Road To WrestleMania XXX – The Undertaker

The Undertaker's WrestleMania

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We saved the best, and longest, for last. The Undertaker is synonymous with WrestleMania and for good reason. The streak is now the most important thing going. Let’s look at The Undertaker’s WrestleMania career.

The Undertaker’s WrestleMania career

The Undertaker debuted at Survivor Series in 1990, making WrestleMania 7 his first WrestleMania. His early WrestleMania matches were nothing to write home about as he wouldn’t really become the king of the WrestleMania classic until much later in his career. He beat Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka right in the middle of the card and at WrestleMania 8, coming hot of the heels of beating Hulk Hogan for his first WWE championship (though losing it as it was held up the following Tuesday), was thrown on the card in the second match against Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

At WrestleMania 9, he had one of the worst matches at WrestleMania history, beating Giant Gonzalez by disqualification, which pushed him to 3-0. He missed WrestleMania X as he was taking time off to rest up after an injury.

At WrestleMania 11, he had another forgettable match with King Kong Bundy. He faced Diesel, who was on his way to WCW soon thereafter at WrestleMania 12. And yes, he won both of those matches if you didn’t know.

By the time WrestleMania 13 came around, he was in the official main event in a match with Sid Vicious. Vicious was the champion after some crazy booking in early 1997. At In Your House the month before, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bret Hart, Vader and the Undertaker were in a four corners elimination match for the vacant WWE title. Shawn Michaels lost his smile and vacated his WWE title on the Raw before the show. Bret Hart won the match and title and had to face number one contender Sid Vicious the very next night and lost. Vicious was the champ and the Undertaker was deemed number one contender for being the last person pinned in the elimination match. The match was a snoozer. Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels were both involved and the Undertaker was champion again.

At WrestleMania 14, the Undertaker faced Kane, who he would face again at WrestleMania XX. For this match, he was facing the most indestructible version of Kane’s character and it would take several tombstones to finally finish him. Their storyline has gone all over the place, but the original version was well written. Kane was the Undertaker’s half-brother whose face was scarred in a fire started by the Undertaker. Undertaker thought he was dead. Bearer took Kane and hid him and then unleashed him at the Undertaker in 1997 at the Bad Blood PPV.

As the leader of the Ministry of Darkness, the Undertaker faced the Big Bossman in the worst Hell In A Cell match at WrestleMania 15. It was highly touted, but wasn’t competitive and lasted less than 10 minutes. He missed WrestleMania 2000 because of injuries, but when he came back from those injuries, he was an entirely new character which lasted until WrestleMania XX.

He was now the American bad ass. At WrestleMania 17, he targeted Triple H who he said had never beaten him. Beating Triple H at WrestleMania 17 was the first of their three WrestleMania matches and took him to 9-0. The next year, he faced Triple H’s friend Ric Flair. He baited Flair into the match by attacking his son David. Arn Anderson interfered in the match, giving people a thought that the Undertaker’s streak could be broken. But Taker would persevere and beat Flair in one of the better matches on the card.

His WrestleMania 19 match was supposed to be a tag team match with he and Nathan Jones taking on A-Train and Big Show. But Jones was taken out of the match beforehand and it was turned into a handicap match. Jones helped him win pushing him to 11-0.

By the time WrestleMania XX came along, he went through yet another change updating his Deadman look. He lost a Buried Alive match to Vince McMahon at Survivor Series in 2003 after Kane helped Vince. Kane was taunted by the spirit of the Undertaker for the remaining months before their match even though Taker was nowhere to be seen until WrestleMania XX. The Undertaker won again and was 12-0.

The idea of ending the streak really started to pick up at WrestleMania 21. Randy Orton who was coming off his first championship reign challenged the Undertaker and wanted to end the streak. Because Orton was the young up and comer, there was some thought that the streak would end at 12, but the Undertaker prevailed yet again even though Randy’s dad Cowboy Bob Orton interfered.

It was Mark Henry who would fall the next year at WrestleMania 22. He hurt Taker’s chances to beat Kurt Angle for the title at the previous PPV and Taker challenged him to a casket match which sent his record to 14-0. At the next WrestleMania, the Undertaker would beat Batista for the World title. The match with Batista was excellent and began a second streak of great Undertaker matches at WrestleMania (which currently stands at seven straight).

At WrestleMania 24, the Undertaker and Edge closed the show. Edge was the World champion but succumbed to the Undertaker’s new submission move, the Hell’s Gates. The Undertaker was yet again the world champion and moved to 16-0.

WWE.com named his WrestleMania 25 match with Shawn Michaels the best match in WrestleMania history. Being there live, I found it hard to suspend disbelief thinking that there was no way Michaels could win, and while I was right, it was still a really good match. The two had a chemistry that only the greats have together.

They would rematch at WrestleMania 26 in a match that I thought was better because of the stipulation. Shawn Michaels put his career on the line against the streak. They put on an absolute classic and I would only put one or two matches above it in the history of WrestleMania (Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin and maybe Triple H vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels).

At WrestleMania 27 and 28, the Undertaker faced Triple H in two really good matches. At WrestleMania 27, the tease was that both men were at the top of their profession and the draw of the match was simply that they wanted to face each other to see who was better. It was ten years after their prior WrestleMania match and this time, Undertaker won again by submission, but even in winning, was the worse injured of the two. The idea behind their third match was that the Undertaker didn’t like how weak he looked after beating Triple H and wouldn’t accept no for an answer when he requested another match. It would be in Hell In A Cell and Shawn Michaels was the referee. It was my favorite of their three matches and ended in an epic moment where the three of them embraced on stage. It pushed the Undertaker to 20-0.

His WrestleMania 29 match was terribly built, but he and CM Punk still delivered the goods as the best match on the show. Punk did a great job with slick mannerisms that gave you a slight eye brow raise that maybe, just maybe he could win the match. He didn’t though, and the Undertaker went to 21-0.

Best WrestleMania match

Like I said above, his match with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 26 was tops for me and my second or third favorite match in WrestleMania history.


The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels WWE… by Wrestling-Nation

WrestleMania XXX

The Undertaker faces a real life American bad ass in Brock Lesnar. Brock Lesnar defeated Frank Mir, Randy Couture, and Shane Carwin, yet the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX may be his toughest opposition yet. Okay, I’m kidding, but still, it should be an amazing match.

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