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Jim Ross On How He Convinced Shawn Michaels To Return In 2002

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• Jim Ross On How He Convinced Shawn Michaels To Return In 2002

Exactly 4 Years ago today, at WWF Royal Rumble 1998, Shawn Michaels suffered a back injury which resulted in him retiring from in-ring competition at WrestleMania 14.

During a recent edition of Grilling JR podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross revealed how he convinced HBK to return to WWE in 2002.

Here’s what Good Ol’ JR said:

“My pitch to Shawn was always that you can’t allow your legacy to end this way, you have put a bad taste in peoples mouth whether inadvertently or premeditatedly, I don’t know and I don’t really care.

Right now the perception of you is not so positive. For a guy that’s considered to be, along with Ric Flair, the two greatest in ring performers of all time, that’s just not right. It’s not right for you or your fans.”

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On this day in 1999, the World Wrestling Federation aired another episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF RAW IS WAR’.

It was broadcasted from Beaumont, Texas and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 1999’ PPV.

Here’s the match-card:

1. WWF Hardcore Title: Road Dogg vs. Gangrel

2. Billy Gunn vs. Test

3. Steve Blackman vs. Dan Severn

4. Hardcore Match: Mankind vs. Big Bossman

5. Winner Gets Head: Al Snow vs. Goldust

6. Handicap Match: Chyna vs. Gerald Brisco & Pat Patterson

7. Kane vs. The Rock

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