John Cena's 50 greatest matches

#9 John Cena vs. Shawn Michaels: WrestleMania 23 (April 1, 2007)

Just one year after defeating D-Generation X's Triple H on The Grandest Stage of Them All, John Cena found himself standing across the ring from another DX member at WrestleMania 23 when he took on WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels in front of 80,000-plus at Detroit’s Ford Field.

Honoring the Motor City, Cena burst into the stadium in a Ford Mustang, shattering a glass partition in the process. (WATCH) The opening moments of the bout set the tone for the main event. Michaels extended a handshake, which Cena refused, leading HBK to slap the WWE Champion in the face. The two warriors slugged it out all over ringside, where HBK nearly knocked out the champion with a devastating piledriver on the steel ring steps.

After waging war for nearly half an hour, Cena muscled up Michaels for an Attitude Adjustment, only for HBK to wiggle out. The WWE Champion, however, caught on before The Showstopper could do anything, tripping him to the mat and locking in the STF. Michaels had no choice but to tap out.