On March 28, World Wrestling Entertainment will hold their biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania 26. Although they would have liked you to believe that last year's show was the 25th anniversary of the "grand daddy of 'em all," this year is the true holder of that distinction.
Perhaps it is fitting that this year's card is one of the most appealing since Wrestlemania X-Seven.
If you talk to any fans of pro wrestling (or WWE at least), it seems the general consensus is that Wrestlemania X-Seven is the greatest Wrestlemania of all time.
One would have a hard time arguing with that, as it was one of the best shows many had ever seen. Everything about it made it seem like a spectacle. The atmosphere in the Reliant Astrodome was a perfect for an event like Wrestlemania.
Not to mention the fact that the match lineup wasn't half bad either.
Triple H and The Undertaker waged war in a match that was an all out brawl.
Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit put on a wrestling clinic, and told a brilliant story mixed with great mat wrestling.
Tables, ladders, and chairs made their return to the WWE(F), and as always it was something to behold.
And who will ever forget the second of three matches at Wrestlemania between two of the all time greats..."Stone Cold" Steve Austin and The Rock?
Trying to eclipse a show such as that is, quite frankly, a daunting task. However, it seems that WWE is up to the task, as Wrestlemania 26 is shaping up to be quite a show.
We already have the two World title matches set, as Batista will defend the WWE Championship against John Cena. On the other side of things, we have the 2010 Royal Rumble winner Edge taking on Chris Jericho for his newly won World Heavyweight Championship. The latter of those two matches is a smark's dream, and it would take a catastrophic disaster for it to disappoint.
As big as those two matches will be, there is no doubt that the match that has peaked my interest the most is between two legends: the Undertaker versus Shawn Michaels. "The Streak" versus "The Career." Just thinking about this match makes my head spin, because we will see an end to one of two things come March 28th.
Undertaker's career in the WWE spans nearly 20 years. He has been one of the most respected wrestlers in the locker room for a very long time. His World Championship victories are well documented, and he has fought the likes of Steve Austin, The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Triple H, and as previously mentioned...the "Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels.
Despite all of that, his most notable accomplishment? His Wrestlemania winning streak. Honestly, it would be a bit bittersweet to see the streak come to an end. Bitter in the fact that a 20 year tradition will have come to an end, sweet in the fact that perhaps the "Deadman" would finally "Rest In Peace."
What does Shawn Michaels have to lose you may ask? Oh not much, just his legendary career. A career that has seen him win more titles than you can count on six hands and deliver more Match of the Year candidates than most could dream of.
Shawn has basically made it clear that he is willing to do anything and everything to get a rematch of last year's classic against The Undertaker. Now that he has it, just imagine how far he will go to gain closure. The only way to do so, in his mind, is to end "the Streak."
"The Streak" is in more jeopardy now than ever before, and The Undertaker is well aware.
Aside from all this, another storyline on the Raw side of things is the Bret Hart/Vince McMahon saga.
Since 1997, fans have been wanting Bret to get his hands on Vince to extract some physical revenge for the career altering screw-job at Survivor Series.
I'm not sure where they are going with this one, as there are several things they could do at the moment. It appears to me that Bret doesn't seem in good enough physical condition to work a physical match, but that's understandable.
They could put Bret in John Cena's corner and McMahon in Batista's corner for the WWE title match. That would work, and it would add a feel good moment if Cena won and Bret kicked Vince's ass in the middle of the ring. We will just have to wait and see.
As for the undercard? Funny you should ask, because that is looking very good as well.
Although not many matches have been formally announced yet, we do know that the Money in the Bank Ladder Match will return. This has become a staple at Wrestlemania since 2005, and I for one am glad that the WWE decided not to pull the plug on this match.
With a Rey Mysterio and CM Punk feud in motion, and an impending Legacy implosion, there are several more matches yet to be announced that could push this card into legendary status.
Not to mention the fact that Triple H doesn't even have a match yet. It wouldn't quite be Wrestlemania without "The Game."
All of this in mind, Wrestlemania XXVI is looking like one of the best Mania's in a very long time. The show emanates from the University of Phoenix Stadium on March 28th, and I for one am already pumped for Wrestlemania weekend.
It's an exciting time to be a wrestling fan.
So, what do you think? Could Wrestlemania XXVI be on it's way to being the best ever? Feel free to chime in!