Michael Hickenbottom

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Michael Hickenbottom

Born

7/22/1965, Scottsdale,AR

Birth Name

Michael Shawn Hickenbottom

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Shawn Michaels, The Showstopper, HBK Shawn Michaels, The Heartbreak Kid, Heartbreak Kid, HBK, The Main Event, The Headliner
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Biography

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Shawn Michaels, born Michael Shawn Hickenbottom,on the 22nd July 1965 was raised in San Antonio Texas but was born in Scottsdale Arizona. As a result of hating his birth name Michael, he is known to friends and family as Shawn.

After being trained by the legendary…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Shawn Michaels defeated Ric Flair at Wrestlemania 24, which is why Ric Flair was forced to retire.

    • Shawn has two brothers, Scott & Randy, and a sister, Shari.

    • Shawn's name was spelled Sean when he first started wrestling in Texas.

    • Shawn has appeared on a Trinity Broadcasting program called Praise the Lord along with fellow wrestler, Steve "Sting" Borden.

    • Growing up Shawn was never called "Michael" because he hated the name, so his family and friends just called him "Shawn" and he's been referred to as Shawn ever since.

    • Shawn hated the tights he wore during the first ever elimination chamber match, he also said that his dutch boy haircut wasn't that charming either.

    • Shawn Michaels defeated Triple H at SummerSlam 2002. This was Shawn's first match in the WWE since Wrestlemania 14 in 1998.

    • Shawn is an avid archer.

    • On Apr. 23, 2007, Shawn Michaels wrestled John Cena on Raw in a match that lasted an hour. Shawn hit Cena with his patented Sweet Chin Music and pinned him 1,2,3 to win the Wrestlemania 23 rematch!

    • Shawn Michaels has won the PWI Match a total of 7 times in his career. On two separate occasions he won three consecutive years. (1993-1995 and 2004-2006)

      1993: Shawn Michaels vs. Marty Jannetty (Monday Night RAW)
      1994: Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (WrestleMania X)
      1995: Shawn Michaels vs. Diesel (WrestleMania XI)
      1996: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart (WrestleMania XII)
      2004: Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Benoit vs. Triple H (WrestleMania XX)
      2005: Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle (WrestleMania 21)
      2006: Shawn Michaels vs. Vince McMahon (WrestleMania 22)

    • Shawn Michaels, Triple H, and Chyna started being known as D-Generation X on October 6, 1997 on RAW. Shawn and best friend Triple H reunited to reform D-Generation X, on the June 12, 2006 episode of RAW.

    • The backstage group of Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Paul Levesque, and Sean Waltman were known as The Kliq. They were all best friends and had a strong say in what took place in the company from around the beginning of 1995 until Nash and Hall left for WCW in May of 1996.

    • Shawn wrestled Bret Hart in the first Ladder Match in WWE history on July 21, 1992.

    • In 2003, Shawn Michaels was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.

    • Shawn Michaels first match at Wrestlemania was at Wrestlemania V. Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty, The Rockers, lost to The Twin Towers.

    • Shawn Michaels is the first Grand Slam Champion in the WWE. He won all the titles the company had to offer by 1997.

    • At Wrestlemania 19, his first match at Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 14, Shawn Michaels defeated Chris Jericho.

    • On Jan. 29, 2007, Shawn Michaels and John Cena defeated Randy Orton and Edge to win the Tag Team Titles.

    • Shawn won the 1995 and 1996 Royal Rumbles. He is one of only three multiple Royal Rumble winners.

    • Shawn Michaels has a school called, The Shawn Michaels Wrestling Academy. Two of his students were Brian Kendrick and Lance Cade.

    • Shawn Michaels is ranked #34 out of 500 in the 2005 PWI 500.

    • In D-X's first match back, HHH and Shawn defeated all five members of the Spirit Squad in a two on five match at Vengeance. (2006)

    • Shawn defeated Vince McMahon in a no holds barred match on Wrestlemaina 22.

    • Shawn is a born again Christian, his ring attire and merchandise often incorporates cross symbols.

    • Shawn's Tattoos
      Upper left arm-Heart with sword and a snake in an 'S' shape.
      Left wrist-Bracelet design with his sons name, 'Cameron' in it.
      Left ring finger-Wedding band design with cursive 'R'.
      Side of left leg-Picture of his wife, Rebecca.
      Side of right leg-Outline of the state of Texas, filled in with design of the Texas flag. There is a star over the location of San Antonio. It says 'Lone' over top and 'Star' beneath

    • Shawn is the only wrestler in WWE history to simultaneously hold the WWE European Championship and WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

    • Shawn is ambidextrous, and uses his right hand to draw and color and his left hand to write.

    • Shawn has been involved in every Elimination Chamber match, as of 2006, serving as referee for one and a participant in the others. In the first ever Elimination Chamber Match, he won the World Heavyweight Championship. (Survivor Series 2002)

    • Despite being nicknamed Mr. Wrestlemania Michaels has one of the worst records, and the most losses at the event with a record of 3-8. His only wins were over Tito Santana, Bret Hart, and Chris Jericho.

    • On the February 27, 2006 episode of Raw, Shawn was forced to kiss Vince McMahon's *** .

    • When Shawn was in highschool he thought Ric Flair was "the coolest guy in the world."

    • The first time that Shawn and his now wife, Rebecca went out, he took her to Denny's.

    • By 1996 Shawn's major injuries included; orthoscopic knee surgery, herneated disc, separated shoulder, broken hand, enhanced concussion and hundreds and hundreds of cuts and bruises.

    • Shawn has stated that the two of the proudest moments of his life were the two ladder matches.

    • Shawn stated that is toughest match prior to Wrestlemania XI was the ladder match at WrestleMania X, and that his toughest opponent was Razor Ramon.

    • Shawns favorite cartoon character is Droopy the Dog.

    • Shawns favorite actors are Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro.

    • Shawns favorite actress is Demi Moore.

    • Shawn said on Livewire that his favorite gum was anything sugarless.

    • The person that Shawn would most want to meet is Elvis Presley.

    • In 2005, Shawn released an autobiography, Heartbreak and Triumph.

    • Shawn prefers boxers over briefs.

    • Shawn's favorite foods are chicken and rice.

    • Shawn listens to all types of music including country. His favorite bands are Garth Brooks and Greenday.

    • Shawn's favorite sport besides wrestling is football. He loves the Dallas Cowboys.

    • Shawn's favorite fast food is pizza.

    • Shawn likes the San Antonio Spurs.

    • When Shawn was in college, he went to a party one night and cut his head with an electric razor. He than run around saying he was a wrestler.

    • Shawn's father served in the Air Force for 25 years.

    • The day after facing HHH on Taboo Tuesday, Shawn went for knee surgery.

    • Shawn Michaels is 6 foot 1 and weighs 225 pounds.

    • On a segment of Brutus Beefcake's Barber Shop, Shawn threw Marty Jannetty through one of the shops windows. This dissolved the Rocker's partnership.

    • Shawn lost his debut match in 1984, at the age of 19 in Mid-South Wrestling. His opponent was Art Cruz.

    • Jose Lothario trained Michaels.

    • Michaels briefly attended Southwest Texas State University before deciding to follow his dreams.

    • Shawn was captain of his high school football team.

    • Shawn has wanted to be a wrestler since he was 12 years old.

    • Shawn Michaels nicknames that he has given himself or been given include; The Heartbreak Kid, The Showstoppa, The Main Even, The Icon, and Mr. WrestleMania.

    • In 1995, Shawn entered the Royal Rumble first and won. He was the first superstar ever to do this.

    • Shawn Michaels is the first WWE superstar to ever forfiet all three of the main titles.

    • Jimmy Hart wrote Shawn Michaels theme song, Sexy Boy.

    • In 2003 PWI ranked Shawn #10 of the 500 best singles wrestlers.

    • Shawn was voted most popular wrestler of the year by PWI in both 1995 and 1996.

    • PWI ranked Shawn # 01 of the best 10 wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2005.

    • One of Shawns managers, Sherri Martel, sang the first version of his theme music, Sexy Boy.

    • Shawn defeated Bret Hart in Montreal Canada in the most controversial match in wrestling history. This later became known as the Montreal Screwjob. Shawn later admitted, on an episode of WWE Confidential, that he knew about McMahon's plan beforehand.

    • Shawn won his first WWF Championship at WrestleMania XII. He defeated Bret Hart in a 60 minute Iron Man Match.

    • The ladder match between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon at WrestleMania X, won "Match of the Year" from Pro Wrestling Illustrated and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

    • Shawn had a segment on Superstars with Diesel called the Heartbreak Hotel.

    • Shawn posed in Playgirl with only his title belt covering him.

    • Shawn has had many different managers, including Sensational Sherri, Roddy Piper, Kevin Nash, Jenny McCarthy, Ric Rude, Chyna, and Triple H.

    • Shawn defeated The Undertaker in the first ever Hell in a Cell Match at Bad Blood 1997.

    • Shawn has a cousin, Matt Bentley, who is also a wrestler.

    • Shawn began using his "Sweet Chin Music" superkick in the early-90s. He had been studying the move from Chris Adams.

    • Shawn married Rebecca Curci better known as WCW Nitro Girl, Whisper, on March 31, 1999, in Las Vegas. They have two children together. Their son, Cameron Cade was born on January 5, 2000 and their daughter, Cheyenne Michelle was born on August 19, 2004.

  • Quotes

    • Shawn Michaels: (to Vince McMahon) You have finally, finally gone completely insane!

    • Shawn Michaels: Back in my day here in the WWF, oh... the WW EEEEE, we had it all. We had garbage men, we had clowns, you name it. We had them all runnin around this joint. There was, however, one thing that was real. And it was very, very real... and that was me.

    • Shawn Michaels: Kurt Angle, the heart break kid is a doormat for absolutely nobody!

    • Shawn Michaels: (After telling Triple H that he speaks jive)Yo! Yo! Yo! You gotta top me and my home boy, here. We gotta get back in the hizzle to see the shizzle, know what I'm saying? We need a duce down low. We need a duce down low.

    • Shawn Michaels: (After seeing the playgirl picture) Did you put that in there?! I was young! I was stupid! You told me girls bought that magazine!

    • Shawn Michaels: I will give you a show like you have never ever seen before, why, because I can.

    • Shawn Michaels:I want you to watch this! I'm going to knock your teeth down your throat!
      To Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania 22

    • Shawn Michaels: And if you ain't down with that, then we've got two words for you:... Suck It!
      Said with Triple H

    • Shawn Michaels: The Heartbreak Kid lays down for absolutely nobody!

    • Shawn Michaels: Kicking it with the kliq.

    • Shawn Michaels: I'm the showstopper, the headliner, the main event, the icon that is the Heartbreak Kid!

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • An all around awesome wrestler

    10
    Shawn Michaels is an amazing all around wrestler. I looked up to Michaels as a role model growing up as a wrestling fan. Michaels brought charisma, great wrestling skills, athleticism, technique, passion, and much more. There are too many complimentary adjectives I can use for a man that gave it all in the ring throughout his career.



    Michaels was never a big traditional wrestler of 6'5 and 270 pounds. He is actually under 6'0 since many wrestlers are billed a few inches taller in reality. The point is a guy that is 5'11 can put on fantastic matches against any wrestler and make the match that much better. He recently wrestled two back to back classic WrestleMania matches against another amazing wrestler known as the Undertaker. Many smaller wrestlers were inspired by Shawn Michaels. From tag team wrestling to mid card to even a solid, lengthy main event career, Michaels has executed and succeeded in the business. I thank him for entertaining me as a child. I enjoy growing up and watching him wrestle Steve Austin, Bret Hart, Undertaker, HHH, and other big names. Great matches and storytelling in the business describe Michaels' abilities.moreless
  • cool

    10
    HBK is the heart break kid Shawn Michaels he is also none as the show stopper mr. wrestlemania.HBK was in the first ever ladder match and the hell in a cell match.he has his white but shown twice in a match.he has been a main eventer because he has came down on a zipline at wrestlemania and doing a elbow drop with his but showing and at unforgiven shoving mr mcmahon head up big shows but and triple h helped him do it but he and his friend triple h are a member of dx they are funny for pulling pranks on mr mcmahonmoreless
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