I don't think, to this day, that I have been this excited to see someone win a match. In the days before the wide usage of the internet, it wasn't really known that this would be Shawn Michaels last match. If this match happened today, I don't know if it would have been as big a deal because someone would have leaked that HBK was done.
The odds seemed stacked against Austin when Mike Tyson aligned himself with HBK and D-X, seemingly making it impossible for Austin to win the title.
The lead up to this match was epic, even though Michaels couldn't be physically involved. From Stone Cold getting arrested nearly every week, to the speculation as to whether Michaels would be involved at No Way Out in the eight man tag match, to would Tyson knock out Austin. Truly one of the greatest roads to Wrestlemania ever.
When Austin blocked Sweet Chin Music, and spun HBK around into the Stunner, I remember jumping out of my chair and celebrating with the fifteen or so kids I was watching it with (I was in fourth grade at the time).
I was shocked that Tyson ran into the ring to make the three count.
I was shocked to see Tyson knock HBK out.
I was shocked that Austin had just overcome all of the odds to be the champion.
One thing was certain though, the torch had clearly been passed to Austin, and the most successful era of wrestling had begun.