Shawn Michaels, the Undertaker on a snowy day

Another day of snowy blues fills the air as the cold white powdery substance that has been a hindrance in my quest for driving continues to pile onto the ground. I used to enjoy the snow, specifically around Christmas time. But after surviving a couple of weeks of Montana winter, I would be happy never to see snow again.

So after editing some stories, I decided to traverse Youtube and re-watch my favorite wrestling match.

I have been a wrestling fan for almost 30 years and this is my favorite match of all time. It features to my favorite performers – who have been competing in the squared circle since I was a kid – giving the best match of their careers. In an age where you have guys performing high spot after high spot, these two give a one-of-a-kind performance.

Description of the match from Wikipedia:

Michaels made his entrance descending on a platform to symbolize the light; in sharp contrast, The Undertaker entered second, ascending from the floor with fire shooting up from the stage. The match started with a fast pace by both men going for strikes to have them countered before Michaels feigned a knee injury to gain the advantage, and the pace slowed.

This led to an exchange of signature moves and submission holds, which saw Michaels escape The Undertaker’s Hell’s Gate and dodge multiple attempts at the choke-slam while Undertaker blocked attempts at Michaels’ Sweet Chin Music. The action went to the outside of the ring with Michaels attempting a moonsault, only to have The Undertaker avoid the attempt. This was followed by The Undertaker attempting a suicide dive over the top rope, only to have Michaels pull the nearby cameraman (played by Sim Snuka) into Undertaker.

The spot, however, did not go as intended. The idea was for Michaels to push the referee out of the way, and pull Snuka into the path of Undertaker and for Snuka to catch Undertaker before he hit the ground. However, Snuka was standing too far back and Undertaker landed almost head first on the protective mats surrounding the ring. He remained on the floor of the arena for some time, while Michaels revived the referee, rolling him back into the ring and having the referee start to count out the Undertaker. The official started to count as the Undertaker started to revive, and when the official got to the count of 9, Undertaker rolled into the ring, managing to beat the count of 10. The match continued with both men performing all of their respective finishing moves.

The Undertaker executed The Last Ride and Chokeslam, Michaels executed Sweet Chin Music twice and Undertaker executed a Tombstone Piledriver on Michaels – all of which scored near-falls. Undertaker won the match after Michaels attempted another moonsault only to be caught in mid-air by The Undertaker, who executed another Tombstone Piledriver for the win. As a result of this victory, The Undertaker remained undefeated at WrestleMania, extending his record to 17–0.

Throughout the match, fans were split, chanting for both Undertaker and Michaels, and at one point chanted “This is awesome”, referring to the match itself. This match won the Match of the Year Award at the 2009 WWE Slammy Awards which took place live on WWE Raw.It also won the Match of the Year award from Pro Wrestling Illustrated and Wrestling Observer Newsletter.


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