Heartbreak & Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story by Shawn MichaelsWinning and losing. Heels and babyfaces. Kliqs and Curtain Calls. Tearing down house shows and tearing up hotel rooms. Ladders and cages. Vacated titles and unwarranted suspensions. Works and screwjobs. Heartaches and backbreaks. Forced retirements and redemption. Rock n roll and Graceland. There are two sides to every story; for Shawn Michaels, there is Heartbreak & Triumph.World Wrestling Entertainment fans think they know The Heartbreak Kid. Hes The Showstopper who pushes his high-flying abilities to the limit in the squared circle, on ladders, and in steel cages. Hes the companys first Grand Slam champion. And of course, hes forever the guy who conspired with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to screw Bret Hitman Hart out of the WWE Championship in Montreal at Survivor Series on November 9, 1997.
But thats the side HBK has allowed you to see...until now. Heartbreak & Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story introduces us to Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (Everyone called me Shawn), the youngest of four children whose really conservative upbringing made him shy and afraid that people wouldnt like me if I showed who I really was. But upon discovering Southwest Championship Wrestling (SWCW) on TV one Saturday night, the preteen Hickenbottom realized instantly what he wanted to become, and years later would convince his father -- a colonel in the U.S. Air Force -- to let him drop out of college and pursue his dream.
From there, Hickenbottom fully recounts the events that led to Shawn Michaelss tutelage under Mexican wrestler Jose Lothario; working matches at Mid-South Wrestling under the guidance of Terry Taylor and the Rock n Roll Expresss Robert Gibson & RickyMorton; flying high with Marty Jannetty as The Midnight Rockers in the American Wrestling Association (AWA); and how a barroom confrontation in Buffalo almost prevented the tandem from ever joining the World Wrestling Federation. The Rockers would drop the Midnight and climb to the top of a tough World Wrestling Federation tag-team division in the late 1980s, though Michaels confesses how a fear of abandonment stagnated his desire to participate in singles competition, pressured him into a marriage he wasnt ready for, and drove him to drinking heavily and downing pills just to get through the day.
With the impact of some Sweet Chin Music (Michaelss Superkick finisher), Heartbreak & Triumph expresses the sour note that dissolved Michaelss partnership with Jannetty and started his transformation into The Heartbreak Kid. Youll learn firsthand of the unfair allegation that brought about HBKs classic Ladder match with Razor Ramon at WrestleMania X (I lost the match, but I made my career); the incident in Syracuse that set the stage for Shawns unbelievable comeback victories at Royal Rumble 1996, and in the Iron Man WWE Championship match with Bret Hart at WrestleMania XII; and how his escalating backstage feud with Hart inadvertently built toward the formation of D-Generation X, as well as the first-ever Hell in a Cell contest against The Undertaker at Badd Blood in October 1997.
Beyond the squared circle, Michaels clears the air about his days running with The Kliq -- Kevin Nash (Diesel), Scott Hall (Razor Ramon), Paul Levesque (Triple H), and Sean Waltman (The 1-2-3 Kid) -- their contributions to WWEs wildly successful Attitudeera, and the consequences of their uncharacteristic Madison Square Garden Curtain Call in May 1996. And for the first time anywhere, Michaels shoots completely straight about his role in the biggest scandal in wrestling history, the infamous Montreal Screwjob at Survivor Series 1997.
While reliving the crippling back injury that forced him to retire in his prime following his WWE Championship loss at WrestleMania XIV, Michaels credits the new loves in his life -- his second wife Rebecca, his children, and his newfound faith -- with giving him the strength to kick his habit, recover physically, and make a jubilant return to the ring at SummerSlam 2002 (in a Street Fight against best friend Triple H, no less). Now back on top and doing what he enjoys most, the WWE Superstar regards Heartbreak & Triumph as the perfect means to review my life, and attempt to figure out how I became the person I am.
10 Reasons Why Shawn Michaels Truly Retired At Wrestlemania 26
Shawn Michaels is a legend in the Wrestling business no matter what arguments come against him. This legendary status, however, does not explain the attitude that he had back in the 90s. He was known to be a complete mess back then and though Michaels has expressed his regrets over the same, we cannot just erase the past can we? And since Michaels is travelling on a peaceful path at the moment, here is a look at some of the names that Michaels would love to forget if he had a chance to. The only thing that the fans would remember about Tatanka is probably his winning streak. But it could have been an entirely different scenario if Shawn Michaels had agreed to drop the Intercontinental championship to him. The championship match between the two happened back when Tatanka was having his undefeated run and everyone expected him to win the title.
The storied career of one of sports-entertainment's greatest superstar is in jeopardy, while another is finished. Shawn Michaels has been a veteran of the industry and a native to the RAW brand roster, with countless championships, memorable matches, and some of the best non-wrestling moments especially his promos in the good ole DX days have made him more than just a man, they made him a legend. He finally made it big when he made his way to the WWE then known as the WWF , his first entrance promo is still regarded by many as one of the biggest intro's in sports entertainment, and still one of the most memorable RAW moments. Jericho quickly adopted his Y2J gimmick in reference to the Y2K virus which had tech-heads frantic upon the new Millennium. In the last couple of months leading up to The Great American Bash we began seeing a fracture in the composure of both men. The 'Bash' was a proverbial last stand for both men, and when it was all said and done we saw a grave injury that could possibly end the career one of the most phenomenal performers of our day and we saw another legend take a different path.
WWE News. Shawn Michaels, one of WWE's most successful superstars of all time, has admitted to Sky Sports that his days in the ring are over. The Hall of Famer, who made a comeback at the company's Crown Jewel show in Saudi Arabia last year, insists it will be his last performance. I'm good with what I've done. Michaels enjoyed a controversial career, with vast spells of popularity and success interrupted with severe injuries and addiction problems.