Fact File

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Statistics

  • Real Name: Michael Shawn Hickenbottom
  • Wrestling Name: Shawn Michaels
  • Originally Named: Sean Michaels
  • Date of Birth: 22, July 1965
  • Billed Height: 6ft 1in (1.85 m)
  • Billed Weight: 225 lbs (102 kg)
  • Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
  • Billed From: San Antonio, Texas
  • Trained By: Jose Lothario
  • Pro-Wrestling Debut: 16, October 1984
  • WWF/E First Debut: 1987
  • WWF/E Second Debut: 7, July 1988
  • Wrestling Status: Retired (28, March 2010)
  • Roster: Raw

Shawn’s Favourite…

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  • Non-Wrestling Sport: ?

Wrestling Facts

Finishers

  • Modified figure four leglock (early 2008)
  • Spike piledriver – 1993-1994
  • Sweet Chin Music (Superkick, with theatrics)
  • Teardrop Suplex (Leg hook Saito suplex) – (1992–1993)

Managers

  • Diesel
  • Jose Lothario
  • Sensational Sherri
  • Sycho Sid
  • Chyna
  • Rick Rude
  • Luna Vachon
  • Triple H
  • Hornswoggle

Nicknames

  • The Heartbreak Kid (HBK)
  • Sexy Boy
  • The Showstopper
  • The Headliner
  • The Main Event
  • The Icon
  • Mr. WrestleMania
  • Mr. Hall of Fame
  • The Best Of The Best
  • The Most Honored Champion In WWE History

Previous Federations

  • Mid-South Wrestling (1984)
  • Texas All-Star Wrestling (TASW) – (1984)
  • World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) – (1985)
  • Central States Wrestling (CSW/NWA) – (1986)
  • Continental Wrestling Association (CWA) – (1987)
  • Continental Championship Wrestling (CCW/CWF) – (1987)
  • American Wrestling Association (AWA) – (1987)

Signature Moves

  • Arm trap crossface (2007–2010)
  • Backhand chop
  • Belly to back suplex
  • Diving elbow drop, (with theatrics)
  • Dropkick
  • Figure four leglock
  • Flying forearm smash followed by a kip-up
  • Inverted atomic drop
  • Moonsault, sometimes while springboarding to the outside
  • Skin the cat
  • Slingshot crossbody

Stables

  • The Kliq (WWF 1995-1997)
  • D-Generation X (WWF/E 1997-2010)
  • The Corporation (WWF 1998-1999)
  • New World Order (nWo) – (WWF/E 2002)

Tag Teams

  • American Force TASW (1985 – 1986)
  • The Rockers (also known as The Midnight Rockers) – (NWA 1985-1986, AWA 1986 – 1988, CSW/CWA/CWF 1987-1988, WWF/E 1988-1992) – (One off reunion in 2005)

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

Championships & Achievements

Championships Won [Detailed Title History]

  • Texas All-Star Texas Tag Team Championship (2 times)
  • NWA Central States Tag Team Championship
  • AWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times)
  • AWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Tennessee) (2 times)
  • TWA Heavyweight Championship
  • WWF Championship (3 times)
  • World Heavyweight Championship
  • WWF Intercontinental Championship (3 times)
  • WWF Tag Team Championship (3 times)
  • WWE World Tag Team Championship
  • WWE Unified Tag Team Championship
  • WWF European Championship

Other Achievements

  • 1995 Royal Rumble Winner
  • 1996 Royal Rumble Winner
  • WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2011)
  • First Grand Slam Champion
  • Fourth Triple Crown Champion

PWI 500 Rankings

  • 1991 – 37
  • 1992 – 16
  • 1993 – 03
  • 1994 – 05
  • 1995 – 02
  • 1996 – 01
  • 1997 – 18
  • 1998 – 49
  • 2003 – 32
  • 2004 – 09
  • 2005 – 34
  • 2006 – 09
  • 2007 – 06
  • 2008 – 07
  • 2009 – 14

PWI Awards

  • Feud of the Year (2008) vs. Chris Jericho
  • Match of the Year (1993) vs. Marty Jannetty on Monday Night Raw on May 17
  • Match of the Year (1994) vs. Razor Ramon in a Ladder match at WrestleMania X
  • Match of the Year (1995) vs. Diesel at WrestleMania XI
  • Match of the Year (1996) vs. Bret Hart in an Iron Man match at WrestleMania XII
  • Match of the Year (2004) vs. Chris Benoit and Triple H at WrestleMania XX
  • Match of the Year (2005) vs. Kurt Angle at WrestleMania 21
  • Match of the Year (2006) vs. Vince McMahon in a No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania 22
  • Match of the Year (2007) vs. John Cena on Raw on April 23
  • Match of the Year (2008) vs. Ric Flair at WrestleMania XXIV
  • Match of the Year (2009) vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXV
  • Most Popular Wrestler of the Year 1995
  • Most Popular Wrestler of the Year 1996
  • Ranked him #1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the year in the PWI 500 in 1996
  • Ranked him #10 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the “PWI Years” in 2003
  • Ranked him #33 of the Top 100 Tag Teams of the “PWI Years” with Marty Jannetty in 2003

Slammy Awards

  • 1996 Best Slammin’ Jammin’ Entrance
  • 1996 Best Threads
  • 1996 Squared Circle Shocker – Won for collapsing; Owen Hart accepted the award for making Michaels collapse
  • 1996 Master of Mat Mechanics
  • 1996 Match of the Year Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon in a Ladder match at SummerSlam 1995
  • 1996 Leader of the New Generation
  • 1997 Best Finisher
  • 1997 Match of the Year Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart in an Iron Man match at WrestleMania XII
  • 2008 Match of the Year Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair at WrestleMania XXIV
  • 2009 Match of the Year Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXV
  • 2010 Moment of the Year Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI (Michaels’ final match)

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • 1994 5 Star Match: Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon in a Ladder match at WrestleMania X.
  • 1997 5 Star Match: Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker in a Hell in a Cell Match at In Your House: Badd Blood 1997.
  • 1996 Best Babyface
  • 2011 Best Pro Wrestling DVD: Greatest Rivalries: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart
  • 2004 Feud of the Year: Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H and Chris Benoit
  • 2008 Feud of the Year: Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
  • 1994 Match of the Year: Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon in a Ladder match at WrestleMania X
  • 2008 Match of the Year: Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho in a Ladder match at No Mercy
  • 2009 Match of the Year: Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXV
  • 2010 Match of the Year: Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI
  • 1995 Most Charismatic
  • 1996 Most Charismatic
  • 1998 Readers’ Favorite Wrestler
  • 1989 Tag Team of the Year: with Marty Jannetty as The Rockers
  • 2006 Worst Feud of the Year: D-Generation X vs. Shane and Vince McMahon
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 2003)

Random Facts

  • Shawn Michaels was on the very first edition of Monday Night Raw (January 11, 1993) where he defeated Max Moon.
  • In October 1990, Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty defeated The Hart Foundation for the WWF Tag Team 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.