The greatest performance of all time • WrestleMania XXV • April 5, 2009 • Houston
By the time we rolled into Houston for WrestleMania 25, the Undertaker’s streak had gained the attention of several WWE Superstars hoping to make a name for themselves by ending the amazing feat.
WWE first acknowledged it as a streak to be broken when Randy Orton challenged The Deadman in Los Angeles in 2005.
Since then, the likes of Mark Henry, Batista and Edge have all unsuccessfully gone up against ‘Taker and fallen victim to the streak that as of this year is now 20 years old. I think anybody who began watching wrestling in the 90's was desperate to see this match one more time.
We've seen it in different gimmick matches before Shawn's first break and at that time Undertaker was quite limited in the ring, but he has adapted his style and really showed over the last several years that he can go in the ring.
He left his character do the talking before so now when Shawn came back it was only a matter of time.
We got a glimpse of it in the final moments of the 2007 Royal Rumble and unlike recent Rumbles the final two were given a few minutes to wrestle, lately we've experienced quick eliminations and I'm not alone in saying that those few minutes left me begging for more, so two years later when Undertaker approached Michaels backstage and claimed; "Sometimes, it's hell trying to get into heaven," I knew we were going to get it.
Two wrestlers whose careers began in the mid to late 80's, here twenty years later showing everybody how it's done. It's no doubt that Shawn Michaels and Undertaker are two of the best of all time, but when you see that they are both mentally and physically stealing the show at that late stage of their career, and outshining anything the current roster have given us in recent years, just shows shows you that maybe these two are better than the Hulk Hogans, Ric Flairs and Steve Austins.
As far as in-ring ability, mentality, character, longevity, basically all around, these two in my opinion are the greatest ever.
What We Said:
Quite simply, the greatest match of all time (Luke Barry).