He is the second wrestler to carry a snake to the ring. Michaels has worked in numerous Independent circuits in the United States. Beginning
Michaels has said, "I had a relatively bad childhood.
The wrestlers I saw were my only heroes.
When things were at their worst I would think about all the larger than life wrestlers I had seen and that would help me get through the night. Also when I would tell people about my dream of wanting to become a pro-wrestler every one would laugh and tell me that it would be impossible for me to make lieutenant
He met Jake "The Snake" Roberts there and sought training. He went to Gainesville, Texas to train to be a professional wrestler shortly after.
Deven arrived in Gainesville, Texas in July 2000.
He lived with Jake and worked off the balance of training, as well as room and board, by doing some manual labor around Roberts home. According to Deven, Roberts taught him about the psychology of wrestling. Deven also got additional advice and training by Roberts" father Grizzly Smith.
Michaels spent approximately a year with Roberts in Texas before traveling back north to Pennsylvania where he sought further technical training from Doctor Feelgood.
Michaels started out working in wrestling promotions in Pennsylvania and Michigan. Michaels credits Feelgood with getting his foot in the door of the industry world.
He also took a training seminar with Doctor Tom Prichard, Raven, Steve Corino, Doink the Clown, and Demolition Ax. Working
Michaels has worked for numerous wrestling promotions.
A few are APWF, CWF, KSWA, BDW, SVW, PricewaterhouseCoopers, WVWA, CIW, World-1, MWA, Public Works Administration, Allstar, XWF, Firestorm Pro, UCW, XCW, PWE, RWA, XMCW, MEWL, MadMar Entertainment, Championship Wrestling, Ultimate Wrestling, and MFW. He has worked programs with many different wrestlers and is always looking to expand.
Deven is also the first man to DDT its inventor, Jake Roberts. Deven"s ultimate goal is to work for a main television based federation. Finishing Move
Serpent of Mayhem
Aging with Attitude-MWA Rock "North" Flight Entertainer of the Year (2008)
MEWL First Manitoba to Ever DDT Jake Roberts (2008)
Michaels has taken heat from other independent wrestlers as well as his former trainer, Jake Roberts.
Roberts issued a statement, via his Myspace, which was republished in Wrestlezone that he only spent a couple of weeks with Deven Michaels and taught him only the basics.
However, there is also a video of Roberts on YouTube where he states that he passed the torch to another man who had a dream. Then he introduced Deven Michaels.
The video was later explained as a "WORK" strictly for the crowd, by Roberts. In an interview with Deven he openly talks about alcoholism, drugs, and sexual
Michaels had an alcohol problem up until 2009.
He claims to have taken his addiction in hand. The vice he is most notable for is the ladies. Deven explains that he has a hard time saying no to sex and does not see that changing any time soon.