Sunday, 2 October 2011

Wrestlemania 28 Countdown: The Top 28 Matches in Wrestlemania History - #25

Wrestlemania 28 Countdown: The Top 28 Matches in Wrestlemania History - #25

Wrestlemania X-Seven: The Undertaker vs Triple H

Wrestlemania X-Seven is considered one of if not the best Wrestlemania in all of Mania's illustrious history. One of the many great aspects of X-Seven is the incredible match between The Undertaker vs Triple H. The match was more of a brawl then an actual wrestling match though with your typical Triple H aspects. Broken announce tables and sledgehammers. In the end of the match, Triple H had The Undertaker in the corner but Taker countered and hit a devastating Last Ride for the victory.
This victory put The Undertakers streak (Even though it wasn't as focused on as it is now) to 9-0.

The TLP staff share their thoughts on why Triple H vs The Undertaker at Wrestlemania X-Seven is so great and why it is worthy of being in the top 28 matches in Wrestlemania history.

Darkside: The Undertaker vs. Triple H match at WrestleMania 17 was something I had been looking forward to for a while. Come 2001, Undertaker nor HHH had ever had a proper feud or storyline up to this point, so the storyline as Undertaker coming out on HHH when he said he had beaten everyone, was pretty cool to watch. The match delivered the usual Atttiude Era style with going into the crowd and brawling all over the arena. Undertaker's chokeslam off the camera stand on HHH was a cool spot as well. Undertaker eventually hit the Last Ride on HHH to pick up the win, and continue his WrestleMania Streak with 9-0.

Glenus18: In a match with great build, Undertaker vs Triple H at WrestleMania 17 is a match I'll always remember. Honestly, probably among the best brawl matches in WrestleMania history. The match swayed at various points, where you thought HHH almost ended the streak for good. In the end, with an intense ABA gimmick, Undertaker came out on top, ending the match in a good fashion.

Sykesy: Where to start? This match was just everything you want with these two guys. Both men were in their prime, Taker was using his best gimmick (imo) at the time and the ending was just 'WOW'. The whole match was just brilliant. I personally felt this match was greatly overshadowed by the TLC match and the WWF Championship match between Rock and Austin but this match although not the best of the night was certainly memorable for years to come. I am probably the only one on TLP, But I personally put this encounter over their match at WM 27. To me it is just a better overall match with many great aspects like the scaffolding elbow drop and the counter at the end of the match into the last ride. This match without a doubt is worthy of being in the top #28 matches in Wrestlemania history.

PROXY: Any older fans watching Wrestlemaina 27 this year would be forgiven for having a feeling of deja vu. It was 2001 and Undertakers streak was only beginning to come into its own. While many people hail Wrestlemania 17 as the everest of Wrestlemania's that won't be reached again, at least in the foreseeable future. This is mostly due in part to Rock v Stone Cold, it was the nights other main event thats still is considered one of 'Taker's more memorable "streak" matches.

For me this match really epitomised the "attitude era" of WWE(F). The match started outside the ring with your usual brawling techniques and continued throughout. When viewing this match again its easy to see how far professional wrestling has come from an in ring ability perspective but recalling this match from 10 years ago it really captured the hearts and minds of the WWE fans. The high spots for this match and for anyone watching it now goes to WWE for allowing these two superstars to get physical not just inside the con-finds of the ring fences but going outside to be one with the fans.

In the end it will take Undertaker to deliver the last ride to finish HHH off and to take his streak to 9-0. As mentioned when compared to todays standards the match won't win fans for the in ring display. What it will show though is a glimpse into a time when wrestling mattered and where a match will win you over through the power of entertainment.

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