Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker are living legends, period!
Both have mastered their craft to the point of delivering five-star matches every single time they meet.
In 1998, the WWE landscape was very different than it is today. HBK and DX ruled the world and a brand new attitude was spreading wildly like the plague.
The World championship belt never looked better too.
HBK had won the title from Bret Hart amid controversy in Montreal a few months earlier and, through his actions, claimed he was the greatest thing since sliced bread when it came to professional wrestling.
Undertaker, having been screwed out of his championship by Shawn at that year' SummerSlam, decided it was finally time to end it, once and for all.
Insert a Casket match and there you have it. Only one would come out alive, so to speak.
The actual match started out alright and both performers continued to deliver a note-worthy performance.
Unfortunately, at the 11:50 mark, a back body drop changed everything.
The Phenom hurled his opponent up and HBK slammed his back onto the side of the casket. It seemed as if nothing was out of the usual but in reality, there were now two herniated disks and a completely crushed one in his lower back.
Plain and simple: career O. V. E. R.
This man was a mega star, the man of the hour and in his prime. There was no way of knowing what would happen next. Stone Cold and The Rock were only on their way up back then and Triple H was but a novice so what would WWE do?
Lucky for everyone, fate had a different plan. Stone Cold was going to win the Rumble match and on his way to the main event of WrestleMania XIV.
No one even realized the severity of this accident, not even Shawn Michaels himself, who came out of this match the victor thanks to some much-needed assistance from Heels, Inc.
Back then, a WWE minus HBK seemed unthinkable especially since Bret Hart had flown the coop.
He continued to exert his dominance as champion for the time being and plagued his nemesis, Steve Austin, until his fate was sealed shut for the next four years.
That body drop must have hurt like hell.