We will of course go through the formality of asking you to vote for Match of the Year as 2010 draws to a close, but, truly, we don't need to. It's going to be Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker for the second straight year. I know there are nine months remaining in 2010, and I'm sure there will be some superb matches in WWE, TNA, Ring of Honor, and even in the indies over that time; you can choose among them for second, third, and fourth place. Michaels-Undertaker was a five-star dramatic classic that, because of the retirement stip, exceeded the original.
Congratulations to The Undertaker for extending his WrestleMania streak to 18-0. Impressive as that is, let's not get carried away. This is pro wrestling after all, so while it's nice that Undertaker was deemed worthy of WM victories 18 times, it could not have happened without some divine intervention from the top of the Tower.
Michaels' streak of seven straight Matches of the Year (including, if you will, 2010) is almost entirely of his own doing. Sure, you have to give credit to his dance partners, Underaker, Ric Flair, John Cena, Vince McMahon, Kurt Angle, Triple-H, and Chris Benoit, but the common denominator is glaringly obvious. Aside from Flair and Benoit, none of these men has been in a Match of the Year with another opponent.
There are fans of Ric Flair and Bruno Sammartino and even The Undertaker who might not like to read this, but Shawn Michaels--win-loss record aside--is the greatest wrestler of all-time.
A note about WrestleMania 26: Taken as a whole, this was not a great show. Some early Internet chatter have even mentioned this as the worst WrestleMania of all-time. Had it not been for the aforementioned grand finale, I might give the notion some serious thought. Granted, my $59.95 will be reimbursed by my employer (I could not make the trip for personal reasons), but when I turned off my TV set, I was content. For those of you who have bought boxing pay-per-views, you never expect much from the undercard, but you're angry if the main event is not worthy of the purchase price. This one was.
I anxiously await your take on WrestleMania 26.
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