Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965), better known by his ring name Shawn Michaels, is a retired professional wrestler, and an American television host. He is currently signed to WWE, where he has served as an ambassador for the company since December 2010. Hickenbottom consistently wrestled for WWE, formerly the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), from 1988 until his first retirement in 1998, due to injury. He appeared in non-wrestling roles from 1998 to 2000, and resumed his in-ring career in 2002, retiring in 2010. In the WWF/WWE, Hickenbottom headlined pay-per-view events in four decades from the 1980s to the 2010s, closing the company's premier annual event, WrestleMania, on five occasions. In addition to appearances for WWE, he hosts the show MacMillan River Adventures, airing on the Outdoor Channel.