Shawn Michaels vs Steve Austin at WrestleMania 14 was a classic match, that saw the Texas Rattlesnake beat Michaels for the WWE Championship. However, there were concerns backstage that Michaels would not drop the title to Austin.
It seems The Undertaker wanted to make sure Michaels did the job right. During Grilling JR, Jim Ross talked about that fateful night at WrestleMania, revealing how serious The Undertaker was in making sure HBK dropped the title.
“Undertaker stood stoically by the gorilla position when Shawn Michaels was wrestling Steve Austin at WrestleMania 14. Undertaker was under the belief – perhaps there might have been influenced by his group – that Shawn was not going to do business. Undertaker was not going to stand by and let that happen.”
Ross then explained how dire the situation would have been had Michaels not dropped the title that night.
”I got a feeling when Shawn had come back to the curtain and screwed Austin, or anybody just decided to not to business with the championship, he probably got the sh*t beat out of him. When Undertaker wanted to beat the sh*t* out of you, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it, and there’s not a lot of guys that are going to intervene and Shawn didn’t have the backup.”
Thankfully, Michaels did the right thing and put Austin over. So The Undertaker never had to shoot fight with Michaels.