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    Re: WC's Greatest Superstars in WWE History - THE COUNTDOWN!

    Quote Originally Posted by Shock View Post
    The guys you could show a picture to anyone whether they were a fan or not and they'd have a good shot at knowing who they were.
    Undertaker fits this description better than some of the people you mentioned, so I don't know why you left him out of the group.


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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfan View Post
    Am i the only person who thinks the WMX ladder match is super overrated? Not saying it sucks.
    Nah, it's great. I don't quite have it at five stars (**** 1/2), but if anything, I find some underrates it.

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    I don't think it's a classic or anything and it won't be in my top WM matches but it still a very good match. Innovative and has a rewatch value that most don't have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim View Post
    Nah, it's great. I don't quite have it at five stars (**** 1/2), but if anything, I find some underrates it.
    I have it around ***3/4. I prefer the rematch. But like you Jim, ive grown tired of ladder matches. So i think even if i rewatch them, i may dislike them more.
    Here fishy fishy fishy.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfan View Post
    I have it around ***3/4. I prefer the rematch. But like you Jim, ive grown tired of ladder matches. So i think even if i rewatch them, i may dislike them more.
    I think it holds up nicely because it's not just some spotfest. It's a fight with a ladder involved. If more ladder matches were like that, I wouldn't have grown tired of them to some extent.

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    Wrestlemania X ladder match is superb. I love it, even if it's only the second best match of the night. I love the bulk of the Summerslam rematch more, but that one is let down badly by Michaels' stupid fuck up at the end.

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    WWE added another collection of Shawn Michaels matches onto the network today, they've got their finger on the pulse of the hot topics on WC

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    THE SHOWCASE OF THE IMMORTALS

    The next two entries on our countdown are fittingly placed together since their careers not only coincided greatly with one another, but because their careers intertwined heavily and are forever linked to one another.

    Our next two men are none other than “The Phenom” The Undertaker and “The Showstopper” Shawn Michaels! Two men who put in more than 20 unforgettable years in the squared circle for WWE. Neither man is without his faults, we can all recognize that, but when you get right down to it, the two of them have contributed immensely to WWE and our lives as wrestling fans. These are two wrestlers who were so dedicated to the business and so triumphant in their exploits that they were considered legends years before they would retire. As of this writing, The Undertaker still technically hasn’t technically retired and Shawn Michaels, for better or worse, may not have wrestled his last match either. When you think about men over the years who embody WWE, these are two of the first people who have to come into mind. They have massive legacies, they have incredible longevity and they are both extremely talented as wrestlers. These are two guys whose auras are captivating. These are also arguably the two men most synonymous with WWE’s greatest spectacle, WrestleMania. That really underlines what is possibly the biggest selling point of these two men near the top of this list. Both of these guys have incredible track records in the big matches. They deliver on the biggest stages (as long as they’re not in Saudi Arabia), which frankly can cover for a multitude of sins. If WrestleMania is "The Showcase of the Immortals" then these two men should never be questioned at GOATs.

    I know both men have their detractors and that’s totally understandable. Neither man is my favorite wrestler. But, I do have a great deal of respect for both Michaels and Taker and I think their position in this list is reflective of the fact that while neither guy is the box office sensation that The Rock, Hogan and Cena might be, they command recognition and have enjoyed careers sensational enough to put these guys in the top five of all time!




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    DEAD MAN WALKING…

    Don’t let Undertaker’s most recent exploits distract you from the fact that Undertaker was one of the single most daunting presences in WWE history. Undertaker hit the scene way back in 1990 and immediately made waves as a unique character with an impressive stature that had fans in awe from the second he showed he face. Unlike many entertainers who stick around past their peak, even to this day any arena that hears that infamous gong immediately lights up in anticipation of The Deadman’s arrival. He is larger than life in a way that very few could ever possibly mirror. He has a completely unbelievable character that by all means should have flopped or at least been played out by no later than 1997, yet we cynical wrestling fans choose to push all that aside and suspend our disbelief because Undertaker is that damn good and that damn cool. If you had the privilege of being a child at some point during Undertaker’s career you can remember that feeling of genuinely being intimidated by the man. You know, even if you knew that there’s no way this is a man who has died and come back to life and there’s no way he can teleport or make lightning strike or summon druids, you had that feeling of “well I better not say anything just in case”. THAT’S WHAT WWE IS ALL ABOUT BABY!

    Early in his career, Undertaker made his name by demolishing jobbers and putting them in body bags. If that’s not making a splash, I don’t know what is. Fortunately, WWE had the foresight to pair him up with the brooding Paul Bearer and the duo was a match made in wrestling hell. He steamrolled his way to the top and would win the WWE Championship for the first time just one year into his career by beating Hulk Hogan. Just think about how huge that is. The title wans’t exactly passed around a lot those days and Hulk Hogan didn’t exactly lose a lot those days. Undertaker became the top champion in the whole damn company only one year after debuting, defeating Hulk - and I can not stress this enough - Hogan! This would make him, at the time, the youngest WWE Champion in history. Now let’s breeze over the fact that he was only champion for 6 days because that part is irrelevant. He would make history once more by main eventing the first ever episode of Monday Night Raw (wonder what happened to that show) in early 1993, having become a bonafide star by this point in his career. Also notable during this early period in The Deadman’s career is the introduction of casket matches, one of which he would lose, before resurrecting and earning his name of “The Deadman” as he pivoted to an even darker, pseudo-supernatural character, beginning with his infamous match against The Underfaker at SummerSlam.



    One of Undertaker’s most prolific feuds began in 1996 with the debut of the unstable Mankind. This storyline was his most gripping to date and saw Paul Bearer betray him in favor of Mankind. This storyline would also see Undertaker buried alive once again, though he would return only a month later to defeat Mankind again, taking on the persona of “The Lord of Darkness” which he would sport throughout the Attitude Era. This was a new iteration of his character which meant more talking from Undertaker and a step towards his future persona of “The American Badass”. After disposing of Mankind, Undertaker would move into an even more prolific feud that would have ramifications on the entire rest of his career. This feud, of course, was against Kane, who Paul Bearer revealed to the world at Badd Blood: In Your House during the first ever Hell In a Cell match between Undertaker and - wait for it - Shawn Michaels.

    Kane came to WWE under the control of Paul Bearer who was using the monster as a weapon against Undertaker. Kane was caught in a fire as a child. The fire was allegedly started by Undertaker. Though Undertaker thought his younger brother died in that fire, he actually survived and was institutionalized by none other than Bearer who raised him and had waited until this moment to unleash Kane and allow the horribly disfigured evil incarnate to exact his revenge against Undertaker. He got some measure of vengeance at the Royal Rumble when he interfered in Undertaker’s bout against Shawn Michaels, which happened to be a Casket Match, and locked The Phenom in the casket before setting it on fire. This would lead to Undertaker’s disappearance, before returning just before WrestleMania XIV, this time displaying a full range of supernatural powers. Most notably, the control of lightning. At “The Granddaddy of Them All” he has his first proper collision with Kane, in a winning effort. Not a month later, he an Kane squared off in the first ever (this is becoming a trend) Inferno Match, won once more by Undertaker. Weeks before King of the Ring, Undertaker and Stone Cold faced Kane and Mankind in the first tag team Hell in a Cell match which would lead into the third ever Hell in a Cell match, contested between Undertaker and Mankind. This match would be a landmark moment in both men’s career and made for some of the most replayed highlights of any WWE match. You’ll recall Mankind being hurled off the top of the cell and down through the announce table, and then even more devastatingly, absorbing a chokeslam through the top of the cell and down into the canvas! The legacy of this match still resonates to this day and will likely never be forgotten.



    The next chapter in Undertaker’s career would begin towards the end of 1998 when Undertaker reunited with Paul Bearer, turned heel, formed The Ministry of Darkness and took on more of an occult style character. Though he was taking time off from the ring for much of this stint, his character development was significant and he played a giant role in the weekly happenings of WWE. Beyond that, he got a new, incredibly fire theme song and titantron video. The best of his career, in my opinion. The Ministry would merge with The Corporation and then the whole thing kind of got derailed in the most anticlimactic fashion imaginable when “The Higher Power” that was being built up for months was revealed to be Vince McMahon in a complete head scratching disappointment. But, what this era did deliver was some of the darkest moments of Undertaker’s long career, such as the borderline crucifixion of Stone Cold, the hanging of Big Bossman and the abduction of Mr. McMahon’s family. If this was Undertaker’s darkest on screen character, his next character would be his most… normal?

    YOU’VE DONE IT NOW!

    YOU’VE GONE AND MADE A BIG MISTAKE!


    No subtext there.



    Undertaker’s next phase would be that of “The American Badass” or “Big Evil” if you prefer! Quite possibly his most polarizing character, out of the many he portrayed, The American Badass saw him plow to the ring on a motorcycle, adorn an American flag and basically lay waste to anything that got in his way. Some people believe Undertaker’s match quality diminished at this point, and that might be fair, but he didn’t ditch the gimmick without giving us a few memorable encounters, including the ladder match on Raw against Jeff Hardy, the Armageddon Hell in a Cell match, the triple threat match with The Rock and Angle and his Hell in a Cell bout with Brock Lesnar to name a few. Sure, American Badass isn’t Undertaker’s best era but that’s kind of like saying Lakers era LeBron isn’t his best era. The man was still a huge deal and was able to play the crowd like a fiddle.

    He would be reborn into the undead version of himself at WrestleMania XX. It was a welcome return to Undertaker’s bread and butter and I would argue the point at which Undertaker reached living legend status. He disposed of Kane at WrestleMania XX and then had a year full of Paul Bearer hijinks, pursuing JBL’s World Heavyweight Championship and murdering Heidenreich which was thankfully capped off with on of his most memorable WrestleMania feuds and matches against Randy Orton at the 21st installment of “The Show of Shows”. The bout with Orton would prove to be the first meaningful match in THE STREAK and set the bar for all the encounters that were to follow, though not all of those encounters would reach that standard. For example, the casket match at WrestleMania 22 against Mark Henry. Not his best outing. But the match was built around Henry’s promise to end The Streak which solidified The Streak as a thing that would become a staple of WrestleMania. In the lead up to the next year’s Mania, Undertaker would win the 2007 Royal Rumble by eliminating none other than Shawn Michaels, before choosing to face Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship, a match that would be a certifiable show stealer and the first of a string of absolutely legendary WrestleMania matches from The Deadman. This was also Undertaker’s first World Heavyweight Championship win. That May, Undertaker fell victim to Edge, who cashed in the Money in the Bank on him to take his World Heavyweight Championship. Undertaker returned to feud with Edge and Batista over the title, unable to recapture it. He entered the Royal Rumble once more but this time Shawn Michaels would be the one who eliminated him. Undertaker pressed on and would win his first Elimination Chamber to earn the right to challenge Edge for his World Heavyweight Championship. Undertaker notched his 16th WrestleMania win and second World Heavyweight Championship by taking out Edge with the Hell’s Gates.

    The next four years would be huge for Undertaker who settled into semi-retirement. Though appearing sporadically, Undertaker had lost none of his gravitas. A feud began to take shape as WrestleMania XXV approached between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels who resented Undertaker and felt like being that he was “Mr. WrestleMania”, it was his destiny to end Undertaker’s historic streak. He fought through obstacles in order to get his hands on Taker and when the two icons met in Houston, Texas, they blew every expectation out of the water. In 2009, at the age of 44, Undertaker delivered his most well remembered match of all time and defeated The Heartbreak Kid in an instant classic. The loss consumed Michaels though. He asked for a rematch at the following year’s event, but was shot down. When his title qualifying attempts fell through, he resorted to drastic measures and broke into the Elimination Chamber to cost Undertaker his World Heavyweight Championship, provoking Undertaker to change his mind and accept the challenge from Michaels. However this match would come with a catch. If Michaels did not succeed in defeating Undertaker, he would be forced to retire. With all the chips on the table, Undertaker and Michaels turned in yet another classic, though Michaels fell short of his goal and was forced to RETIRE FOREVER~!



    As you can imagine, this didn’t sit well with one man. Shawn Michaels’ BFF Triple H who sought out to avenge his fallen comrade and would battle Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVII but would also find himself coming up short in a physical brawl that ended in dramatic fashion. This brawl, while fantastic in its own right, would simply be a prelude to what came next year.

    THE END OF AN ERA!!!
    (you thought)

    At WrestleMania XXVIII, WWE went all in on Attitude Era nostalgia and booked Undertaker vs. Triple H for the second year in a row. But, they decided to go ahead and put them in Hell in a Cell, a match that the two of them made famous over the years. And just for good measure, Shawn Michaels would be the referee. You see, because then it’s more dramatic. This bout was absolutely littered with spots, weapons, emotion, conflict, betrayals, suspense and it all ended when Taker managed to spike Triple H and get the one, two, three from a shattered Shawn Michaels! This win advanced Undertaker to 20-0 at WrestleMania and ended with the fantastic visual of Undertaker, Triple H and Michaels posing together at the top of the stage as this would unequivocally be the last time the three of these men were together inside a wrestling ring!

    Being 20-0 at WrestleMania is unprecedented. Quite literally. I believe John Cena is in second place right now for most WrestleMania wins and he has 10 (I believe). Just think about that. Then think about the fact that Undertaker wasn’t done yet! It’s starting to become repetitive but his next match at WrestleMania was a barn burner against CM Punk that was a runaway for match of the night. His next endeavour may not have been so critically acclaimed, yet it did provide us with a moment that will forever be etched in the memories of WWE fans everywhere. At WrestleMania XXX, the unthinkable occured when Brock Lesnar pinned The Undertaker to close the curtains on the incomparable Streak. It is one of the most unfathomable moments in the history of pro wrestling period. The match itself was hampered by a concussed Undertaker but the result left an arena of 75,000 in complete shock and silence. It was unexpected to say the least, and it shook WWE fans to their very cores while also cementing Brock Lesnar as one of the most legit guys in WWE history, being “The 1 in 21-1”.



    Since that fateful night, The Undertaker’s WrestleMania exploits haven’t quite been the same. He would conquer Wyatt the next year at WrestleMania 31 which truthfully was a better match than the year before. 2015 was kind of resurgence for Taker and likely his last great “run” as he finished off a trilogy against Lesnar with two acclaimed meetings at SummerSlam and Hell in a Cell of that year. Plus, he reunited with Kane to vanquish The Wyatt Family at Survivor Series, 25 years after first debuting in WWE.

    In the last three years, he defeated Shane McMahon in a Hell in a Cell, put over Roman Reigns and squashed John Cena at WrestleMania. This past year he has been more active, but maybe not for the better as WWE elected to rehash his old storylines and have him battle with Shawn Michaels and Triple H. What the future holds for Undertaker is a big unknown at this point in time, but I’d wager that he has at least one more big PPV match in him whether it comes at Mania or otherwise. And I’m certain when the time comes and he hangs up the boots for good, we will reflect on him as nothing short of a legend.



    For me what Undertaker represents is a true legend who transcends generations and maintained a mystique in an absolutely unparalleled way. I would call him the most timeless superstar in WWE history because I felt like each and every time Undertaker appeared on my screen, something special was happening. That was an effect he had and he possessed that power to engross you for almost 30 years straight. Truly remarkable. Beyond that, his loyalty to WWE and status as one of the most respected men in the back further cements his status as one of the most important guys to ever lace them up. In a nutshell, Undertaker is just someone who is so immensely important to WWE’s history, he HAD to be in the top five. From the introduction of new matches, to the captivating of the audiences, to the numerous classics, to the unparalleled Streak… Undertaker is synonymous with WWE and hands down one of the all time greatest.




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    Just look at how close the gap between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels is. Truly remarkable. And fitting.

    Shawn Michaels turned in a career anyone would be proud of, and he is rewarded and recognized here as the third greatest superstar in WWE history! While Undertaker burst onto the scene in grand fashion and demolished opponent after opponent, the path to glory was a little different for HBK who got his foot in the door as a tag team specialist as one half of the high voltage duo The Rockers after half a decade of grinding it out around what was left of the territories. Though the team did set the tag division ablaze, they never quite reached the pinnacle and Shawn Michaels had other ideas for how his career was going to go. So on December 2, 1991, Michaels decked his partner Marty Jannetty with a superkick and then tossed him through the window on the set of Brutus Beefcake’s Barber Shop in an instantly recognizable moment that sent a strong and clear message that Michaels was now a one man show!



    Well, mostly. Upon turning heel and taking on a more narcissistic character, MIchaels recruited the managerial services of Sensational Sherri and began his hunt for singles glory. Amid a steroid scandal, British Bulldog dropped the Intercontinental Championship to Shawn Michaels at the November 1992 installment of Saturday Night's Main Event. Around a week later, Shawn Michaels would have his most high profile singles match to date, encountering Bret Hart in the main event of Survivor Series in a bid for the WWE Championship, which he would be unsuccessful in capturing. This would, of course, not be the last time Michaels crossed paths with Hart at Survivor Series. Later in 1993, after losing Sherri as his valet, another man who would be pivotal to Michaels careers would arrive in the form of his bodyguard. That man was none other than “Big Daddy Cool” Diesel, with whom he would form The Two Dudes With Attitudes! Things took a turn for the worst for HBK when he was slapped with a suspension over the use of steroids, taking him out of action and forcing him to surrender his Intercontinental Championship. In a weird way, it would turn out to be somewhat of a blessing in disguise. He would return to WWE to find Razor Ramon was now the Intercontinental Champion, holding onto a belt that Michaels had never lost in a match. Michaels would refuse to acknowledge Ramon as the champion and instigated a match between the two that would go down at WrestleMania X. Two Intercontinental Titles would be suspended over the ring as Ramon and Michaels clashed in a ladder match that would prove to be the first of multiple five star matches in the career of Michaels. Though Ramon won the bout, Michaels re-established himself as one of the cream of the crop and would be on his way to the top sooner than later.


    The next item on The Heartbreak Kid’s agenda would be capturing the big one. Despite being very successful for much of the early 90s and getting several shots, the WWE Championship had eluded him for years. After he and Diesel experienced and ugly split, Diesel went on to capture the world title from Bob Backlund, making quick work of the champ and doing what Michaels had always hoped to do in just a fraction of the time. Michaels would win his first Royal Rumble in 1995 to set up a WrestleMania grudge match against Diesel for the WWE Championship at WM XI. Try as he may, it just wasn’t Michaels’ night, and Diesel was able to hold on to the gold. To make matters worse, HBK’s short term bodyguard Sid would turn on him the next night on Raw and take him temporarily out of action. The next year would prove tumultuous for Michaels, as he took on a face persona but suffered several setbacks in his journey, contemplating retirement at one point, only to return and win his second Royal Rumble in a row in 1996. This Rumble win set the stage for him to once more face Bret Hart for the top prize in the WWE. This time around, the two men would face off in an Iron Man match at WrestleMania XII which was an absolutely mesmerizing display of technical prowess and intestinal fortitude. The spectacle went on for over an hour and culminated in a win for Shawn Michaels, a moment which is forever immortalized as “the boyhood dream come true”. Not only did it cement Shawn Michaels as one of the biggest, if not the biggest star in wrestling at the moment, but it also embodied the shift of the company back to more athletically gifted stars who may not possess the same bravado that was the calling card of stars of the last generation, but could be relied on to command your attention with their proficiency between the ropes.



    THE BOYHOOD DREAM HAS COME TRUE!

    Unfortunately, due to his personal problems and waning health which had him contemplating retirement for years, Michaels’ was never quite able to fulfill his potential while holding the WWE Championship. Despite the numerous issues going on behind the scenes, Michaels would have notable and highly acclaimed defenses against Diesel, Mankind and Vader before his first reign ended with a loss to his former bodyguard Sid at Survivor Series 1996. This is a moment in time that will always be considered a blemish on Michaels’ record, as WWE intended to put the belt back on Shawn at the Royal Rumble and have him drop it to long time on-stage and real life rival Bret Hart at that year's WrestleMania. There were a few problems with that, though. First, Sid was having a pretty good degree of success as the champion. Unexpectedly so. WWE pushed on with its plans though and still had him drop the belt back to Michaels who was not considered a profitable champion to that point. As the company trudged forward towards WrestleMania XIII, Michaels saw a doctor who diagnosed him with a knee injury and advised him to retire. So, HBK went on air in February 1997 and surrendered his title in the infamous “lost my smile” promo. Though on the surface the whole things seems kind of inoffensive, it has been stated that Michaels used a doctor who wasn’t so familiar with professional wrestling as a sport and got a diagnosis that exaggerated the extent of his injury because he wanted a way out of losing his belt to Bret at that year’s WrestleMania. And he got it. The stunt caused a major rift between Michaels and others within WWE that would take many years to repair.



    And… if that wasn’t bad enough… the controversy was far from over for late 90’s Shawn Michaels. He returned in a matter of months after knee surgery and continued to wreak havoc, becoming very belligerent on screen towards Bret Hart and getting into altercations with fans. No less, he continued to be an effective wrestler and on screen persona, forming D-Generation X in August of 1997 with Triple H, Rick Rude and Chyna. They began to wage war against The Hart Foundation as well as Undertaker, who had beef with Michaels over a wayward chair shot that he took. The two men met in the critically acclaimed first ever Hell in a Cell match at In Your House: Badd Blood, won by Michaels after Kane debuted to attack Undertaker. As much credit as Mankind gets for the beating he took in his Hell in a Cell match with Undertaker, all of which is deserved, we really don’t talk enough about the level of brutality that took place in this first one between Taker and Michaels!

    This win over Undertaker solidified Michaels as the number one contender for the WWE Championship. The champion? Who else but Bret Hart.

    Despite the very palpable animosity between Michaels and Hart, WWE just kept putting them against each other in high stakes matches. I mean, it was unavoidable to an extent, but damn… anyways, you know what comes next: The Montreal Screwjob! At Survivor Series 1997 in Montreal, Canada, Bret Hart put his belt on the line against Shawn Michaels. Hart had recently signed to WCW and was set to depart from the company by the next month, but was unwilling to lose the title to Michaels in his home country. An agreement was made between the parties for the match to end in a disqualification, while the title would be transferred at a later date. Well, that didn’t happen. Instead, Vince McMahon showed up and directed Earl Hebner to ring the bell and give the match to Shawn Michaels who had Bret Hart locked in the Sharpshooter, despite the fact that Hart had never tapped out. The fallout was quite enormous, as Hart’s relationship with WWE was immediately fragmented and both McMahon and Michaels would turn into heat magnets in Canada and elsewhere from that point on. The match, to this very day, is one of the most talked about and debated events to ever occur and would be a controversial final chapter in what many would say was the feud of the 90s between Michaels and Hart.



    Michaels had little time to enjoy his third reign as WWE Champion, suffering a severe lower back injury that was going to require him to take extended time off from competing. His final bout would be a struggle for him, though he still managed to turn in a memorable performance, dropping his title to the red hot Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania XIV before riding off into the sunset. The match may not have lived up to the in ring expectations that either man were accustomed to, but the build was huge and the show turned in a great box office, thanks to the gravity of these two top stars and the addition of “Iron” Mike Tyson as the special guest enforcer. This match is one of the ultimate passing of the torches in WWE history as Michaels would not wrestle again for four years, during which time Stone Cold Steve Austin took the company to new heights and became one of the most prolific wrestlers to ever live. One thing that I think is worth noting is that although there was only two years between Michaels’ first WWE Championship win and his early retirement, he already cemented himself as a legend in WWE and had he never wrestled again, there’s a good probability we would still be talking about him as one of the greatest to ever do it!



    THE COMEBACK KID

    Fortunately, WrestleMania XIV wasn’t the last we saw of Michaels in the ring. Between 1998 and 2000, Michaels remained on-screen mostly as commissioner. After disappearing for a year and half, Michaels returned in 2002 to join the nWo at the tail end of its run in WWE. After the dissolution, Michaels would take on a long running rivalry against his friend and former partner Triple H who had now moved into the position of top dog in WWE. Their feud saw them do war in an Unsanctioned Match at SummerSlam, the first ever Elimination Chamber at Survivor Series (where Michaels won the World Heavyweight Championship for the first time) and in a Three Stages of Hell match at Armageddon, which Triple H won to temporarily end the bloody feud. Michaels would then encounter a young competitor who was ferociously chasing down HBK’s legacy. A man that he had some of his very best matches with over the remainder of his career. That man was Chris Jericho, who idolized Shawn Michaels and became obsessed with eclipsing him. After eliminating one another from the Royal Rumble, the two agreed to go at it at WrestleMania XIX. They turned in a show stopping performance early in the evening that Michaels would win. Though Michaels showed respect to his peer, Jericho turned on Michaels and left him writhing in pain in the ring after a low blow.

    He continued to struggle with Triple H and his stable, known as Evolution, for the rest of 2003. At one point seemingly winning the World Heavyweight Championship, only for the decision to end up being reversed. With Michaels and Triple H unable to settle their differences, they continued to feud through early 2004 and leading up to WrestleMania XX, only for Royal Rumble winner Chris Benoit to join the fray and set up a triple threat match for the belt on the grand stage, which Benoit would walk away victorious from, a match that most consider a five star classic and possibly the greatest triple threat match of all time. The war between Triple H and Michaels raged on through the remainder of the year, until Michaels was sidelined with an injury, which served as the effective stopping point for the feud. Making his return at the 2005 Royal Rumble, Michaels began a feud with Angle which was rooted in the premise that Angle believed himself to be WWE’s greatest in ring talent and didn’t buy into Shawn Michaels’ nickname of “The Showstopper, The Headliner, Main Event”! At WrestleMania 21, Shawn Michaels turned into his third consecutive match of the night at the event when he an Angle went almost 30 minutes and tore the house down, though Michaels fell short and had to tap out to the ankle lock.



    THE SHOWSTOPPER

    THE HEADLINER

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    Next year was same story, different day. This time, Michaels found himself battling Mr. McMahon after a dispute over the Montreal Screwjob rekindled their rivalry. They met in a No Holds Barred match which Michaels won. Many publications praised the match up and named it the match of the night. This rivalry with McMahon would ultimately spawn the return of DX, as both Michaels and Triple H had a bone to pick with McMahon and his various stooges, namely The Spirit Squad whom they routinely embarrassed and disrespected before easily dispatching the group i a 2 on 5 handicap match. The DX reunion proved to be popular among most fans, though it wasn’t without its detractors. It still provided a nice nostalgia trip and was met with raucous cheers in almost any building they traveled to. Once more on the road to WrestleMania, Michaels was seemingly audibled into the main event when his partner suffered a knee injury that caused him to miss the event. Michaels instead would go on to face WWE’s top star John Cena at WrestleMania 23 at Ford Field which was the company’s highest grossing, most bought and second most attended PPV in history at that point. As per usual, Michaels delivered what many considered the match of the night and gave Cena, arguably, the match of his career up to that point. That is, until about a month later when Shawn Michaels and John Cena once again met on an edition of Raw from London where they went close to an hour in what has to be the best match in the history of Monday Night Raw and possibly the best match of either Michaels or Cena’s careers.



    Now if the previous four years worth of stealing the show at WrestleMania weren’t enough for you, the next three would certainly put Michaels in a class all his own. As Wrestling XXIV rolled around, Vince McMahon made the stipulation that the next match Ric Flair lost would be his last, as he would be forced into retirement. Despite this, Flair challenged Michaels for a showdown at the Citrus Bowl which Michaels begrudgingly accepted. The match, though lacking in some elements, was an emotional rollercoaster and taking everything into account, delivered in a huge way and ended in dramatic fashion with Michaels telling Flair “I’m sorry… I love you” before creaming Flair with the Sweet Chin Music and making the pin to close the curtains on Flair’s WWE career. It is absolutely gut wrenching to watch and one of the finest pieces of wrestling theater you could ever find.

    The aftermath of this match saw a few people take exception with Michaels’ retiring of Flair, including Batista. A brief feud with Batista was transitioned into a longer and more substantial one with old nemesis Chris Jericho who found Michaels to be deceitful and dishonest, and was furious that the fans would rather cheer that kind of person while booing him. What followed was easily one of the most visceral feuds of Michaels’ career against Y2J who put Michaels through the Jeri-tron and punched Michaels’ wife, before winning their blowoff match, a ladder match at No Mercy 2008 which was yet another match of the year contender.



    The final (as far as I’m concerned) chapter of Michaels’ career came in 2009 and 2010 as his epic rivalry with The Undertaker sent Michaels out on the highest of highs. The feud was yet another case of obsession, as Michaels failed to beat Undertaker at WrestleMania XXV and went to extreme lengths to gets shot at redemption at WrestleMania XXVI, including putting his career on the line. He took the loss in his final match, as Undertaker continued his Streak and Michaels went out much like Ric Flair had two years prior.



    This concluded a long and decorated career for Michaels who influenced countless stars since his ascension to the top of the card. From his captivating days as The Boy Toy, to his exploits as a Degenerate and his triumphant return as one of the most beloved superstars in all of WWE history, Michaels was a walking highlight reel and used emotion to draw fans in like few others ever have. His career is littered with an obscene amount of classic bouts, delivering through highs and lows in his personal life, and his feuds with the likes of Bret Hart, Triple H, Chris Jericho and The Undertaker all rank high up in the echelon of legendary wrestling rivalries. If there is a better big match performer in the history of WWE, I haven’t seen it. Michaels might not be a larger than life figure like Hogan and Cena. He might not be the technical wizard that Bryan and Hart are. He isn’t able to mesmerize you with an innovative high flying arsenal like a Mysterio or Styles. He doesn’t command a microphone like Rock or Austin do. Despite all that, I feel like Michaels is at least one of the most complete performers to ever grace a ring, with only a couple of names coming to mind that can rival him in that department. He has no fewer than eight WWE matches of the year, ten WrestleMania matches of the night, a couple of feuds of the year, and a handful of “firsts” in WWE history to his name. He was a legend years before he retired and deserves his due for impacting WWE’s in ring style for years to come and helping to contribute to the in ring style that is most prominently used in the company today. Michaels goes down as one of the most respected wrestlers to ever compete for WWE and a worthy recipient of his many nicknames.
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    Undertaker missing 666 points by 1 is pretty funny.


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    Booooooooo you should of just released Taker at #4 and have others worrying about Shawn sweeping the board Those two are super close together on points.

    I agree with Shawn just infront of Taker, I'm not gonna go into the Shawn stuff again so I'll focus on Taker. Greatest wrestling character ever, literally nothing like seeing him in person compared to other wrestlers, can get unbelievable reactions from the crowd by just turning his head or sitting up at the right moment because he's got such in-ring presence, he's a master at WWE's brand of wrestling. He also has a lot of reach as a superstar to casual fans, my mates who grew out of wrestling would ask me every March 'whats taker doing for mania?', he was literally the only guy they'd ever be interested in checking out his matches because the streak was a draw - even when he lost to Roman and 'retired' I had loads of texts from people who haven't watched in 20 years asking if he's really done with wrestling, he stuck in the memory that much to people.

    However there are large chunks of his career that are incredibly dated, stale and not very entertaining and in recent times it's just pretty sad to see him. The older you get, the more goofy his act becomes, the supernatural shit is great when you're a kid, but when you're late 20s and Taker's trying to scare people with CGI lightning bolts when the rest of the show is serious, it's pretty jarring. There's also the issue of the inconsistent in-ring work and his promos being fairly repetitive. I get the feeling if Taker had debuted in the company in the modern era, he would of got about the same level of respect and adoration that Bray Wyatt gets.

    I think the the most important factor in why I couldn't put him any higher is that he never feels like he's #1. He's a loyal soldier to Vince, but in terms of a hierarchy he feels more of a supporting character to Hogan, Bret, 90s Shawn, Austin, Rock, Cena than he does on their level. I think length of world title reigns and his gimmick lending itself to be booked outside of the main events in non-title feuds contributes to that.

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    Undertaker is definitely a supporting character. Funnily enough if he retired after Wrestlemania 30 I'd probably have voted him higher. The shit he's done since has tarnished his career.

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    Will still argue HBK is several spots too high, but whatevs. Taker I can buy as a top 5 guy, recogniseable enough to the masses (not to the extent of Hogan, Austin, Rock, Cena mind), longevity, star power. Only slight against him is he was never pushed as "the guy" at any point. Even with the streak it was only the WM main event on a couple of occasions, and too many of his World title reigns came during the brand split era when every main eventer got a reign or six.

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