As we return live, Shawn Michaels begins his descent to the ground below in the form of Day. Following his descent, his usual music hits and the Showstopper returns to his prime form.
But following a simple gong sound, the lights go out, and Undertaker rises from under the ring as if to symbol Hell and Night. Following a barrage of fire, the Deadman makes that long walk to the ring.
Shawn gets early control with a set of chops. Taker tries to get some control back, but Michaels stays one step ahead of his opponent. Taker blocks a quick punch and launches HBK over the ring ropes.
Michaels goes up top, delivers a quick DX Chop to the Deadman and proceeds to land a series of punches after feigning another knee injury. But Undertaker bounces back and throws the soupbones.
Taker continues the pressure when he launches Michaels to the turnbuckle…and then launches him over his head.
Taker regains control thanks to Old School, but jumps too soon and catches his leg in the corner. Following a chop block, Michaels gains the advantage and locks in the Alamo Leg Lock.
But Taker breaks out of it with a set of right hands before getting dropped again with a dropkick to the knee. Taker regains control with Snake Eyes and the Big Boot. As Undertaker goes for the Chokeslam, Shawn counters into a Crossface. But Taker manages to counter into a back suplex to break the submission.
Shawn begins to fight back with a series of chops followed by the Flying Forearm. Shawn hits a couple of inverted Atomic Drops, but as he goes up top, Taker sits up and grabs HBK. Taker locks in Hell’s Gates, but HBK manages to reach the ropes (the first guy to ever do the feat).
The fight spills outside of the ring, but Taker manages to get control out there. But Shawn rolls out of the leg drop and lands a huge baseball slide to keep the Deadman out of the ring.
Shawn goes up top and misses the moonsault off the top rope to the outside. Both men are outside the ring, and Taker is the first guy up. As the ref focuses on HBK, Taker sits up, launches himself over the top rope (but not before HBK pulls a camera man into his path) and hits a Swanton Bomb.
Now the ref, Shawn and Undertaker all are down. Shawn is the first to get up and immediately goes for the ref to get him in the ring to make the count-out. As Shawn continues to coach the ref, Undertaker is still down on the ground.
But Taker manages to roll into the ring before the ref reaches 10. Shawn begins to show a cold stare in his eyes and preps for Sweet Chin Music. But Taker delivers a huge chokeslam, but is unable to get the pinfall.
Taker signals that the End is Near and goes for it. As Taker goes for the choke slam, he changes into a Last Ride…but Shawn again kicks out. Taker then goes up top (something he rarely does) and misses the Flying Elbow. Both men begin to stagger to their feet. Shawn swings back to the ring, only to get caught with the Tombstone Piledriver.
1...2...KICKOUT!! The look on Taker’s face is priceless as his eyes look to bulge out of his head.
Taker stands up and goes toward Shawn, but somehow Shawn manages to land a DDT out of the Tombstone attempt.
Michaels crawls to the top rope once more to try to deliver another Elbow Drop. Michaels lands the Elbow Drop and once again, begins to tune up the band. Shawn delivers the biggest Sweet Chin Music in his entire WWE career!
1...2...KICKOUT!! The match rolls on!
The two men stagger around the ring and exchange haymakers before Taker gets control with consistent punches. But Shawn nails another chop before getting dropped with a big boot to the side of his face. Shawn wiggles out of the Tombstone and staves off defeat for now. Both men are back on the ground.
Shawn goes up top for another moonsault. But Taker catches him in mid air, lands another Tombstone Piledriver, gets the victory….and goes 17-0 at WrestleMania! Both men lie in the middle of the ring after the bell as the crowd shows their respect to Mr. WrestleMania and the Phenom.
As Taker gives his final salute, the screen in the background reads simply put: 17-0.