I did consider whether the Montreal Screwjob deserved a place on this list, however I do feel that this match was a much better match, and the ending is memorable for the right reasons.
Say what you will about the ego that HBK dragged around during the first half of his career, his character connected with the fans in a way that few others ever have or will.
We as fans can look back and see a career of tremendous highs and lows, one that is littered with fantastic matches, feuds, promos and just great moments.
This for me is not his best match, but the presentation of the action from the entrance to the final bell still astounds me. This is where the WWE seem to lack creativity in the current product. Entrances at PPV's, should occasionally be over the top for specific feuds or superstars who are just insanely cheered or booed.
Whilst the production of The Undertaker entrances, for example, are usually incredible at WrestleMania, this in many respects is so simple, but it works because it's excessive yet completely fits the character of HBK in the moment.
The Ironman match is very rare, with only six being fought in the history of the WWE. This one was the first, and I doubt that there would ever be two better candidates to face off in this type of match up ever again.
What is still special about this match is that it ended 1-0 in sudden death. There were no cheap falls, cheap submissions or DQ's, this was simply an outstanding match up.
What this entire match personified in a way that few others can compare with, is the passion for the business. It combined technical excellence, emotion, the most competitive rivalry in the history of the company, showmanship and two of the very best at their craft.
We've had matches as good as this, we've had feuds that can match it, maybe even wrestlers as talented as both Bret Hart and HBK, but the overall end product in this match relied on their passion for the sport and their natural in-ring chemistry.
The closing moments of the show, when Shawn Michaels realised his boyhood dream shows the world what being world champion should mean to the winner. Many critics may argue that in today's product, the titles significance is lacking, that the belt is not as prestigious anymore.
HBK showed more than anyone I can remember just what it meant to him on that night, and that image endures to this day.