In honor of WrestleMania 14, I’m doing something special. Given the amount of material I’ve written for the event, it will be broken up in parts. I’ll be posting something from the event the whole week. That way, it can be easily digestible. I hope you enjoy.
Here’s what Shawn Michaels said in his book about the aftermath of his match with Austin.
Shawn Michaels: After it was over, I went straight to my dressing room, laid on the floor, and started icing my back. Vince came in. “Are you okay?” “Yeah”. “That was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. You are a special person. Thank you”. I broke down and started weeping. Ever since the doctor had told me that I was finished, I had been a very angry person. After Vince’s words, all that anger momentarily disappeared. I was relieved it was over. Everything I’d bottled up came pouring out of me.
My folks came in to check on me as well. My mom was upset because she saw me lying there in pain. My dad, who always tries to be a pillar of strength, just wanted to know if I was okay. I said “I was fine”. They asked if I’d wanted them to stay and I said “That wasn’t necessary” and they went back to the hotel. Steve came in and said “Thanks”. He didn’t stay long because he and Vince had a press conference. Hunter was in my room as well. He told me I did a heck of a job and then sat there. He’d often sit with me and not say anything. That was his way, and I liked having him there.
I lay on the floor some time trying to gather my thoughts. It would have been nice if I could have walked up to my friends, shook their hands, said goodbye, and left on a nice note but that wasn’t who I was then. I started thinking about Tyson draping the Austin 3:16 shirt on me and my blood started boiling. Now, I just wanted to get out of the building. I packed up my things and headed out with Hunter. As we were walking, we passed the room where Vince, Steve, and Tyson were holding their press conference. I kicked open the door and walked in. Shane McMahon was standing nearby and he came over to me and asked what in the world I was doing. I didn’t make a scene or anything, but I let him have it for a few minutes. I told him how the shirt thing was BS and how I deserve better after all I had done for the company. My career had ended on a very sour note.
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