The Undertaker-Shawn Michaels at the Anniversary of Wrestlemania 25 was not only the match of the year, but a defining moment in the careers of two future Hall of Famers. This year, at Wrestlemania 26, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels are bound to make history repeat itself.
The Undertaker is 17-0 at the “grandest stage of them all” and Shawn Michaels is Mr. Wrestlemania; who is going to take the victory this time around? If this was at any other event, it’d be Shawn Michaels proving that he was the Showstopper and would take the win over the Phenom – but this isn’t any other pay-per-view, this is Wrestlemania. The Undertaker is 17-0 and there is no doubt in my mind that he will leave Glendale, Arizona 18-0.
Although win-loss records don’t mean a whole lot in the world of wrestling, to be in the game for nearly twenty years, be a top draw for most of that time and hold such a record at the “show of shows” is a big deal. As a die-hard Undertaker fan, there is no one in my eyes who is worthy of ending the streak. From a realistic point of view, it would be a huge mistake to end the streak; and an even greater mistake to let him lose the Streak to Shawn Michaels. As a more than worthy adversary, Shawn Michaels does not need to add to his amazing list of accomplishments with being the one to defeat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Letting Shawn get the victory will not do anything but make the Undertaker seem weak. The WWE makes a huge deal about the Streak and then to have him lose it to someone the caliber of Shawn Michaels will not accomplish anything except put a black mark on the career of one of it’s biggest Superstars.
Admittedly, the Streak vs. Career stipulation does add some question to the match’s outcome, but I’m still sure that the Streak will be intact. The stipulation simply just adds that much more drama and emotion to the match. As I said before, the Undertaker’s streak will not end at Wrestlemania 26 and it will not be broken by someone who doesn’t need the push; so for me, and for a lot of other fans too, I think, the one thing that makes this match so much more important than any other on the card is the emotion and compelling storytelling that these two men have displayed.
It’s never been about titles or the Streak vs. Career and no-DQ stipulations. In a time of ‘internet fans,’ all the stipulations in the world couldn’t make this rematch any better or worse because we more-or-less know the logistics and outcomes already, but more importantly, the stipulations is not what’s going to make the match. What makes this match the match everyone will want to watch is that it’s two Superstars telling a story that invokes emotions from the fans that is rarely seen in wrestling today; and it’s two Superstars who have already given so much for the business, who have nothing to prove to anyone but themselves and are willing to go out and give it their all just once more.
On March 28th, under the Arizona sky, it won’t be about a streak or career ending, but instead when the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels are in the ring together, telling a story better than anyone else can and we still find ourselves holding our breath when the referee counts a pin fall- that’s what it’s about.
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