University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona; March 28, 2010
Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker
This is the fifth and final review of mine regarding the feud between 'The Showstoppa', 'The Main Event', 'Mr Wrestlemania' himself Shawn Michaels and 'The Deadman', 'The Phenom' yada yada yada, The Undertaker. There last epic encounter which came from the UOPS in Glendale Arizona, the big one, it was Shawn Michael's career vs. The Undertaker's streak. Could they top their unbelievable five star match from the previous year? Well I suppose it was a question all of us asked. First of all though we were treated to this beauty of a promo:
Now wasn't that fucking special? Bash the WWE all you want regarding storylines, angles, booking etc. but there is one thing you can't bash and that is their ability to churn out amazing video after video after video. I always bow down to the WWE's promo videos hyping up main events and that is one of the all time greats, just like this feud, fitting.
Michaels is out first with no glitz or glamour unlike last year when he gave us that epic entrance of his. The Undertaker comes up from under the stage, something that looked absolutely awesome. The Undertakers official entrance time was actually 3 minutes and 53 seconds, I was surprised.
The match gets under way with everyone in the crowd pumped. Shawn gives the cut-throat gesture to Taker, avoids a charge and lays in some chops, 'Woooooo'. Taker blocks a charge, whips Shawn in and gets snake eyes. Charging clothesline in the corner, Taker goes "Old School", synonymous to The Undertaker now, using in against Michaels in every match he has faced him. Goozle! Shawn goes to the knee to counter and Taker is limping.
Michaels tries for a cross face but Taker escapes and goes to the arm of Michaels. The Heartbreak Kid escapes that and tries early on for the Sweet Chin Music but Taker avoids it and Shawn Michaels instead goes back to the knee. Taker comes back with uppercuts and lays in right hands, then clotheslines Michaels to the floor. Taker lines up for a dive but Shawn comes under the rope in a hurry and takes out Taker's knee. He tries a figure four but Taker kicks him off, I am loving the fact Michaels is targeting the legs of Taker to try and break him down, brilliant storytelling so far using his experience.
To the outside now and Taker rams HBK back-first into the corner post, probably due to the fact that The Undertaker knows of Michaels' history with his back problems. Taker lines up the leg drop on the apron and he CONNECTS with major air, that was nice, but it hurts the leg of Taker, playing up Michaels' damage from earlier in the match. Back inside and Michaels has gone back to the leg and finally manages to get in the figure four, Ric Flair's old move, remember Shawn Michaels ended Ric Flairs WWE wrestling career in which was also a career's match! With Taker struggling, he finally rolls over to reverse the pressure, causing a quick break.
They exchange shots, The Undertaker wins the exchange but Shawn Michaels kips up straight into a Chokeslam, brilliant sequence! Undertaker come close with the two count. Taker pulls up Shawn and goes for the Tombstone, but to no avail! Michaels picks the ankle! Ankle lock, with the grapevine on the leg, Michaels really trying to weaken those legs of Taker! Taker uses his free leg to kick his way out of the hold, Shawn charges and clothesline him up and over the top rope and to the floor! Shawn Michaels then goes for the moonsault to the outside but he is caught and The Undertaker tombstones him on the floor, similar to the spot in the match up last year but this looked even more brutal.
Taker gets the cover on the inside, but Michaels manages to kick out! Now time for his third finishing manoeuvre, time for Shawn Michaels to take the Last Ride but Michaels counters it into an X-Factor looking move! The Heartbreak Kid goes to the top, we all know what he's looking for here don't we? an elbow to the chest? wrong, he delivers it to the knees! Both men suffered from that. Somehow though, The Undertaker locks in Hells Gate! The crowd are fucking eating this up, awesome entertainment and it gets even better, Michaels counters it with a jackknife pin but Taker kicks out, wow. Sweet Chin Music, Sweet Chin Music, Sweet Chin Music!!.. when he hit that I couldn't help but think this match would be so much better if it was J.R. was commentating like last year, somehow Taker kicked out! Michaels starts tuning up the band again but he misses Taker and turns straight into a Last Ride, what velocity, Shawn Michaels literally kicks out at 2.95 there, can you get any closer!?
The Undertaker throws Michaels to the outside and then starts to dismantle the Spanish announce table. Oh boy. This could suck for Shawn and it is going to suck for the Spanish announcers, luckily for them it's the main event! The Undertaker props Shawn up for the Last Ride but Michaels counters it and Taker turns straight into the Sweet Chin Music leaving Taker laying on the table! Michaels has a plan, I think I know what he has in store, an Elbow Drop from the top rope through the heart of Taker and through the table!? I couldn't of been more wrong, he decides to go for a fucking moonsault through the table, brilliant brilliant spot, just amazing! Taker looks out of it, Michaels rolls him inside. Tunes up the band for about the hundredth time and strikes Taker straight in the chin with the Sweet Chin Music, that has GOT to be it. 1....2....NO!!! Taker has fucking kicked out, the crowd are going nuts and bah gawd I just had a fucking outer body experience!... Thanks for that one J.R.
Both men are running on fumes, fuck, I am even running on fumes. Another Sweet Chin Music incoming but Taker grabs the foot, Chokeslam! Taker uses the ropes to pull himself up, he literally hardly has anything left, grabs Michaels and plants him with a Tombstone, this is it, 1....2.........2.99.. KICK OUT! What the fuck is going on!? How on earth is this even continuing? Cole and Lawler are losing their voices, I don't blame them, I'm surprised half the crowd haven't. Cole reckons we can feel the emotion seeping through the pores of the WWE Universe. Whatever Cole. Where is J.R. when you need him!? .. Uh-oh, the straps are down, The Undertaker cut-throats in a way only Taker can do, he pretty much orders Michaels to stay down. Using Takers body, Shawn somehow pulls himself up and gives Undertaker his version of the cut-throat before releasing a vicious slap on Taker, with eyes bulging and I'm sure a little bit of spittle coming out of his mouth Taker lifts Shawn Michaels up and gives him the damnedest, most devastating Tombstone I have ever seen in my 19 years of watching Professional Wrestling. ! This has got to be it for the career of Shawn Michaels.. 1.......2.........3.
What a match, I am exhausted and so are the crowd. WWE made the right call by having this match headline because obviously nothing else on the card could follow this in any way possible. Amazing match, not their best but that just shows how good of a performance these two men can put on with each other, my hats off to both of you. Thank you Shawn, you truly are Mr. Wrestlemania.
I give this match FOUR AND 3/4 STARS ****3/4. This was just absolutely brilliant. I gave it a four and a three quarter star rating due to the fact that I didn't think it was AS good as last years or the Badd Blood encounter but boy it was fucking awesome. I loved every second of it like I have enjoyed every second of all of their matches. This match was the most perfect way to end Michaels' career, what a way to bow out. The story-telling throughout the match was the two at their very best.
That is all for my reviews on the feud of Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. I have enjoyed watching these matches again and giving my two cents on them, I hope you enjoyed reading my reviews, I may even do some more on maybe some other matches or some other feuds, depending on how I feel, Thank you for your time.