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The Legend of Shawn Michaels
September 1, 2004 by Bill Tyrrell


Career Highlights:
Former WWF Heavyweight Champion
Former WWF Tag Team Champion
Former WWF IC Champion
Former WWF European Champion
1995 and 1996 Royal Rumble Winner
First WWF Grand Slam title holder.

Real Name: Michael Hickenbottom

Born: July 22, 1965
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 234 lbs
Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Debut: WM 5
Finishing Move: Sweet Chin Music

Shawn started out in the independents with former Tag Team Partner Marty Jannetty. He and Jannetty then went to NWA, and immediately won the NWA Tag Team Titles in 1989, and the Shawn and Jannetty went on to the WWF in 1989 at Wrestlemania 5.

The Rockers struggled to win any matches at first, but they eventually starting winning matches, and on October 30, 1990 the Rockers won their first tag Team titles from the legendary Tag Team The Hart Foundation in best 2 out of 3 falls match, they were stripped of the tag titles a few hours later though because of a loose rope during the match.

In early 1992 The Rockers were guests on Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake's Barber Shop were Shawn threw Jannetty through the glass window and caused the break up of The Rockers, and The Legend of Shawn Michaels began.

In October 1992 Shawn one his first IC Title from the British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith (RIP), he went on to having some great title defenses including a great match against former friend and partner Marty Jannetty at Royal Rumble 1993, and Tatanka at Wrestlemania 9.

On a June episode of RAW Shawn challenged anybody to come out and face him in IC Title match, Jannetty answered the challenge, and with help from Mr. Perfect (RIP) won the IC Title, Shawn then hired his own bodyguard Diesel.

At Wrestlemania 10 Shawn and Razor Ramon had their classic first ever ladder match, which Shawn lost, but would eventually have his revenge in another ladder match, were he one the ladder match against Razor in another classic.

Shawn went on to become a successful Tag Team and won the Tag Titles twice, and in 1994 after Shawn cost Diesel a series of matches, the forfeited their Tag Team Titles.

At the 1995 Royal Rumble Shawn Michaels had single most impressive thing to ever happen in a match, when he started the Royal Rumble at #1, and went on to last over 65 minutes and won the Royal Rumble.

At Wrestlemania 12 Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart wrestled in the first ever Ironman Match, and Shawn Michaels won his first WWF Title, in the single greatest match of all time, there has not been a match to top this match yet, and there probably never will be.

In 1998 Shawn injured his back, at the time was thought to be the end of his career, but 4 years later Shawn made an emotionally return to RAW, and went on to have several matches against Triple H, and again injured his back, and but this time he was able to make a quick return, and win his 3rd WWE Title against Triple H.

by Bill Tyrrell..


Louis de Klerk wrote:
No one has been stripped of more titles without being pinned than Shawn Michaels.

The Rocker's phantom title reign is a good example, because years later they would be labelled former tag champs, yet they did not have to job the titles to any one AKA lose face.

The Diesel/HBK tag reign is another good example, as they were champs for a very long time, yet were never pinned, they forfeited the belts because they were fighting between themselves. HBK's World Title reign that ended with him 'losing his smile' is another perfect example of not having to put anyone over as champ....

Although I believe Shawn Michaels work in innovating gimmick matches to be amazing (Ladder, Hell in a Cell, Elimination Chamber), my problem comes from his adversity to letting anyone but Triple H pin him. After his Kane feud, I hope HBK finally takes the last step, and helps someone else's career.
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