Michael Shawn Shawn Michales better known by his ring name Shawn Michaels. He is an American retired professional wrestler, actor, and television presenter. Regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers in history. He is known by the nicknames “Heartbreak Kid”, “The Showstopper”, and “Mr. WrestleMania”.
Michaels wrestled consistently for WWE. Formerly the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), from 1988 until a back injury forced his first retirement in 1998. He performed in non-wrestling roles for the next two years. And returned to the ring for a match in his own Texas Wrestling Academy (TWA) in 2000. Michaels resumed his wrestling career with WWE in 2002 and retired ceremoniously in 2010. Before being assigned as a trainer in 2016. He returned for a final match in 2018.
Shawn Michales Early life
Shawn 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, Shawn Michales disliked the name Michael, so his family and friends just called him Shawn. Ever since, he has been referred to as Shawn. Additionally, Shawn Michales moved around frequently since his father was in the military.
He knew he wanted to become a professional wrestler at the age of 12. And said he performed a wrestling routine in his high school’s talent show, complete with fake blood. Shawn Michales 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, Shawn Michales 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.
Shawn Michales Personal life
Michaels 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. 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,Michaels 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. Michales is ambidextrous, and had trouble differentiating between rights 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 the position.
|Birth name||Michael Shawn Hickenbottom|
|Born||July 22, 1965 (age 55)
Chandler, Arizona, U.S.
|Family||Matt Bentley (cousin)|
Professional wrestling career
|Ring name(s)||Sean Michaels
|Billed height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Billed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|Billed from||San Antonio, Texas|
|Trained by||José Lothario|
|Debut||October 10, 1984|
|Retired||March 28, 2010
November 2, 2018
National Wrestling Alliance
Michaels 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 territory on October 16, 1984, against Art Crews. Losing to Crews via swinging neck breaker. Michaels’s performance in his debut match impressed many veterans, including Terry Taylor.
In January 1985, he debuted for World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), the NWA territory in Dallas, Texas. In April 1985, Michaels went to work for another NWA territory in Kansas City called Central States Wrestling. 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.
Shawn Michaels WWF Career
The Rockers re debuted at a WWF live event on July 7, 1988. 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.
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. The match was taped with The Rockers winning the title. But soon after Neidhart came to an agreement with management and was rehired.
Shawn Michaels Legacy
Michaels is considered one of the greatest wrestlers in history. He received praises for several matches. Including 15 Match of the Year awards between Pro Wrestling Illustrated and Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Also, his match at WrestleMania 24 against Ric Flair was named Match of the Decade by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Dave Meltzer gave him two 5 stars matches.
After several acclaimed matches at WrestleMania, Michaels has been known as Mr. WrestleMania. Sumit Rehal of Independent UK in his top 10 WrestleMania matches listed Michels 3. In 2016, Dave Richard of CBS Sports ranked his match against Steve Austin. At WrestleMania XIV as the best main event in WrestleMania history.
Shawn Michaels Net Worth
As of 2022, Shawn Michaels’ net worth stands at an estimated total of over $17 million. Shawn Michaels is one of the highest paid wrestlers in WWE history. He also hosts a TV show and acted in various movies like The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, 90 Feet from Home. These ventures have helped in increasing Shawn Michaels’ net worth considerably. He used to get an annual salary of $1 Million and now receives thousands of dollars for every single appearance. For his in-ring return match at WWE Crown Jewel in 2018, Michaels was paid a sum of $3 million.
|Full Name||Michael Shawn Hickenbottom|
|Residence||San Antonio, Texas|
|Net Worth||$17 Million|
|Source of Income||Professional Wrestling, Actor|
|Charity||Wheelchairs for Kids|
|Marital Status||Married to Rebecca Curci (1999-Present)|
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