Shawn Michaels is a professional wrestler, actor, producer and television presenter. He is considered one of the greatest WWE Legends of all time. His feuds included some of the biggest names in wrestling including Bret Hart, Stone Cold Steve Austin, HHH, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and many more.
Shawn Michaels was born in Arizona and decided to pursue a career in professional wrestling.
He started his career in the NWA and made his way as a tag team known as The Rockers with Marty Jannetty in 1988. The Team was successful but in the years to come, Shawn Michaels would excel in singles competition. Shawn Michaels eventually split from his tag partner by turning heel in an incident that most wrestling fans still remember today. During a segment known as the 'Barber Shop', he ran his former partner's head through a glass window cementing himself as a vain villain.
Shawn Michaels took on the moniker of 'The Heartbreak Kid' where he feuded with several superstars. Eventually, Shawn Michaels won the WWF title from Bret Hart which led to the greatest WWE rivalries of all time. Shawn Michaels was a major player in the Montreal Screwjob Incident which cemented his place further as a heel. He is also one of the founding members of DX,. Shawn Michaels would eventually drop the title to Stone Cold Steve Austin as the dawn of the Attitude Era began.
Shawn Michaels would appear in on screen rules as back problems ruled him out of ring action for several years. He eventually returned in 2002 as part of the NWO. While doctors had warned Shawn Michaels that an in-ring return was a foolish endeavor, he resisted and competed with HHH at SummerSlam in 2003. This was meant to be a one-off but Shawn Michaels stayed with the company competing in dream matches and eventually retired at WrestleMania 25 in a match against the Undertaker.
Recently, Shawn Michaels returned to in-ring action with HHH against the Brothers of Destruction in 2018 at the Crown Jewel PPV. While it's being said that this was a one-off, Shawn Michaels may return for one last singles match.
Shawn Michaels Finishing Moves:
Sweet Chin Music (Superkick, with theatrics); Modified figure-four leglock – 2008–2010; used rarely; Teardrop Suplex (Leg-hook Saito suplex) – 1992–1993; Used as a signature move thereafter.
Shawn Michaels Signature Moves:
Arm trap crossface – 2007–2010; Backhand chop; Belly to back suplex; Diving double axe handle; Diving elbow drop, with theatrics; Dropkick; Figure-four leglock; Flying forearm smash followed by a kip-up; Inverted atomic drop; Moonsault to a standing opponent, sometimes while springboarding to the outside; Skin the cat; Slingshot plancha
Shawn Michaels Entrance Themes:
"Sexy Boy (V1)" by Jimmy Hart and J.J. Maguire (featuring Sherri Martel) (February 15, 1992 – January 30, 1993); "Sexy Boy (V2)" by Jimmy Hart and J.J. Maguire (featuring Shawn Michaels) (February 13, 1993–present); "Break it Down" by The DX Band (used while a member of D-Generation X); "Sexy Boy (V2)" (with "Pulse Enigma" Intro) by Jim Johnston, Jimmy Hart and J.J. Maguire (featuring Shawn Michaels) (used at WrestleMania XXV; 2009)
Shawn Michaels Nicknames:
"Mr. WrestleMania”; "(Just a) Sexy Boy"; "The Best of the Best"; "The Headliner"; "The Heartbreak Kid (HBK)"; "The Icon"; "The Main Event"; "The Showstopper"; "Mr. WWE Hall Of Famer"