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Shawn Michaels

For those of a similar name, see Sean Michaels (disam- name Michael, so his family and friends just called him
biguation).
Shawn.[11] Ever since, he has been referred to as Shawn.
Additionally, Hickenbottom moved around frequently
[11]
Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965), since his father was in the military.
better known by his ring name Shawn Michaels, is
an American actor, professional wrestling personality,
television presenter and retired professional wrestler.
Currently signed to WWE, as an ambassador and trainer,
since December 2010. Michaels wrestled consistently
for WWE, formerly the World Wrestling Federation
(WWF), from 1988 until his rst retirement in 1998. He
held non-wrestling roles from 1998 to 2000 and resumed
wrestling in 2002 until retiring ceremoniously in 2010.

He knew he wanted to become a professional wrestler at


the age of twelve and said he performed a wrestling routine in his high schools talent show, complete with fake
blood.[10][12] Hickenbottom was already an athlete; his
career began at the age of six when he started playing
football.[13] He was a stand-out linebacker at Randolph
High School on Randolph Air Force Base and eventually
became captain of the football team.[4][14] After graduating, Hickenbottom attended Southwest Texas State Unibut soon realized that colIn the WWF/E, Michaels headlined major pay-per-view versity in San Marcos, Texas,
[15]
lege
life
was
not
for
him.
He
then began pursuing a
events between 1989 and 2010, closing the companys
career
in
professional
wrestling.
agship annual event, WrestleMania, ve times. He was
the co-founder and original leader of the successful stable, D-Generation X. He also wrestled in the American
Wrestling Association (AWA), where he founded The 2 Professional wrestling career
Midnight Rockers with Marty Jannetty in 1985. After
winning the AWA Tag Team Championship twice, the 2.1 National Wrestling Alliance (1984
team continued to the WWF as The Rockers, and had a
1985)
high-prole breakup in January 1992. Within the year,
Michaels would twice challenge for the WWF ChampiHickenbottom began to train under Mexican professional
onship and win his rst WWF Intercontinental Champiwrestler Jose Lothario.[6][7] During his training, Hickonship, heralding his arrival as one of the industrys preenbottom adopted the ring name, Shawn Michaels.[3]
mier singles stars. He would go on to be widely regarded
After his training with Lothario, he debuted as Shawn
as its nest performer in the 1990s and 2000s,[8] winning
Michaels with the National Wrestling Alliance's (NWA)
the Pro Wrestling Illustrated "Match of the Year" reader
Mid-South Wrestling on October 16, 1984, against
vote a record eleven times. Michaels was voted the greatArt Crews, losing to Crews via swinging neckbreaker.
est professional wrestler of all time in a 2011 poll of the
Michaels performance in his debut match impressed
WWE roster.[9]
many veterans, including Terry Taylor.
Michaels is a four-time world champion, having held
In January 1985, he debuted for World Class Champithe WWF Championship three times and WWEs World
onship Wrestling (WCCW), the NWA territory in DalHeavyweight Championship once. He is also a two-time
las, Texas. In April 1985, Michaels went to work for anRoyal Rumble winner, the rst WWF Grand Slam Chamother NWA territory in Kansas City called Central States
pion and the fourth WWF Triple Crown Champion, as
Wrestling.[16] There, he and tag team partner Marty Janwell as a 2011 WWE Hall of Fame inductee.
netty defeated The Batten Twins for the NWA Central
States Tag Team Championship, later losing it back to
the Battens.[10]

Early life
2.2 Texas All-Star Wrestling (19851986)

Hickenbottom was born on July 22, 1965, in Chandler,


Arizona.[1][10] The last of four children Randy, Scott,
and Shari are his older siblings he was raised in a
military family and spent a brief part of his early years
in Reading, Berkshire, England,[1] but grew up in San
Antonio, Texas. As a child, Hickenbottom disliked the

After leaving Kansas City, he returned to Texas to wrestle for Texas All-Star Wrestling (TASW).[3] During his
time with TASW, Michaels replaced Nick Kiniski in the
American Breed tag team, teaming with Paul Diamond.
Michaels and Diamond were awarded the TASW Tag
1

PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING CAREER

Team Championship by Chavo Guerrero Sr.[10] The team names, Michaels and Jannetty were renamed, as simwas later renamed American Force.[17] While in TASW, ply "The Rockers.[3] The team proved popular with
Michaels and Diamond feuded with Japanese Force.
both children and women,[6] and was a mid-card stalwart
of television and pay-per-view shows for the next two
years;[20] during this time, Michaels headlined his rst
2.3 American Wrestling
Association pay-per-view for the WWF when The Rockers were involved in the 4-on-4 Survivor Series match main event of
(19861987)
the 1989 Survivor Series.[21]
Michaels made his national-level debut, as Sean Michaels, On October 30, 1990, The Rockers unocially won the
at the age of 20 in the American Wrestling Association WWF Tag Team Championship from The Hart Foun(AWA), in a victory over Buddhakhan on ESPN. He was dation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart), as Neidhart, half
once again teamed with Marty Jannetty, billed as The of the championship team, was in the process of negoMidnight Rockers. The Midnight Rockers won the AWA tiating his release from the company.[20] The match was
World Tag Team Championship, defeating Doug Somers taped with The Rockers winning the title, but soon afand Buddy Rose.[6]
ter, Neidhart came to an agreement with management
and was rehired.[20] The championship was returned to
the Hart Foundation, while the title change was never
2.4 World Wrestling Federation (1987 broadcast or even acknowledged on television (though
1988)
The Rockers did actually have a successful title defence
on November 3, 1990, against Power and Glory (Hercules
In 1987, The Rockers were signed by a competing and Paul Roma) before the title was returned to the Hart
promotion: the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).[6] Foundation).[20] When news spread, WWF explained that
They were red from WWF two weeks later, for a the original result was void due to a collapsed turnbuckle
bar incident (a misunderstanding, according to Michaels in the ring during the bout. A buckle had indeed broke,
autobiography).[6][18] They then returned to AWA, but but not to a noticeable or dangerous extent during the
were re-signed by WWF a year later.[18]
match.[3] The Rockers continued their partnership, eventually splitting on December 2, 1991 during an incident
on Brutus Beefcake's televised Barber Shop talk show
promotional segment.[22] Michaels superkicked Jannetty
2.5 Return to WWF
and threw him through a glass window on the set of Beefcakes talk show.[6][23] Jannetty returned to the WWF
2.5.1 The Rockers (19881991)
the following year and enjoyed moderate success before
leaving the company in 1994, while Michaels became a
Main article: The Rockers
The Rockers redebuted at a WWF live event on July prominent villain of the early to mid-1990s as The Boy
Toy.[22]

2.5.2 The Heartbreak Kid (19921995)


See also: Two Dudes with Attitudes
At the suggestion of Curt Hennig, Michaels adopted the
nickname The Heartbreak Kid.[6] Along with his new
name came a new gimmick as a vain, cocky villain.[24]
He was put together with mirror-carrying manager,
Sensational Sherri, who, according to the storyline, had
become infatuated with him.[22] Sherri even sang the rst
version of his new theme music, Sexy Boy.[3] During
that period, after Michaels had wrestled his scheduled
match at live events, his departure was announced with
Shawn Michaels has left the building, alluding to the
phrase "Elvis has left the building.[25]
At WrestleMania VIII, in his rst pay-per-view singles
match, Michaels defeated Tito Santana: both men had
simultaneously eliminated each other from that years
7, 1988.[19] Due to WWF chairman Vince McMahon's Royal Rumble.[26] He subsequently became a contender
desire to have his performers carry WWF-exclusive ring to the promotions singles titles. Michaels failed to
Michaels (left) with Marty Jannetty during their time as The
Rockers

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In September 1993, Michaels was suspended for testing
positive for steroid a charge he never admitted.[34] On
WWF programs, his suspension was explained by his having neglected to defend the title often enough. After turning down World Championship Wrestling (WCW)'s advances, Michaels returned to the WWF and made several
appearances in the United States Wrestling Association
(USWA) during a WWF/USWA cross-promotion. He returned to WWF television in November at the Survivor
Series pay-per-view, substituting for Jerry Lawler, who
was dealing with legal issues, in a match pitting himself
and three of Lawlers Knights against the Hart brothers,
Bret, Bruce, Keith and Owen.[35]

Diesel acted as Michaelss on-air bodyguard and tag team partner for two championship reigns

win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from


champion Randy Savage in his rst opportunity to compete for that title at British event UK Rampage, held on
April 19 at the Sheeld Arena and broadcast on Sky
Movies Plus[27] (the match later aired in the US on the
June 15 edition of Prime Time Wrestling[28] ). He was
unable to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship
from Bret Hart in the WWFs rst-ever ladder match at a
Wrestling Challenge taping on July 21, which would subsequently be made available on multiple Coliseum/WWE
Home Video releases.[29][30] However, he won the title from The British Bulldog on the October 27, 1992
episode of Saturday Nights Main Event, which aired on
November 14.[31] Shortly thereafter, he faced Hart for
the WWF World Heavyweight Championship in the main
event of the 1992 Survivor Series, but lost the match.[32]
Originally the secondary main event, Michaels and Hart
became the primary main event after The Ultimate Warrior was unable to compete, and was replaced by Mr. Perfect in the tag team match that involved Randy Savage
against the team of Ric Flair and Razor Ramon.[33] During this time, Michaels and Sherri split and he engaged
himself in a feud with former tag team partner Marty
Jannetty.[6] Michaels lost the Intercontinental Championship to Jannetty on Monday Night Raw on May 17,
1993.[31] He then regained it on June 6 with the help of his
debuting "bodyguard" (and o-air friend) Diesel.[3][31]

He soon entered a staged rivalry with Razor Ramon,


who had won the Intercontinental Championship, which
had been vacated during Michaels absence.[36] Since
Michaels had never been defeated in the ring for the title, he claimed to be the rightful champion and even carried around his old title belt.[36] This feud culminated in
a ladder match between the two at WrestleMania X.[36]
Michaels lost the match, which featured both his and Ramons championship belts suspended above a ladder in the
ring.[35][36] This match was voted by fans as "Match of
the Year" by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.[6] It also received
a 5-star rating from Wrestling Observer Newsletter member Dave Meltzer, one of ve WWF/E matches to do so.
Over the next few months, Michaels battled various injuries and launched the Heartbreak Hotel television talk
show segment, mainly shown on WWF Superstars.[37]
On August 28, 1994, Michaels and Diesel captured the
WWF Tag Team Championship from The Headshrinkers
(Samu and Fatu).[38] The next day, at SummerSlam,
Diesel lost the Intercontinental Championship to Ramon when Michaels accidentally superkicked Diesel.[35]
This triggered a split between Michaels and Diesel, a
storyline that was drawn out until Survivor Series that
November.[39] Michaels went on to win the Royal Rumble
in 1995,[40] which set up a championship grudge match at
WrestleMania XI against Diesel (who had gone on to win
the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from Bob
Backlund).[40] As part of the storyline, Michaels recruited
Sid as his bodyguard for the build-up, lost the match,[41]
and was attacked by Sid the following night.[42] After
this, Michaels took time o,[42] because Vince McMahon wanted Michaels to become a fan favorite.[43]

2.5.3 Formation of The Kliq (19951996)


Main article: The Kliq
Michaels returned to the ring, as a fan favorite, in May
1995 and he went on to defeat Je Jarrett to win his
third Intercontinental Championship in July at the In
Your House pay-per-view event.[6][44] This led to a title defense against Razor Ramon at SummerSlam, in a
ladder match, which Michaels won.[6] Around this time

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Michaels became the leader of a backstage group known


as The Kliq.[6] Critics perceive the group to have sucient clout with WWF owner Vince McMahon, becoming
dominant wrestling gures in the WWF for several years
in the mid-1990s, causing friction with other wrestlers.
Michaels disputes the perception, saying that McMahon
pushed only deserving wrestlers.[45] Michaels fan base
was later nicknamed The Kliq as an inside reference
to the real Kliq.[46] In October 1995, Michaels was the
victim of a legit assault outside a bar in Syracuse, New
York.[3] Due to not being able to compete, Michaels was
forced to forfeit the Intercontinental Championship to his
original opponent Dean Douglas at the In Your House:
Great White North pay-per-view,[47] who in turn Douglas lost the championship Razor Ramon, another member of the Kliq.[48] This event has been cited as an example of the Kliq holding others down. The next month,
during a match with Owen Hart on an episode of Monday
Night Raw, Owen performed an enzuigiri that struck the
back of Michaels head.[49] They continued the match, but
Michaels collapsed in the ring, supposedly because he had
suered a concussion.[3][49] The concussion was scripted,
which was kept from most fans at the time.[3] A retirement angle was written so that Michaels could take some
time o, after he came back from an injury too soon.[3]
The MSG Incident

2.5.4

WWF World Heavyweight Champion (1996


1998)
weight Championship;[3] he explained to fans that he was
informed by doctors that he had conjured a knee inMain articles: D-Generation X and Montreal Screwjob
jury, and that he had to retire.[55] His speech was reAfter teasing a retirement, Michaels returned to the garded as controversial, as Michaels was allegedly unwillWWF at the Royal Rumble match in 1996, which he ing to lose to Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13 (since it was
wound up winning for a second year in a row, to receive a noted that he was going to have a rematch with Hart at
WWF World Heavyweight Championship match in the WrestleMania).[6] Michaels contemplated thoughts of remain event at WrestleMania XII.[50] Around this time, tirement and stated that he had to nd his smile again,
Jose Lothario became Michaels on-screen manager.[51] which he had lost somewhere down the line.[6] After
At WrestleMania XII, Michaels defeated WWF Cham- knee surgery by Dr. James Andrews, Michaels returned
pion Bret Hart in the overtime of their sixty-minute Iron a few months later, briey teaming with Steve Austin to
Man match, which had ended in a scoreless tie.[6] On May win the WWF Tag Team Championship.[56] In his auto19, 1996, Michaels and his fellow Kliq members were in- biography, Michaels reveals about his real-life feud with
volved in the incident known as "Curtain Call". Diesel Bret Hart, claiming that Bret did interviews on live teleand Razor Ramon were about to leave WWF to company vision claiming that he [Michaels] was faking his whole
rival WCW. After Michaels won a match against Diesel, injury.[57]
Ramon and Hunter Hearst Helmsley came to the ring and By spring of 1997, the real-life backstage conict bejoined Michaels and Diesel in a group-hug.[52] As Diesel tween Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart were reaching its
and Helmsley were seen as villains at the time, in con- heights. Both men were going out on television and fretrast to Michaels and Ramon, this constituted a breach of quently making personal, true to heart remarks about
"kayfabe", as acting out of character, which was rare and one another. Shawn Michaels briey left the WWF
controversial at the time.[52] As WCW gained momen- in June of that year after a real backstage ght with
tum due to the signings of Hall and Nash, Michaels held Bret Hart, just hours before a Raw is War show, which
the championship for most of the year. Michaels cham- allegedly resulted from Michaels making an on-air repionship reign ended at the 1996 Survivor Series event, mark, known as the Sunny Days comment, implywhere he lost to Sycho Sid, his former bodyguard.[53] ing that Bret (who was married at the time) was havMichaels recaptured the championship from Sid in Jan- ing an aair with WWF Diva Sunny. Shawn Michaels
uary 1997 at the Royal Rumble.[54]
and Steve Austin were still WWF Tag Team ChamOn a special episode of Raw dubbed Thursday Raw pions at the time during an ongoing feud with The
Thursday, Michaels vacated the WWF World Heavy- Hart Foundation and a tournament was made to decide

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received a 5-star rating from Dave Meltzer.
In the fall, Michaels joined forces with real-life friend
Hunter Hearst Helmsley (later known as Triple H), Helmsleys then real life girlfriend Chyna, and Rick Rude
to form the stable D-Generation X (DX).[62] Michaels
continued his rivalry with Bret Hart and his reformed
Hart Foundation, which was now a pro-Canada stable. Michaels taunted the group and Canada by engaging in acts such as blowing his nose with and humping the Canadian Flag. Michaels later claimed the ag
desecration was Brets idea.[63] Michaels feud with the
Hart Foundation culminated in a championship match
at Survivor Series in November 1997 against Bret Hart.
Michaels came out of this match, dubbed by fans the
"Montreal Screwjob", as the WWF World Heavyweight
Champion.[64] Michaels now held both the WWF World
Heavyweight and European championship at the same
time. Michaels dropped the European Championship to
D-Generation X member Hunter Hearst Hemsley in a
farcical match.[65]

2.5.5 First retirement (1998)

Michaels portrayed his cocky, vain character with colourful outts

new Tag Champions. Michaels would eventually return that summer in July. At SummerSlam, Michaels
ociated the WWF World Heavyweight Championship
match between WWF Champion The Undertaker and
Bret Hart.[58] The match ended in controversial fashion,
with Michaels hitting Undertaker with a chair (unintentionally, as he was aiming for Bret after he spat in his
face).[58] Michaels was then forced to award the championship to his nemesis, Bret Hart.[58] The next night on
Raw, signs of a heel turn started to show as Michaels
told the WWF fans what happened at SummerSlam was
an accident and that he would deal with the Undertaker
when the time came. At WWF One Night Only, held
in Birmingham, England in September, Michaels defeated The British Bulldog to capture the WWF European Championship.[58][59] The fans at the event were so
appalled at the result of the match they booed Michaels
out of the building, to the extent that they littered the
ring with garbage, cementing his second heel turn.[58][60]
With this win, Michaels became the rst Grand Slam
Champion.[4] At the October pay-per-view event, In Your
House: Badd Blood, Michaels and Undertaker participated in the rst Hell in a Cell match. During the match,
it saw Michaels fall o the side of the 15-foot (5 m) high
structure through a table and saw him as the winner in
the match after the debuting Kane tombstoned his victory bound half-brother, The Undertaker.[61] The match

At the 1998 Royal Rumble, Michaels received a serious back injury in a Casket match against The Undertaker. Michaels would still go on to win the match
and successfully retain his WWF World Heavyweight
Championship.[6] Michaels took a back body drop to
the outside of the ring and hit his lower back on the
casket, causing him to herniate two discs and crush one
completely.[6][66] This rendered Michaels unable to compete in the main event of the following months No Way
Out of Texas: In Your House as advertised, and forced
him into retirement a night after losing the WWF World
Heavyweight Championship to Stone Cold Steve Austin
at WrestleMania XIV as special guest enforcer Mike
Tyson turned on DX and Michaels which allowed Steve
Austin to gain the victory.[67]

2.5.6 WWF Commissioner (19982000)


After being away for nearly four months, Shawn Michaels
would make a surprise return to the WWF as a guest
commentator on the July 13th episode of Raw is War.
Michaels would continue to make non-wrestling appearances on WWF programming, and on November 23,
1998, replaced Sgt. Slaughter as the WWF Commissioner, a portrayed match maker and rules enforcer, eventually joining Vince McMahons group of wrestlers called
the Corporation as a villain.[68] Throughout late 1998
and early 1999, Michaels made regular television appearances on Raw, in which he scheduled matches, throwing
around his authority, and sometimes even deciding the
outcome of matches.[69][70][71] On January 4, 1999 on
Raw, Michaels re-joined DX as a fan favorite, but disappeared from WWF television for a few weeks to have

PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING CAREER

2.5.7 Post WWF/E (20002002)


Believing that his wrestling career was over, Michaels
was interested in training individuals who wanted to become professional wrestlers.[76] He saw potential in using his name and opened the Shawn Michaels Wrestling
Academy in 1999, after his lawyer Skip McCormick suggested the idea.[76] Michaels left the academy in 2002,[76]
giving co-founder Rudy Boy Gonzalez sole responsibility
due to Michaels new contract with WWE.[6] Michaels
was also a sportscaster for San Antonio's local news for a
short period during his retirement.[76]
On November 23, 1999, Michaels made a special appearance at FMW's Yokohama Arena show as the guest referee for the H (Hayabusa) vs. fake Hayabusa (Mr. Gannosuke) main event. He got himself involved in the match
when fake Hayabusa delivered a low blow on him and he
responded later on with Sweet Chin Music.[77]
Michaels was still contracted to the WWF (known, by
May 2002, as World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE)
during this period.

2.5.8 Feud with Triple H (20022004)

Michaels was the WWF Commissioner in 1998

back surgery,[72] and by the time he returned, DX was on


the way of dissolving within the next couple of months.
Michaels made occasional appearances as the WWF
Commissioner during the spring and summer of 1999,
but remained absent from television after August until
May 15, 2000, when he returned on Raw to declare himself the special guest referee for The Rock and Triple Hs
Iron Man match at Judgment Day.[73] One month later,
Michaels briey reappeared on Raw to hand over the role
of Commissioner to Mick Foley and after another appearance in October, he did not make any in-ring appearances until mid-2002,[74] although he appeared briey on
television to make a speech at WWF New York during
Armageddon 2000.[75] Michaels also had no part at all in
the Invasion storyline.

In 2002, Michaels returned to WWE television after 18


months of absence. On the June 3 episode of Raw,
Kevin Nash announced him as a new member of the
recently reformed New World Order (nWo). Michaels
was the only nWo member to have never worked in
WCW.[78] After the nWo had disbanded, Triple H appeared to make amends with Michaels. This was solidied when Michaels pleaded Triple H to return to
Raw.[79] Later on, they came down to the ring sporting
their DX music and attire. When the pair was about to
perform their trademark Suck It taunt, Triple H turned
on Michaels by performing a Pedigree on him.[79] Continuing the angle, a week later, Triple H attacked Michaels
from behind in a parking lot and put his head through a
car window, in storyline.[80] In response, Michaels challenged Triple H to a ght (a non-sanctioned match)
at SummerSlam,[81] which Triple H accepted, laying the
foundation for a rivalry that would last for several years.
In his rst ocial wrestling match since WrestleMania
XIV, Michaels won at SummerSlam, but was attacked
by Triple H with a sledgehammer after the match.[82] At
Survivor Series, Michaels won the World Heavyweight
Championship from Triple H in the rst-ever Elimination
Chamber match.[83] Michaels reign as champion came
to an end a month later when he lost the championship to
Triple H in a Three Stages of Hell match, a series of three
matches in which wrestlers attempt to win the majority of
matches, at Armageddon.[84]
Michaels then began a rivalry with Chris Jericho, after
Jericho claimed that he was the next Shawn Michaels.[85]
On January 13, 2003, after Jericho won a battle royal to
select his entry number for the Royal Rumble, choosing

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The night before this, Shawn Michaels inducted Tito Santana in the WWE Hall of Fame. At Bad Blood in June,
Michaels lost to Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match.[89]
Four months later, he lost a World Heavyweight championship match against Triple H, after Edge interfered
at Taboo Tuesday, when the fans voted for him ahead
of Edge and Chris Benoit to face Triple H one more
time.[90] Following this, Michaels was out of action for
a few months with a legit torn meniscus.[4][91]
2.5.9 D-Generation X reunion (20052007)
See also: D-Generation X reunion

Michaels match with Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XIX in


March 2003 was his rst match at a WrestleMania since
WrestleMania XIV in March 1998

At the Royal Rumble in 2005, Michaels competed in


the Rumble match and eliminated Kurt Angle. In seeking revenge, Angle re-entered the ring and eliminated
Michaels, and thus placed him in an ankle lock submission hold, outside the ring.[92] Michaels issued a challenge to Angle for a match at WrestleMania 21, which
Angle accepted when he appeared on Raw to attack
Michaels.[93] The following week on Raw, Marty Jannetty and Michaels had a one time reunion as The Rockers
and defeated La Rsistance (Robrt Conway and Sylvain
Grenier).[94] Three days later on SmackDown!, Angle defeated Jannetty, after Angle made Jannetty submit to the
ankle lock.[95] To send a message to Michaels, Angle
also humiliated Michaels former manager, Sensational
Sherri, when he applied the ankle lock hold on her.[96]
At WrestleMania 21 in April, Angle defeated Michaels
by submission, again with an ankle lock.[92] Two months
later, at a WrestleMania 21 rematch, Michaels defeated
Angle at the Vengeance pay-per-view event.[97]

number two in order to start the match with Michaels,[86]


who had already been named number one. At the Royal
Rumble, Jericho, with the help of Christian, eliminated
Michaels.[87] Michaels defeated Jericho at WrestleMania
XIX. Despite this, Michaels was low-blowed after hugging with Chris Jericho.[88] On the nal episode of Raw
of 2003, Michaels would defeat Triple H after a Sweet
Chin Music for the World Heavyweight title in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas with Eric Bischo as the
special guest referee (Earl Hebner originally refereed the
match, only to be knocked out by Triple H in the middle
of the match). However, Bischo reversed the decision
due to both mens shoulders being on the mat. Angered by
this, Michaels attacked Ric Flair and Bischo. Because Michaels performing his signature pose
of Michaels putting his hands on Bischo, Bischo then
red him. However, Michaels would be rehired by Steve Following the events of WrestleMania 21, the next night
Austin.
on Raw, Muhammad Hassan and Daivari came out
As a part of an ongoing feud with Triple H, the two com- to confront and assault Michaels.[98] On the April 11
peted alongside Chris Benoit in the main event match at episode of Raw, Michaels approached authority gure
WrestleMania XX for the World Heavyweight Champi- Eric Bischo, in which he demanded a handicap match
onship. The former DX partners both came up short in with Hassan and Daivari, a match consisting of one
the match, however, as Benoit won the championship.[89] wrestler or team of wrestlers facing o against a team of

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wrestlers with numerical superiority such as two against
one, or three against two. Bischo refused to schedule
the match, but informed Michaels to nd a partner and
he would grant him the match. Michaels then made a
plea for Hulk Hogan to come back and team with him.[99]
On the April 18 episode of Raw, Hassan again led an attack on Michaels until Hogan appeared to save Michaels
and accept his oer.[100] At Backlash, Hassan and Daivari
lost to Hogan and Michaels when Daivari was pinned.[101]
On the July 4 episode of Raw, Michaels and Hulk Hogan
had a tag team match, which they won.[102] During the
post-match pose, Michaels hit Hogan with his superkick,
knocking Hogan to the ground and making Michaels a
villain for the rst time since returning in 2002.[102] The
following week on Raw, Michaels appeared on Pipers Pit
where he superkicked Roddy Piper and then challenged
Hogan to a match at SummerSlam.[103][104] Hogan defeated Michaels at SummerSlam, and after the match
Michaels extended his hand to him, saying I needed
to know, and I found out and he and Hogan shook
hands. Michaels left the ring to allow Hogan to celebrate
with the crowd, and Michaels once again became a fan
favorite.[105]

PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING CAREER

match.[108] On the February 13 episode of Raw, McMahon tried unsuccessfully to force Michaels to sign retirement papers.[109] The following week, Michaels won a
handicap match against the Spirit Squad (Kenny, Johnny,
Mitch, Nicky and Mikey) and after the match, Michaels
former partner, Marty Jannetty, came down to help
Michaels from the assault by the Spirit Squad. After
the two reunited, McMahon oered Jannetty a contract
if he kissed his ass.[110] The following week, Jannetty
refused McMahons oer and instead took Chris Masters' "Masterlock challenge.[111] Michaels tried to help
Jannetty, which ultimately resulted in Shane attacking
Michaels and forcing him to kiss his fathers behind.[111]
At Saturday Nights Main Event, Shane defeated Michaels
in a Street Fight, a match without disqualications and
where scoring conditions can occur anywhere, after he
applied a sharpshooter on Michaels, which led to McMahon immediately ordering for the bell to be rung, even
though Michaels did not submit, which was an allusion to
the Montreal Screwjob.[112] Despite interference from
the Spirit Squad and Shane, Michaels defeated McMahon
at WrestleMania 22 in a No Holds Barred match, a match
where there are no disqualications.[109] At Backlash, The
McMahons (Vince and Shane) defeated Michaels and
"God" in a tag team match, with help from the Spirit
Squad in a no disqualication match.[113] On the May
22 episode of Raw, the Squad was scripted to injure
Michaels knee.[114] This was angle was written so that
Michaels could have surgery on his knee, which had been
legitely injured for some time.[115]

Michaels followed this up with a short feud with Chris


Masters, becoming the rst person to cleanly defeat him
at Unforgiven following Sweet Chin Music.[106] Michaels
was also occasionally giving title opportunities, but ultimately lost them all. He represented Team Raw at
Survivor Series, but his team would go on to lose the
match.[106] His bad luck in 2005 was to continue, after
incurring the wrath of Mr. McMahon.
In 2006, a series of events took place which suggested
a reunion of Michaels and Triple H as DX. They began at WrestleMania 22, where both Michaels and Triple
H performed the crotch chop, during their matches.[109]
On Raw, the two continued to deliver chops, as Michaels
feuded with Vince McMahon and Triple H went to challenge John Cena for the WWE Championship, repeatedly
butting heads with Vince McMahon in the process. On
the June 12 episode of Raw, DX ocially reunited.[116]
During Triple Hs gauntlet match, which had him compete against the Spirit Squad. Michaels came in to help
Triple H, and the two did the DX crotch chops.[116] At
Vengeance, DX defeated the Spirit Squad in a 5on2
handicap match.[117] They also defeated the Spirit Squad
at Saturday Nights Main Event in a 5-on-2 elimination
match and defeated The McMahons at SummerSlam.[118]
Triple H and Michaels as DX in 2006
At Unforgiven, DX once again defeated the McMahons
and ECW World Champion The Big Show in a Hell in a
[119]
On the December 26, 2005, episode of Raw, Vince Cell match, nally ending the nine-month long feud.
McMahon lauded Michaels for his part in the "Montreal At Cyber Sunday, DX took on Rated-RKO (Edge and
Screwjob". Michaels said he was only being loyal to Randy Orton). The fan-selected referee Eric Bischo alhis company, he had moved on, and McMahon should lowed the illegal use of a steel chair to give Rated-RKO
move on as well. McMahon then began setting un- the ill-gotten win and the plaudit of being the rst tag
usual stipulations for Michaels matches and interfering team to defeat DX in a tag team match since their refon behalf of Michaels opponents.[107] During the Royal ormation in June 2006.[120] At Survivor Series, however,
Rumble, McMahon made his way to the ring, and as Team DX emerged victorious against Team Rated-RKO
Michaels stared at McMahon, Shane McMahon made in a clean sweep victory.[121] At New Years Revolution,
a surprising appearance, eliminating Michaels from the

2.5

Return to WWF

Triple H suered a legit torn right quadriceps during their


match with Rated-RKO.[122] Rated-RKO claimed victory
over DX, citing Triple Hs injury, as the end of DX.[123]
On January 15, Michaels lived up to his word of dealing with Rated-RKO, from his comments the previous
week before,[124][125] when he took out Randy Orton with
a con-chair-to after a handicap match against Edge and
Orton.[126]
2.5.10

Various feuds (20072009)

9
pinfall.[131]
Michaels then entered a feud with Randy Orton when
Orton claimed that he could beat Michaels.[132] The
week before their scheduled match at Judgment Day,
after Michaels won a match against Edge, Orton interfered, punting Michaels in the head.[132] Orton assaulted
Michaels again, just prior to their match at Judgment Day,
interrupting Michaels interview segment.[133] Michaels
collapsed during the course of their match, causing Orton
to win by referee stoppage.[133] Afterwards, Orton continued the beating, when he performed an RKO to a fallen
Michaels. Michaels was then removed out of the ring in a
stretcher.[133] During the feud, Michaels conjured a storyline concussion. This injury was used to keep Michaels
out of action, as he required surgery for his knee.[134]
Michaels made his return on the October 8 episode of
Raw, performing a superkick to newly crowned WWE
Champion, Randy Orton, during his title ceremony at the
end of the show and then celebrating over the knockedout champion as Vince McMahon watched.[135] At Cyber
Sunday, Michaels was voted by the fans to face Orton
for the WWE Championship; though he won via disqualication when Orton hit Michaels with a low blow,
which resulted in Orton retaining the championship.[136]
Michaels got another opportunity at the WWE Championship, when he was granted his rematch against Orton at Survivor Series.[137] In their match, Michaels was
banned from using Sweet Chin Music upon request by
Orton, referring to as Michaels superkicking Orton week
after week.[138] Michaels lost the match, when Orton performed an RKO for the win which ended their feud.[137]

Michaels confronting John Cena on an episode of Raw

On the January 29 episode of Raw, Michaels captured


the World Tag Team Championship with WWE Champion John Cena after defeating Rated-RKO.[127] He then
defeated both Edge and Orton in a Triple Threat number
one contenders match on another episode of Raw to earn
a shot at the WWE Championship.[128] At WrestleMania
23, Cena retained the championship, after he made
Michaels submit to the STFU.[129] The next night on Raw,
Michaels and Cena competed in two back-to-back ten
team battle royals, winning the rst and losing the titles in
the second to The Hardys (Matt and Je) when Michaels
threw Cena over the top rope.[130] Michaels feud with
Cena continued and he faced o with Cena, Edge and
Randy Orton in a Fatal Four-Way Match at Backlash for
the WWE Championship. Cena retained the championship when Michaels performed Sweet Chin Music on Michaels interacting with the fans at WrestleMania XXIV before
Cena causing him to fall on Orton, which gained Cena the his match with Ric Flair

10
As part of the storyline involving Ric Flair, Michaels
faced Flair in a Career Threatening match at
WrestleMania XXIV, in which he won by performing
Sweet Chin Music and thus ending Flairs career.[139][140]
Afterwards, Batista confronted Michaels about his
actions at WrestleMania, calling him selsh and
egotistical.[141] The two faced o at Backlash with Chris
Jericho as the guest referee. Michaels won after faking
a knee injury and performing Sweet Chin Music.[142]
Jericho then confronted Michaels on this matter, in
which Michaels admitted to faking the injury in order
to defeat Batista.[143] Michaels then defeated Jericho at
Judgment Day.[144] At One Night Stand, Michaels lost to
Batista in a stretcher match, thus ending their feud.[145]
On the June 9 episode of Raw, Michaels was attacked
by Chris Jericho during his talk show segment, The
Highlight Reel, being thrown directly through a television
screen.[146] The following week, it was revealed that,
within the context of the storyline, Michaels had suered
a detached retina.[147] At The Great American Bash,
a match between Michaels and Jericho was scheduled,
in which Jericho assaulted Michaels eye, which caused
Jericho to win by referee stoppage.[147]

PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING CAREER

ing this, they started to ght, causing a legit small triceps


tear for Michaels.[150][151] He was medically cleared to
compete at Unforgiven, and beat Jericho so severely that
the referee called the match.[152] Later that night, Jericho
replaced CM Punk in the World Heavyweight Championship scramble match, and won the title.[152] The next
month. at No Mercy, Michaels lost a championship ladder match to Jericho.[153]
In December 2008, Michaels, having lost his familys savings due to the global recession, grudgingly accepted a
one-year general employment contract from John Bradshaw Layeld (JBL).[154] After failing to help JBL win
the World Heavyweight Championship from John Cena at
the Royal Rumble,[155] and being derided for it, Michaels
agreed to face JBL in All or Nothing match at No Way
Out in February.[156] Michaels won the match, letting
him out of his contract early, while still receiving full
payment.[157]
On the March 2 Raw, Michaels became the rst person to
defeat Vladimir Kozlov, and so earned a match with The
Undertaker at WrestleMania XXV in April.[158] The Undertaker defeated Michaels in a highly acclaimed match
to extend his WrestleMania winning streak to 170.[159]
After WrestleMania, Michaels took a hiatus from WWE.
2.5.11 Final matches and retirement (20092010)

Michaels reconciles with Bret Hart in January 2010

Shawn Michaels feuded with John Bradshaw Layeld in early


2009

A month later at SummerSlam, Michaels announced his


retirement from professional wrestling. That night, Jericho punched Michaels wife in the face.[148] On the next
Raw, Michaels renounced his retirement and challenged
Jericho to an unsanctioned match at Unforgiven, which
Jericho accepted.[149] The next week, they had an inring contract signing for the unsanctioned match. Dur-

Michaels returned to WWE programming in a series of


segments that aired on the August 10, 2009 episode of
Raw, where he had, in storyline, left the WWE. Triple
H met with Michaels at an oce cafeteria in Texas
where he was working as a chef; throughout the segments, Triple H would try to convince Michaels to return
to WWE and reform DX. After several incidents during the segments, Michaels agreed to team with Triple
H to face The Legacy (Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase)
at SummerSlam.[160] At the pay-per-view event, DX defeated Legacy.[161] The two teams would exchange victories, with their feud concluding in October. Two months
later, at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, DX defeated
Chris Jericho and Big Show to win the Unied WWE Tag
Team Championship in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs
match (TLC).[162] On the January 4, 2010 episode of

2.5

Return to WWF

Raw, Michaels buried the hatchet with long-time rival


Bret Hart, as they shook hands and hugged in the ring. In
contrast to the storylines featured on the show, this was in
fact a real-life reconciliation which laid to rest animosities surrounding the Montreal Screwjob. While some
cast doubts on its sincerity, both men have conrmed
that it was indeed genuine.[163][164] DX lost the Unied
Tag Team Championship in a Triple Threat match to
the team of The Miz and Big Show on the February 8
episode of Raw, the match also included The Straight
Edge Society (CM Punk and Luke Gallows).[165] At the
Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Michaels cost The
Undertaker the World Heavyweight Championship in the
main event.[166] At WrestleMania XXVI, Michaels lost to
The Undertaker and, as a result, he was forced to retire
due to the match stipulation, the same way HBK ended
Ric Flairs career.[167] The following night, on the March
29 episode of Raw, Michaels gave an emotional farewell
speech, departing with the familiar sentence, Shawn
Michaels has left the building.[168]

11
at the December 11 Tribute to the Troops taping, where
he and Triple H had a one-night only DX reunion.[172]
He appeared on the January 10, 2011 Raw, where he
was announced as a WWE Hall of Fame inductee. After being ridiculed by Alberto Del Rio later that night,
Michaels hit him with Sweet Chin Music.[173] On the
March 28 Raw, Michaels addressed Triple H and The Undertaker about their match at WrestleMania XXVII.[174]
Michaels was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on
April 2 by Triple H. They were also joined by fellow
Kliq members Kevin Nash (who had returned to WWE
for the Royal Rumble) and Sean Waltman.[175] He returned on the June 27 Raw, where he was confronted by
CM Punk, and superkicked David Otunga and Michael
McGillicutty. Later that night, when Diamond Dallas
Page's special appearance was interrupted by Drew McIntyre, he superkicked McIntyre.[176]
In June 2011, Jim Ross, Michaels and Hart announced
that the three were working on a DVD chronicling the careers of Hart and Michaels that the WWE was planning to
release in October 2011. The subject of the DVD would
be their on-screen rivalry and real-life conicts, with a
particular focus on the Montreal screwjob. In his tweet,
Hart described working on the DVD as a cathartic experience, and Ross asserted that both Hart and Michaels
had been very honest and emotional in their interviews.
The DVD, Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart: WWEs Greatest
Rivalries, was released in November 2011.[177]

In an interview with Bill Simmons of ESPN.com shortly


after his retirement, Michaels stated that his decision to
retire came a month before WrestleMania XXV, when a
backstage employee asked about his son Cameron, and,
in response to Shawn telling the employee that he'd just
turned nine, the employee said that he was halfway
gone"; meaning that he was halfway to his eighteenth
birthday, and after that, he'd be gone. According to
Michaels, the statement aected him deeply; he did not
want be absent when his son left home, so he decided that
year would be his last year as an active wrestler.[169]
2.5.13 WWE Ambassador (2012present)
2.5.12

Hall of Famer (20102011)

On February 13, 2012, he confronted Triple H about accepting The Undertakers challenge for a Hell in a Cell at
Wrestlemania XXVIII, and announced he'd be the special guest referee for it. August 6 was Shawn Michaels
Appreciation Night. He appeared on Raw, where he was
confronted by Brock Lesnar, then again after the broadcast for the Appreciation Night ceremonies.
On the January 24 NXT, he announced a tournament to
crown the inaugural NXT Tag Team Champions. On the
April 1, 2013 Raw, Michaels returned to oer to corner
Triple H in his match with Lesnar at WrestleMania 29.
During that match, Michaels superkicked an interfering
Paul Heyman, helping Triple H win and keep his job. He
returned on the May 27 Raw in a backstage segment with
John Cena, and again on the SummerSlam pre-show.

Michaels at WrestleMania XXVII, with other 2011 WWE Hall of


Fame inductees

On the December 14 Raw, Michaels won the Slammy


Award for Moment of the Year for his match against The
Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI. Michaels accepted
the award via satellite.[170] Three days later, he announced
a long-term deal with WWE, where he will serve in an
ambassadorial role.[171] He made his in-person TV return

In October 2013, Michaels won a fan poll to become special guest referee for the Hell in a Cell match between
Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton for the vacant WWE
Championship. He performed Sweet Chin Music on
Bryan, allowing Orton to win. The next night on Raw,
he explained that he was upset with Bryan for attacking Triple H during the match. He degraded Bryan for
not showing him respect, turning heel for the rst time
since 2005. Bryan applied the Yes!" Lock on Michaels to
end the segment. On December 9, he presented Bryan

12

OTHER MEDIA

with the award for Superstar of the Year. Later that Hickenbottom is a born-again Christian. He was raised
night, Bryan attacked Michaels with a running knee af- a Catholic, but became a non-denominational Christian
ter Michaels attacked CM Punk with Sweet Chin Music. because of his wife.[3] Following his conversion, his later
On the August 25, 2014 episode of Raw, Michaels re- ring attire often incorporated cross symbols and he ofturned along with fellow legends Hulk Hogan and Ric ten made a praying gesture on his knees during ring enFlair in a legends panel segment, where he predicted Bray trances. He was in the audience for a televised service
hometown,
Wyatt to win the rumble. All three legends then be- of John Hagee's Cornerstone Church in his [3]
In 2008,
San
Antonio,
where
he
is
also
a
Bible
teacher.
came involved in an altercation with Big Show. Michaels
he appeared on a Trinity Broadcasting Network program
would appear at WrestleMania 31, interfering as a mem[185]
ber of DX in the Sting vs. Triple H match, performing with fellow professional wrestler Sting.
Sweet Chin Music to Sting. At a WWE tour in Australia
Michaels was confronted by Bo Dallas and was called a
has-been and got a Sweet Chin Music for his troubles
4
turning face again in the process. Michaels appeared on
the October 19, 2015 episode of Raw, confronting Seth
Rollins who was cutting a promo on relieving Kane of his 4.1
duties as Director of Operations.

Other media
Shawn Michaels MacMillan River Adventures

At WrestleMania 32, Michaels made an appearance during the event in his in-ring attire, confronting The League
of Nations alongside Mick Foley and Stone Cold Steve
Austin where Michaels delivered Sweet Chin Music to
Alberto Del Rio and King Barrett before celebrating with
Foley, Austin and The New Day.[178]

Shawn Michaels is the host of the outdoor television


show, 'Shawn Michaels MacMillan River Adventures.
Michaels joins his hunting partner and longtime friend,
Keith Mark, owner and operator of the original MacMillan River Adventures camp in Yukon, Canada, as they
hunt big-game animals around the world. This series airs
In late 2015, Michaels became a trainer at the WWE Peron CarbonTV.[186]
formance Centre.
Michaels appeared on the January 9, 2017 episode of
Raw, promoting his new lm and getting into a confrontation with Rusev. He later accompanied Big Cass on his 4.2 Filmography
match against Jinder Mahal where Big Cass won after
Michaels performed Sweet Chin Music on Rusev at ring- 4.3 HBK Line
side which caused the distraction.
During their 2015-16 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins of
the National Hockey League named a line, consisting of
Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel, the HBK
3 Personal life
Line due to the fact that the trios rst initials, of their last
names, are the same as the moniker used by The HeartHickenbottoms rst marriage, to Theresa Wood, soon break Kid Shawn Michaels.[187]
ended in an amicably settled divorce.[179] He married
After weeks of having fun with Penguins fans on Twitter,
Rebecca Curci, a former WCW Nitro Girl known as the team ocially invited Michaels for their Eastern ConWhisper, on March 31, 1999, at the Graceland Wedding
ference Finals Game 5 matchup with the Tampa Bay
Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada.[180] Only the couple and Lightning (which consists of several wrestlers in its fanan Elvis impersonator were present. Their son, Cameron
base, including Hulk Hogan and Titus O'Neil) at Consol
Kade, was born on January 15, 2000, and a daughter, Energy Center, upon which Michaels accepted. Michaels
Cheyenne, born on August 19, 2004 followed.[181][182] meet with Penguins owner Mario Lemieux and sat with
His cousin Matt Bentley is also a professional wrestler, former Pittsburgh Steelers' defensive lineman Brett Keisel
having wrestled in TNA and WWE.[183]
during the game. Keisel also gave Michaels a tour of
In 1996, Hickenbottom posed for a non-nude layout in
Playgirl magazine. Only after he posed did he discover
Playgirl has a mostly homosexual readership, for which
some of his fellow wrestlers teased him.[184]

the city including at the Steelers headquarters and having


lunch at Primanti Brothers in the citys Strip District.[188]
The Penguins lost the game in overtime 4-3, but would
go on to defeat the Lightning in the series and advance to
He is ambidextrous, and had trouble dierentiating be- the Stanley Cup Finals, eventually defeating the San Jose
tween right and left, which aected his football games as Sharks for the Stanley Cup.
a boy. He uses his right hand to draw and color and his Outside of his numerous appearances with WWE, it
left hand to write. He typically kicks with his right leg in would not be Michaels rst visit to Pittsburgh. In 2013,
Sweet Chin Music, but uses either arm for his signature he appeared at the opening of the rst Field & Stream
store in suburban Cranberry Township.[189]
elbow drop, depending on position.[13]

13

4.4

Book

On February 10, 2015, Hickenbottom published an autobiography entitled Wrestling for My Life: The Legend,
the Reality, and the Faith of a WWE Superstar. It was
co-written by David Thomas.[190][191]

In wrestling

Michaels entrance at WrestleMania XXV in a match against The


Undertaker
Michaels performing Sweet Chin Music on Chris Jericho

Sweet Chin Music[4] (Superkick, with theatrics)


Modied gure-four leglock[192] 2008
2010; used rarely
Teardrop Suplex[193] (Leg-hook Saito suplex)
19921993; Used as a signature move thereafter
Signature moves
Arm trap crossface[194] 20072010
Backhand chop[194]
Belly to back suplex[193]
Michaels performing a diving elbow drop on Chris Jericho

Diving double axe handle


Diving elbow drop, with theatrics[3]
Dropkick[193]
Figure-four leglock[193]
Flying forearm smash followed by a kip-up[3]
Inverted atomic drop[3]
Moonsault[3] to a standing opponent, sometimes while springboarding to the outside
Skin the cat[88]
Slingshot plancha[193]
Managers
Chyna

Michaels applying a modied gure-four leglock on Je Hardy

Diesel
Jos Lothario

Finishing moves

Luna Vachon

14

6 CHAMPIONSHIPS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS


Rick Rude
Sensational Sherri[22]
Psycho Sid

Wrestlers managed
Big Cass
Nicknames
"Mr. WrestleMania[3] /Hall of Fame/Main
Eventer
"(Just a) Sexy Boy"[4][193]
"The Best of the Best"[4][193]

Michaels during the Tribute to the Troops in 2004

"The Headliner"[3][193]
"The Heartbreak Kid (HBK)"[4][193]
"The Icon"[3]
"The Main Event"[4][193]
"The Most Honored Champion In WWE
History"[4][193]
"The Showstopper"[4][193]
Entrance themes
Sexy Boy (V1)" by Jimmy Hart and J.J.
Maguire (featuring Sherri Martel) (February
15, 1992 January 30, 1993)[195]

Michaels as WWF Tag Team Champion during his reign with

Sexy Boy (V2)" by Jimmy Hart and J.J. Diesel


Maguire (featuring Shawn Michaels) (February 13, 1993present)
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)

Feud of the Decade (20002009) vs. Chris Jericho

Feud of the Year (2008) vs. Chris Jericho


Match of the Decade (20002009) vs. Ric Flair
at WrestleMania XXIV

Match of the Year (1993)[196] vs. Marty Jannetty on Monday Night Raw on May 17

Championships and accomplishments


American Wrestling Association
AWA World Tag Team Championship (2
times)[10] with Marty Jannetty
Central States Wrestling
NWA Central States Tag Team Championship
(1 time)[10] with Marty Jannetty
Continental Wrestling Association
AWA Southern Tag Team Championship (2
times)[3][10] with Marty Jannetty
Pro Wrestling Illustrated

Match of the Year (1994)[197] vs. Razor Ramon


in a ladder match at WrestleMania X

Match of the Year (1995)[6] vs.

Diesel at

WrestleMania XI

Match of the Year (1996)[6] vs. Bret Hart in an


Iron Man match at WrestleMania XII

Match of the Year (2004)[196] vs. Chris Benoit


and Triple H at WrestleMania XX

Match of the Year (2005)[196] vs. Kurt Angle at


WrestleMania 21

Match of the Year (2006)[196] vs. Vince McMahon in a No Holds Barred match at WrestleMania
22

Match of the Year (2007)[196] vs. John Cena on


Raw on April 23

Match of the Year (2008)[196] vs. Ric Flair at


WrestleMania XXIV

15
Match of the Year (2009)[198] vs. The Under-

Double-Cross of the Year (2013) For

taker at WrestleMania XXV

Match of the Year (2010) vs. The Undertaker


in a career vs. streak match at WrestleMania XXVI

Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Decade


(20002009)
Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year
(2010)[199]
Most Popular Wrestler of the Year (1995,
1996)[197]
Ranked No. 1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers
in the PWI 500 in 1996[200]
Ranked No. 10 of the top 500 singles wrestlers
of the PWI Years in 2003
Ranked No. 33 and No. 55 of the top 100 tag
teams of the PWI Years with Marty Jannetty
and Diesel, respectively, in 2003
Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame

der match at WrestleMania X, vs. Razor Ramon in a ladder match at SummerSlam, vs


Bret Hart at WrestleMania XII, vs Ric Flair
at WrestleMania XXIII, vs The Undertalker at
WrestleMania XXV
Moment of the Year (2010) vs. The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI
Squared Circle Shocker (1996) Won for
collapsing; Owen Hart accepts the award for
making Michaels collapse
Worst Tag Team (1994) with Diesel

WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2011)


5 Star Match (1994) vs. Razor Ramon in a ladder
match at WrestleMania X

Texas All-Star Wrestling


TASW Texas Tag Team Championship (2
times)[10] with Paul Diamond
Texas Wrestling Alliance

5 Star Match (1997) vs. The Undertaker in a Hell


in a Cell at Badd Blood

Best Babyface (1996)[204]


Feud of the Year (2004) vs. Chris Benoit and
Triple H[204]

Championship

World
Wrestling
tion/Entertainment/WWE
World Heavyweight
time)[10]

Leader of the New Generation (1996)


Master of Mat Mechanics (1996)
Match of the Year (1994, 1996, 1997,
2008, 2009) vs. Razor Ramon in a lad-

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Class of 2017

TWA Heavyweight
time)[3][10]

turning on Daniel Bryan and costing him the


WWE Championship at Hell in a Cell.

(1

Federa-

Feud of the Year (2008) vs. Chris Jericho[204]


Match of the Year (1994) vs. Razor Ramon in a
ladder match at WrestleMania X[204]

Match of the Year (2008) vs. Chris Jericho in a


Championship

(1

ladder match at No Mercy[204]

Match of the Year (2009) vs. The Undertaker at


WrestleMania XXV[204]

WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time)


with Triple H

Match of the Year (2010) vs. The Undertaker at

WWF European Championship (1 time)

Most Charismatic (1995, 1996)[204]


Tag Team of the Year (1989) with Marty Jan-

[201]

[202]

WWF Intercontinental Championship (3


times)[10]
WWF Tag Team/World Tag Team Championship (5 times)[203] with Diesel (2), Stone
Cold Steve Austin (1), John Cena (1), Triple
H (1)

WrestleMania XXVI[205]

netty as The Rockers[204]

Worst Feud of the Year (2006) with Triple H vs.


Shane and Vince McMahon[204]

Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame


(Class of 2003)[206]

WWF Championship (3 times)[10]


Royal Rumble (1995, 1996)[10]
First Grand Slam Champion[10]

7 See also

Fourth Triple Crown Champion

D-Generation X

Slammy Awards (15 times)

The Kliq

Best Finisher (1997)


Best Slammin' Jammin' Entrance (1996)
Best Tag Team (1994) with Diesel
Best Threads (1996)

The Rockers
Texas Wrestling Academy
Two Dudes with Attitudes

16

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