Shawn was born on July 22, 1965 in Scottsdale, Arizona
at Williams Air Force Base. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas under the name Michael Shawn Hickenbottom. Shawn joined the World
Wrestling Federation in the spring of 1988. The face of sports-entertainment has never been the same since.
LOOK AT SHAWN MICHAELS' CAREER
The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels’ track record speaks for
itself. The Showstopper’s career in World Wrestling Entertainment is legendary, as he has accumulated enough hardware
to make just about any other WWE Superstar jealous. Michaels was the first-ever Grand Slam Champion, capturing the European
Championship once, the World Tag Team Championship twice, the Intercontinental Championship three times and the World Championship
But HBK’s success didn’t just fall on his lap. Although the success
didn’t happen over night, the 6 foot 1, 225 pounder from San Antonio, Texas knew he wanted to be a professional wrestler
since he was 12 years old after he had seen his first match.
Michaels’ athletic career began back when he was
six years old when he started playing football. He became a stand out linebacker and was a captain on his high school team.
After graduating, he attended Southwest Texas State University, but he soon realized that college wasn’t the path he
wanted to follow. Michaels quickly realized it was time to begin chasing his dream of becoming a WWE Superstar.
began his training under the tutelage of Jose Lothario. After a few months of training, Lothario felt that his protégé was
ready for some in-ring action, and two weeks after his 19th birthday, HBK had his first match with mid South Wrestling against
Art Cruz. He lost his debut match, but he improved in his second match, wrestling to a time-limit draw, and won his third
match. After a stop in Kansas City, Michaels was headed back to his home state to Texas All-Star Wrestling.