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I will admit, for a long time, I never wanted to see this match again. It had been one too many times in my eyes, and I didn't feel that Triple H was worthy of the illustrious third chance at the Undertaker's streak.
That opinion seems absolutely ridiculous to me now.
First, the story of this match caught my attention. It developed around this idea that Undertaker needed his victory. He needed to be the image for the ages, and this desire made him start to become almost mortal.
With Shawn Michaels added into the mix, it was set to become the final chapter in this legendary tale of Undertaker's streak stretching all the way back to WrestleMania 25, and it was set to possibly be the greatest match of all time.
By this point, I was ready to see this match, even if I was skeptical about how ring rust and age would affect both men.
Then the match happened, and everything was perfect, especially thanks to the addition of JR to the broadcasting booth just to put over this contest.
It began with the entrances. Shawn Michaels came out with fire and with such drive that I could have sworn he was 10 years younger than he was. Triple H came out through an awesome set piece, which helped him come off as powerful. Finally, Undertaker, in a suit of armor, came out to his always amazing entrance with the same bone-chilling presence he had exuded for years.
As the lights came up, Taker revealed to the world his dramatic change in hair, being nearly bald as a testament to how much this meant to him, as Taker's hair had always been an iconic part of him as the Deadman.
What followed was an absolute war. Punches flying left and right. Both men beating each other down, using everything from the cell around them, to the steel steps, to numerous steel chairs. Each man gave everything as they beat each other down.
As the match progressed and time took its toll on both men, HHH took control. He beat down on Taker with a steel chair repeatedly, trying to do what he said he would, which was "finish it." His brutal attack kept up as HBK tried to intervene but to no avail.
Yet Taker kept getting up, telling Shawn to not end the match eventually leading to Michaels being taken out and being replaced for a short time. Each man was brutal to the other, with HHH almost taking Taker's head off with a sledgehammer.
Each man withstood multiple finishers from the other. Emotions ran wild as Michaels himself couldn't take it and sat in the corner crying that the match wouldn't end. When it came to the end, it was all about who could take the punishment, and Taker did. With one final Tombstone for the ages, Taker sealed the match before collapsing to the floor.
Both men went all out from start to finish in their contest in what was so great, it could even be considered the greatest of all time. Everything from start to finish from HHH, Taker and Michaels was brilliant, making any ending possible.
While all three main event matches were amazing, this one was the best thanks to an incredible story and what could be the very last time we ever see Taker, HHH or Michaels in a ring at WrestleMania ever again.