Greetings. I figured with the Streak ending in perhaps the most boring, and understated manner of all time, we’d take a look back at the glory days. The only decent way I could see this whole Undertaker ordeal working out, is if now that he has nothing, Sting shows up and says he wants his go. That he doesn’t want the streak, he just wants The Undertaker. At his best. They both get a year to train, and tadow. I don’t think it’ll go that way, but it’d be nice.
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On with The Streak.
The Undertaker vs Jimmy Snuka – Wrestlemania 7 – March 24th, 1991
It’s funny how tame the sets look back then. I mean, this is Wrestlemania, and the entrance is nothing more than a black curtain with the WWF logo on top. These days they must spend millions on the entrance sets alone. The match itself, well there’s not much to speak of. Snuka’s clearly off the cycles. They wrestle in slow motion for about 6 minutes, then screw up a spot where Taker was suppose to catch Snuka and turn it into the Tombstone.
Undertaker hits Snuka with the Tombstone, getting the pin at 4:20 | *1/2
The Undertaker vs Jake “The Snake” Roberts – WrestleMania 8 – April 5th, 1992
They trade punches for a bit, and the match doesn’t really pick up until Jake hits the first of two DDTs. When ‘Taker sits up from the first one, you can clearly hear you’ve got a future World Champion. After the 2nd DDT, Jake could have scored the pin, but wanted the Urn instead. Where does one go to fence an item that controls a super-natural wrestling zombie? Anyway, while he struggles with Paul, The Undertaker comes from behind him and delivers a Tombstone to the outside. Of course, you can see clear as day that Jake’s head is about 6 feet from the ground. But much like a present, it’s the thought that counts. A much better bout than the one against Snuka.
Taker hits the Tombstone outside, then rolls Jake in for the pin at 6:36 | **3/4
The Undertaker vs Giant Gonzalez – WrestleMania 9 – April 4th, 1993
This match was set up after ‘Taker defeated Kamala in a set of matches, and his manager, Harvey Wippleman brought in Gonzalez to extract revenge. Pretty cool entrance on Undertaker’s part. Bill Alfonso is the ref, before he got a set of teeth that were apparently carved out of rotted wood. I’ve never seen this match before, and right now I’m considering GG to be the worst wrestler to have wrestled for the Big 2. Oh boy, a really extended sleeper spot. This just keeps getting worse and worse until GG gives ‘Taker the chloroform rag about 6 hours into the match. He’s stretchered to the back while the crowd chants for Hogan. Yeah, like Hogan is just gonna rush out to deal with a foreign bad guy when he uses an illegal substance on the good guy.
Gonzalez is DQ’ed for his use of a chloroform rag at 7:33 | DUD
The Undertaker vs King Kong Bundy – WrestleMania 11 – April 2nd, 1995
For those who don’t know, Al Bundy was named after KKB himself. And his neighbors Steve & Marci Rhodes were named after The American Dream. It wouldn’t shock me if Dusty tried to get royalties. This match was set up after KKB interfered in Undertaker’s match against IRS at the Rumble, and they stole the urn. For a while the focus is more about The Undertaker trying to get the urn back on the outside. He does at first, but while back in the ring, Kama runs down to take it. Afterward, Bundy & Taker put on a quality match that could sell out a gym in any state. At one point ‘Taker bodyslams Bundy, however I’m not sure if it was a body-slam, or a botched Tombstone attempt. Either way, a flying clothesline finishes it.
Bundy gets hit with a flying clothesline, then pinned at 6:36 | *3/4
The Undertaker vs Diesel – WrestleMania 12 – March 31st, 1996
Funny that the babyface Nash did shit as champion, but heel Nash made boat-loads of cash for the competition. The match is a lot better than I expected. Plenty of fists thrown in between power-moves such as side-walk slams and big-boots. At one point The Undertaker receives two Jack-knife powerbombs, but refuses to die. Soon after it’s the typical Undertaker formula, but leading up to that is a pretty decent match.
Undertaker delivers the Tombstone, earning the pin at 16:46 | ***
The Undertaker vs Sycho Sid [C] – WrestleMania 13 – March 23rd, 1997 – WWE Championship
After Hall & Nash left, Sid became my main man. So, I was pretty bummed out when I saw this PPV, knowing that as cool as I thought Sid was, there was no way he could beat The Undertaker. Bret shows up to dress-down Shawn who’s at commentary, then tells The Undertaker they aren’t friends anymore. He then calls Sid a fraud, who offers a powerbomb in response. I was too young to truly appreciate the fantastic work Bret was doing as a heel. As for the match, well, it starts off with a long bear-hug spot and doesn’t pick up much after that. Honestly, the best word to describe this match is slow. Very slow.
Taker with the Tombstone & the pin at 21:19 | **
The Undertaker vs Kane – WrestleMania 14 – March 28th, 1998
One of the most anticipated matches in my history as a fan. I loved me some Stone Cold, but Undertaker vs Kane was why we got WM14. According to Cornette, Vince Russo wanted Undertaker to chokeslam Kane through a table 2 weeks after Badd Blood. Now, that would have blown the wad of the angle and completely made everything they were trying to do pointless, so I have a hard time believing it was Russo’s idea. Unless the angle was suppose to end with Russo winning the title and having to forfeit it because his dick was too big to wrestle full-time.
I forgot just how strong they booked Kane in the beginning, I mean, he’s not even selling straight right-hands from The Undertaker, and you may or may not know this, but he’s the best pure striker in the game. It’s a decent enough match, but despite having a million more together, they just don’t have very good chemistry.
Undertaker delivers 3 Tombstones in order to put Kane down for the pin at 16:48 | **
The Undertaker vs Bossman – WrestleMania 15 – March 28th, 1999 – Hell In A Cell
When people call this one of the worst matches of all time, it’s not hyperbole, it really is. They bumble around and punch each other for the duration of the match until ‘Taker has The Bossman hung from the cage. JR says it’s symbolic. Symbolic of what? A hanging?
Undertaker forces Bossman to eat a Tombstone for the pin at 9:46 | DUD
The Undertaker vs Triple H – WrestleMania 17 – April 1st, 2001 – No DQ
They dub over ‘Taker’s Rollin’ theme, but we’re stuck listening to Lemmy guess the lyrics to a song he’s apparently never heard? This is God-awful.”It’s all about the Game, and how you game, it’s all about The Game and if you can game, game…blargel cermudgen…the game you can’t game is flip de floop claude toot ala smoore time to game the game”.
This match is without a doubt one of the hardest hitting I’ve ever seen. These guys go full tilt on each other to the point where I’d still stand behind my previous statement even if there were no weapons. But of course there are, with the highlight being Triple H pummeling The Undertaker with a chair so many times that it’s bent to a crescent. One hell of a match, and my favorite from WM17.
Undertaker gives HHH the Last Ride into the pin at 18:57 | ****1/2
The Undertaker vs Big Show & A-Train – WrestleMania 19 – March 30th, 2003
We find out before hand that Nathan Jones was jumped before the match, thus he won’t be able to complete. No, it had nothing to do with his complete inability to wrestle. He was awesome in Tony Jaa’s The Protector though. A-Train disrespects Undertaker by tilting the rear-view mirror on his bike. I see perhaps the best sign ever in ‘You Are Butt’. Considering I believe The American Bad Ass to be the worst main eventer of all time, I’m surprised this match isn’t completely atrocious. It was a well done power game, with no needless sleepers and other lame big-man spots. Good stuff.
The Undertaker hits A-Train with the Tombstone for the pin at 9:42 | **3/4
The Undertaker vs Kane – WrestleMania 20 – March 14th, 2004
I thought Paul Bearer was a nice touch, as this was seriously the 4th or 5th time he’d come back from the dead, so you gotta do something fresh. Kane is actually a decent actor, and is selling this really damn well. He’s almost in tears. The match is nothing out of the ordinary. Thankfully it’s short, and it doesn’t do any damage to any one person’s claim of WMXX being the best.
‘Taker hits the Tombstone & the pin at 6:36 | **1/2
The Undertaker vs Randy Orton – WrestleMania 21 – April 3rd, 2005
Match starts off right as Orton doesn’t show much fear, instead showing his ability to not only keep up, but go beyond The Undertaker’s speed & agility. From that point on, Randy gets flashes of momentum, but can never really keep a lead on ‘Taker, continually making brash mistakes instead of taking his time, which works perfectly here. Near the end however, it really gets going with the reversals and near-falls. Earning this match the title of Undertaker’s most underrated match at WM. Chokeslam reversal to RKO was brilliant.
Undertaker reverses Randy’s Tombstone into one of his own for the pin at 14:14 | ***1/2
The Undertaker vs Mark Henry – WrestleMania 22 – April 2nd, 2006 – Casket Match
Our first and only Casket Match at WM. Interesting that I was dreading having to watch this match, yet I’d actually like to see it with the current Mark Henry. Unfortunately we have the Henry of past, and this is just a bunch of punching, kicking, and attempts to put one another in the casket in a most boring way.
‘Taker puts Henry in the casket at 9:26 | *
The Undertaker vs Batista – WrestleMania 23 – April 1st, 2007 – World Heavyweight Championship
This was my favorite feud of 2007, as Taker & Batista went out there every time in their 5 match series and delivered way beyond any expectations; starting here at WrestleMania. Batista starts off the match with momentum in his favor following a spear, and doesn’t let up for a minute until ‘Taker demands the tide turn with rights, lefts, and a big-boot. They battle to the outside, highlighted by Batista powerslamming The Undertaker through a table in one hell of a moment. Back in, they really give people’s their money’s worth, trading finishers and near-falls until the crowd is frothing at the mouth. Great match, and easily one of the best at WM.
The Undertaker hits the Tombstone and grabs the pin at 15:00 | ****1/2
The Undertaker vs Edge – WrestleMania 24 – March 30th, 2008 – World Heavyweight Championship
As the year before saw Undertaker & Batista deliver my favorite series of matches for 2007, 2008 saw ‘Taker team up with Edge to do the same. Each time these guys stepped in the ring they delivered a match in the high 4 stars range, and it all started at WrestleMania 24 for the WHC.
An unbelievably fantastic match that show-cased & embodied everything that a main event is suppose to be. Both men had each other scouted to where once Edge’s initial run of momentum was over, neither ever got the upper-hand for long because it was counter after counter, like both men were in each others heads. Although Undertaker got his hand raised, I don’t think that there were ever any wrestlers better than Edge was on this night.
Edge taps out to Hell’s Gate at 23:50 | ****3/4
The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels – WrestleMania 25 – April 5th, 2009
I’ve seen this match 6 times. Why you ask? Because I think it’s the most over-rated match of all time, and I keep watching it to see if perhaps the last time will be the time I see what everyone is talking about. I’ve always had this pegged at 3 stars, and wondered if perhaps the 7th time was the charm.
It’s a solid match, unfortunately I think most of the aura about this match lies in having seen it live. This was the first time it was truly up in the air, and they were damn original. With the multiple finisher kick-outs, the energy would have been off the charts watching this live. However, seeing it as it is, it just doesn’t hold up.
‘Taker with the moonsault reversal into the Tombstone & pin at 30:41 | ***1/4
The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels – WrestleMania 26 – March 28th, 2010 – Streak vs Career
As you all know, I really didn’t like last year’s bout between them. This one, however, I loved. It was a fucking war. Shawn never showed signs of giving up, even after a tombstone to the outside, and continued pulling all the stops, especially with the moonsault onto Undertaker’s legs, crashing through the table. They gave us awesome near falls, without over doing the whole finisher ordeal like the year before. Seeing The Undertaker want to show mercy to Shawn, but only letting himself be pushed so far was a great story-line aspect. Awesome match.
Shawn eats a Jumping-Tombstone & pin at 24:00 | ****3/4
The Undertaker vs Triple H – WrestleMania 27 – April 3rd, 2011 – No Holds Barred
I don’t think there’s ever been a match that people were so divided on. Peeps either hate it, or love it. Myself, I’m on the love it side. I saw it live with a group of friends, and I’ve never had so much fun. Sure, when Mark Henry is taking a stab at the streak, it’s not in question, but half way through this one nobody was sure. Half of my group of friends were for Triple H, the other half were for Taker. When Triple H hit the Tombstone, the place exploded, and we all truly thought it was over. Great match
Undertaker puts Triple H in the Gates of Hell and gets the tap out at 29:25 | *****
The Undertaker vs Triple H – WrestleMania 28 – April 1st, 2012 – Hell in a Cell
Pretty surprised the cell’s Metallica theme is left in. JR just said that Shawn has to remain ‘unemotional’. I don’t think anyone has ever failed harder at their job. Later we see one of my all time favorite moments in wrestling when Triple H is seemingly trying to kill the Undertaker with countless chair shots. That’s why you have a cell match, and obviously these two are the only ones who remember that. A lot of people I was watching with thought the DX Finisher was it. Thank God it wasn’t. Love the assault Undertaker gives Triple H after that moment, it was great. In the end, it’s probably my least favorite of their WM series, but it’s still a fantastic match by any other standards.
Undertaker hits the WrestleMania finish at 30:52 | ****
If I ever watch the Undertaker wrestle at a WM again it’ll be too soon. I don’t know what it is, because superstar sets are suppose to feature multiple matches with the same person, but man did this set feel repetitive. It’s probably because around WM 14 or so, everything was the same. The entrance, the look, the spots, and the finish. Despite that though, you can’t argue the amount of quality matches on this set, as The Undertaker’s streak started to become something more than a win or loss record. Every year you expected the match to be a MOTYC, and it was living up to those expectations for a while.
At the moment, it’s unsure if The Undertaker will ever wrestle at WM again. If that’s the case, I don’t think there will be any regrets on his side or ours. The streak was the last title fans believed in. The last title that truly meant something and was a draw all it’s own. I honestly doubt we’ll see something like this again, despite the fact WWE will constantly try. Because that’s just it, something like this you can’t create on purpose.
4 out of 5 Head-Butts.