Reliving 'The Streak:' The Undertaker defeats Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 25
Now that The Undertaker's famous undefeated streak has ended, we can now look back it in its entirety. In the days leading up to WrestleMania 31, we will take a look back at every memorable chapter of the feat that can never be duplicated. Here's a look at what became the holy grail of professional wrestling.
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The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (17-0)
WrestleMania XXV | Reliant Stadium (NRG Stadium) — Houston, Texas | April 5, 2009
Match length: 30:44
By 2009, The Undertaker had become by far the most successful participant in WrestleMania history.
No one had even come close to matching his undefeated streak and he had just come off back-to-back great matches to boot. He had become part of the foundation of the legacy that WrestleMania is built upon. He was WrestleMania.
But … he wasn't "Mr. WrestleMania."
That distinction belonged to Shawn Michaels, who had earned that moniker by posting numerous memorable performances on the industry's biggest stage. Yeah, some of those memorable performances came in losing efforts (WrestleMania X, WrestleMania 21, WrestleMania 23 just to name a few), but they were what people walked away from the show remembering.
Mr. WrestleMania versus the man that had never lost at WrestleMania was an easy match to get excited for, but no one was prepared for what every wrestling fan had the pleasure of seeing take place in Houston that night.
For my money, The Undertaker versus Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXV is the greatest match in WrestleMania history and one of the best matches ever.
Everything worked so perfect. The crowd was over the moon for the match and it was audible to the fans watching at home. The common perception is that the sound for wrestling events in stadiums isn't quite as loud as it would be in smaller arenas because the sound goes up. Not on this night. It was loud in Reliant Stadium on this night and everyone could tell.
The story that was told during the match was perfect. The way it was executed was perfect. I still remember the look of astonishment on The Undertaker's face when Michaels kicked out of the tombstone. It was so damn perfect.
The ending was perfect with Undertaker catching Michaels out of the air to finally finish him off. Everything was perfect except for The Undertaker's dive to the outside, where it looked like he broke his neck. How he got up from that and continued the match is still beyond my comprehension.
But what is well within my comprehension is that this match was among the greatest 30 minutes in wrestling history and it should have ended the show. For whatever reason, it didn't.
Although it didn't go on last, it didn't dampen the significance of this match.