came to the ring and joined Michaels and Diesel in a group-hug. As Diesel and Helmsley were seen as villains at the time, in contrast to Michaels and Ramon, this constituted a breach of "kayfabe", as acting out of character, which was rare and controversial at the time. As WCW gained momentum due to the signings of Hall and Nash, Michaels held the championship for most of the year.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Around this time, Jose Lothario became Michaels' on-screen manager. At WrestleMania XII, Michaels defeated WWF Champion Bret Hart in the overtime of their sixty-minute Iron Man match, which had ended in a scoreless tie.
  • 1995
    Age 29
    In October 1995, Michaels was the victim of a legit assault outside a bar in Syracuse, New York.
    More Details Hide Details Due to not being able to compete, Michaels was forced to forfeit the Intercontinental Championship to his original opponent Dean Douglas at the In Your House: Great White North pay-per-view, who in turn Douglas lost the championship Razor Ramon, another member of the Kliq. This event has been cited as an example of the Kliq holding others down. The next month, during a match with Owen Hart on an episode of Monday Night Raw, Owen performed an enzuigiri that struck the back of Michaels' head. They continued the match, but Michaels collapsed in the ring, supposedly because he had suffered a concussion. The concussion was scripted, which was kept from most fans at the time. A retirement angle was written so that Michaels could take some time off, after he came back from an injury too soon.
    Michaels returned to the ring, as a fan favorite, in May 1995 and he went on to defeat Jeff Jarrett to win his third Intercontinental Championship in July at the In Your House pay-per-view event.
    More Details Hide Details This led to a title defense against Razor Ramon at SummerSlam, in a ladder match, which Michaels won. Around this time Michaels became the leader of a backstage group known as The Kliq. Critics perceive the group to have sufficient clout with WWF owner Vince McMahon, becoming dominant wrestling figures in the WWF for several years in the mid-1990s, causing friction with other wrestlers. Michaels disputes the perception, saying that McMahon pushed only deserving wrestlers. Michaels' fan base was later nicknamed "The Kliq" as an inside reference to the real "Kliq".
    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).
    More Details Hide Details As part of the storyline, Michaels recruited Sid as his bodyguard for the build-up, lost the match, and was attacked by Sid the following night. After this, Michaels took time off, because Vince McMahon wanted Michaels to become a fan favorite.
  • 1994
    Age 28
    On August 28, 1994, Michaels and Diesel captured the WWF Tag Team Championship from The Headshrinkers (Samu and Fatu).
    More Details Hide Details The next day, at SummerSlam, Diesel lost the Intercontinental Championship to Ramon when Michaels accidentally superkicked Diesel. This triggered a split between Michaels and Diesel, a storyline that was drawn out until Survivor Series that November.
  • 1993
    Age 27
    In September 1993, Michaels was suspended for testing positive for steroid – a charge he never admitted.
    More Details Hide Details On WWF programs, his suspension was explained by his having neglected to defend the title often enough. After turning down World Championship Wrestling (WCW)'s advances, Michaels returned to the WWF and made several appearances in the United States Wrestling Association (USWA) during a WWF/USWA cross-promotion. He returned to WWF television in November at the Survivor Series pay-per-view, substituting for Jerry Lawler, who was dealing with legal issues, in a match pitting himself and three of Lawler's "Knights" against the Hart brothers, Bret, Bruce, Keith and Owen. He soon entered a staged rivalry with Razor Ramon, who had won the Intercontinental Championship, which had been vacated during Michaels' absence. Since Michaels had never been defeated in the ring for the title, he claimed to be the rightful champion and even carried around his old title belt. This feud culminated in a ladder match between the two at WrestleMania X. Michaels lost the match, which featured both his and Ramon's championship belts suspended above a ladder in the ring. This match was voted by fans as "Match of the Year" by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. It also received a 5-star rating from Wrestling Observer Newsletter member Dave Meltzer, one of five WWF/E matches to do so. Over the next few months, Michaels battled various injuries and launched the Heartbreak Hotel television talk show segment, mainly shown on WWF Superstars.
    Michaels lost the Intercontinental Championship to Jannetty on Monday Night Raw on May 17, 1993.
    More Details Hide Details He then regained it on June 6 with the help of his debuting "bodyguard" (and off-air friend) Diesel.
  • 1992
    Age 26
    Shortly thereafter, he faced Hart for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of the 1992 Survivor Series, but lost the match.
    More Details Hide Details Originally the secondary main event, Michaels and Hart became the primary main event after The Ultimate Warrior was unable to compete, and was replaced by Mr. Perfect in the tag team match that involved Randy Savage against the team of Ric Flair and Razor Ramon. During this time, Michaels and Sherri split and he engaged himself in a feud with former tag team partner Marty Jannetty.
    However, he won the title from The British Bulldog on the October 27, 1992 episode of Saturday Night's Main Event, which aired on November 14.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Within the year, Michaels would twice challenge for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship and win his first WWF Intercontinental Championship, heralding his arrival as one of the industry's premier singles stars. He would go on to be widely regarded as its finest performer in the 1990s and 2000s, winning the Pro Wrestling Illustrated "Match of the Year" reader vote a record eleven times. Michaels was voted the greatest professional wrestler of all time in a 2011 poll of the WWE roster.
  • 1991
    Age 25
    The Rockers continued their partnership, eventually splitting on December 2, 1991 during an incident on Brutus Beefcake's televised Barber Shop talk show promotional segment.
    More Details Hide Details Michaels superkicked Jannetty and threw him through a glass window on the set of Beefcake's talk show. Jannetty returned to the WWF the following year and enjoyed moderate success before leaving the company in 1994, while Michaels became a prominent villain of the early to mid-1990s as "The Boy Toy". At the suggestion of Curt Hennig, Michaels adopted the nickname "The Heartbreak Kid". Along with his new name came a new gimmick as a vain, cocky villain. He was put together with mirror-carrying manager, Sensational Sherri, who, according to the storyline, had become infatuated with him. Sherri even sang the first version of his new theme music, "Sexy Boy". During that period, after Michaels had wrestled his scheduled match at live events, his departure was announced with "Shawn Michaels has left the building", alluding to the phrase "Elvis has left the building".
  • 1990
    Age 24
    On October 30, 1990, The Rockers unofficially won the WWF Tag Team Championship from The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart), as Neidhart, half of the championship team, was in the process of negotiating his release from the company.
    More Details Hide Details The match was taped with The Rockers winning the title, but soon after, Neidhart came to an agreement with management and was rehired. The championship was returned to the Hart Foundation, while the title change was never broadcast or even acknowledged on television (though The Rockers did actually have a successful title defence on November 3, 1990, against Power and Glory (Hercules and Paul Roma) before the title was returned to the Hart Foundation). When news spread, WWF explained that the original result was void due to a collapsed turnbuckle in the ring during the bout. A buckle had indeed broke, but not to a noticeable or dangerous extent during the match.
  • 1988
    Age 22
    The Rockers redebuted at a WWF live event on July 7, 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Due to WWF chairman Vince McMahon's desire to have his performers carry WWF-exclusive ring names, Michaels and Jannetty were renamed, as simply "The Rockers." The team proved popular with both children and women, and was a mid-card stalwart of television and pay-per-view shows for the next two years; during this time, Michaels headlined his first pay-per-view for the WWF when The Rockers were involved in the 4-on-4 Survivor Series match main event of the 1989 Survivor Series.
  • 1985
    Age 19
    In April 1985, Michaels went to work for another NWA territory in Kansas City called Central States Wrestling.
    More Details Hide Details There, he and tag team partner Marty Jannetty defeated The Batten Twins for the NWA Central States Tag Team Championship, later losing it back to the Battens. After leaving Kansas City, he returned to Texas to wrestle for Texas All-Star Wrestling (TASW). During his time with TASW, Michaels replaced Nick Kiniski in the American Breed tag team, teaming with Paul Diamond. Michaels and Diamond were awarded the TASW Tag Team Championship by Chavo Guerrero Sr. The team was later renamed American Force. While in TASW, Michaels and Diamond feuded with Japanese Force. Michaels made his national-level debut, as Sean Michaels, at the age of 20 in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), in a victory over Buddhakhan on ESPN. He was once again teamed with Marty Jannetty, billed as The Midnight Rockers. The Midnight Rockers won the AWA World Tag Team Championship, defeating Doug Somers and Buddy Rose.
    In January 1985, he debuted for World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), the NWA territory in Dallas, Texas.
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  • 1984
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Michaels' performance in his debut match impressed many veterans, including Terry Taylor.
  • 1965
    Born on July 22, 1965.
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