The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, & Triple H
This is a rematch from last year, where The Undertaker kept his WrestleMania undefeated streak alive by the skin of his teeth after being battered with a chair, kicking out of Triple H's Pedigree finishing move, and kicking out of his own finisher, the Tombstone Piledriver.
'Taker was unable to stand after the match and carried out a cart, not returning to WWE programming until a few months ago. He has not wrestled at all since returning, saving his body for this match.
While he was away, Triple H claimed to have ended the streak since he beat the Undertaker so badly, even if he technically lost by tapping out after getting caught in the Hell's Gate (Gogoplata in Jiu Jitsu/MMA) submission hold.
Michaels had wrestled 'Taker the previous two years in their own classic matches. In the second one, he put his career on the line and was retired with a jumping Tombstone Piledriver.
The buildup for this match consisted of the following:
- The Undertaker returned (wearing a terrible wig since he had shaved his head last year) to challenge Triple H, who refused because, now that he's an executive, he needs to protect "the brand" of The Undertaker, which he'd ruin by ending the streak.
- 'Taker sending in videos of him obsessing over last year's match and "cutting his hair" in a fit of madness.
- Triple H accepting the challenge under the condition of it being a Hell in a Cell match after 'Taker had the gall to say Michaels was better than him.
- Michaels taking exception to this and weaseling into the special guest referee spot while teasing he may screw Undertaker so he can take credit for ending the streak.
As for the match, expect the Undertaker WrestleMania Classic Formula (kicking out of finishers with a burst of energy and then selling the damage for a while, crazy bumps from crippled guys, Undertaker's once-a-year dive to the floor, etc.) at the bare minimum.
With WWE having retreated more and more from the idea of being squeaky clean as TV-PG programming and the company having come under heavy criticism for the unprotected chairshot to the head in last year's match, expect the return of intentional bloodletting.
As for the finish? Triple H should not be the one to end the streak if anyone does. I like the idea of Michaels trying to screw Undertaker and failing, possibly for a nearfall. Maybe they'll do a reprise of the Summerslam '97 finish where Michaels, as referee, was goaded by Bret Hart, who ducked when Michaels swung a chair and thus hit Hart's opponent...The Undertaker.
Put 'Taker in Hart's role and Triple H in Undertaker's and it fits. It could just be a near-fall, though.
At any rate, The Undertaker will win, the question is how.