Heartbreak & Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story

Heartbreak & Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story

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by Shawn Michaels
     
 

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World Wrestling Entertainment fans think they know "The Heartbreak Kid." He's "The Showstopper" who pushes his high-flying abilities to the limit in the squared circle, on ladders, and in steel cages. He's the company's first "Grand Slam" champion. And of course, he's forever the guy who conspired with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to screw Bret "Hitman" Hart out of the

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World Wrestling Entertainment fans think they know "The Heartbreak Kid." He's "The Showstopper" who pushes his high-flying abilities to the limit in the squared circle, on ladders, and in steel cages. He's the company's first "Grand Slam" champion. And of course, he's forever the guy who conspired with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to screw Bret "Hitman" Hart out of the WWE Championship in Montreal at Survivor Series on November 9, 1997.

But that's the side "HBK" has allowed you to see...until now. Heartbreak&Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story introduces us to Michael Shawn Hickenbottom, the youngest of four children whose "really conservative upbringing" made him shy and "afraid that people wouldn't like me if I showed who I really was." But upon discovering Southwest Championship Wrestling (SWCW) on TV one Saturday night, the preteen Hickenbottom realized instantly what he wanted to become, and later would convince his father—a colonel in the U.S. Air Force—to let him pursue his dream.

From there, Hickenbottom fully recounts the events that led to "Shawn Michaels's" tutelage under Mexican wrestler Jose Lothario; working matches at Mid-South Wrestling under the guidance of Terry Taylor and the Rock 'n' Roll Express's Robert Gibson&Ricky Morton; flying high with Marty Jannetty as "The Midnight Rockers" in the American Wrestling Association (AWA); and how a barroom confrontation in Buffalo almost prevented the tandem from ever joining the World Wrestling Federation.

While reliving the crippling back injury that forced him to retire in his prime, Michaels credits the new loves in his life—his second wife Rebecca, his children, and his newfound faith—with giving him the strength to kick his habit, recover physically, and make a jubilant return to the ring at SummerSlam 2002. Now back on top and doing what he enjoys most, the WWE Superstar regards Heartbreak&Triumph as the perfect means "to review my life, and attempt to figure out how I became the person I am."

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ISBN-13:
9781439121733
Publisher:
World Wrestling Entertainment
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Series:
WWE
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SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
281,069
File size:
16 MB
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Heartbreak & Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Batman1245 More than 1 year ago
I can say I did enjoy this book and that I would recommend it to anyone interested in the professional wrestling. The majority of the book comes across as genuine and honest. He takes responsibility for many things and shows the immense maturity he lacked early in his career. The only drawback of this book is the subject of Bret Hart. I believe at this point in time he and Hart were still at odds with each other and his personal feelings come through rather than facts. I understand they have a storied history but the upbeat, honest tone of the book changes with any mention of Hart. It is very noticeable, but partially understandable. There is enough to the book that this small drawback doesn't detract from the book on the whole and is definitely worth the read.
GNUwayTech More than 1 year ago
Say what you may about Shawn's version of his career and specific events, but you can't fault the guy for telling it as he remembered it. This is an autobiography, which means it's his description according to his memories. I think there are a lot of things that he could have been more open about, but it's easy to understand that there are probably a lot of things about anybody's career that they don't really want to be remembered for. At times, he seemed to be letting a lot of things bother him that he may have been better off to just let roll off his back. Either way, he doesn't try to hide the way it was impacting his personality and his relationships with others in the business. He also doesn't cover up the drug problem he had and how it effected his career and personal life. Even if he did downplay some things, he didn't hide the damage they did to his career, his relationships, and the business he was in. I also don't think that he was trying to make himself look perfect. He makes it pretty clear that he had a lot of personal demons that haunted him, but that he wasn't going to let them stop him from pursuing his dreams. Even if he made enemies along the way, he was determined to succeed. Some people (Bret Hart, for one) may have their own perspective on events, people, places, etc... They are more than free to share their own account of it. In fact, I am beginning to read Bret's book now and can't wait to find out his take on things. That being said, I think Shawn has a great story to tell about overcoming obstacles and finding bigger reward than he imagined. This book is well worth the reading, and I can tell that I'm going to be checking out some more wrestling autobiographies because of this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. It's a well written account of an extraordinary career and a life forever changed. Highly recommended!
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If you are a fan of wrestling and is really into Shawn Michaels and want to read about his life this is the right book for you.
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Come back to wwe and sweet chin music the bad guys ur my hero
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A wonderful and inspiriring story of a boy to a man. As a christian it is great to know some ones story of becoming better over the years as a person a wrestler a father and as a husband. A major must read in my opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next person to bash HBK is in serious trubs!!
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Im bored
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literaturemystery23 More than 1 year ago
If you have read Bret Hart's biography, Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling, then you will see just exactly how shallow and self preserving Shawn Michaels really is. Michaels portrays himself to be a great man and a great wrestler with very few faults. He constantly praises himself, Ric Flair, and even Vince Mcmahon. When Michaels does discuss his faults (which are few and far between according to Michaels) he treats it airly, as if no harm is done. He even downplays his drug habit and tries to reason his way out of screwing Bret Hart. In my opinion, this is not a book concerning a look at the real world of wrestling; it is a book dedicated to the glory of Shawn Michaels, the so called good person. If you want to read a good, honest book, try Bret Hart's autobiography, Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling. I understand there are two sides to every story. I read Bret Hart's and Shawn Michaels. I believe Hart...Michaels makes me sick.