How Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels Saved Wrestlemania 25

Luis V.Correspondent IApril 7, 2009

Wrestlemania 25 was just another pay-per-view. At $54.95 to watch the standard edition and $64.95 for the high-def version, that price was steep. 
Fortunately for us wrestling fans, there were not really many bad matches. Just some that underwhelmed, but there was one match in particular that had the crowd as loud as it could be all night. The crowd was loud, it was electric, and helped make what was already a superbly choreographed and executed match into a match-of-the-year candidate.  
Once the two veteran wrestlers of the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels were paired to match up in this years' Wrestlemania, I knew they wouldn't disappoint. And it wasn't even the main event! No title belts at stake. Just two men that raise their game for big events such as this.

And just feel sorry for the guys that have to follow this match. Yes Cena, I'm talking to you.

Both 'Taker and HBK wrestled in the ring for about 31 minutes in a back and forth manner that looked as if more than just pride was at stake. They both kicked out of each others' finishing moves. Their facial expressions going from showing in credulousness as Undertaker expertly showed when Michaels kicked out of one his finishing moves.

Michaels channeling parts of his old heel persona when he was pleading the ref to count out the Undertaker in the one time they went outside the ring. And did 'Taker land badly or what?

In interest of continuing the story they were telling it almost looked like he hit his head first on the mats outside. Even the cameraman in trying to catch him must have suffered a heart attack once the big man seemed to land on his head.

All in all, an excellent match. And all with no weapons or extra gimmicks. Somewhere even Bret Hart would have to be smiling. And somewhere backstage, after that match was done, Cena, Edge, and the Big Show must have felt a knot in the pits of their stomachs as they knew they would have a hard time trying to top this one match.

And it was the only match that made you feel you watched something special for your money.