VIDEO: Celebrate the 22nd Anniversary of Mike Tyson Knocking Shawn Michaels Out Cold at WrestleMania
By Sam Dunn
Shawn Michaels, a.k.a. "The Heartbreak Kid," was already smarting from his defeat against Stone Cold Steve Austin in the main event at WrestleMania XIV on March 29, 1988 in Boston. His decision to appeal to special guest enforcer (and emergency referee) Mike Tyson following what he considered to be a way-too-quick count to three, however, turned out to be even worse. Iron Mike was having none of it, and clocked HBK with that legendary right hand.
Yep, he got his point across.
The result handed Stone Cold the WWF World Heavyweight Championship that Michaels previously held. The event was a major turning point for the promotion, with the Heartbreak Kid taking a hiatus from the squared circle for the better part of four years due to back problems. With that in mind, he's lucky he didn't have to take a flush bareknuckle crack from Tyson for real; he'd have had to be airlifted directly to the afterlife.