The Nitro Girls were formed in 1997 with a single purpose, to entertain the live crowds at WWE events during the commercial breaks. Led by Kimberly Paige, the group was quite the thing for the three years it lasted. While things didn’t go as well as the TV network would have liked, the group did expose the WWE fans to some new faces in the WWE universe, one of whom is Rebecca Curci Hickenbottom. Also known via her nickname ‘Whisper’, Curci joined the Nitro girls in October of 1997 a few months after its establishment. While she was an integral part of the group during her time, she left the group in 2000 to marry former American-wrestler, Shawn Michaels. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Rebecca Curci Hickenbottom.
Rebecca Curci Hickenbottom was born on the 16th of June 1973 in San Antonio, Texas. Born and raised in Texas, Curci is the only child in the family and was raised by her father, who taught English at a local school, and her mother, who worked as a nurse at the local hospital. As a young kid, Rebecca spent most of her time watching TV with her mother. She developed an interest in dancing at a very young age and enrolled at the dance academy when she was just nine years of age. Following her matriculation in 1991, Curci decided against going to college and decided to pursue her career.
During her early years, Curci danced wherever she was lucky enough to land a gig. She danced in various events and even had a few TV appearances. However, it was only after her induction in Nitro Girls that Curci started getting media attention. She joined the group in October of 1997 and worked under the leadership of Kimberly Paige. Formed to entertain the live fans during TV commercials, the group was an instant hit during its early years. Each dancer in the group went by their nickname which defined a part of their routine. Curci was afforded the nickname ‘Whisper’ which originated from her tendency to put a finger to her lips at the end of each routine. Curci’s outing with the Nitro Girls lasted for only two years as she quite the group to tie the knot with former American wrestler, Shawn Michaels. Since her departure, Curci has been seen on the WWE Network several times in programs like WrestleMania 22 and also at the WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2011.
Rebecca Curci has been married to Shawn Michaels for nearly two decades. As mentioned in Shawn’s autobiography, it was a girl at the Gold Gym who first introduced him to Curci. The pair dated for around two years before deciding to tie the knot on the 31st of March, 1999. The pair had their first child, Cameron Kade on the 5th of January, 2000, and their second, Cheyenne Michelle, who was born on August 19, 2004. A devoted Reborn Christian and member of the Methodist Church, Curci pursued Shwan to take up religion.