6. Shawn Michaels vs. Kurt Angle, WrestleMania XXI

Date: 4/3/2005
Location: Los Angeles
Storyline: An old-fashioned grudge match to settle a simple argument: Who's the better wrestler?
Winner: Kurt Angle, via ankle lock at 27:25
The match itself is a slow boil, with some crisp mat wrestling to start. It really picks up, however, once Michaels takes it to the floor with a flying cross body. From there, the two legends put on a clinic—high work rate, deft counters, and masterful storytelling—with a hot finish that'll make you forget the whole thing is, you know, fake.

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