Who Is Wrestling Icon Shawn Michaels?

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Who Is Wrestler Shawn Michaels?

Born in 1965, Shawn Michaels is a former professional wrestler known for his time with the WWE. He is considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time and has held numerous championships throughout his career.

What Is Shawn Michael’s Real Name?

Shawn Michaels’ real name is Michael Shawn Hickenbottom. He was born on July 22, 1965, in Chandler, Arizona.

Early Wrestling Career

Shawn Michaels began his professional wrestling career in 1984. He first gained popularity as a member of the tag team The Rockers alongside partner Marty Jannetty. The Rockers were successful in both the American Wrestling Association (AWA) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and their matches were often highly acclaimed by fans and critics alike.

In 1991, Shawn Michaels embarked on a solo career after an on-screen breakup with Jannetty. He quickly rose to the top of the WWF, winning the Intercontinental Championship and becoming one of the company’s most popular stars.

In 1992, Michaels won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, defeating Bret Hart in what is widely considered one of the greatest matches in wrestling history.

Rivalry With Bret Hart

Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart had one of the most iconic rivalries in WWE history. It all started when Shawn Michaels won the Intercontinental Championship from Hart at WrestleMania XII. The two would trade the title back and forth over the next few months, with each man winning it twice.

Their rivalry came to a head at Survivor Series 1997, in the now-infamous “Montreal Screwjob.” In the match, Michaels was supposed to lose the WWE Championship to Hart. Still, WWE owner Vince McMahon double-crossed Hart, ordering the referee to call for the bell while Hart was in a submission hold, giving Michaels the victory and making him the new champion.

Since then, the two men have mended their relationship and are now on good terms. In 2010, Michaels even inducted Hart into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Late 1990’s, D-Generation X, and Retirement

Injuries and substance abuse issues plagued Shawn Michaels’ career throughout the 1990s, but he still managed to remain a top star in the WWF. In 1998, he formed the successful tag team D-Generation X with fellow wrestler Triple H. The following year, Michaels won his second WWF World Heavyweight Championship by defeating The Rock at WrestleMania XV.

Shawn Michaels retired from wrestling in 2010 after losing a “Career-Threatening Match” to The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI. He made his return to the WWE in 2018 and has since made sporadic appearances on WWE programming.