[188], On the January 24, 2013 episode of NXT, Michaels announced a tournament to crown the inaugural NXT Tag Team Champions. On the December 26, 2005, episode of Raw, Vince McMahon lauded Michaels for his part in the "Montreal Screwjob". Nick Talbot is the deputy sports editor at the San Antonio Express-News and in his column provides perspective and insight on the latest trending topics in the sports world. [206], After 8 years retired from in-ring competition, Michaels made his return at Crown Jewel, receiving criticism from the fans and media. [35] Michaels lost the match, which featured both his and Ramon's championship belts suspended above a ladder in the ring. Michaels followed this up with a short feud with Chris Masters, becoming the first person to cleanly defeat him at Unforgiven with Sweet Chin Music. The match was poorly received by fans and critics alike, eventually being voted Wrestling Observer Newsletter's "Worst Match of the Year" award. [136] Afterwards, Orton continued the beating, when he performed an RKO to a fallen Michaels. [210] Only the couple and an Elvis impersonator were present. [109] On the October 3 WWE Homecoming episode of Raw, he wrestled old rival Kurt Angle to a 2–2 draw in a 30-Minute Iron Man match. Unlike many that came before him — those that hung on too long to the wrestling business — Michaels mostly stuck to his decision, wrestling just once since. There are few spots where … it becomes some surreal documentary of sorts… he dived in deep with the role, and he became Jimmy.”.

[204] In 2016, Dave Richard of CBS Sports ranked his match against Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIV as the best main event in WrestleMania history. The American professional wrestler Michael Hickenbottom better known by his ring name Shawn Michaels purchased this property in 2001 and sold it for $530,900 in 2013. He degraded Bryan for not showing him respect, turning heel for the first time since 2005. Chants of “HBK” loudly echoed throughout the arena. Also, his match at WrestleMania 24 against Ric Flair was named Match of the Decade by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Dave Meltzer, from Wrestling Observer Newsletter, gave him two 5 stars matches (the Ladder match against Razor Ramon at WrestleMania X and the first Hell in a Cell against The Undertaker at Bad Blood 1997). On the September 3, 2018, episode of Raw, Michaels made a special appearance to promote the match between Triple H and The Undertaker at Super Show-Down, during which he was confronted by The Undertaker himself. [168] At the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Michaels cost The Undertaker the World Heavyweight Championship in the main event. After leaving Kansas City, he returned to Texas to wrestle for Texas All-Star Wrestling (TASW). Michaels wrestled consistently for WWE, formerly the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), from 1988 until a back injury forced his first retirement in 1998. His goal was to give back to the community and to the profession that had provided so much to him. It just hit me like a ton of bricks that that’s what I wanted to do.”. Those memories are still very fresh, and I don’t think I ever lost that perspective. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images), Photo: Ethan Miller, Staff / Getty Images, NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 06: Ronda Rousey and Shawn Michaels attend WWE's First-Ever Emmy "For Your Consideration" Event at Saban Media Center on June 6, 2018 in North Hollywood, California. [166][167] DX lost the Unified 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). [21] Sherri even sang the first version of his new theme music, "Sexy Boy". [77][78] Michaels left the academy in 2002,[76] giving co-founder Rudy Boy Gonzalez sole responsibility due to Michaels's new contract with WWE.

[19] The match was taped with The Rockers winning the title, but soon after Neidhart came to an agreement with management and was rehired. [220], Outside of his numerous appearances with WWE, it was not Michaels first visit to Pittsburgh. [95] Michaels issued a challenge to Angle for a match at WrestleMania 21, which Angle accepted when he appeared on Raw to attack Michaels. [9][11] Hickenbottom was already an athlete; his career began at the age of six when he started playing football. The late Joe Blanchard and his son Tully started Southwest Championship Wrestling in San Antonio in 1978. His children had yet to be born, and he was still struggling with substance abuse. He is also working with the WWE’s developmental brand, NXT, SA LIFE/ROBT JOHNSON: Wrestler Shawn Michaels instructs one of his students at a recent practice session at Michaels' wrestling school. [57][59] With this win, Michaels became the first Grand Slam Champion. This is Michael’s fifth film in the last three years. Michaels disputes the perception, saying that McMahon pushed only deserving wrestlers. He even won his first world title at the Alamodome in San Antonio when he defeated Sycho Sid at the 1997 Royal Rumble. So, if roles are to come my way, it is certainly something that if time permitting, I would like to do,” he said. In April 1985, Michaels went to work for another NWA territory in Kansas City called Central States Wrestling. Keisel also gave Michaels a tour of the city including at the Steelers headquarters and having lunch at Primanti Brothers in the city's Strip District. Michaels came in to help Triple H, and the two did the DX "crotch chops. [35] This feud culminated in a ladder match between the two at WrestleMania X. As a teenager in San Antonio, Shawn Michaels didn’t want much more out of life than to win the Southwest Championship Wrestling heavyweight title. [100], Following the events of WrestleMania 21, the next night on Raw, Muhammad Hassan and Daivari came out to confront and assault Michaels. [74] He appeared briefly on television to make a speech at WWF New York during Armageddon in December 2000. [50] At WrestleMania XII, Michaels defeated WWF Champion Bret Hart in the overtime of their sixty-minute Iron Man match, which had ended in a scoreless tie. “I’ve been really good at one thing my entire life, and that is wrestling in the WWE. [133] Michaels's feud with Cena continued and he faced off with Cena, Edge and Randy Orton in a fatal four-way Match at Backlash for the WWE Championship. Michaels resumed his wrestling career with WWE in 2002 and retired ceremoniously in 2010, before being assigned as a trainer in 2016. [2] The Rockers continued their partnership, eventually splitting on December 2, 1991 aired January 11, 1992 on Wrestling Challenge, during an incident on Brutus Beefcake's televised Barber Shop talk show promotional segment. Both men were going out on television and frequently making personal, true to heart remarks about one another.

[187] As a result, Michaels was unable to appear; Lesnar defeated Triple H at the event. During this, they started to fight, causing a legit small triceps tear for Michaels. Over the next few months, Michaels battled various injuries and launched the Heartbreak Hotel television talk show segment, mainly shown on Superstars. Michaels won after faking a knee injury and performing Sweet Chin Music. His prototype was edgier, sexier and more acrobatic. Shawn Michaels; Shawn Michaels no WrestleMania XXIV em março de 2008. Michaels dropped the European Championship to D-Generation X member Hunter Hearst Hemsley in a farcical match. So, this is everything that is pure about that, without all the travel and hustle and bustle of the business world of the WWE.”. McMahon then began setting unusual stipulations for Michaels's matches and interfering on behalf of Michaels's opponents. [5] Around this time, Michaels became the leader of a backstage group known as The Kliq. “To even be in any conversation (about being the best) is far more than I ever possibly dreamed.”, But the travel and pressures had caught up to him. … I looked at it and thought, ‘If this is a role you can do and do well, you can find out whether you are wasting your time or anyone else’s time doing any of this acting stuff.’”. After the two reunited, McMahon offered Jannetty a contract if he "kissed his ass. [179] He returned on the June 27 episode of Raw, where he was confronted by CM Punk, and superkicked David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty.

[41] After this, Michaels took time off[41] because Vince McMahon wanted Michaels to become a fan favorite.

“It will always be home.”. [191] He returned on the May 27 Raw in a backstage segment with John Cena[192], and again on the SummerSlam pre-show.[193]. Going forward, Michaels said he is committed to watching and helping the next generation of performers grow. [180], 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. [34], In 1994, Michaels entered a rivalry with Razor Ramon, who had won the Intercontinental Championship, which had been vacated during Michaels's absence. Michaels left the ring to allow Hogan to celebrate with the crowd, and Michaels once again became a fan favorite.[108]. [5] After knee surgery by Dr. James Andrews, Michaels returned a few months later, briefly teaming with Stone Cold Steve Austin to win the WWF Tag Team Championship. On December 9, he presented Bryan with the award for Superstar of the Year. [49] Around this time, Jose Lothario became Michaels's on-screen manager. [2], After teasing a retirement, Michaels returned to the WWF at the Royal Rumble match in 1996, which he wound up winning for the second year in a row, to receive a WWF World Heavyweight Championship match in the main event at WrestleMania XII. [5][22] Jannetty returned to the WWF the following year and enjoyed moderate success before leaving the company in 1994, while Michaels became a prominent villain of the early to mid-1990s as "The Boy Toy". Two months later, at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, DX defeated Chris Jericho and Big Show to win the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match (TLC). [2] 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". His latest role is portraying Jimmy Devine in the independent film “90 Feet from Home,” which will be screened at the 25th Annual San Antonio Film Festival at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tobin Center. This injury was used to keep Michaels out of action, as he required surgery for his knee. [146] Michaels then defeated Jericho at Judgment Day. [145] Jericho then confronted Michaels on this matter, in which Michaels admitted to faking the injury in order to defeat Batista. Hickenbottom's fear that he was going to negatively influence his young son, prompted him to abandon his previous lifestyle. At Crown Jewel, D-Generation X defeated The Brothers of Destruction. [124] At New Year's Revolution, Triple H suffered a legit torn right quadriceps during their match with Rated-RKO.

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.[194].

[138] At Cyber Sunday, Michaels was voted by the fans to face Orton for the WWE Championship, though he won via disqualification when Orton hit Michaels with a low blow, which resulted in Orton retaining the championship. Angered by this, Michaels attacked Ric Flair and Bischoff. Michaels met with Penguins' owner Mario Lemieux and sat with former Pittsburgh Steelers's defensive lineman Brett Keisel during the game.

Bischoff refused to schedule such a match and instead told Michaels to find a partner. [111] On the February 13 episode of Raw, McMahon tried unsuccessfully to force Michaels to sign retirement papers. [199][200][201] He received praises for several matches, including 15 Match of the Year awards between Pro Wrestling Illustrated and Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The live audience festivities were titled "Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night", as the show took place in Michaels' hometown of San Antonio, Texas.



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