[215] He was raised a Catholic, but became a non-denominational Christian because of his wife. [175], Michaels appeared on the January 10, 2011 episode of Raw, where he was announced as a WWE Hall of Fame class of 2011 inductee. [104] On the July 4 episode of Raw, Michaels and Hulk Hogan had a tag team match, which they won. [105] During the post-match pose, Michaels hit Hogan with his Sweet Chin Music, knocking Hogan to the ground, turning heel for the first time since 2002. This was back in about 1992, This is when his weight was billed 240lbs Alex said on 23/Apr/07 Both men were going out on television and frequently making personal, true to heart remarks about one another. [23] He was put together with mirror-carrying manager, Sensational Sherri, who according to the storyline had become infatuated with him. [32] During this time, Michaels and Sherri split and he engaged himself in a feud with former tag team partner Marty Jannetty. [14] He then began pursuing a career in professional wrestling. During their 2015–16 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League named a line, consisting of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel, the "HBK Line" due to the fact that the trio's first initials, of their last names, recall Michaels's "Heartbreak Kid" moniker. [25] Michaels subsequently became a contender to the promotion's singles titles and failed to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from champion Randy Savage in his first opportunity to compete for that title at British event UK Rampage, held on April 19 at the Sheffield Arena and broadcast on Sky Movies Plus[26] (the match later aired in the US on the edition of June 15 of Prime Time Wrestling). "[114] Michaels tried to help Jannetty, which ultimately resulted in Shane attacking Michaels and forcing him to kiss his father's behind. [90] Four months later, he lost a World Heavyweight Championship match against Triple H, after Edge interfered at Taboo Tuesday, when the fans voted for him ahead of Edge and Chris Benoit to face Triple H one more time. He knew he wanted to become a professional wrestler at the age of twelve and said he performed a wrestling routine in his high school's talent show, complete with fake blood. [34][35] This match was voted by fans as "Match of the Year" by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. During this, they started to fight, causing a legit small triceps tear for Michaels. [130] He then defeated both Edge and Orton in a triple threat number one contender's match on the February 5 episode of Raw to earn a shot at the WWE Championship. [81] In response, Michaels challenged Triple H to "a fight" (a non-sanctioned match) at SummerSlam,[82] which Triple H accepted, laying the foundation for a rivalry that lasted for several years. Michaels left the ring to allow Hogan to celebrate with the crowd, turning face once again.[108]. [92] At Bad Blood in June, Michaels lost to Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match. [135] Orton assaulted Michaels again prior to their match at Judgment Day, interrupting Michaels's interview segment. Since 1995 he has took off an enormous amount of weight 35-40 pounds to be exact. [5][17] They then returned to AWA, where they won the AWA tag team titles for a second time,[9] but were re-signed by WWF a year later. He returned to WWF television in November at the Survivor Series substituting for Jerry Lawler, who was dealing with legal issues, in a match pitting himself and three of Lawler's "Knights" against the Hart brothers, Bret, Bruce, Keith and Owen. Michaels returned to WWE programming in a series of segments that aired on the August 10, 2009 episode of Raw, where he had, in storyline, left the WWE. [117] This angle was written so that Michaels could have surgery on his knee, which had been legitimately injured for some time. Michaels wrestled consistently for WWE, formerly the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), from 1988 until a back injury forced his first retirement in 1998. After several acclaimed matches at WrestleMania, Michaels has been known as Mr. [125] Rated-RKO claimed victory over DX, citing Triple H's injury, as the "end" of DX. He was part of Team Raw at Survivor Series in a losing effort. [67] Throughout late 1998 and early 1999, Michaels made regular television appearances on Raw, in which he scheduled matches, throwing around his authority, and sometimes even deciding the outcome of matches. Michaels and Diamond were awarded the TASW Tag Team Championship by Chavo Guerrero Sr.[9] The team was later renamed American Force. [112] On Raw, the two continued to deliver chops, as Michaels feuded with Vince McMahon and Triple H went to challenge John Cena for the WWE Championship, repeatedly butting heads with Vince McMahon in the process. [185] After the show ended, many WWE Superstars (including John Cena and The Undertaker) celebrated Michaels' career. [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. [36], On August 28, Michaels and Diesel captured the WWF Tag Team Championship from The Headshrinkers (Samu and Fatu). [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. [191] He returned on the May 27 Raw in a backstage segment with John Cena[192], and again on the SummerSlam pre-show.[193]. Michaels came out of this match, dubbed by fans the "Montreal Screwjob", as the WWF World Heavyweight Champion. 55 of the top 100 tag teams of the, TASW Six-Man Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with, This page was last edited on 22 October 2020, at 23:59. [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. Cena retained the championship when Michaels performed Sweet Chin Music on Cena, causing him to fall on Orton for the pinfall. [176] On the March 28 episode of Raw, Michaels addressed Triple H and The Undertaker about their match at WrestleMania XXVII. [21] Sherri even sang the first version of his new theme music, "Sexy Boy". 1 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the, Ranked No. [213], In 1996, Hickenbottom posed for a non-nude layout in Playgirl magazine. Michaels disputes the perception, saying that McMahon pushed only deserving wrestlers. [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. Regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers in history, he is known by the nicknames "Heartbreak Kid", "The Showstopper", and "Mr. WrestleMania". Michaels continued to make non-wrestling appearances on WWF programming and on November 23 he replaced Sgt. [218] Pens' game-day staff would regularly play Michaels' theme "Sexy Boy" over the Consol Energy Center PA system after goals or excellent shifts by line members. Michaels later interfered in the match, causing Jericho to be eliminated. [74] He appeared briefly on television to make a speech at WWF New York during Armageddon in December 2000. [188], On the January 24, 2013 episode of NXT, Michaels announced a tournament to crown the inaugural NXT Tag Team Champions. After weeks of having fun with Penguins fans on Twitter, the team officially invited Michaels for their Eastern Conference Finals Game 5 matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning (whose fanbase contains a sizable number of pro wrestlers, including Hulk Hogan and Titus O'Neil, due to Tampa long being a home base for many wrestlers), upon which Michaels accepted.