Shawn Michael is an American retired professional wrestler, actor and a TV presenter. Shawn is without no question one of the best wrestlers in the wrestling world.
Shawn is also known by the ring names ‘Heartbreak Kid’, ‘Shawn Michaels’ and ‘Mr. WrestleMania’.
In this article, we will let you into the facts about this famous wrestler starting from his biography to his net worth.
Shawn Michael Profile
- Full Name: Michael Shawn Hickenbottom
- Age: 55 years
- Nationality: American
- State of Origin: Arizona
- State of Residence: Texas
- Marital Status: Married
- Occupation: Retired professional wrestler, actor and a TV presenter.
Shawn Michael Age
Shawn Michael was born on 22nd of July, 1965 in Chandler, Arizona. He was the youngest of four kids ;Randy, Scott, and Shari.
Shawn was raised in family of military background. Most of Shawn early childhood were spent in Reading, Berkshire, England and moving from place to place( based on his fathers’ job as a military personnel).
However. Shawn grew up mainly in San Antonio, Texas, where he is currently residing at.
Shawn Michael Education
After Shawn had basic education, he went to Randolf High school. During his high school days he was known for his athletic skills.
Shawn played a stand-out linebacker for his football high school team and finally ended up as the captain of his team.
Shawn also stated that he performed a wrestling routine with fake blood in his high school’s talent show.
Shawn later went ahead to attend Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, and later switch his focus of becoming a professional wrestler.
Shawn Michael Career
Right at the age of 12, Shawn had also known he wanted to become a professional wrestler and even partook in his high school talent show as a wrestler.
As Shawn switched to wrestling, he got trained by a Mexican professional wrestler Jose Lothario. Shawn took up the ring name ‘Shawn Michaels”.
Shawn officially began wrestling in 1984 at the National Wrestling Alliance’s (NWA) Mid-South Wrestling territory on October 16 and lost to Crews through swinging neckbreaker.
Shawn Michaels’s first performance got a lot of attention from many veterans wrestlers, like Terry Taylor.
Between 1985 and 1986, Shawn went back to Texas and wrestle for Texas All-Star Wrestling (TASW). During Shawn career with TASW,he substituted Nick Kiniski in the American Breed tag team and teamed with Paul Diamond.
Shawn Michaels and Diamond were unbeatable and the won the TASW Tag Team Championship by Chavo Guerrero Sr. However the team was later renamed American Force.
Between 1986 and 1987 Shawn Michaels made his first national-level performance, as Sean Michaels, at the age of 20 in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), in a victory against Buddhakhan on ESPN.
Shawn teamed with Marty Jannetty, and was tagged as ‘The Midnight Rockers’. The team won the AWA World Tag Team Championship, against Doug Somers and Buddy Rose.
Shawn Michaels during his career wrestled frequently for World Wrestling Entertainment(WWE), formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) since 1988.
In 1998 at the Royal Rumble, Shawn had a back injury from a back body drop on a casket during the casket match against the Undertaker.
Although Shawn Michaels won the match, the injury stopped him from competing in other matches forcing him to retire in 1998.
During his first retirement, he still performed in non-wrestling roles for the period of two years but later returned to the ring for a match in his own Texas Wrestling Academy (TWA) in 2000.
However, Shawn Michaels resumed his wrestling career in 2002 with World Wrestling Entertainment and retired in a grand ceremony in 2010.
On the 10th of February, 2015, Shawn published an autobiography with a co- writer David Thomas titled ‘Wrestling for My Life: The Legend, the Reality, and the Faith of a WWE Superstar’.
In 2016, Shawn Michaels was assigned as a trainer in 2016 but he went for a final match in 2018. Shawn was also the co-founder and original leader of the successful stable, D-Generation X. Shawn aside wrestling is also involved in TV presentation.
Shawn Michaels hosts an outdoor television show titled ‘Shawn Michaels’ MacMillan River Adventures’. Shawn Michael’s show features his hunting partner and longtime friend, Keith Mark, as they hunt big-game animals around the world.
This TV series airs on CarbonTV. Apart from wrestling, Shawn also acts movies and has starred in movies such as; The Resurrection of Gavin Stone and Pure Country:Pure Heart in 2017.
In 2018, he starred in Avengers of Justice: Farce Wars and The Marine 6: Close Quarters. In 2019, Shawn starred in the movie ’90 Feet from Home’.
Shawn Michael Relationship
Shawn was married to Theresa Wood in 1988 and divorced in 1994.Shawn later remarried to Rebecca Curci, a former WCW Nitro Girl called Whisper.
Their wedding ceremony was held on 31st of March, 1999, at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada and was attended by Elvis impersonator.
Their union was blessed with a son, Cameron Kade, on the 15th ofJanuary, 2000, and a daughter, Cheyenne, on the 19th of August 19, 2004.
Shawn Michael Achievement
- Mr. WrestleMania has achieved a lot throughout his career under these categories; under the American Wrestling Association he won AWA World Tag Team Championship (2 times) with Marty Jannetty.
- Under CBS Sports, he won the Worst Angle of the Year (2018) with Triple H vs. The Undertaker and Kane.
- Under the Central States Wrestling, he won the NWA Central States Tag Team Championship (1 time) with Marty Jannetty.
- Under Continental Wrestling Association, he won the AWA Southern Tag Team Championship (2 times) with Marty Jannetty.
- Under Pro Wrestling Illustrated he won Feud of the Decade (2000–2009) vs. Chris Jericho, Match of the Decade (2000–2009) vs. Ric Flair at WrestleMania XXIV.
- Still under Pro Wrestling Illustrated, he won several Match of the Year in (2007) vs. John Cena on Raw on April 23, in 2009 vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXV and (2010) vs. The Undertaker in a career vs. streak match at WrestleMania XXVI.
- Under Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, he won Class of 2017.
- Under Texas All-Star Wrestling, he won the TASW Texas Tag Team Championship (2 times) with Paul Diamond.
- TASW Six-Man Tag Team Championship (1 time) with Paul Diamond & DJ Peterson.
- Under Texas Wrestling Alliance, he won the TWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time).
- Under World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE, he won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship (3 times), WWF Intercontinental Championship (3 times) and WWF European Championship (1 time).
- Still under World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE, he won the WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) with Triple H, WWF/World Tag Team Championship (5 times) with Diesel.
- He also won the Royal Rumble in 1995 and 1996, First Grand Slam Champion, Fourth Triple Crown Champion in WWF/WWE.
- He won the Slammy Awards (15 times) and many more.
Shawn Michael Net Worth
Shawn Michaels is ranked as one of the highest paid wrestlers in WWE history with an estimated net worth of $17 million.