SHAWN MICHAELS RELEASE
Name
Shawn Michaels
Real Name
Michael Hickenbottom
Date of Birth
July 22, 1965
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
1984
Alberto Del Rio
A day before the company is expected to eliminate a lot of jobs, WWE has come to terms on the release of Ricardo Rodriguez, who stated that the decision belonged to him. The former manager of Alberto Del Rio reiterated that he wanted to be an in ring performer again. Rodriguez had been training in developmental in hopes that management would finally give him a chance. When that opportunity appeared dismal, he opted to move on to the next chapter of his career.
July 30, 2014
Justin Gabriel
While he is a reliable performer who does not cause trouble backstage, Justin Gabriel was one of the candidates to be on the receiving end of a release from WWE when the company was doing budget cuts. He apparently has survived the cuts and will remain with the company for the time being. It is interesting to note that Gabriel has not been utilized on Monday Night Raw since last September.
July 27, 2014
Alex Riley
Since WWE was doing budget cuts left and right in order to reduce the millions of dollars that they're losing this year, several names were mentioned as possible candidates for a release. Alex Riley was once rumored to be someone on the chopping board, but it looks like the commentator has made the cut. Unless WWE decides to get rid of the kickoff shows, Riley should remain with the company.
July 26, 2014
JTG
While morale is really low backstage due to the recent and severe drop in royalty checks, WWE performers are not speaking out on the matter because they are afraid of Vince McMahon. Many saw what happened to JTG when he voiced his opinion about low pay per view bonus checks. The former Cryme Tyme member was buried for more than a year and recently was given a release form his contract.
July 14, 2014
Rock
It is no secret that WWE would love for the Rock to be the centerpiece attraction at Wrestlemania 31. However, the possibility of that happening is becoming more and more unclear by the day. The studios have decided to move the release date of Fast and Furious 7, which features Rock in a big role, up a bit. It will now be shown in the theaters a few days after Wrestlemania. That means that the Rock will be needed to travel the world to do promotion for the film. His availability to WWE is in question.
July 10, 2014
Vince McMahon
When WWE stocks tanked really badly earlier this year, there were rumors floating around that Vince McMahon wanted his company to cut approximately $20 million in spending. That number has now been confirmed. No word yet on how close WWE has gotten to that goal, but the release of several performers from their contracts helped out quite a bit. More wrestlers could be let go in the near future to get closer to the $20 million mark.
July 7, 2014
Vickie Guerrero
Anyone that follows professional wrestling closely, knows that WWE performers spend a ridiculous amount of time on the road for the company. Vickie Guerrero became one of the latest people to grow weary of that lifestyle and requested her release from her contract. Now that she is free of that hectic obligation, the former WWE diva is now on vacation in Hawaii.
July 6, 2014
Drew McIntyre
While a lot of fans were under the impression that he would be on the receiving end of a contract release along with Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater has managed to survive and is still with WWE. Unfortunately, though, the company really does not have any plans for him at the moment. He's basically just a filler guy at live events, teaming up with various partners for the time being.
July 6, 2014
Vince McMahon
Since the company has been undergoing budget cuts, a lot of things are changing in WWE. In addition to several long time performers being given a release from their contract, Vince McMahon and company have also scaled things back on the WWE Network. Tough Enough has been pushed back, and there might not be a second season of Legends House. At one point in time, it was a certainty that the show would be receiving another season.
July 6, 2014
David Otunga
Earlier in this week, Zack Ryder revealed to fans that WWE is no longer selling his merchandise. The belief is that it is a part of the company's plan to diminish his name value for when they decide to release him from his contract. Since the start of the year, Ryder has only been utilized eight times on television, all of which were losses. He hasn't had a victory on Monday Night Raw or Smackdown since December of 2012, when he pinned David Otunga on Raw.
July 5, 2014
Cameron
Sensing that they were going to receive quite a bit of backlash for overreacting to the arrest and having double standards for their performers, WWE has decided to reinstate Emma after giving her a release earlier in the day. Some have cited the previous arrest of Jack Swagger and Cameron, who actually attempted to bribe a police officer, as a reason why WWE was forced to change their minds.
July 2, 2014
Emma
A day after she was arrested for shoplifting, WWE has released Emma from her contract. There were those in the company that believed that she would be allowed to ride out the storm because the item stolen was not very expensive, but it turns out that Vince McMahon and company needed to make an example of her. Since she was not very high up on the card, it was easier for WWE to release her.
July 2, 2014
Jillian Hall
Through social media, Jillian Hall revealed to her fans that she is back to working on an autobiography. There is some skepticism as to how well the book will sell, as her name value drops the longer she has been away from WWE. It has been nearly four years since her release from the company. It also does not appear to be much interest from TNA in signing her, either. That will make it much more difficult for her to move the books.
June 29, 2014
Bo Dallas
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Bo Dallas had gotten married. Now, the identity of the bride has been discovered. It's Sarah Backman, a former WWE developmental diva. She's more known to the world as one of the top female arm wrestlers of all time. Sarah requested her release from the company a couple of months back after having quite the lackluster tenure in the developmental program.
June 28, 2014
Evan Bourne
When he received his release from WWE, Evan Bourne immediately contacted ROH and told them that he was available for work. ROH, however, took the smart approach and contacted WWE to get things in writing. During the conversation, WWE informed ROH that Bourne has not been cleared to work for their company. Bourne was flown out to the show, but had to remain backstage.
June 27, 2014
Josh Mathews
Yesterday, Josh Mathews received his release from WWE, losing his dream job because the company needed to save money. The announcer decided that he was not going to just sit around and mope. Instead, Mathews is backstage at the Impact Wrestling taping, which is taking place in New York City. The belief is that he is gauging to see if there is any interest from TNA in signing him to a contract.
June 26, 2014
Drew McIntyre
During a recent interview, Jinder Mahal revealed that he was surprised by his WWE release. He stated that he and Drew McIntyre had no signs from management that they were on the bubble. Mahal noted that 3MB, which currently only consists of Heath Slater and Hornswoggle, was booked on a lot of events, so they felt that their job security was not a concern at the time. WWE, however, needed to cut cost.
June 26, 2014
Josh Mathews
It looks like WWE is not done handing out pink slips to their employees. Josh Mathews becomes the latest person to receive a release from the company. He was a bit of a utility person backstage, but most will remember him as an interviewer. Locker room morale might take a bit of a hit since Mathews was well liked and his enthusiasm for the WWE product was a bit infectious.
June 25, 2014
Drew McIntyre
Since WWE owns the name, Jinder Mahal is going by a different moniker now that he has been given a release and is looking for work on the independent wrestling circuit. He will now be known as Raj Singh. While he is taking bookings through an agent, it's interesting to note that he has not teamed up with Drew McIntyre in an attempt to be signed as a package.
June 24, 2014
JTG
When WWE announced that they were releasing several performers from their main roster earlier this month, it caught a few of them by surprise. JTG, however, was well prepared for his release. He had been expecting it for quite some time now. There was an incident a while back where he received major backstage heat from management for speaking out about payment. Since then, his days with WWE were numbered. JTG recently revealed to TMZ that he had started planning around the release way before it took place.
June 23, 2014
Bret Hart
During a recent podcast interview between Steve Austin and Vince Russo, the topic of the Montreal Screwjob came up. Russo gave specific details about what went down between Vince McMahon, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Austin then finished the discussion by stating that he had no prior knowledge of the incident going down, but that he thinks the decision by McMahon and Russo was the right one. The business had to be protected from Hart and Eric Bischoff.
July 3, 2014
Fandango
Even though the push went absolutely nowhere in the long run, Chris Jericho listed his match against Fandango at Wrestlemania 29 as one of his two favorite moments at the pay per view. Jericho loved the idea of putting Fandango over so well that the fans made him a global sensation the following night on Monday Night Raw. His other favorite moment was his big match against Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 19.
June 17, 2014
Undertaker
During a recent interview, Shawn Michaels revealed that there was quite a bit of backstage heat between he and Undertaker during their careers. Michaels noted that he was obnoxious and outgoing, while Undertaker was quiet and reserved. The two WWE legends had respect for one another, but they simply did not like one another. Vince McMahon was said to have done a lot of work to appease both performers and kept them apart as much as possible backstage.
June 3, 2014
Shawn Michaels
Since WWE really wants the show to do well, management has decided to give a little bit of a boost to Legends House by having Shawn Michaels doing a guest appearance. The company wants a bigger name on the series next season, but rumors going around is that WWE won't even bother trying to convince Michaels to do the show because he has far too many outside commitments as is.
May 25, 2014
Daniel Bryan
During a recent podcast interview with Jim Ross, WWE legend Shawn Michaels revealed that he had no intentions of coming out of retirement to work a match against Daniel Bryan, who was his real life protege at one point in time. Michaels stated that he has had discussions with certain people backstage in WWE about the possibility, but nothing concrete ever came out of those discussions.
May 14, 2014
Sting
July is going to be a rather busy month for Roddy Piper, as the WWE legend has now been booked for at least a dozen shows throughout Europe. These events are essentially a big group discussion between Piper and his fans. The former United States Heavyweight Champion will be telling stories and answering questions. Sting, Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels have done shows like these in Europe recently, and they were able to pack the house.
May 12, 2014
Shawn Michaels
While fans want to believe that Undertaker was the one that made the decision to end the winning streak at Wrestlemania 30, another person has confirmed that Vince McMahon was the one behind the move. Shawn Michaels revealed to Jim Ross during a podcast interview that McMahon made the decision approximately four hours before the pay per view started.
May 7, 2014
Shawn Michaels
While their on screen characters in WWE did not get along, Shawn Michaels and JBL are good friends backstage. The two of them have arranged a special fishing expedition together in Bermuda. Michaels will be bringing the MacMillan River Adventures camera crew with him to the island to film scenes for an upcoming episode.
May 4, 2014
CM Punk
"I don't know, man, who knows, right? That's something that only he can answer for sure. To me, if he hasn't come back already, then... I left the WWE for two-and-a-half years in 2005. The only difference was I left when my contract was up, but I disappeared too, because I just was over it. I couldn't take it anymore, I wasn't interested in being there, I was getting miserable, so I know how he feels. I had no intention of coming back, and after two-and-a-half years I watched Shawn Michaels vs John Cena at WrestleMania 23 and that inspired me to want to come back, but it took two-and-a-half years to get there. So my answer is, 'I don't know', but I just know how I was when I did the same thing. It took a long time for me to be able to come back, and I was probably the same age as CM Punk is now too, so maybe he's going through the same thing and after a few years he'll come back." - Chris Jericho on the backstage heat situation in WWE involving Punk
May 2, 2014
Bobby Eaton
When Shawn Michaels began teaming up with Marty Jannetty as the Midnight Rockers, fans across the country immediately criticized them for stealing the gimmicks from Bobby Eaton, Stan Lane, Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson. During a recent interview with Morton and Gibson, however, the Rock 'n Roll Express stated that it was viewed as a compliment. Morton also revealed that Michaels used to ride with and learned from them in the southern territories.
April 26, 2014
Shawn Michaels
While he did make a brief appearance during Wrestlemania 30 week, Shawn Michaels is expected to be gone from WWE for the time being. The former world heavyweight champion will be focusing his energy on his television show and various promotional appearances for the time being. There are talks that he could be brought back for Summerslam 2014 to help with promotions, but that is not confirmed yet.
April 24, 2014
Eddie Guerrero
A video tribute for the Undertaker using his action figure. WWE features his character destroying the likes of Eddie Guerrero, Kane, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, John Cena and others.
April 14, 2014
John Cena
Since the pay per view is right around the corner, WWE is calling upon their big guns to help promote Wrestlemania 30. Hulk Hogan and John Cena are being sent over to Good Morning America to hype up the pay per view. Shawn Michaels was originally advertised for the show as well, but there are rumors that he might have backed out.
April 1, 2014
Shawn Michaels
Since the company wants to make it as big of an event as possible, the rumor going around right now is that all the members of the Kliq, a backstage group consisting of Shawn Michaels, Sean Waltman, Triple H and Kevin Nash, will be doing the hall of fame induction for Scott Hall at Wrestlemania 30.
March 25, 2014
Shawn Michaels
During a sit down interviews with fans in England, Sting stated that he did not consider himself to be a top tier performer. The former world heavyweight champion placed himself in the second group. The long time WCW star listed Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle as guys that were much better in the ring that he ever was.
March 17, 2014
Sting
With millions of fans wanting to see it happening, Sting revealed that he wanted a big match at Wrestlemania 30 against Undertaker as well. The WCW legend even studied the match between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels to prepare himself for the bout. Sting also noted that he purposely started following WWE in case Vince McMahon were to give him the chance.
March 16, 2014
Shawn Michaels
Since the duo has been so effective for the promoters, Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho have both been booked for a World of Wheels event this weekend in Winnepeg. Usually, they're doing shows in separate city, but this time, event coordinators decided to bring in both WWE legends during the same weekend. They're working different days, though.
March 14, 2014
Daniel Bryan
While management has yet to finalize their match at Wrestlemania 30, there are those that believe that WWE will be bringing in Shawn Michaels to join the story line between Daniel Bryan and Triple H. The former world heavyweight champion has a connection with both performer, and it would add another interesting wrinkle to the program.
March 7, 2014
Adrian Neville
The belief this week was that Shawn Michaels had completely pulled out of the big WWE NXT show, but it turns out that he simply did not want to be a part of the panel and opted for a much lesser role. The former world heavyweight champion ended up introducing the main event match between Bo Dallas and Adrian Neville instead.
March 1, 2014
Chris Jericho
There are rumblings that Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho could be making a special guest appearance on Monday Night Raw this week. The two of them are already scheduled to be in Chicago this weekend. Michaels will be at the World of Wheels convention on Saturday, while Jericho will be a featured attraction on Sunday.
February 28, 2014