Anyone who has watched WWF is no stranger to Shawn Michaels. His full name is Michael Shawn Hickenbottom. Besides being a fighter, he is an actor and television presenter. He was born on July 22, 1965in Chandler, Arizona, United States of America.
He has three siblings named Shari, Randy, and Scott. His family had a powerful military lineage. Initially, they resided in Reading, Berkshire, England, but they later moved to San Antonio, Texas. From a young age, he hated his name and insisted that people call him Shawn.
He attended Randolph High School and Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. Coming from the army background, he was a sports enthusiast and loved playing football. In fact, he was the captain of his school team.
As a child, he suffered from Cross-dominance. In his early teens, he made up his mind and decided to become a wrestler. Shawn would participate in several wrestling competitions in his school and would emerge victorious. However, after a while he realized that education isn't his cup of tea and so he dropped out of the University to pursue his dream.
He started his training from Jose Lothario. After years of hard work, on October 16, 1984, he made his debut on the National Wrestling Alliance's Mid-South Wrestling territory. . Though he lost his first match against Art Crews , he managed to impress several veterans like Terry Taylor. At the start of 1985, he played his opening match at the World Class Championship Wrestling.
From here, his career as a professional wrestler began. Very soon, he became a name to reckon with and was one of the unbeatable and best fighters of his time. After playing for years, he bid adieu to his illustrious career and started to train youngsters. Shawn has acted in films like The Resurrection of Gavin Stone and Pure Country: Pure Heart. He is the host of Shawn Michaels' MacMillan River Adventures as well.
Shawn's first marriage was to Theresa Wood. However, their relationship went kaput after just a few years. Later, he married a dancer named Rebecca Curci on March 31, 1999. The couple has two children named Cameron Kade and Cheyenne.
In 1996, he became a laughing stock in his profession after gracing the front cover of Playgirl. Shawn has also published his autobiography with the help of David Thomas titled Wrestling for My Life:
The Legend, the Reality, and the Faith of a WWE Superstar.