With “Iron” Mike Tyson serving as a special enforcer at WrestleMania XIV, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin defeated Shawn Michaels by pinfall to capture the championship 15 years ago this Friday on March 29, 1998.
Apparently battling D-Generation X, Michaels and the 5-foot-10, 218 pound Tyson, a 33-year-old Austin faced stiff odds at the FleetCenter in Boston, Massachusetts.
In a seesaw affair, a 32-year-old Michaels gained the momentum and readied to finish the 6-foot-1, 252 pound Austin with Sweet Chin Music.
Despite being groggy, Austin somehow managed to duck Michaels’ kick and then executed a Stone Cold stunner.
Unfortunately for the boozy antihero, both the 6-foot-1, 225 pound Michaels and referee Mike Chioda were laying on Queer Street.
Substituting for Chioda, a 31-year-old Tyson (50-6-0-2, 44 KOs), who remains at 20 the youngest individual to ever win the WBC, WBA and IBF world heavyweight titles, hurried into the squared circle to make a three count with Austin covering Michaels.
While the badass Texan celebrated, “The Heartbreak Kid” got off the canvas and confronted the man named “the hardest hitter in heavyweight history” by ESPN.com in December 2007.
Lacking patience, “Iron Mike,” a June 2011 International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum inductee, floored Michaels with a vicious overhand right to the jaw.
Unconscious in the center of the ring, Tyson subsequently draped Michaels with an Austin 3:16 t-shirt.
Thanks to the performances of a trio of WWE Hall of Famers, one of the more memorable bouts in WrestleMania history occurred nearly two decades past this week in Beantown.by