The latest WWE release, the Shawn Michaels Story: Heartbreak & Triumph, is a
3-disc collection documenting one of the most flamboyantly reliable wrestlers in
WWF/E history. A two hour documentary on disc one, covers his early days in Southwest Championship Wrestling to AWA to
his final stop, the WWE, as well as most, if not all, of the
bases of Shawn's life, both personal and professional. Some promos, stories and
deleted scenes round out the content on the first disc, while disc two treats
viewers to eight matches, three of them for promotions other than WWE. Six
matches, including a (nearly) hour-long Iron Man match, can be found on disc
- Growing Up
- We learn a few things about Shawn's childhood, such as his mother's
initial disappointment that Shawn was not a girl and how he became
interested in wrestling at the age of 12. His time at Randolph High is
discussed and we hear from his friend, Kenny Kent and his high school
coach, Bruce Cannon.
- Learning the Ropes - After a
brief time at Southwest Championship Wrestling, he goes to Mid-South -
where he's calling matches after only six months. From there, he heads
to Kansas City and crosses paths with Marty Jannetty for the first time.
- He goes
down to San Antonio and once again hooks up with Jannetty in the AWA,
where they form the Midnight Rockers. There, they spend about a year
talking about Buddy Rose and Doug Somers before wrestling them in a
brutal, bloody match that results in them winning the AWA Tag Team Champion belts.
Around this time, Pat Patterson notices them and brings them to Vince's attention. Jimmy Jack Funk
antagonizes them Terry
- Big Break And Downfall
- Thanks to an incident involving Jimmy Jack Funk that was, according to
Shawn and Marty, blown out of proportion, they're fired from WWE. They
head down to Continental, before spending some time working for Memphis
and AWA simultaneously. Eventually, they make one more
appeal to the WWE...
- Second Chance
- Vince takes them back, and as the Rockers, they storm the WWF. Arn
Anderson and Tully Blanchard talk about their feud and how the
Brainbusters helped Shawn and Marty become better wrestlers. However,
during a 2-out-of-3 falls match against the Hart Foundation on an
episode of Saturday Night's Main Event, the top rope breaks. The Rockers
go on to win the match (and the Tag Team Championship), but since all
parties involved thought it was weak, it never aired. Shawn and Marty talk about how much time they spend with each other and
how their recreational habits, drinking, partying and doing drugs,
results in the eventual split on the Barber
Shop in 1992.
- Heartbreak Kid
- At Pat Patterson's insistence, Shawn's teamed up with "Sensational"
Sherri Martel and is given the nickname "the Heartbreak Kid" by Mr.
Perfect. Shawn also talks about winning the Intercontinental
Championship from Davey Boy Smith.
- This chapter talks about Shawn getting a bodyguard after being moved away from Sherri.
- We learn how Vince suspended Shawn for allegedly taking anabolic
steroids. During his suspension, he keeps the Intercontinental
Championship belt - even though the WWF have already awarded the belt to
- the Ladder Match - The fact that
Shawn never relinquished the IC belt leads to this ladder match against Razor
at WrestleMania X.
- Later, Shawn, HHH, Razor, Diesel and 1-2-3 Kid/X-Pac team to form the Clique.
- Friends Fight For the Title
- This chapter is about Shawn winning the Royal Rumble and his World
Championship match against Diesel at WM XI.
Knocked Out - A confrontation
between Shawn and a patron at a Syracuse club leads to Shawn ending up
in Ohio Valley Medical Hospital. It's also discussed how this incident
became part of the storyline.
Boyhood Dream - Thanks to Pat
Patterson, Shawn's match against Bret at WrestleMania XII becomes a 60 minute Iron Man match
- which results in Shawn becoming World Champion.
Curtain Call - The controversial
event at Madison Square Garden on May 19,1996, between Shawn, HHH,
Diesel and Razor is discussed. Listening to Bruce Prichard, you'd think
they slaughtered a bunch of preschoolers in the ring and spread their
entrails around the arena in the name of Vince McMahon. We also get to
see amateur footage of the event.
A Champion's Struggles - Shawn's
peers discuss the pressure they think Shawn put on himself to improve
the WWF's ratings and compete with the (then popular) WCW.
- Hometown Hero
- We learn about Shawn's Royal Rumble match in San Antonio and it's mentioned that it looked like
it was the first time in a long time that he actually
allowed himself to enjoy his victory.
- "I Lost My Smile"
- Shawn surrenders the WWF Championship on the February 13, 1997
edition of Raw. He decides to sells the angle by stating that he "lost
his smile", a comment inspired by his mother. He found
it three months later.
- Hell In A Cell
- On October 5, 1997 we see Shawn take on the Undertaker in a Hell In A Cell match at Badd Blood.
It's discussed how he continuously put his body on the line during the
- D-Generation X
- After being referred to as "degenerates" by Bret Hart on Raw's October 6,
1997 episode, Shawn, HHH, Chyna and "Ravishing" Rick Rude form
- This chapter is about the infamous Montreal "screwjob" on November 9, 1997
at the Survivor Series PPV. Shawn is described as being a loyal worker
during the incident that came about because Vince
didn't want Bret to leave the arena as the WWE Champ and take the belt
- As his personal life is crumbling, his problems escalate when he
injures his back during a match
against the Undertaker at the 1998 Royal Rumble. In spite of this
injury, he still wrestles against Stone Cold in Boston at WrestleMania
14. During his time off, he continues to do drugs and also spots his
future wife, a Nitro girl, while watching WCW on TV. After a mere two
month courtship, they're married in Vegas and she's pregnant with Shawn
son. HHH talks about a "pilled-up" Shawn coming back to a WWE meeting
and pissing off the Undertaker.
- At the lowest point in his life, and thanks to his son, Shawn finds
God and the Cornerstone Church.
- After cleaning up his life, Shawn calls Hunter to apologize and,
shortly afterwards, rejoins the WWE. His match at Summerslam against HHH
is discussed, as well as his Championship match in the Elimination
Chamber at 2002's Survivor Series PPV.
- Fan vs. Idol - Jericho talks
about his match against Shawn at WrestleMania 19 in Seattle. Personally, I had no
idea that Shawn was this big of an inspiration to Jericho.
Brother, Brother, Brother
- Shawn shoots from the hip when talking about Hogan - the animosity
between the two and the feud against Hogan which culminated at
SummerSlam 2005. Frankly, I wish they had included Shawn's shoot on the edition of Raw following the SummerSlam match. It was priceless.
- No Holds Barred Against the
- This chapter talks about Shawn's (seemingly endless) feud against
Vince, as well as his tag team partner at Backlash - God.
- D-Generation X Reunion
- ...Still the
- Due to an injury to HHH at New Year's Revolution 2007, Shawn begins a
feud with John Cena.
- the Best Ever?
- I'll let you decide.
Deleted Scenes [Each clip is roughly two minutes long. Why they're deleted, I don't know]:
- Raw 4/4/94 - Heartbreak Hotel - Three minutes from a
skit during an episode of Raw where Shawn calls out Razor. I have
no idea why this is included. Is there anything special about this that i'm missing?
Tell Me A Lie Music Video
Raw 8/1/05 - Larry King Spoof - This "spoof" is 8 minutes long, brother.
- Wrestling Academy - Shawn talks about the academy he opened after his back surgery. Kendrick and Cade went there.
- Bible Teacher - Associate Pastor Matthew Hagee talks about Shawn's bible study.
- Colorado Expedition - Shawn's Colorado retreat is discussed.
- Who's the Greatest Wrestler? - Shawn's match against Kurt Angle is discussed.
- High School Prankster
- High School Talent Show
- Mom's Approval
- the Rocker's "Fight"
This Is A Little Higher Than I Thought
- Brown Pants
- WCCW - 1/11/85 [Shawn Michaels vs. Billy Jack Haynes]
- AWA Tag Team Championship Match - 2/10/87 [the
Midnight Rockers vs. Buddy Rose & Doug Somers]
- AWA Tag Team Championship Match - 6/12/87 [the
Midnight Rockers vs. Super Ninja & Ninja Go]
- MSG - 1/23/89 [the Rockers vs. the
Brainbusters] - This was one of the matches mentioned as being
instrumental in the development of Shawn Michaels' in-ring talent.
WWE Tag Team Championship [2 Out Of 3 Falls] - Saturday Night's Main
Event - October 1990 [the Rockers vs. the Hart Foundation]
- This was the infamous match mentioned on disc one. There's no
commentating during the entire thing, and I have to admit that I am very
surprised and quite pleased that this was included. As it was mentioned
during chapter five on disc one, it might not have been the best wrestled
match that these teams were a part of, but it was nice getting to see
something that never made it to air.
Royal Rumble - 1/19/91 [the Rockers vs. Orient Express]
Intercontinental Championship Match - Saturday Night's Main Event - 11/8/92 [Shawn
Michaels vs. the British Bulldog]
- Royal Rumble - 1/22/95 - Shawn Michaels enters first
and is the last man standing.
- Intercontinental Championship Match - In Your House - 7/23/95 [Shawn
Michaels vs. Jeff Jarrett]
- WWE Championship Match -
King Of the Ring - 6/23/96 [Shawn Michaels vs. the British Bulldog]
World Heavyweight Championship Match - Raw - 12/29/03 [Shawn Michaels
vs. Triple H]
- Raw - 3/14/05 [the Rockers
vs. La Resistance]
WrestleMania 21 Rematch - Vengeance - 6/26/05 [Shawn Michaels vs.
WrestleMania Rematch (non title)
Raw - 4/23/07 [Shawn Michaels vs. John Cena]
Shawn Michaels: My Life's picture lived up to the WWE's usual standards
for their documentary DVD collections. However, some of the AWA stuff might not have
sharp as the WWE matches, but I appreciated that they were included. This set is presented in the WWE's standard full frame 1.33:1 ratio.
Audio: The sound for the documentary - and the majority of the matches -
was crystal clear and I had no issues with the Dolby Digital 5.1 track
Conclusion: Since I wasn't around for Shawn's first
run in the WWF/E, practically everything on this disc was new to me. And I have
to say, I liked what I saw. Shawn seems to be a straight-shooting, charismatic
wrestler who gives it
all in the ring and stands by his convictions and you can't argue with that.
Heartbreak & Triumph does a great job documenting Shawn's history in
the WWE and contains some entertaining matches. Highly Recommened.