Shawn Michaels – Net Worth, Money and More

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“In other sports, when contact is made, they blow the whistle to stop the action. In wrestling, when contact is made, we’re just getting started.”There is a very good saying that “Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in the life is easy”. “Potential is interesting. Performance is everything.” One such great face of wrestling, we all are familiar with is Michael Shawn Hickenbottom. Known by his ring name Shawn Michaels, he is an American professional wrestling personality, television presenter and retired professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE, where he has served as an ambassador for the company since December 2012, and also as a special referee. He retired on March 28, 2010.


Net Worth

The approximated net worth of Shawn Michaels in $17 million. He is among the top 50 richest wrestlers. He owns a house in San Antonio. He resides in the luxurious house with his wife and two children. Besides wrestling, Michaels has also hosted some shows of WWE. He was also selected as a special guest referee for the “Hell in a Cell”.  Wrestlers are fiven special previleg and bonuses. He earns $1,045,000,ooo per year for his fighting. It also includes hotel accommodations, transportation and first class flight tickets.

Early Life

Shawn was born on July 22, 1965, in Chandler, Arizona. He is the youngest among his four siblings- Randy, Scott and Shari. He was raised in a military family. When young, Shawn disliked the name Michael. Shawn moved around frequently since his father was in the military.

Shawn has always been a good athlete and decided to be a professional wrestler at the age of 12. His career began at the age of six when he started playing football. He was a stand-out linebacker at Randolph High School and eventually became the captain if the football team.

After graduating, Shawn attended Southeast Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He soon realized that he did not fit for a college life. He then began pursuing a career in professional wrestling.

Wrestling Career

Shawn began his career in Texas. He made his national-level debut at the age of 20 in the American Wrestling Association teaming with Marty Jannetty. Trained by the legendary Jose Lothario, Shawn Michaels wrestled in Kansas, where he met fellow wrestler, Marty Jannetty. Together, Michaels and Marty Jannetty became known as “Midnight Rockers”. The Midnight Rockers had a major feud with “Playboy” Buddy Rose and “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers. Their matches were considered bloodbaths at the time. Eventually the Midnight Rockers came out the victors and were the AWA World Tag Team Champions. The duo had a great influence on many of the present teams in wrestling. Their trademark was being tag team specialists and using great double team moves on their opponents.


During 1990s, they had major feuds with The Brain Busters, The Fabulous Rougeaus, The Hart Foundation, The Orient Express, and Power and Glory. At one point the Rockers won the WWF Tag Team Titles. The Rockers continued their partnership, eventually splitting on December 2, 1991 during an incident on Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake’s televised Barber Shop talk show promotional segment. Michaels superkicked Jannetty and threw him through a glass window on the set of Beefcake’s talk show. Michaels became a prominent villain of the early to mid-1990s as “The Boy Toy”.

The Heartbreak Kid

Michaels adopted the nickname “The Heartbreak Kid”. It was suggested by “Mr. Perfect” Curt Henning. Along with his new name came a new gimmick as a vain, cocky villain. He was put together with mirror-carrying manager, Sensational Sherri, who, according to the storyline, had become infatuated with him. Sherri even sang the first version of his new theme music, “Sexy Boy”. During that period, after Michaels had wrestled his scheduled match at live events, his departure was announced with the words, “Shawn Michaels has left the building”.

In September 1993, Michaels had quit the company, after it was announced that he had failed to defend his title enough times during a set period, but in reality, he had been suspended for testing positive for steroids- a charge that Michaels denies to this day.

After turning down World Championship Wrestling advances, Michaels returned to the WWF and made several appearances in the United States Wrestling Association.

Om August 28, 1994, Michaels and Diesel captured the Tag Team Championship from The Headshrinkers (Samu and Fatu).

Shawn returned to the ring, as a fan favorite, in May 1995.



After teasing a retirement, Shawn returned to the WWF at the Royal Rumble match in 1996, which he wound up winning for a second year in a row, to receive a WWF Championship match in the main event at Wrestlemania XII. At wrestlemania XII, Michaels defeated WWF Champion Bret Hart in the overtime of their sixty minute Ironman match.


First Retirement

At the 1998 Royal Rumble, Shawn received a serious back injury in a Casket match against The Undertaker. This rendered Shawn unable to compete in the main event of the following month’s No Way  Out of Texas: In Your House and forced his retirement after losing the WWF Championship to Steve Austin at Wrestlemania XIV.

After being gone for five months, Shawn made a surprise return to the WWF as a guest commentator on the July 13th episode of Raw is War. Shawn continued to make non-wrestling appearances on WWF programming. On November 23rd 1998, Shawn replaced Sgt. Slaughter as the WWF Commissioner; eventually joining Vince McMohan’s group of wrestler’s called the Corporation as a villain.


Flare Up

In 2002, Shawn returned to World Wrestling Entertainment after over a decade and eight months period. On the June 3rd episode of Raw, he was announced as a new member of the recently reformed “New World Order”.

At Survivor Series, Shawn won the World Heavyweight Championship.

Personal Life

Shawn has been married twice. His current and second wife is former WCW Nitro girl Rebecca Hickenbottom, who went by the stage name Whisper. They were married on March 31, 1999. The couple has a son. Cameron Kade and a daughter, Cheyenne Michelle.


Shawn has several tattoos. In 1996, he posed in a non-nude layout for “Playgirl” magazine.


He is ambidextrous.

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