WWE Superstars fight through the pain

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September 27, 2012

Shawn Michaels

One of the most notable injuries in WWE history took place at Royal Rumble 1998, when WWE Champion Shawn Michaels faced The Undertaker in a Casket Match. During the bout, HBK flipped over the ropes, but his lower back landed on the edge of the casket. That brief moment forever changed career of the WWE Hall of Famer, who suffered two herniated discs and a crushed disc in his back. In his autobiography Heartbreak & Triumph, Michaels noted that he did not immediately feel the injury until a day later, but he knew it was bad.

For the next two months leading to his match against “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIV, Michaels continued to defend his WWE Championship despite being in excruciating pain. Following his loss to Austin, HBK underwent a career-threatening surgery and retired from active competition, seemingly for good. Four years later, though, a miraculously-recovered Michaels returned to WWE and re-established himself as one of its elite Superstars before retiring for good in 2010 (at the hands of The Undertaker, ironically).

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