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Steel Cage WrestleMania Predictions: Taker vs. Michaels

Alfonso Castillo picks: The Undertaker - The stakes couldn’t be higher, as it is nearly impossible to think of either the Undertaker’s WrestleMania winning streak or Shawn Michaels’ career coming to an end. I am a big believer that the Taker’s streak will never – and should never – be broken. It may be WWE’s single most valuable booking commodity, even above both its world titles. And so that must mean that Shawn Michaels will retire, no? Not really. If history has taught us anything, it’s that wrestling retirement stipulations never hold up. I expect Michaels to take his usual post-Mania hiatus, and likely be back in time for SummerSlam – perhaps being reinstated for a blood feud with Triple-H.  Regardless of who has their hand held high at the end of the match, the real story here is in the kind of match that these two, nearly-50 year old veterans can deliver. Their match at last year’s WrestleMania was widely celebrated as the greatest WrestleMania match in history. And many fans’ expectations are for Michaels and Taker to top themselves this year. And so their mission for this match up is quite a lofty one – to deliver the greatest match in the history of WrestleMania, if not, all of wrestling. I wouldn’t be surprised if they pull it off. There’s some thought out there that this match is destined to end in some kind of screw job that keeps Taker’s streak in tact, but also leaves the door open a crack for Michaels to renege on his retirement promise. That might have been WWE’s plan at some point, but I think the anticipation for this match has risen so much that WWE is obligated to deliver a decisive finish. And, ultimately, that means Shawn Michaels being pinned after a tombstone.

Anthony Castellano picks: The Undertaker:?I know it should be all about the titles and nothing should be above that. But this event is all about this match and these two men. The hype and build up for this match has been phenomenal. I just hope that fans do not expect this match to be on the same level of last year. I just think the bar is set way too high after what these two did last year. In the end, the Undertaker will be 18-0 and HBK’s career will end, at least for the time being. However, Taker will not improve to 18-0 fairly. I see the WWE throwing in some kind of swerve to give Taker the win. Whether he cheats for the win or someone helps him, it will not be a clean win. None the less, 18-0.

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