The 5 best WWE feuds from 2008-2013
The period from 2008 to 2013 was a deceptively good period in WWE programming. While some fans are quick to dismiss the period as too John Cena-centric, and a time before WWE branched out to embrace indie talent and make the most of its developmental territory.
Despite these limitations, they were also the years when talents like CM Punk and Daniel Bryan came of age in WWE programming and the final years of The Undertaker’s prime and Shawn Michaels’s in-ring career.
This article takes a look at the best rivalries WWE put together from this period with regard to storytelling, match quality, and impact of the storyline.
#5 The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels
In 2009, WWE pitted The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels against one another. They were a pair of iconic veterans without any established storylines going into the biggest show of the year. Thus, the company put together two of its top active legends, each synonymous with WrestleMania -- "The Deadman" for his undefeated streak at the show, and Michaels for building a legacy of great matches at "The Showcase of the Immortals".
HBK vs. The Undertaker was a compelling little feud that resulted in a sensational match at WrestleMania 25. Interestingly enough, the follow-up feud was even better. After accepting a Slammy that anointed their encounter the Match of the Year, Michaels extended the challenge for a rematch at WrestleMania 26.
The follow-up was terrific, with The Undertaker having nothing to prove and Michaels chasing him, hoping to win the Royal Rumble so he could challenge for The Undertaker’s World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, then costing "The Phenom" his title to further goad him into a match.
"The Deadman" did ultimately accept the challenge, but only on the condition that Michaels put his career on the line. So HBK got one last great rivalry, and one last great match before hanging up his boots.