Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker, Steve Austin vs The Rock and other great WrestleMania matches

We have witnessed some great WrestleMania matches over the years.

Superstars such as Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker have featured in unforgettable moments.

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There have been absolute classics at WrestleMania
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And WWE fans might be in store for more memorable bouts when WrestleMania 36 takes place on April 4 and 5.

Brock Lesnar vs Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton vs Edge have the potential to steal the show.

Below, talkSPORT.com looks at some of the all-time great WrestleMania showdowns.

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Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant, WrestleMania 3

Despite being WWF World Heavyweight champion, Hogan was a massive underdog heading into the match.

He was coming up against 7ft 4ins Andre the Giant, who weighed a whopping 520lbs.

In one of the most iconic moments in WrestleMania history, Hogan somehow managed to pick up Andre the Giant and slam him to the ground before executing a leg drop and pinning him.

Against all odds, he retained his title.

Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart, WrestleMania 12

It is no surprise Shawn Michaels earned the nickname ‘Mr WrestleMania’ with the high calibre of his matches.

His intense rivalry with Hart made it on to the WrestleMania stage with a 60-minute Iron Man match – and it did not disappoint.

Without a pinfall in the allotted time, Michaels only needed one minute and 56 seconds more to hit Hart with a Sweet Chin Music to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

Bret Hart vs Steve Austin, WrestleMania 13

This match set the tone for the Attitude Era and gave birth to its new star… Steve Austin.

The Texas Rattlesnake lost the Submission match to Hart, but he didn’t tap out.

A bloodied Austin PASSED OUT leaving guest referee Ken Shamrock to call for the bell.

This was the beginning of Austin’s run as the face of WWE.

Edge and Christian vs The Dudley Boyz vs The Hardy Boyz, WrestleMania 17

This has to go down as the best tag team match in WrestleMania history – it’s hard to think of a better one.

All six men left everything on the line with the most memorable spot coming when Edge speared Jeff Hardy in mid-air.

Hardy also jumped off a ladder and through a table when his Swanton Bomb failed to connect with Bubba Ray Dudley.

It was a match that had endless spots, which had the crowd off their seats.

Edge and Christian ended up winning the tag team belts off the The Dudley Boyz.

The Rock vs Steve Austin, WrestleMania 17

This was the second of three matches as the pair fought at WrestleMania 15, 17 and 19.

Austin won the match thanks to help from long-time rival Vince McMahon, who broke up a pinfall when it looked like the Texas Rattlesnake was beaten.

Over and over again, Austin mercifully hit The Rock with a chair, which was handed to him by McMahon.

Austin and McMahon shook hands at the end of the match to further stun the crowd.

Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker, WrestleMania 25

Before Brock Lesnar did, Shawn Michaels arguably came closest to ending The Undertaker’s famous undefeated WrestleMania streak in 2009.

The Heartbreak Kid kicked out of a Tombstone Piledriver, which surely made a section of the crowd think he had a strong chance of winning.

Michaels had a horrific-looking spot when he missed The Undertaker with a moonsault and landed on the hard mat.

The Undertaker was nearly counted out when Michaels dodged his suicide dive, which connected with a cameraman.

It was a match for the ages.

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The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels met twice at WrestleMania
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Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker, WrestleMania 26

After coming so close to beating The Undertaker, Michaels had another crack at the next WrestleMania.

While this match did not match the heights of their WrestleMania 25 bout – something that would have been almost impossible – the storytelling was superb.

It was Streak vs Career.

If The Undertaker lost it would end his unbeaten streak, while if Michaels failed to win it would cost him his career.

After another valiant effort, Michaels was pinned by The Undertaker, which brought an end to the former’s wrestling career.

Brock Lesnar vs The Undertaker, WrestleMania 30

Big-name wrestlers such as Randy Orton, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, CM Punk, Batista and Kane all tried but failed to end The Undertaker’s streak.

It was a streak that was conquered by Brock Lesnar in shocking fashion.

Heading into WrestleMania 30, WWE fans were preparing for The Undertaker to make it 22-0 at the Show of Shows, despite the threat of his opponent.

The Beast shocked the crowd and viewers at home when his third F-5 of the match put The Undertaker and the streak to bed.

It will go down as one of the most memorable WrestleMania matches of all time.

Daniel Bryan vs Batista vs Randy Orton, WrestleMania 30

Daniel Bryan had fought tooth and nail to earn his much-deserved spot in a WrestleMania main event.

No one could have foreseen Bryan’s rise to the top after losing to Sheamus in 18 seconds in the opening match at WrestleMania 28.

But with the whole WWE Universe behind the 38-year-old, there was no stopping him when WrestleMania 30 came around.

Despite constant setbacks thrown his way by Vince McMahon, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, Bryan managed to get a WrestleMania 30 match against Triple H.

If he beat The Game, he would be added to the main event match against Batista and World Heavyweight champion Randy Orton.

In a terrific opening WrestleMania bout, Bryan was victorious over Triple H and went on to beat Batista and Orton to win the world title on The Grandest Stage of Them All.

It would genuinely be hard to find a single wrestling fan who was unhappy with that outcome.

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