Michaels would spend the next three days in a coma and a small stroke dealt him a second blow. He struggled with short term memory and his motor skills. Yet through it all, Michaels vowed to get to Donald Trump's desk for the season finale.
"There was no doubt going to the finale of 'Celebrity Apprentice' was not the smartest thing I've ever done," Michaels said.
His doctors advised against him traveling, but Michaels saw it as a test.
"The way I heal is getting right back up on the horse and riding again," Michaels said.
It's that determination and work ethic, as well as his rock and roll identity, that 47-year-old Michaels believes have helped make him a success in life and in the realm of reality TV.
"I didn't go into this as a canvas that was blank. You know, a lot of these people go into it, and you can turn them into whatever you want them to be," Michaels said. "I went in here with millions of fans knowing who and what I was. That's why I stuck to my guns."
Michaels is currently on tour with Poison. The band begins a joint tour with Motley Crue this week.
But Michaels' most recent reality show, "Life as I Know It," stayed away from the road and instead took cameras into his Arizona home. The show explored his family life with his longtime girlfriend, Kristi Lynn Gibson, and their two daughters, Raine and Jorja. The first season ended with Michaels proposing to Gibson, but don't hold your breath waiting for that part of his reality to appear on TV.
"Doing a reality show based in your house will more than likely, probably ruin most relationships," said Michaels. "If we're going to get married and it's going to work, that part I would not do on TV."
Reality TV has turbocharged Michaels' outlook on life. His personal and professional history has been full of risks and rewards. Michaels said that's what fuels him and he wouldn't have it any other way.