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Heartbreak and Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story (WWE) [Hardcover]

Shawn Michaels
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7 Nov 2005 WWE
He is one of the most charismatic showmen ever to grace a WWE ring. He was HBK: The Heartbreak Kid - the most resilient champion in WWE. And pound for pound, he may well be the toughest. He was the first Grand Slam champion - the only competitor to hold every title WWE had to offer at the time. Weighing in at 225 pounds, he was WWE Champion on three occasions, defeating men who were close to twice his size. From the very beginning of his spectacular career Michaels gained a reputation for pushing his body to extremes. He was willing to go the limit: to do whatever he had to do to put on a stunning show - and eventually his body paid the price. In his early thirties, an age when most Superstars are hitting their prime, Michaels had to bow out of the spotlight, plagued by recurrent injuries which had ended - or so he thought - his career. But then, sensationally, after four years out of the ring, in June 2002 'The Showstopper' returned to a rapturous reception from which he has never looked back. He is now once again wrestling at his physical peak and it is a measure of the regard in which he is held that in late 2004 no less than 4 million WWE fans voted him the man they most wanted to see take on World Heavyweight Champion, Triple H at Taboo Tuesday. This is the full story of his truly remarkable comeback, and of his glittering twenty-year-plus career.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1st. Pocket Books Hardcover Ed edition (7 Nov 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074349380X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743493802
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 404,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD READ 13 July 2008
Heartbreak and Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story (WWE)
I am not a great HBK fan and that is still the case after reading his book, the start about his family and school years give the book a solid base but once he starts to talk about his wrestling the book becomes very linear and self indulgent. The main problem I had is that he did`nt go into much depth about the wrestling, inside and outside the ring, and you could just feel that he could have told us alot more with a greater detail had it not been published by WWE. His hatred for Bret Hart is also too obvious and reflects in some of his comments and gives the book no real sense of truth. He sums up survivor series 1997 until present day in about 50 pages which just seems lazy . I still enjoyed it but if you are wanting a great book on wrestling see Bret Harts book or Pure Dynamite by Tom Billington they are both less censored the latter especially.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Split personality 6 Sep 2006
I couldn't resist reading this in much the same way that a devout Christian wouldn't be able to resist reading the Satanist's Bible if he happened to come across a copy.

Shawn Michaels comes across as contradictory, dishonest, self-obsessed and with a severely selective memory. This shows up nowhere clearer than when he talks about Bret Hart, whom he never fails to slander, poke and snipe at whenever he gets a chance and quite frequently, even when he doesn't.

I'm quite frankly not surprised that Michaels has such a reputation for being a pain in the backside and a selfish little scrote: he very obviously is all of that and more! The degree to which he contradicts himself throughout the book raised many laughs. Only someone as truly self-deluded as he could believe that the world is set so unfairly against him. Personally I think the top billing in the world would be him against a fit Bret, in a UFC ring, because he'd last about sixty seconds.

Buy this book if you're a wrestling fan, or an HBK fan particularly. You will find it insightful, mainly into the almost schizophrenic/narcissistic state of mind of the author, but to other things as well. Shawn's finding of religion, reading between the lines, comes across as someone finding just yet another crutch to lean on to recover from his drug and mental problems, rather than a true spiritual awakening.

If he truly has "found God", let's hope he does some serious self-asessment and realises just what a selfish SOB he can sometimes be (although I have to give him points for selflessness as well - the above cited case of the WM 14 main event for one) and what he owes some people he's been truly cruel and ignorant to.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Michael Shawn Hickenbottom to HBK 25 Mar 2006
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Mixed feelings, I have always been a Shawn Michaels fan, but I have to admit that I think that he has been a little dishonest when writing this book when making refrences to his old foe Bret Hart and the influence he and his Kliq had on the WWE/F. He also skirts around some of the relationships he has had over the years especially with Marty Jannetty, he makes refrences to the fact Marty disappeared, had troubles but never went in to the detail. I think it is quite significant that he never made mention of Marty in his thank you page, I can only think that they still do not get on despite what he says in parts of the book, there seems to be contradictions throughout, but you can't help but read on to see how his perception of events transpired. It doesn't rate with Mick Foley's originals (but what does) but it does rate very well against some of the other WWE books that have disappointed (The Rock, Hardy Boyz, Chyna and Lita's spring to mind). I hope the WWE can come to agreement with Bret to release his side of the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet chin music. 8 Mar 2012
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This book for me was bittersweet, I did the right thing in reading it straight after I read Bret Harts and to be honest Harts book is the much better of the two. I don't feel that Shawn went into enough detail and it seems as if he released the book much too early, having a behind the scenes insight to the Flair and Taker Mania matches would have been golden.

It felt as if Vince may have had a lot of control in what was said in this book also.

All in all its a decent read although he does paint a spoilt brat image of himself in the book and any serious HBK fans may have slightly altered opinions of their hero after reading as I was.

It doesnt take away from the legend of the character of the ring preformer in Shawn Michaels though and I would recommend any wrestling fan to give this a go.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely surprise!!! 13 Jan 2006
I decided to give this book a shot because I used to love the WWE whilst growing up. Shawn Michaels was my favourite character and a hero to me for many years. To be honest I didn't know what to expect. I was amazed to find that it was simply brilliant!
There are many matches that are covered that I remember seeing, which Shawn covers in great detail. The book also presents the reality of the wrestling industry, leading me to develop a massive new found respect for some of its elements. There are so many things that I would have never even considered.
All the ups and downs of his career and life are highlighted here and one thing I was very pleased to see was how Shawn was not afraid to admit the truth about himself. He acknowledges and makes clear that he was at times, especially in his early career, a spoilt-brat and very hard to work with.
If you have any interest, whether it be nostalgia or contemporary, just buy this book. I really can't praise it enough!!! A lovely surprise.
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3.0 out of 5 stars probably the most hated wrestler ever
talks about a lot of his wrestling life, but misses out on some of the accusations directed towards him. I like the book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by chrik138
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice read
Very interesting book regarding one of the best wrestlers of all time. Some good behind the scenes stories including the Montreal screw job.
Published 6 months ago by David Conreen
4.0 out of 5 stars Shawn Michaels - Heartbreak & Triumph
Heartbreak & Triumph: The Shawn Michaels Story.
By Shawn Michaels, with Aaron Feigenbaum.
Published by WWE.
Released November 22, 2005. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jimmy Wheeler
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read and insight into the world of wrestling.
An interesting read into the life of Shawn. Good insight into the wrestling world as a whole. You will need to know a bit about wrestling as he uses wrestling specific words like... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr D Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Shawn Michael Story
This is a book that will only have any real meaning if you are a fan of America wrestling and have seen Shawn Michaels wrestle. Read more
Published 17 months ago by W. Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and insightful.......
One of the best wrestling books around. Compelling and honest insight into Shawn's career. The best thing around reading this book is his truthful version of events. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Serg
3.0 out of 5 stars Honest, But Missing Some Important Chapters!
Shawn shows a lot of honesty in this book, stating that he could be a nightmare to work with, and that he would have dealt with certain regrettable situations differently if he was... Read more
Published 23 months ago by SP00NMAN
3.0 out of 5 stars victim of 'wwe books'
i read this book in 2 days, and really...for a guy that cares so so much about his performance, and arguably the best of our generation for those that are old enough to have caught... Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2012 by John Georgiou
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read about an important wrestler
This is the fourth WWE book that I've read, after Stone Cold's, The Rock's and the Hardy Boyz. I think I found this more interesting than the others, but that may be because I... Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2011 by C. Nicholls
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insight into the personal wrestling world of the Showstopper
I have been a wrestling fan for a few years and have enjoyed many of Shawn Michaels' matches.

HBK, the showstopper, the headliner, the main event was at first one of my... Read more
Published on 8 July 2011 by Stampy
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