Shawn Michaels

 

Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 225
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Finishing Move: Sweet Chin Music
Career Highlights: WWE Champion; Intercontinental Champion; European Champion; Tag Team Champion; 1995 and 1996 Royal Rumble winner

Profile:

He's one of the most charismatic showmen ever to grace a WWE ring. He was WWE's most resilient champion. Pound-for-pound, he may have been the company's toughest.

If a back injury hadn't cut Shawn Michaels' in-ring career short, there's no telling what the "Heartbreak Kid" would have accomplished. As it was, he accomplished more than anyone at the time. He was the first Grand Slam Champion -- the only competitor to hold every title WWE had to offer then. At 225 pounds, he somehow managed to win the WWE Championship on three occasions, defeating men close to twice his size along the way. One of the keys to his success was that Michaels would put his body on the line. He participated in the first (and, many say, most exciting) Hell in a Cell match, against the Undertaker. There were Ladder Matches. But even in "regular matches" (if there was ever such a thing with Shawn), HBK was intent on being "the Showstoppa, the main-eventer, the icon." It took its toll on his long-term health. Still in his early 30s, when most superstars are hitting their prime, Michaels had to bow out of the spotlight after losing the title to Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIV in March 1998. Soon he had surgery to take away the pain, but officially end his in-ring career, or so it was thought.

But Michaels doesn't necessarily have to lace up the wrestling boots to be an instrumental part of WWE programming. One of the most natural "talkers" in history, he has the ability to rile up fans and fellow superstars simply by grabbing a microphone. Remember, Michaels was one of the founding members of D-Generation X, perhaps the most notorious faction in sports-entertainment history. They had as many memorable moments outside the ring as they did inside the ring. And Michaels remained one of the most popular superstars when he returned on a regular basis in November 1998, even though it was in a non-wrestling capacity as commissioner off WWE. But for a variety of reasons, Michaels resigned as commissioner in 2000, and has been rarely seen by WWE audiences since.

Perhaps the best indication of the impact that HBK made on the business was the reaction he received on June 3, 2002, live on RAW, when he was introduced as the newest members of another controversial faction, the nWo. Fans at the American Airlines Arena cheered because they were happy to see him, or jeered because they were shocked he was joining the nWo. But they were all on their feet, as they seemingly always are when HBK's "Sexy Boy" theme song hits. Now Michaels is back in WWE, again in a non-wrestling capacity. Or is he? Michaels has indicated in interviews that perhaps he has a few more matches left in him. His back is feeling great, he has obviously kept himself in great shape, and he knows he can do it. That's because, after he ceased being an in-ring competitor for WWE, he opened the Shawn Michaels Wrestling Academy in his hometown of San Antonio. Often he would climb in the ring with his students to demonstrate the moves for them; it made him learn that he could still "get it done."

HBK RETURNS TO WWE

In all my years of watching professional wrestling, I have never been this excited about the return of a wrestler.

Mind you, this isn't just any ordinary wrestler. This is, in my opinion, the return of one of the greatest heavyweight champions of all time and the most charismatic individual to grace a professional wrestling ring.

That's right. The return, and the rebirth, of Shawn Michaels. HBK made his return to professional wrestling on the June 3
episode of "RAW," joining up with old pals Kevin Nash and X-Pac in the New World Order.

Only two nights prior, on the new WWE show "Confidential," Michaels announced HBK was dead and gave the impression that he was done with professional wrestling.

In an interview with WWE.com, Michaels elaborated on his comments on "Confidential:"

"That (the death of HBK) pertains more to backstage and to my personal life as opposed to out in front of the cameras.
Because when I'm out in front of the cameras, that's just me having fun. That's me enjoying myself in front of lots of people. It was mostly just to make clear that that person I was on the road, and the person who took the business so seriously, is not there anymore. That's what I meant by it.

"HBK was angry. Most of what I did was because I had a big chip on my shoulder. Sure, it worked out to my advantage when it came to matches, because I went out there wanting to have a better match than everybody else. But I didn't do that from a real positive place. And that's the biggest difference. I'm not driven by anger. I'm not driven by emotions anymore."

A back injury sent HBK to the sidelines too early in his career, but while taking time off, he has gotten married and is a father. But most importantly, Michaels has found God and has turned his life over to Jesus.

As for his back injury, only time will tell if HBK has another match left in him.

"I don't know. I'm on a different path now. I let (God) direct me. Right now, that's not something I'm thinking about. I pray
about that too. He'll make that clear to me, if that's something I think I can do. If he keeps me safe and keeps me protected like he's promised, I'm sure I can do it.

"We'll just have to see how things work out. Heck, I've only been in the door one day. We're at the infant stage. I'm excited
about it, and I'm really looking to see where it goes."

But will the back injury allow Michaels to grace the squared circle one more time before he calls it quits?

"It feels great. I still know it's there, but I still know my knees are there and my shoulders are there. You don't get out of this line of work and not feel a little soreness. But it's as good as it's been in the four years that I've been out. I feel great."

Only time will tell what direction HBK takes in the ring.

But one thing is for sure. No matter what he decides to do, it will be entertaining and charismatic.

After all, having fun is what Shawn Michaels is all about.

Shawn Michaels matches

vs Triple H (Summerslam 2002)

Article and Interviews

after Summerslam 2002

       

 

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