Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Royal Rumble Top 30 - January 4

27. Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker - 2007
Before their two legendary matches at WrestleManias 25 and 26, the latter which ended HBK's career, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker produced one hell of a climax to the 2007 Royal Rumble. The two had been kept apart for nearly a decade at this point and in a match that's not typically known for amazing wrestling, they gave us a real nail biter that was also a pretty damn good 10-minute match, regardless of the Rumble setting. Taker was a bloody mess after Rated RKO wreaked havoc, Michaels was the proverbial house of fire, the hometown crowd was bonkers for HBK, JBL was awesome on commentary, it just all came together very well. It obviously wasn't anything like their WrestleMania classics, but if it would've ended with a pinfall instead of an over the top rope elimination and got an extra 5 to 10 minutes, it could've headlined any other PPV.

It was also a nice touch for The Undertaker to not only get his first Rumble win, but be the first guy to win at #30. It was also the greatest live moment I've personally experienced live when I got to see Undertaker take this Rumble win to WrestleMania 23 and defeat Batista for the World Championship. Think we might see him go for another Rumble win by returning at this year's event?

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