Shawn Michaels’ second autobiography is a tough book to review. While the title hints at a mixture of pro wrestling and Christianity, it skews very much towards the latter.
Following forewords by Triple H and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, we come to the aftermath of Shawn’s era-defining retirement bout with the Undertaker. From the high of a WrestleMania, we go back in time to Michaels’ lowest point, whacked out on pills on his living room couch. Told with remarkable candor, these are the best bits of the book by some margin.
It’s there he first asks for salvation and, with support from his wife Rebecca (and after a phone call with a friend you may have heard of), he begins to forge a new path. Cleaned up, he begins planning to return to the ring opposite Triple H at SummerSlam 2002. Having to walk the tightrope between WWE’s intentions and his Christian values is a captivating conundrum that, sadly, is not covered in enough depth.
From here, the book drifts between faith and big game hunting, with a side order of pro wrestling. There are nuggets of gold here and there – planning out Ric Flair’s retirement contest, wrestling Vince and Shane McMahon with the help of ‘God’, and reforming DX. It’s a shame, then, that much of the rest of the wrestling content is recycled from his previous autobiography.
After his excellent first book, Heartbreak and Triumph, Shawn Michaels’ second autobiography is a letdown. At a scant 163 pages and with so little new wrestling content, it’s for those that share Shawn’s faith or interests and diehard fans only.