6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
225 lb (102 kg)
July 22, 1965 (age 44)
San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
October 16, 1984
Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965), better known by his ring name Shawn Michaels, is an American professional wrestler. He performs for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), formerly the World Wrestling Federation, on its Raw brand as one half of the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions along with Triple H. Hickenbottom is one of the senior performers in WWE, having joined in 1988.
Hickenbottom began his wrestling career with Mid-South Wrestling, now known as Universal Wrestling Federation, and American Wrestling Association (AWA). During his time with AWA, he performed in partnership with Marty Jannetty, as The Midnight Rockers; winning the AWA World Tag Team Championship twice. Hickenbottom and Jannetty then signed with World Wrestling Federation (WWF), while in contract with AWA. They returned to AWA, only to go back to the WWF in 1988.
Hickenbottom later worked as a sole performer, taking on a new persona of "The Heartbreak Kid." He was the leader of a backstage group known as The Kliq, which was known for performing an unscripted act during the Madison Square Garden "Curtain Call" incident in 1996. The following year, he teamed up with Hunter Hearst Hemsley, who often was referred to as Triple H (HHH), and Chyna to form D-Generation-X (DX). This group of wrestlers was known for their sophomoric crude humor. That same year, Hickenbottom took part in one of the most controversial matches in wrestling history, dubbed as the "Montreal Screwjob." After a back injury forced him to retire following his WWF Championship loss at WrestleMania XIV, Hickenbottom opened a wrestling academy, called The Shawn Michaels Wrestling Academy, in which he trained upcoming wrestlers. He made his in-ring return at SummerSlam in 2002. In 2006, Hickenbottom and Triple H briefly reformed DX, but after an injury that Triple H sustained, Hickenbottom returned to singles wrestling. Although as of 2009, the duo reunited as a tag team once more.
Among other accolades, Hickenbottom is a four-time world champion: a three-time WWF Champion and a former World Heavyweight Champion. He was also the winner of the 1995 and 1996 Royal Rumbles and was the company's first Grand Slam Champion. He has also won the Slammy Award a record 10 times. Aside from professional wrestling, Hickenbottom is a born-again Christian, husband, and father of two children. .
Sports-entertainment has seen its share of immortals. There have been icons, some Great Ones, a few Olympians and a whole lot of legends. But there has only been one Showstopper, and he is Shawn Michaels.
In an industry where the hyperbole is the norm, there may not be enough ways to describe HBK. He is truly incomparable. Michaels has made a career of stealing the show – competing in matches that are talked about for years. His rivalries over a career spanning more than 20 years are truly the stuff of legends.
Michaels first started revolutionizing the sport during his partnership with Marty Jannetty as The Rockers. Their wars with “Playboy” Buddy Rose & Doug Sommers in the AWA and then the subsequent rivalries with The Hart Foundation and The Brain Busters in WWE changed the face of tag team wrestling and captured the imagination of our fans. Arguably, Michaels could have gone down as one of the greats if he had chosen to stay primarily in tag team competition. But HBK knew he could become an all-time great. One superkick to Jannetty during Brutus Beefcake’s Barber Shop closed the door on a popular partnership and opened another to Michaels’ legend.
HBK’s career can’t be just measured in titles, even though his trophy case is spilling over. He was WWE’s first-ever Grand slam Champion, holding the European Championship, World Tag Team Championship, the Intercontinental Title and WWE Championship. He, along with Triple H, co-founded one of the greatest factions of all time, D-Generation X, whose popularity and anti-establishment philosophy continue to capture the imagination of our fans today. WWE.DoubleClick.renderAd('300x250');Perhaps the greatest measure of Michaels’ legacy is his uncanny ability to perform his best on the biggest stages. He has won the Royal Rumble Match twice and has headlined WrestleMania more times than the Immortal Hulk Hogan. HBK didn’t compete in the first Ladder Match, but he put them on the map with his WrestleMania X war against Razor Ramon over the Intercontinental Championship. He didn’t win the match, but at the end of the night, no one was talking about the loss. They were talking about Michaels and the amazing risks he took during the bout. Students of the sports-entertainment game continued to talk about The Showstopper's performances in many WrestleManias that followed – from an unbelievable clash with John Cena for the WWE Championship in 2007 to HBK's emotional confrontation with the "Nature Boy" at WrestleMania XXIV, ultimately Ric Flair's last match.
Owning the spotlight has been a common theme throughout Michaels’ life. Even as a little boy growing up in Texas, he wanted to be the star of the show. At age 12, he saw his first wrestling match and knew he wanted to become a professional wrestler. Michaels became a stand-out linebacker and a captain on his high school team. Upon graduating, he attended Southwest Texas State University, but soon realized that college wasn’t the path he wanted to follow. He began chasing his dream to become a WWE Superstar.But success didn’t come overnight. Early in his career, Michaels had doubters, skeptics who said he was too small to become a World Champion. But he, along with his bitter rival Bret “Hit Man” Hart, overcame incredible odds and proved that skilled wrestlers did not need to be giants to succeed in sports-entertainment. Even when WWE struggled early in the Monday Night Wars against WCW in the late 1990s and its Superstars jumped ship to the competition, HBK stayed and carried the company on his shoulders as champion. He helped lay the foundation that eventually enabled WWE – and Superstars such as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H and Mankind – to overcome WCW in the Monday Night Wars.
A serious back injury put HBK on the sidelines for four years between 1998 and 2002. During that time Michaels healed and overcame personal demons to find peace in his life. Amazingly, he returned to the ring better than ever, defeating Triple H in a Street Fight at SummerSlam, and then eventually winning the World Heavyweight Championship.
The Game and HBK have been the worst of enemies, spilling buckets of blood in one of WWE’s most memorable rivalries. But their wars have only made them the best of friends; it’s difficult to imagine these DX cohorts teaming with anyone else. Triple H, who does not give praise easily, sums up Michaels’ legacy like this:
“If you were to ask me who’s the greatest I’ve ever been in the ring with, that’s easy. It’s Shawn.”
Though more than 30 years have passed since he saw his first wrestling match, HBK is still a 12-year-old boy at heart, daring to dream. He’s still tuning up the band and delighting audiences with Sweet Chin Music. Even after the show finally ends for good, Michaels will still be the Icon … the Showstopper … the Main Event.
Wrestling facts Edit
=== Finishing moves === * Spike piledriver - 1993-1994 * Teardrop Suplex (Leg hook Saito suplex) * Sweet Chin Music (Superkick, with theatrics) * Modified figure four leg lock - early 2008 * Signature moves * Arm trap crossface - 2007-present * Backhand chop * Belly to back suplex * Flying Forearm and Kip-up * Diving Elbow Drop * Slingshot Suplex === Nicknames === * "Heartbreak Kid" * "Showstopper" * "Mr.Wrestlemania"
=== Notable feuds === * Bret "Hitman" Hart * Razor Ramon * Diesel * Marty Janetty * Triple H * Chris Jericho * John Cena * Hulk Hogan * Kurt Angle * Evolution * Undertaker * John "Bradshaw" Layfield * Vince McMahon * The British Bulldog * Stone Cold Steve Austin * Randy Orton * Batista * Sycho Sid * The Legacy * Sgt. Slaughter * Edge * Mankind
=== Tag teams and stables === * American Force - with Paul Diamond * Corporation * D-Generation X * Dudes With Attitudes- with Diesel * nWo * The Rockers - with Marty Jannetty
=== Managers === * Chyna (WWF) (1997-1998) * Jose Lothario (WWF) (1996-1997) * Luna Vachon (WWF) (1993) * Rick Rude (WWF) * Sensational Sherri (WWF) (1992)
=== Wrestlers trained === * Bryan Danielson * Chris Krueger * Eddie Craven * Fast Eddie * Jayden Draigo * Lance Cade * Masada * Matt Bentley * Oz * Paul London * Pete Lothario * Ruckus * Shooter Schultz * Simply Luscious * Spiro * Brian Kendrick * Todd Sexton * Tomko * Tony Santarelli * UK Kid
=== Nickname for Fans === * "The Kliq"
=== * Theme music === * “Sexy Boy” by Jim Johnston, J.J. Maguire & Jimmy Hart (WWE) * "Break it Down" by The DX Band (WWE) * "The Kings" by Run D.M.C (WWE)
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- American Wrestling Association
- Central States Wrestling
- Continental Wrestling Association
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI Feud of the Year (2008) vs. Chris Jericho
- PWI Match of the Year (1993) vs. Marty Jannetty on Monday Night Raw on May 17
- PWI Match of the Year (1994) vs. Razor Ramon in a Ladder match at WrestleMania X
- PWI Match of the Year (1995) vs. Diesel at WrestleMania XI
- PWI Match of the Year (1996) vs. Bret Hart in an Iron Man match at WrestleMania XII
- PWI Match of the Year (2004) vs. Chris Benoit and Triple H at WrestleMania XX
- PWI Match of the Year (2005) vs. Kurt Angle at WrestleMania 21
- PWI Match of the Year (2006) vs. Vince McMahon in a No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania 22
- PWI Match of the Year (2007) vs. John Cena on Raw on April 23
- PWI Match of the Year (2008) vs. Ric Flair at WrestleMania XXIV
- PWI Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (1995, 1996)
- PWI ranked him #1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the year in the PWI 500 in 1996
- PWI ranked him #10 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003
- PWI ranked him #33 of the Top 100 Tag Teams of the "PWI Years" with Marty Jannetty in 2003
- Texas All-Star Wrestling
- Texas Wrestling Alliance
- World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment
- WWF Championship (3 times)
- WWF European Championship (1 time)
- WWF Intercontinental Championship (3 times)
- WWF/E World Tag Team Championship (5 times, current) – with Diesel (2), Steve Austin (1), John Cena (1), and Triple H (1)
- WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time, current) – with Triple H (1)
- World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Royal Rumble (1995, 1996)
- Fourth Triple Crown Champion
- First Grand Slam Champion
- Slammy Award for Best Slammin' Jammin' Entrance (1996)
- Slammy Award for Best Threads (1996)
- Slammy Award for Squared Circle Shocker (1996) Won for collapsing; Owen Hart accepts the award for making Michaels collapse
- Slammy Award for Master of Mat Mechanics (1996)
- Slammy Award for US West Match of the Year (1996) vs. Razor Ramon in a Ladder match at SummerSlam
- Slammy Award for Leader of the New Generation (1996)
- Slammy Award for Best Finisher (1997)
- Slammy Award for US West Match of the Year (1997) vs. Bret Hart in an Iron Man match at WrestleMania XII
- Slammy Award for Match of the Year (2008) vs. Ric Flair at WrestleMania XXIV
- Slammy Award for Match of the Year (2009) vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXV
^ In October 1990, Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty defeated The Hart Foundation for the title. Despite winning the match, the win and reign are not recognized by WWE, as the ring ropes broke and the match was not aired on television. As a result, Michaels is only officially recognized as a 5-time World Tag Team Champion.
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Best Babyface (1996)
- Feud of the Year (2004) vs. Triple H and Chris Benoit
- Feud of the Year (2008) vs. Chris Jericho
- Match of the Year (1994) vs. Razor Ramon in a Ladder match at WrestleMania X
- Match of the Year (2008) vs. Chris Jericho in a Ladder match at No Mercy
- Most Charismatic (1995, 1996)
- Tag Team of the Year (1989) with Marty Jannetty as The Rockers
- Worst Feud of the Year (2006) with Triple H vs. Shane and Vince McMahon
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2003)