Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965), better known by his ring name Shawn Michaels, is an American retired professional wrestler. He has been signed to WWE, as an ambassador and occasional non-wrestling performer, since December 2010. Michaels wrestled consistently for WWE, from 1988 until his first retirement in 1998. Michaels is a four-time world champion and a former World Heavyweight Champion. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.