During tonight’s WWE RAW live from Chicago, the “Heart Break Kid” Shawn Michaels made a surprise appearance on the final RAW before this Sunday’s WrestleMania, to help hype up this Sunday’s Undertaker vs Triple H match-up. Below are the highlights of the tense in-ring promo:
Back from commercial and out comes The Undertaker to Johnny Cash’s “Ain’t No Grave.” Triple H’s music hits and cuts Taker’s off as Triple H makes his way out to the ring to a nice reaction as well. As Triple H is posing on the apron, Taker’s bells cut his music off and the lights go out. The bell tolls again and the music comes on. Triple H has entered the ring and comes face to face with Taker.
There is a long staredown between the two. Shawn Michaels’ music hits and out comes the Hall of Famer to a major reaction. Shawn struts his way down to the ring as the fans go crazy.
Shawn makes his grand entrance and poses as Taker and Triple H look on. Shawn says he is sorry for interrupting but there was no way he was going to miss this. Shawn says at WrestleMania 27, the biggest match of Taker and Triple H’s careers will take place. Shawn takes about Taker first and puts him over, then talks about the Streak. Shawn talks about Triple H next. Shawn says neither of them will be the same again after Sunday’s No Holds Barred match. Shawn asks Triple H what makes him think he can do what Shawn couldn’t.
Triple H says that Shawn got soft and that’s the truth. He says Shawn was more concerned with being the Showstopper. Triple H says he’s not Shawn, not even close, he has to win and will win. Triple H talks to Taker about first coming into WWE and watching how great “that guy” was. Triple H says he represented everything WWE was and should be, and he patterned himself after that guy. Triple H says that guy was Undertaker. He says he learned to respect Taker more and more everyday. He says there’s only one other person he respects as much as Taker and that’s Shawn. Triple H says he came back for one reason – to stand here out of respect and look Taker dead in his eyes, and tell him it’s time.
Triple H says Taker will always be the Phenom but after Sunday, he won’t be undefeated at WrestleMania. Triple H says he is the one, as in 18 and 1. Triple H tells Taker that he and his streak will rest in peace at WrestleMania 27. Taker grabs the mic. He says if he ever got to the point where he felt someone should put him down, he would want that person to be Triple H. Taker says that’s the respect he has for Triple H but it’s not that time yet. Taker says in the end, the streak will still be alive and so will he. Taker says if he doesn’t want to take his word for it, ask Shawn. Taker says Shawn walks around everyday as the man who gave him the two best WrestleMania matches of his career and he came so close but didn’t get it done. Taker says when he looks in Shawn’s eyes now, he doesn’t see the same confidence and arrogance. He sees a man that he humbled. Shawn doesn’t like the sound of this. Taker says he sees a man who will soon go into the Hall of Fame, full of regret. A man who’s career he ended.
Taker shoves the mic back at Shawn. Shawn goes for Sweet Chin Music but Taker catches his leg and pulls him in. Triple H steps in and breaks it up, coming face to face with Taker. Triple H tells Shawn to tell Taker why he will end the streak on Sunday. Shawn isn’t saying anything, he’s just staring down at the mat before exiting the ring, leaving Triple H hanging. Shawn just shakes his head and looks at Triple H before walking off. Triple H turns around and Taker laughs at him before exiting the ring. Ain’t No Grave plays as Taker exits the ring. He stops and stares up at Triple H one last time before walking off. Taker stops at the top of the ramp and looks back down at the ring before heading to the back and we go to commercial.