Disagree! By all means I disagree!
Okay, Taker vs Orton was a criminally overlooked classic match that gave The Streak a HUGE credibility and skyrocketed its status to the seventh heaven. But in terms of quality, Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 25 was otherworldly. In case u don't know, one day after Shawn Michaels' retirement at Wrestlemania XXVI, this match was voted by more than 100,000 users in wwe.com as Shawn Michaels' greatest Wrestlemania match, topping Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart (Wrestlemania XII) in the second place and Shawn Michaels vs Kurt Angle (Wrestlemania XXI) in the third place.
When I saw Kurt Angle vs Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XXI, I thought that you would never see a better match where no weapons are used. Not just getting caught up in the hype because WrestleMania was only months ago, but this just might be the best WrestleMania match that I have ever seen. As far as storyline goes it was built up very well. As far as in ring action goes, it was a privilege to watch. As far as ring psychology goes, it was a master class. As far as crowd reaction goes, that much crowd reaction hasn’t been seen since Hogan vs The Rock. I truly believe that while we thought we may knew who is going to emerge victorious, it’s more about how the winner gets there, that matters the most. The match between the Undertaker and “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels, was an example of how great a match could be, and no one could complain about how the match ended. The Undertaker attempted to hit Shawn with his fists to open the match, but HBK kept evading the blows.
Each competitor executed their finishing move a few times, but each one kicked out of the other’s signature move. Frustration was evident on the faces of both these superstars, especially the Undertaker’s. At one point during the match, Shawn was on the outside of the ring. Undertaker was about to dive, but HBK pulled a camera man in front of him, and Undertaker accidentally jumped on the cameraman. I honestly thought for 5 seconds that The Undertaker had broken his neck and died live at WrestleMania.
The end came when Shawn was climbing the ropes to do a moonsault. The Undertaker caught him in mid-air, and nailed his “Tombstone” reverse piledriver for the pinfall victory. The match lasted a little over half-an-hour and was one of the greatest matches I have ever seen. The fans were into it – half were chanting “Let’s go Taker”, while the other half were chanting “HBK”. At one point, the fans were also chanting “This is awesome.” The Undertaker is now 17-0 at WrestleMania. What a record! In my opinion, this was his best match ever at WrestleMania. Shawn Michaels brought out the best in his opponent, and showed why he is also known as “Mr. WrestleMania.”. Nothing else on the show came close to being this good. JR claimed it was like a living heaven on earth after seeing this match. Fans will be talking about this match for decades like some of the other great WrestleMania matches. An instant classic which the crowd gave a standing ovation to both legends after the match.
What will Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker be remembered by? Their amazing match at Wrestlemania 25. Both are two of WWE's veterans and have history with one another. We saw a classic match between the two with both superstars trading offense and the atmosphere was amazing. The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels had a better wrestling match with old school wrestling. There were some shocking moments that made us put aside our disbelief. Shawn Michaels kicking out of the Tombstone Piledriver, The Undertaker kicking out of 2 Sweet Chin Music's, and HBK and Taker trading blows. A fantastic wrestling match with mat wrestling, brawling, and aerial offense.
The fans were crazy for both matches. The atmosphere was epic in both matches. Fans were split in both matches. However, The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels proved that they can still compete in a highly competitive level at their age. The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels stole the entire show at Wrestlemania 25. The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels will be remembered for their match. Their match saw both Taker and HBK trying to deliver the best performance possible. We saw both stars go beyond their limits. There was much superior wrestling in Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXV without question.
And plus, we knew which of those two matches got 'This is awesome!' from the crowds, right?