Undertaker and Shawn Michaels End A Wrestlemania For The Ages

RJ SouzaContributor IMarch 29, 2010

NEW YORK - MARCH 28:  Wrestler Shawn Michaels speaks at the press conference held by Battle of the Billionaires to announce details of Wrestlemania 23 at Trump Tower on March 28, 2007 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
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Shawn Michaels began his singles career cocky...and it ended the same way.

The Undertaker tried to show respect when he was setting up for Shawn's "Last Ride." He refused to slash his throat as he would for other opponents. But Shawn ignored the Undertaker's request to "Stay Down", climbing the "Dead Man's" body, slashing his own throat.

That angered the Phenom to do what he had to. Tombstone Shawn on his way to continue the streak of eighteen straight.

The epic match of two Wrestlemania legends clashing with so much on the line was incredible. Neither one held anything back. They traded finishing moves and two count pin-falls. They left it all inside...and outside the ring.

Shawn Michaels hit the Undertaker with a moonsault that destroyed the English announcing table. The action kept everyone on the edge of their seats.

After the match was said and done, Shawn Michaels was done. The Undertaker did his thing quickly. He then helped the Heart Break Kid to his feet...gave him a hug...and left so Michaels could absorb the fan's final goodbye to one of the WWE's Icons.


WrestleMania XXVI: WWE Championship Match

John Cena regained his title after a surprisingly lackluster match with Batista. The match was slow, plodding and just not what I expected.

The promos leading up the the match were great. It's just too bad these two performers just could not deliver a good match inside the squared circle.


(WWE) WrestleMania XXVI: 10-Diva Tag Team Match

For the bathroom break match, The Diva match was...comic relief.

Vickie Guerrero was just being the butt end of the joke (Pun intended). She cried in a corner while the Divas exchanged finishing moves until Michelle McCool coached Vicky out of the corner and up to the top rope where she pancaked Kelly Kelly. Vicky even botched the pin.

I wonder what Vince was thinking.


(WWE) WrestleMania XXVI: World Heavyweight Championship Match

In a match building since Edge won the Royal Rumble, the wait was well worth it.

Jericho and Edge played on their strengths and weaknesses of each other. They countered finishers, exchanged more two-counts and took it to the outside.

Jericho ended the match by whacking the Rated R Superstar with the championship belt. But Edge made Jericho pay with a Spear that came across both announce tables into the barrier behind them


(WWE) WrestleMania XXVI: No Holds Barred Match

Vince thought he stacked the deck. He came out to Bret Hart, announcing he had bought some lumberjacks for the match. He brought out the Hart family. The Hart Dynasty followed along with them.

Vince announced he selected a guest referee. He would be Bruce Hart. But before the bell rang, Bret let the Chairman know...He knew what he was up to.

The Hart family was as united as ever.

They came back to Bret and told him what was going to happen. Bret asked if they got paid up front because they were all in his corner.

"Let the beating begin!" No offence from McMahon with one exception. He pulled a crow bar from under the ring and swung at the family. Once he got back in the ring...All Bret Hart once more. Vince submitted in the Sharpshooter after Bret was done torturing him.


(WWE) WrestleMania XXVI: CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio

CM Punk came out with his "Straight Edge" crap once more. Rey took a while to come out, but the action was fast between the two. The match was shorter than I would have liked it to be, but ended with Mysterio hitting his 619 and finishing off with the body splash from the outside.


(WWE) WrestleMania XXVI: Money in the Bank Ladder Match

A huge surprise here. No "Holy ****" moment from Sheldon Benjamin. But the action was great. Many good bumps taken in this match. The performers in this match were incredible.

The man grabbing the briefcase at the end was the "All American American" Jack Swagger. He looked like he raided Kurt Angle's old WWE gear.


(WWE) WrestleMania XXVI: Triple Threat Match

This match could have been higher on the card.

The Legacy falls apart as Rhodes and DiBiase looked united in the beginning, not allowing Randy Orton to gain any momentum. But that all changed once Ted made a quick cover.

Once the pair were at each other's throats, Randy Orton started to use that to his advantage. Randy broke out with the double faceplant from the outside back into the ring. He hit the RKO on Ted to get the three count.


(WWE) WrestleMania XXVI: Unified WWE Tag Team Championship Match

This was bad. Show-Miz didn't need to long to dispatch the challengers. Miz took the pin after Big Show knocked out John Morrison.

Overall, the card was good. You could have left off the tag team match and the Divas and it could have came very close to the top of the Wrestlemanias.


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