In a series centering on capturing the most memorable moments from WrestleMania, Arda Ocal of the Baltimore Sun is getting thoughts from a variety of sources on what their favorite moment was at the "Showcase of the Immortals." And, as he put it, what would the list be without getting a take from "Mr. WrestleMania" himself, Shawn Michaels?
I'm less interested in "The Heartbreak Kid's" answer to that question as the interesting little nugget to come out of it: he thought his match with Undertaker at WrestleMania 25 on April 5, 2009, was as close to perfect as he could ever get and told his wife it probably should have been the last of his career.
"I'm incredibly appreciative and flattered that so many people have picked my first one with 'Taker (WrestleMania 25) as their favorite moment. I'm always very remiss about saying a match was "great." It literally means nothing anymore. But that match for me ... driving back home from Houston, looking at my wife and saying, 'Maybe that should have been the last one.' I don't believe you can wrestle a perfect match, but that's as close as I ever came. It was a feeling that both 'Taker and I had. I'm flattered by the way people think. It's one of things, you don't want to say it yourself. I don't know if matches can be perfect. But it really felt like it was a 9.9999999."
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Michaels, of course, did not retire after that match, instead wrestling a full schedule for one more year before rematching Undertaker at WrestleMania 26 with the added stipulation that his career was on the line. It was the way he decided to officially end his active career as a wrestler in another classic encounter.
But it wasn't as good as their match at WrestleMania 25, at least according to Michaels.