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Heartbreak and Triumph

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  1,091 ratings  ·  61 reviews

Winning and losing. Heels and babyfaces. Kliqs and Curtain Calls. Tearing down house shows and tearing up hotel rooms. Ladders and cages. Vacated titles and unwarranted suspensions. Works and screwjobs. Heartaches and backbreaks. Forced retirements and redemption. Rock 'n' roll and Graceland. There are two sides to every story; for Shawn Michaels, there is Heartbreak &

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 28th 2005 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published 2005)
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May 10, 2008 Tommy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Diane
This was an insomnia book...not much different from any of the other ghostwritten wrasslin' autobiographies. good, though, to have insight into the whole Montreal Screwjob from the lynchpin. Back in the day, I had Bret's back in the whole deal. I turned the page a while back. While there was nobody in the right in the whole deal, I think Bret was more in the wrong than anybody.
Ben Phillips
Written partly by Shawn ad partly by a ghost writer, on behalf of the WWE, the book like many other wrestling memoirs charts most of the career of one of the, if not the greatest wrestlers to ever enter the squared circle. Telling from his early days growing up in Texas, to his dad loaning him the money to be trained at 19 as a professional wrestler, to his chart topping success as well as the infamous Montreal Screw job.

Interesting points:

The book gives an outline how a 'small guy' made it in a
David Santos

A great book. One of my favorite wrestlers ever from the 1990's. I was a fan of all fans. I would dance to his music, collect magazine covers. I loved his ring gear, music, attitude and humor (especially in DX) I've watched several of his DVD's but this is the first time I read his book. I learned a lot about HBK. One can argue that he is still cocky in this book, but one can not deny what he does in the ring. The fact that he put John Cena over...many tim
Aug 18, 2008 Steve rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: wrestling
This self-serving book was one of my least favorite wrestling auto-biography. Who are we kidding, this is the worst. Shawn spends many pages putting down many wrestlers, including Jean-Pierre Lafytte, Bret Hart, and others, wile stating that he did not do this to be negative, he was just being honest. He also makes no apologies about this. Then he makes a call to his religion, being a born-again Christian. IF you ask me, that is being two-faced. I can slam people but then say that today, I am a ...more
Chris Ioannou
Naturally subjective rating considering Shawn Michaels is, to me, was and still is the best in ring performer in the business.

I feel HBK's life can be summed up in to two parts; that is, before and after finding religion, because he seems like a completely different man when he found religion (2001, I think it was?). He looked so at peace and genuinely enjoyed what he did in the square circle, compared to the man who didn't seem to care much about other people other than himself.

Furthermore, I
First, let me say that I like Shawn Michaels. He isn't my favorite wrestler, but it's hard to deny that he has a certain charisma and dude can WRESTLE. But this felt like I was reading it forever. It dragged and was repetitive. There were interesting parts. Reading his perspective of the Montreal screw job offered a certain enlightenment, and he seems to be happy and much better off in his life nowadays. But even though he kept saying that he admitted he was arrogant and immature in th ...more
Logan Weatherly
Great bio. Very imformative and honest. I loved this book. I have a new respect for HBK and other wrestlers. A must read if you're a wrestling fan.
Great story about a man who overcame his demons and turned to God for the answer.
When you debate about who the best in any particular field is, it is not easy to draw a conclusion. But when it comes to in-ring pro wrestling performers, none stand in the same league as Shawn Michaels. And most people who understand wrestling, will agree that he is the best ever in ring performer.

This book gives us the chance to read Michaels's life like a novel. At no point does he deny that he has made mistakes in his life and is an imperfect individual. But he also knows how good he is in
George K.
Heartbreak and Triumph by Shawn Michaels
352 Pages

Michael Hickenbottom or Shawn Michaels is a WWE wrestler and is one of the best wrestlers of all time. In the story it talks about how they set up the matches by telling the people who are fighting who's going to win and by what move. His childhood was an average childhood playing football and wrestling. There is one move called the piledriver where the person turns the player upside and drops him and if it is done wrong it can break
Heartbreak & Triumph wasn't the most interesting autobiography that I've read. I found Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair's far more gripping. Shawn (with the help of his ghost-writer) tended to rush over certain incidents and events that as wrestling fans, we were already aware of. The only major event where we really got his side of the story was the Montreal Screwjob. It was interesting to see his side of such a famous and important event that took place in the industry. Shawn tended to gloss ov ...more
Stuart Keane
An excellent book. Non-WWE fans may not realise the impact of this autobiography, but it perfectly captures the torment of a man who, at the pinnacle of his career, held a billion dollar company on his shoulders.

Tragic, sad and very poignant, this book portrays a man who simply wanted to be great at what he does...something he accomplished ten-fold during his career. HBK truly was a legend and one of the best to ever lace up his boots.

A great book for a great man. Excellent!
I never really knew all that much about Shawn Michaels since he injured when I watched WWE. I did know the name and this book did a good job highlighting his career. The most interesting part was an insider look into the Montreal Screwjob. And while I'm not religious it was nice to read someone so strong in his faith, seems genuinely changed by it, and yet doesn't expect everyone to follow suite.

Only disappoint was the book was written before his match with Undertaker at Wrestlemania that forced
Roberto Carlos
Shawn Michaels has been a childhood icon for me growing up. So this book had many expectations. In terms of the major events of his career, he did a great job of addressing all of them. However, there is one huge flaw to his writing, he contradicts his actions. For example, he will claim that he had no hand in manipulating a segment and then shortly after mention running into Vince's office to complain. The book may have had many contradictions for creative reasons but I personally believe it ma ...more
Hannah Schug
As a new fan to the WWE Universe, I knew very little about the Superstars. I have enjoyed watching Shawn and Triple H on Monday Night Raw; after reading this, I have a whole new love and respect for the Heartbreak Kid.
Shawn candidly discusses his life and what led him to be one of the top Superstars in the WWF/E. His love for professional wrestling is evident in every page. He is open and honest about everything in his life, from his childhood and early days in the business with Marty Jannety,
Victor Orozco
Great Book. I have to admit Shawn Michaels is one of my favorite wrestlers and was overjoyed reading this book. Long overdue considering his involvement in some of the best moments of WWF/WWE history. From the New Generation to the Attitude Era Shawn Michaels was everywhere. Obviously the best part of this book was the recounting of the infamous Montreal Screwjob. But as a devout Catholic I loved Shawn being a paragon of Christian redemption through his family and his faith. As much as I loved r ...more
Michael R.
I absolutely loved reading this. Not because I was a massive wrestling fan when I was younger but because of the reality this book held in the true life story of his struggles, successes, failures and redemption he has experienced throughout his life's journey thusfar.

I would recommend this to any avid reader if they would like to attempt to expand their view outside of the very often jaded view on the world of wrestling and realize that through all the kayfabe storyline drama on the surface, th
I blew through this book in one sitting. I'm biased though, as I grew up idolizing him in the 90's (back when I was young, naive, and thought that pro wrestling was real). The book really goes into great depth about what goes on behind the scenes in the WWE and I thoroughly enjoyed that aspect of it. I look forward to reading the follow up(?):
Diary of a Heartbreak Kid: Shawn Michaels' Journey into the WWE Hall of Fame
Nikki Lefebvre
Nov 08, 2009 Nikki Lefebvre rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nikki by: Sean
I love shawn michaels,..he's a good wrestler, he's a sexy man, he's got a sense of humor,...not so much with the writing. Half the time he tried to explain his side of all the rumors about him, (i'd never heard most of the rumors so it got a little boring.) the other half he was explaining how he's the greatest wrestler ever,...also boring. The books one saving grace was hearing what the other wrestlers are like, whose really a jerk, whose pretty cool, you always wonder because they are paid to ...more
This book is amazing if you are a fan of the Heartbreak Kid. Shawn Michaels. He is a WWE superstar who has entertained millions for over 2 decades. Shawn Michaels gives us a look into his career and we get to feel all of the emotions that Shawn feels. He tells us how he dealt with all of his injuries and how he thought that coming back to professional wrestling was nearly impossible. We are able to see some great in ring pictures which are so vivid and nice that you feel your actually there. I r ...more
Jan 28, 2008 Kevin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wrestling fans
Another great wrestler bio. As always, lots of backstage info is revealed. As all non “mark” fans know, the backstage real life stuff is far more interesting than the actual wrestling storylines they come up with for these kooks.

Sean Michaels, “The Showstopper,” tells his tale candidly. He gets into his old heavy-partying lifestyle, his rise to Fame as The Heartbreak Kid, and his part in the “Montreal Screwjob” of Brett Hart. This is not a must-read like Eric Bischoff’s book (see my review of Co
Mar 19, 2011 Marco rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any wrestling fan
Very rarely do i read a book of this size in less then a week, but i read this in under 3 days! i think this book was great! for a wrestling book, what surprises me in this book is its honesty, sure, Shawn points fingers, but its not just at other people, he is a rare person that is not afraid to stand up and say 'i did the wrong thing' and that is to be commended, ESPECIALLY in the wrestling business!

Frankly, the only thing i can say about it, the book is as good as its subjects ability in the
Shawn Michaels was always my fav wrestler. However this whole book tended to get on my nerves. Everything can be blamed on the fact that he didn't know... He didn't know that throwing glass bottles in a bar would get him fired, he didn't know that you had to do this, he didn't know you were supposed to talk to people in the locker room.

I do think Shawn is a talented wrestler, but this book is definately written so that people will like him. Not much inside into wrestling as I feel it should be.
Brandon O'Neill
Sep 26, 2007 Brandon O'Neill rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sports entertainment fans
Shawn Michaels is/was one of the most popular WWE/WWF wrestlers from the late 80's to now. It's his story about how he grew up and got into wrestling from the early days to hitting it big and becoming champion. Concurrently, it tells how he looked successful from the outside - made money, was on TV, was recognized everywhere, but was unhappy, and how this led him to seek something more and become a Christian. If you like the business, read it. If not, you probably won't understand most of what h ...more
Marlon Philgence
A fascinating read if you're a wrestling fan or just curious about the business. Shawn Michaels is a great storyteller and I was very interested in reading his behind the scenes accounts of wrestling's many spectacular moments like his ladder matches with Scott Hall, the Hell In A Cell match with The Undertaker, and the infamous Montreal screwjob. Unfortunately he glosses over the seedier parts of his life (which was why I really started reading the book) but he left enough in to keep me enterta ...more
Mike Da Silva
If you're not a wrestling fan, you're probably going to have a tough time finding the patience to finish this one. It does discuss the life on the road, coming up through different leagues and federations, and the tough life and the inner demons that these guys have to deal with. Pretty good read overall, especially the part about him struggling to find faith in his world.
Paul Schoenberg
This book is about a man who faces the traumas of being a professional wrestler. Shawn Michaels as a young boy faced the hardships of deciding whether to wrestle or play hockey. Michaels was a very successful in the business of the world wrestling entertainment and succeeded by winning the prestigous titles in which WWE has to offer. Throughout the book Shawn encounters many different successful people throughout his illustrous career.
I really liked Shawn Michaels story. He didn't hold anything back. Even bad things about himself. A lot of people talk about how horrible he was during his days as champion in the WWF. Unlike most people you are ecused of being jerks in wrestling Shawn Michaels admits it and even goes into details about why and then sound apologetic towards it. He then goes into finding Jesus which for a fan of wrestling and a chirstian it very uplifting.
I am not a hardcore wrestling entertainment fan. I am a sucker for biographies, though. And I had recently (within the past couple years) started watching some WWE wrestling so it wasn't like it was a completely foreign subject. But I did really enjoy this book. It was informative, interesting...and let's be real; not many people cannot NOT be a fan of Shawn Michaels if they are familiar with him at all.
Arjun Mishra
As far as wrestling memoirs go, this is probably my least favorite. It is surprising, too, considering the tumultuous and resonating story that Shawn Michaels has and all of his ascents and descents. I'm sure Batista's book could give this a run for its money, but I did not enjoy it a bit. My favorites are Ric Flair's, Stone Cold's, Edge's and The Rock's. Mick Foley's are the best.
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