While WrestleMania XXVII has been vilified by the majority of the Internet Wrestling Community, the Icon vs. Icon match between Triple H and The Undertaker seems to have picked up rave reviews.
Many people have argued that the two veterans stole the show in a dramatic and emotionally charged matchup.
Whether you liked this match or not, you must have the utmost respect for what these two seasoned warriors put their aging bodies through to try and create a special match.
The match did provide some epic moments: The Undertaker attempting his patented suicide dive, Triple H taking a monumental bump off the announcer's table, the Game sending the Dead Man crashing through the Spanish announcer's table, the Undertaker kicking out of three successive Pedigrees and finally a Tombstone before making the Cerebral Assassin submit to the Hell's Gate.
The finish was done perfectly as Triple H appeared to grab the trademark sledgehammer, but then it slipped from his grasp as the life was choked out of him.
But despite these great individual WrestleMania moments, they felt disconnected and the match did not feel like a singular wrestling bout. It was more as if both men were trying to get their big moves in a way that diminished each move's effectiveness, thereby eliminating some of the drama of the match.
In this way, it was a spot fest as each move was performed without psychology. Also, the fact that each Pedigree looked horrible did nothing to help.
As much I appreciate that they were trying to put over the fact that the Undertaker is unbeatable at WrestleMania and that everything you throw at him will be in vain, I felt that it was too obvious and took away from the emotion that the match could have had. If it had been more of a back-and-forth match with counters and reversals in abundance, then the finishing moves would have meant more.
It was fairly obvious that the Undertaker was going to kick out of the third successive Pedigree.
However, Triple H was fantastic in selling the impossibility of the task, and I did believe the Streak was going to end when Hunter hit the Tombstone.
The Undertaker's expression, coupled with the fact that his arms were across his face in a defensive boxing stance (much like Ric Flair at WrestleMania XXIV), was very much that of the Last Outlaw about to be sent to the grave.
The emotional involvement of the crowd during this match, and the unflappable commentary of Jim Ross, probably made it the highlight of an otherwise mediocre WrestleMania, but it did not compare to HBK's two matches with the Phenom or other classic WrestleMania contests that have gone before.
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