Well, a 22 year's carrer has end. The date, March 28th, 2010.
Yeah, The Heartbreak Kid, The Showstopper, The Headliner, The Main Event, MR. WRESTLEMANIA and most recently... The LEGEND, ended a legendary carreer, full of good and bad circumstances, but very very satisfactory.
Michael Shawn Hickenbottom was born in a military family, that lived in constat change. One day he watch TV, and he was shocked with, what would be his passion years later. he sit and watch the WCCW that night and said the seven words that would change his life completely: "I Want To Be A Professional Wrestler".
Since then, the little Shawn has done everything possible to furfill that dream... And he Did It!!!
Then, Shawn obtain the services of Jose Lothario... A legendary mexican wrestler, Jose taught him that spicy mexican style, to combine it with the American Style and make him the big wrestler that he could do.
Shawn began his career 1988, with only few years old he has demostrating his skills to a little crew in Texas. Gradually, under the tutelage of Jose, Shawn was rising in the ring, until reach a place in the AWA, where he met Marty Janetty, that would form one of the most innovative tag in history... The Midnight Rockers.
With The Rockers was ascended fastly in the AWA, getting the tag team titles in more than once. But They think that doesn´t enough. Then decided to try his luck in the WWE (WWF in these time) with Vince Mcmahon, but they didn´t last long, they returned to AWA. But the life, and the WWE, are full of second chances... and The Rockers return to the WWE to never go away, at least for Shawn.
The Midnight Rockers held big matches with the greatest tag teams in these times like: The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart), The British Bulldogs, to name a few.
But like everything has to end some day, Marty decided to go out of the WWE, and The Rockers ended. But the fate still had something to Shawn´s carreer, the road to be LEGEND.
Shawn has turn to heel and he become one of the most espectacular athletes in the 90´s, getting each title that existed in WWE(WWE, Intercontinental, Tag team and European Championship), being named "The Grandslam Champion" and beating the best wrestlers un history (Bret Hart, Davey Boy Smith, The Undertaker, to name a few).
HBK was the co-founder of D-Generation X, one of the most greatest (and controversial) teams in WWE history, important to the Attitude Era. But they don´t get the tag team titles until 2009 at WWE Tables, Ladders, And Chairs PPV.
In 1998, at Wrestlemania 14, Shawn suffered an injury that would leave it out of the WWE for 4 long years. But HBK used thet time to rebuilt his way, and he find it in Jesuschrist.
His love for his family and for his passion led him to return in the summer of 2002 against Triple H in a Street Fight in Summerslam, reminding us these style that characterized him many years and made him one of the best in the WWE. in these year also win the World Heavyweight Championship at the firs Elimination Chamber Match at Survivor Series.
The name of Mr. Wrestlemania isn´t pure chance. He was in the most espectacular matches of ´Mania, not only for the technique, but as lavish entrances, HBK´s sign.
But nothing is perfect and the Shawn´s carrer is stained by one word... Montreal.
Survivor Series, 1997, Bret hart was defending his WWE championship at his homecountry, Canada, against Shawm Michaels. When HBK´s put the Sharpshoter (Bret's Finishing Move) on the champion, the bell rang, without Bret tapped out, and lost the title, in Canada, his country. And Shawn was part of the most controversial moment in WWE history... "The Montreal Screwjob"
The HBK´s flame goes out (professionaly speaking) the March 28th, 2010, at the event that make his carreer, Wrestemania, against The Undertaker in a Streak vs Carreer match in Phoenix, Arizona. Ending one of the most legendary carreers in Wrestling history, leaving the road ready for the WWE Hall Of Fame in the future.
Now, the Question is... What will WWE do to fill the hole that left HBK?. The answer has in the Vince Macmahon and the WWE Universe hands.
And Finally, taken from his own words... "Ladies and Gentlemen, the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels has left The Building"