Shawn Michaels pro
Michael Shawn Hickenbottom
BornJuly 22, 1965
FromChandler, Arizona, United States

Professional wrestling career

Ring NameShawn Michaels
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight225 lb (102 kg)
BilledSan Antonio, Texas

Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (July 22, 1965), better known by his ring name Shawn Michaels, a American actor, professional wrestling personality, television presenter and retired professional wrestler who performed in WWF/E.

Currently signed to WWE as an ambassador and trainer since December 2010, Michaels wrestled consistently for WWE, formerly the World Wrestling Federation, from 1988 until his first retirement in 1998. He held non-wrestling roles from 1998 to 2000 and resumed wrestling in 2002 until retiring ceremoniously in 2010.

In WWF/WWE, Michaels headlined major pay-per-view events between 1989 and 2010, closing the company's flagship annual event, WrestleMania, five times. Michaels was the co-founder and original leader of the successful stable, D-Generation X. He also wrestled in the American Wrestling Association, where he founded The Midnight Rockers with Marty Jannetty in 1985. After winning the AWA Tag Team Championship twice, the team continued to the WWF as The Rockers and had a high-profile breakup in January 1992. Within the year, Michaels would twice challenge for the WWF Championship and win his first Intercontinental Championship, heralding his arrival as one of the industry's premier singles stars. Michaels would go on to be widely regarded as its finest performer in the 1990s and 2000s, winning the Pro Wrestling Illustrated "Match of the Year" reader vote a record eleven times. Michaels was voted the greatest professional wrestler of all time in a 2011 poll of the WWE roster.

Michaels is a four-time world champion, having held the WWF Championship three times and WWE's World Heavyweight Championship once. He is also a two-time Royal Rumble winner, the first WWF Grand Slam Champion and the fourth WWF Triple Crown Champion, as well as a 2011 WWE Hall of Fame inductee.

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