THE INJURY THAT ALMOST ENDED IT ALL
Michaels’ highly successful WWE career was in jeopardy
following the 1998 Royal Rumble. HBK squared off against Undertaker in a Casket Match. During the match, Michaels landed awkwardly
on the casket, and severely injured his back. Barely able to move, and again with the help of Kane, Michaels was able to retain
his title. Michaels refused to let the injury take him out, though, and he moved on to WrestleMania XIV where he faced Austin,
with “Iron” Mike Tyson as the special enforcer. Michaels, who was visibly in pain the entire match, put forth
a gutsy performance, but in the end it wasn’t enough to defeat Austin. The match was thought to have been his last ever,
as he required what many thought was career-ending back surgery.
THE RETURN & KNEE INJURY
Michaels returned Sept. 12 at Unforgiven and won
a no disqualification match, gaining his revenge. One month later, Michaels beat out Edge in the fan voting at Taboo Tuesday
to win a shot at Triple H’s title one more time. The night before Taboo Tuesday, on Raw, Michaels severely injured his
knee. Barely able to move, Michaels still made it out for his match at Taboo Tuesday and put forth a valiant effort. Just
when Michaels had Triple H lined up for the Sweet Chin Music, Edge, who was jealous he didn’t receive the title shot
himself, came from out of nowhere and speared the Showstopper. Michaels lost, and went in for knee surgery the next day.
miraculously appeared on the next edition of Raw with a message for his fans. He said that he used to come out night after
night and try to show off, but he did it for himself. But now, he said, he will be doing it all for the fans, because the
fans are what keep WWE going. Michaels is currently rehabbing his knee, but he assured his fans that he will be back in the
ring in no time, giving the fans more show-stopping performances like only he can give.