Hello again everyone. Welcome the historic 200th edition of your favorite Tuesday and Friday bitchfest lovingly called The Way I See It.
It’s time to kick this puppy off (we here at LOE do not endorse the kicking of puppies) (Though we do find it hilarious).
To get started I want to ask you do one simple thing for me. Close your eyes for a minute and say the word WrestleMania.
What came to mind when you did that? Hogan slamming Andre? Benoit and Eddie Guerrero celebrating in the ring with there respective titles? The Rock getting Hogan to turn face again? Sheamus beating Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds?
What came to my mind where 2 simple words. The Streak.
Yes Undertaker’s legendary undefeated streak at WrestleMania. Currently it stands at 20-0. Think about that for a second. TWENTY WINS AND ZERO LOSSES. And WrestleMania only comes once a year. That’s TWENTY YEARS not only in the business, but with the same company. Undertaker stood with WWE/WWF in the dark days of the Monday Night War when guys were jumping to WCW on a daily basis and WCW was killing WWF in the ratings. Now THAT is loyalty.
It’s a streak that even if it is broken, is untouchable. Most guys don’t even make it 20 years in their career. Let alone with the same company. And to be undefeatable on the biggest stage in the business is an amazing achievement. The thing that makes The Streak work is that the majority of the time they make it look like Taker COULD lose. Yet he never does.That’s why I’m using my 200th column to honor The Undertaker and the 17 guys who went down in his 20 wins at Mania. We’ll look at every single WrestleMania match Undertaker has had. Every single opponent. We’ll even cover when The Streak officially became The Streak.
WrestleMania VII in Los Angeles on March 24, 1991 saw the WrestleMania debut of The Undertaker has he took on Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka.
Undertaker had been in the company for only 4 months at this point so there was no real back story to the match other than to make Undertaker look like a threat in the company.
The match started with an intense stare down between the 2 men. Snuka tried to go to the top but Taker stopped him with forearm shots to the back of the head and kicks to the gut. Taker dominated Superfly with punches and a flying clothesline. Superfly whipped Taker into the corner and tried to mount some offense but a boot to the face sent Snuka over the top rope and out of the ring. Snuka was suplexed back into the ring. Taker went for an elbow drop but Snuka avoided it. Superfly got a few punches in and a headbutt but Taker stayed on his feet and played it off like he didn’t even feel it. Snuka went for a cross body but Taker sidestepped sending Superfly out of the ring again. Superfly went for a springboard cross body off the top rope, but was caught in midair and given the Tombstone Piledriver at 4:20 to become the first victim to The Streak in what would become Undertaker’s shortest Mania match ever.
R.I.P. Jimmy Snuka
On April 5, 1992 WrestleMania VIII took place in Indianapolis, Indiana. Undertaker would face Jake “The Snake” Roberts.
Taker had become allies with Roberts to help conquer The Ultimate Warrior. After Warrior left the company, Roberts turned his attention to “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth. Roberts was about to hit Elizabeth with a steel chair, but Taker stopped him thus proving even the undead have morals when it comes to attack women. Roberts then turned on Taker during an episode of The Funeral Parlor by trapping Taker’s hand in a casket, DDTing Paul Bearer and attacking Taker over and over with a steel chair thus setting up a match between the two on the grandest stage of them all.
The match started with Jake circling Taker. Taker went for a forearm shot but Roberts ducked it. Roberts used his speed to avoid another forearm shot and got in a punch of his own that only made Taker mad. Roberts kept hitting punches to no effect. Taker was clotheslined out of the ring but landed on his feet. Then he pulled “The Snake under the bottom rope and a brawl ensued on the arena floor. After meeting the ring post face first Roberts rolled back in the ring. Roberts got a kick and a few more punches in as Taker climbed back in the ring. Taker reversed an Irish whip and gt Roberts in the corner and started pounding away. Roberts was whipped all over the ring and was being choked in the corner until the referee broke it up. A flying forearm put The Snake on the mat. Taker went to end it with a Tombstone, but Roberts countered it into his trademark DDT. Jake started playing to the crowd but Undertaker simple sat up like nothing happened. A short arm clothesline from Roberts put Taker on the mat again, but not for long. Roberts then hit a 2nd DDT. Rather then pinning The Undertaker Roberts left the ring and stalked Paul Bearer. Meanwhile Taker set up again and came to Bearer’s aid as Roberts tried to steal the Urn. Roberts was Tombstoned on the arena floor then rolled back in the ring for the 1-2-3 at 6:36.
R.I.P. Jake “The Snake” Roberts
Following the Jake Roberts feud, Undertaker started feuding with Kamala and Kamala’s handler Harvey Whippleman. Whippleman brought a new man into the company named Giant Gonzalez for the sole purpose of getting rid of Undertaker. Gonzalez debuted by costing The Undertaker a Royal Rumble win and setting up a match at WrestleMania IX held at Caeser’s Palace in Las Vegas on April 4, 1993. An interesting note here is that this is the first time The Undertaker used a flashy entrance as he entered on a chariot with a vulture
Gonzalez started with forearm shots to the beck of Taker’s head. Taker responded with uppercuts to the jaw of the giant. Taker got had Gonzalez by the troat but Gonzalez broke the hold with a low blow while the referee was distracted. Taker then walked the top rope and delivered an elbow to the back of Gonzalez’s head (a move later named Old School). Taker kicked away on the reeling giant. Gonzalez took back control with a boot to the face and a clothesline. Then Gonzalez applied a reverse chinlock that lasted an agonizingly long 2 minutes until Taker broke it with elbows to the gut. Gonzalez then tossed Taker to the floor. On the arena floor Gonzalez slammed Taker’s head on the ring steps and whipped the deadman into the steps. Back in the ring Gonzalez hit a couple head butts that Taker no sold in normal Undertaker fashion. Taker kept hitting Gonzalez over and over and the giant fell to one knee. Harvey Whippleman distracted both Taker and the referee and tossed a chloroform soaked rag in the ring. Gonzalez chloroformed The Undertaker and the commentary team played it up as the smell of death was coming out of the rag.. The referee disqualified Giant Gonzalez at 7:33 giving the win to The Undertaker
After the bell Taker went down. Gonzalez was pandering to the crowd and choke slammed one of the refs. Taker got the stretcher job but returned a few seconds later and took Gonzalez down with 3 clotheslines.
This was considered the worst match in Taker’s WrestleMania career and is the only one that Taker didn’t have a decisive victory. Imagine if you will had the referee had been an idiot and didn’t smell the chloroform. We would have The Undertaker’s streak ending to Giant Gonzalez. Scary thought, isn’t it?
Undertaker was gone from the company the majority of 1994 so he missed WrestleMania X at Madison Square Garden. When he returned he entered a feud with “Million dollar Man” Ted DiBiase’s Million Dollar Corporation. At Royal Rumble 1995 Undertaker faced Irwin R Schyster. During that match King Kong Bundy interfered allowing the Million Dollar Corporation to steal The Undertaker’s urn thus setting up a match between The Undertaker and King Kong Bundy.
The match would be held At WrestleMania XI in Hartford, Connecticut on April 2, 1995 and was refereed by American League baseball umpire Larry Young because WWF was playing up the baseball strike that year. This match is also notable as being the first time Undertaker dressed in dark purple at Mania and the first WrestleMania use of his legendary entrance of the lights going out, thunder and lightning. Vince McMahon on commentary mentioned Undertaker was undefeated at WrestleMania, but it was mentioned off hand and wasn’t played up by the company yet.
Paul Bearer was talking to Taker and Bundy tried to take advantage with a big splash but Taker side stepped him causing the big man to crash into the corner. Taker took it right to Bundy with punches and kicks to Bundy’s massive gut. Then Taker went to the top rope to deliver Old School. It took that and 3 clotheslines to take Bundy off his feet. Bundy clotheslined Taker to the floor allowing The Deadman to steal the urn back from Ted DiBiase. The newly recharged Taker got back in the ring. DiBiase called for backup in the form of Kama. Taker had Bundy in the corner and was pounding away while Kama kicked Paul Bearer in the gut and re-stole the urn. Taker tried to get the urn back but Bundy took advantage of the distraction with a doble axhandle to the back. After getting his head smashed into the turnbuckle, Bundy regained control of the match clotheslining Taker to the floor again. Taker rolled back in but Bundy went right back on the attack. A scoop slam and a knee to the face led to the first time in Mania history that The Undertaker was ever covered, but Bundy only got 2. Bundy then went to the reverse chinlock that lasted 1:38 before Taker got to his feet and Bundy broke the hold. Taker no-sold a huge splash in the corner then scoop slammed Bundy and hit a flying clothesline to pick up the win at 6:36.
R.I.P King Kong Bundy
Streak Count 4-0
In 1996 Diesel interfered in The Undertaker’s WWF Championship match with Bret Hart at the Royal Rumble causing the match to end in DQ. The next month Taker returned the favor by pulling Diesel down through the mat during his WWF Championship Steel Cage match. This lead to Diesel and The Undertaker squaring off at WrestleMania XII on March 31, 1996 in Anaheim, California.
The two massive men started the match by trading right hands in the center of the ring with Diesel getting the upper hand with a clothesline in the corner. Diesel went to do it again but got a boot to the face allowing Taker to take control. Taker went for am elbow drop but Diesel rolled out of the way and clotheslined Taker out of the ring. Diesel was pulled under the bottom rope and a brawl ensued on the floor involving Diesel’s head bouncing of the ring steps. The match returned to the ring and Taker went for a Tombstone but Diesel countered but was then hit with a standing cross body by the Phenom for 2. Taker hit Old School but Diesel stayed on his feet. Taker went for another standing cross body but Diesel sidestepped him. Taker then hung Diesel up on the ropes and knocked him out of the ring to the floor. Taker sent Diesel back first into the ring post and went for a chair shot. Diesel ducked causing Taker to hit the post with the chair. Diesel whipped Taker into the security gate at ringside and slammed Undertaker into the ring post twice. Back in the ring Diesel put Taker on the mat with a big boot to midsection. A sidewalk slam earned Diesel a near fall. Taker then was slammed face first into the turnbuckle. Taker got back on the offensive with a knee to the gut and a pair of right hands. Then both Diesel and Taker kick each other in the face at the same time causing both men to go down. Diesel applied a big bear hug. Taker broke it with elbows to the head. A fall away slam had both men down again. Taker got to his feet first and hit an elbow drop on Big Daddy Cool then went to the top turnbuckle. A flying forearm off the top put Diesel down for 2. Diesel recovered and hit a Jackknife Powerbomb. Diesel was taunting rather than going for a pin allowing Taker to sit up. Diesel then hit a 2nd Jackknife and went back to taunting. Diesel finally went for a pin but Taker recovered and grabbed Big Daddy cool by the neck. Taker got to his feet but was floored again by a fall away slam. Diesel taunted again only to turn around and see The Undertaker on his feet. A flying forearm sent Diesel down. The Undertaker hit a huge chokeslam on Diesel followed by a Tombstone Piledriver for the win at 16:46 making this the first match in Taker’s career at Mania to go longer than not only 10 but 15 minutes.
That brings us to WrestleMania 13 from Rosemont, Illinois on March 23, 1997. Shawn Michaels had to vacate the WWF Championship due to injuries leading to a four way elimination match for the title. Bret Hart won the match with The Undertaker being the last elimination thus making Taker the #1 Contender. Hart lost the title to Sycho Sid in a steel cage the next night thus setting up The Undertaker vs Sycho Sid in a no disqualification contest for the WWF Championship in the main event at Mania with Shawn Michaels on commentary.
Taker and Sid stood nose to nose waiting for the bell. At the same time former champion Bret Hart walked out and got in the ring with a microphone. Hart told Shawn to go away and “find his smile” and stay out of the match. Bret said Taker is no long a friend and it’s a whole new set of rules. Then he told Sid the belt belong to him (Hart) and that Sid is a fraud. Sid decked Bret gave him a powerbomb and the match with Taker began.
Taker jumped to an early advantage after the Bret Hart distraction with a few right hands a big boot and a splash in the corner. Following a scoop slam Taker covered Sid but only got 2. Then Taker went to the top rope for Old School but Sid never left his feet. Sid countered a splash in the corner by applying a bear hug. Sid broke the hold himself to punch Taker in the back then re applied the hold. Then Sid released the hold again to get a few more strikes in. The bear hug was applied a 3rd time this time Taker escaped by pounding on Sid’s head. A big boot and a clothesline sent the deadman out of the ring. Taker tried to pull Sid out but ended up rolling over the Spanish commentary table. Sid left the ring and slammed Taker on the security railing twice Then Taker was slammed on the Spanish commentary table but it did not break. Then Taker met the ring post back first. Sid rolled Taker in the ring but only got 2. The champion kept pounding away on his un-dead challenger applying a Camel Clutch. After the clutch Sid climbed the turnbuckle and hit a double axhandle from the top. Taker hammered away on Sid until Sid reversed an Irish Whip and slammed Taker hard for a trio of near falls. Sid dropped the leg but only got 2 again. With a flying clothesline Taker took Sid down but Sid was soon back up and in control again. After a trio of head butts to the stomach, Sid was sent flying through the ropes to the floor. Taker left the ring and tossed Sid into the crowd. After Sid got back in the ring area he met the ring steps face first. Back in the ring Taker went for an elbow drop but missed allowing Sid to apply a reverse chinlock. The Deadman broke the hold with right hands to the face and kept the attack going with a Powerslam for 2. Taker applied a nerve pinch but Sid got out of it. Undertaker countered a big boot attempt with a clothesline and got 2. Both men hit a big boot at the same time causing both to go down. Sid recovered first and made the cover but Taker kicked out at 2. A double axhandle off the middle rope and a middle rope clothesline put Taker down for 2. Sid went another middle rope double axhandle but was nailed in the gut by the challenger. Sid regained control with a rake of the face and a scoop slam. Sid went to the top rope, but Taker sat up and knocked him down. A slam off the top turnbuckle and a flying clothesline earned Taker a near fall. Taker then signaled for the Tombstone Piledriver and got Sid in position but Sid was able to escape and actually Tombstoned The Undertaker. To the shock of everyone Taker kicked out at 2. Taker was thrown back outside where Bret hart reappeared with a steel chair. Hart hit Sid in the back with the chair. Hart was forced to the back while Sid was slammed into the ring post. Again we return to the ring where Sid received a chokeslam but got a shoulder up at 2. Sid went for his trademark Powerbomb but Bret Hart showed up once again. The Undertaker used the distraction to hit the Tombstone Piledriver for the 3, the win, and the title at the 21:19 mark.
R.I.P Sycho Sid
Over the course of the next year, Undertaker went on to have the first ever Hell In The Cell match with one Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels. Undertaker lost the match due to a large monster of a man who was introduced as his brother Kane getting involved. At first Undertaker refused to fight his brother but after Kane cost Undertaker a casket match against Michaels then set the casket containing The Undertaker on fire a match was made pitting brother against brother at WrestleMania XIV in Boston on March 29,1998.
Interesting note here is that Undertaker’s former manager Paul Bearer was in the corner of Kane. This was also the first case of Pete Rose abuse as Rose was running down the city of Boston leading to Kane giving him a Tombstone Piledriver. And lastly this was the first appearance of The Druids at WrestleMania for Taker’s entrance.
The bell rang as the brothers stared each other down. Taker was the first to make a move punching Kane in the face which Kane completely no sold. Kane was backed into the corner and finally returned fire via an elbow to the face. The brothers were evenly matched but Undertaker was the first to leave his feet after a clothesline. Kane looked to be going for a Tombstone but instead back Taker into the corner hanging him in the Tree Of Woe and kicking away at The Deadman’s shin. Kane stayed in control of the match dominating Taker who was still stuck in the corner. Kane went to the top rope for a springboard elbow to the back of the head causing Undertaker to fall to the arena floor. Back in the ring Kane continued the domination of his brother. The fight spilled out of the ring to the floor with Kane dropping Taker on the security railing. While Paul Bearer distracted the referee Kane used the ring steps as a weapon. Kane got back in the ring and Paul Bearer ran over and started kicking his former charge while he was down. Taker was suplexed back in the ring and Kane went back to his domination. Taker finally got back on the attack with a pair of kicks that barely phased Kane. Kane hit a chokeslam and covered Undertaker but broke the count himself at 2. Kane applied a rear chinlock Paul Bearer kept yelling for Taker to give up but Undertaker fought out. In desperation Undertaker hit a series of jabs to the midsection and an uppercut to the jaw. The comeback was short lived as Taker was floored by a clothesline again. Kane went back to the reverse chinlock Undertaker powered out again slamming Kane onto the top rope. A big boot knocked Kane off the apron to the floor. Taker than went for a suicide dive but missed and crashed through the Spanish Commentary Table. Kane tossed his brother back in the ring and went to the top rope to deliver a diving clothesline. Kane went for the cover but somehow taker got a shoulder up at 2. The two siblings then traded right hands. The Undertaker went a Tombstone but Kane reversed it and hit a Tombstone of his own. Miraculously Undertaker managed to kick out. Kane was finally showing signs of fatigue as Undertaker hit him with punch after punch. Kane left his feet for the first time after a clothesline. Taker hit a chokeslam on his brother and signaled for the end. Kane was hit with the Tombstone Piledriver but became the first man to kick out of it. Kane was still down so Taker hit a huge legdrop. Taker then hit the Tombstone a 2nd time but still Kane kicked out. A diving clothesline put Kane back on the mat. Undertaker then hit an unprecedented 3rd Tombstone Piledriver and picked up the win over his own flesh and blood at 16:48.
Streak Count 7-0
After the bell Paul Bearer ran in the ring to kick Taker. Bearer was then checking on Kane until he was decked by Undertaker. Kane got hold of a steel chair and started using it against Undertaker. Undertaker then took a Tombstone Piledriver onto the chair.
The feud with Kane was FAR from over, but Undertaker moved past it to form The Ministry Of Darkness with recently reunited manager Paul Bearer. The Ministry was in an interesting feud with Vince McMahon’s stable The Corporation. What made this interesting was both teams were viewed as heels. Undertaker said he took his orders from “The Greater Power” and started stalking the McMahon family. Big Boss Man was brought out of retirement to be the enforcer for the Corporation and was sent to face The Undertaker inside Hell In The Cell at WrestleMania XV on March 28, 1999 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This marked the first time since his match with Jimmy Snuka that Undertaker was not viewed as a face for WrestleMania.
Prior to Undertaker’s entrance the voice of The Undertaker came over the tron telling Boss Man to accept the Lord Of Darkness as his lord and savior and to allow the purity of evil to guide him.
The cell door was locked and the bell rang. Boss man got in the first blows with jabs into the midsection pushing Taker back into the corner. Taker reversed it and started pounding away on Boss Man. Taker got the first cover of the match with Boss man kicking out at 2. A swinging neck breaker lead to a near fall for Boss Man. Undertaker hammered away causing Boss man to retreat to the floor. Boss Man tried to pull The Undertaker out but was kicked into the steel surrounding them. Undertaker again used the cell to his advantage slamming Boss Man’s back against it over and over. Taker ended up going face first into the steel. Boss man then pulled out handcuffs and used them as brass knuckles. Then Taker was cuffed to the wall of the cell and was hit repeatedly with Boss Man’s nightstick. As Taker fell to the floor the cuffs broke thus freeing him. Boss man continued the attack with the nightstick even using it the choke The Deadman. Undertaker was bleeding from his forehead but started fighting back. Whipping Boss Man into the steel. Undertaker then went under the ring and pulled out a steel chair and used it against Boss Man while Paul Bearer looked on like a proud parent. Taker then used Boss Man as a battering ram running Boss Man’s head into the steel cell. The fight returned to the ring with Taker getting a 2 count. Undertaker then went to the top rope to deliver Old School but Boss Man kicked the ropes causing Taker to crotch himself on the ring ropes. Both men exchanged punches in the center of the ring with Boss Man coming out on top. In desperation Undertaker hit a low blow. Taker tried to hit the Tombstone Piledriver but Boss Man reversed it. The second Tombstone attempt was successful and Boss Man went down 1 2 3 at 9:48.
R.I.P Big Boss Man
Streak Count 8-0
After the match signaled up above for something. The Brood (Edge, Christian, and Gangrel) repelled from the rafters and landed on top of the cell. They cut a hole in the top of the cell and lowered a hangman’s noose down to The Undertaker. The Brood were lifted back up into the rafters as Taker put the noose around Big Boss Man’s neck. Paul Bearer had the controls to raise and lower the cell and rose it up to hang Boss Man.
The Ministry went on to torment The Corporation including kidnapping Stephanie McMahon and trying to force her to marry Undertaker. It was then revealed the “Greater Power” Undertaker took orders from Vince McMahon himself leading to The Corporation and The Ministry working together. Unfortunately it all came to end when Undertaker suffered a torn pectoral muscle and groin injury that caused him to miss WrestleMania 2000.
Undertaker returned from injury with a complete overhaul of his character. Gone was the gothic Zombie Undertaker. Undertaker now had the character of a biker and called was nicknamed “The American Bad Ass” and “Big Evil”. Taker rode a motorcycle to the ring and made his entrance to Limp Bizkit’s Rollin’ and Kid Rock’s American Bad Ass.
Triple H was bragging that he had beaten everyone there is to beat in the company. He forgot one person. Undertaker took offense to Triple H’s boasting and started to make life difficult for him. Triple H tried to put a restraining order on Undertaker but Taker had Kane kidnap Triple H’s wife Stephanie (McMahon) and threatened to throw her off a balcony under a match was made between Undertaker and Triple H for WrestleMania X-7 in Houston, Texas on April 1, 2001.
The fight started on the arena floor and caused Triple H to go through the Spanish Announce Table. On commentary Jim Ross mentioned Undertaker was 8-0 at Mania signaling the company was finally noticing The Streak. Triple H was rolled in the ring and the bell sounded to get things started.
Triple H got the first official shots in as he hit a series of right hands into the head of Big Evil. Taker returned fire but was floor with a knee to the face a back body drop took Trips off his feet for the first time in the match. Undertaker dominated the Game and looked to be going for a Tombstone Piledriver but turned it into a slam instead, Triple H tried to mount an offense but a flying clothesline knocked him down again. Taker then climbed the ropes and shouted “OLD SCHOOL!” as he tried to deliver his top rope elbow to the head. (This is when it officially became known as Old School). Triple H pulled Taker off the turnbuckle however. A neck breaker earned Triple H the first near fall of the match. Triple H started in with attacks on the head of Deadman Inc. then hit a swinging neck breaker to score a trio of near falls. Triple H argued with the referee allowing Taker to recover. Taker fought back with jabs to the stomach and an upper cut to the jaw. An inverted atomic drop gave Triple H time to go outside the ring and get a sledgehammer. He went to hit Taker with it but the referee stopped the shot and took the weapon away. Undertaker tried to take advantage of the distraction but was set up for the Pedigree. Taker reversed it and catapulted Trips into the referee. Big Evil hit a choke slam and went for a cover. The referee was slow to notice the cover due to getting hit with Triple H thus Undertaker only got 2. In frustration Undertaker attacked the referee. Triple H was launched over the top rope and slammed against the steel barricade at ringside. Outside the ring Undertaker met the ring steps face first and The Cerebral Assassin was back body dropped into the crowd. The two men fought through the crowd up to the area where the technical stuff to put on the show was. The Undertaker kept throwing the “soup bones” into the head of The Game. Triple H was thrown in the area where the TV cameras were where he picked up a chair and started using it as a weapon. Taker recovered and choke slammed Triple H off the structure with the camera and all the way to the floor. EMTs were checking on Triple H while the referee Mike Chioda had yet to move in the ring making it the longest ref bump ever. Taker then hit a massive elbow drop off the structure onto Triple H still laying on the floor. Undertaker shoved the EMTs away and went back to pounding away on Trips. Taker get punching Triple H as the duo started making there way back to the ring. Finally the match returned to the ring where Undertaker picked up the sledgehammer. Taker went to swing the hammer but Triple H countered with a low blow. (Mike Chioda has STILL not moved at this point). Triple H took possession of the hammer and went to use it but got a boot to the face instead. Both men traded massive right hands. Triple H attempted a Tombstone Piledriver on taker but The Deadman reversed it into a Tombstone of his own. Undertaker covered Triple H but there was still no referee. Undertaker then set up The Last Ride but Triple had the hammer and hit Taker with it before Taker could send Trips packing. Mike Chioda finally came to and started to count but Undertaker got a shoulder up at 2. Triple H mounted Taker in the corner for punches to the head, but Taker lifted Trips up and hit The Last Ride for the victory at 18:57.
R.I.P Triple H
Streak Count 9-0
After the Invasion angle ended Ric Flair announced Shane and Stephanie McMahon sold him their respective shares of the newly renamed WWE making him 50% owner alongside Vince McMahon. Ric Flair protested The Undertaker Choke slamming then Tombstone Piledriving The Rock onto a car during the buildup to No Way Out. At No Way Out The Undertaker was about to hit The Rock with a lead pipe. Flair run out and used the pipe on The Undertaker giving Rock the win. Undertaker wanted revenge in the form of a match with The Nature Boy at WrestleMania. Flair refused causing Taker to attack Flair’s friend Arn Anderson and son David Flair. Finally Flair agreed. The Board Of Directors wouldn’t allow an owner to wrestle so they gave full control of the company to Vince McMahon until after WrestleMania. Vince used his power to make the match no disqualification.
A note here that’s interesting pretty much only to me is that my personal pro wrestling idol Charles “Lil Natch” Robinson was the referee for this match.
Flair went on the attack as soon as he got in the ring. Taker was knocked out the ring and the fight moved down to the floor. The Nature Boy was boiling over as he rolled Taker over the Commentary table and kept pounding away. Undertaker kept trying to get back in the ring, but Flair wasn’t gonna let it happen. Finally Big Evil shoved Flair on his ass and rolled in the ring. Flair kept throwing right hands sending The Deadman tumbling to the floor again. Flair attempted a diving cross body off the apron but was caught mid air and driven back first against the ring post. Now in control Taker slammed Flair face first into the ring steps and rolled back in the ring. Flair got his 2nd wind and started jabbing at Taker driving him into the corner. Taker countered and started in with right hands of his own. A hard Irish Whip caused Flair to tumble onto the apron and a big boot sent Natch to the floor. Ric Flair was busted open as he sat in the Timekeeper’s chair and was punched in the face. Taker kept hammering the helpless Flair with the “soup bones”. The action returned to the ring were Flair suffered another huge kick to the face. After being forced into the corner we saw the classic Flair Flop spilling blood on the mat. That somehow recharged the 16 time world champion as he started to fight back with backhanded chops to the chest. The flurry of offense was short lived as Flair was whipped hard into the corner and clotheslined. Deadman Inc. sat Flair on the top turnbuckle and superplexed the co-owner of the company. Taker went for a cover but broke it himself at 2. He wasn’t done making Flair suffer. Again we go to the floor. Flair was hanging out of the ring so Undertaker hit his trademark legdrop off the apron. Taker went for a cover but broke it himself again at 2. He went for a legdrop but Flair rolled out of the way. Flair tried a couple more chops but Taker ended that quickly. The American Bad Ass went for Old School but Flair managed to arm drag Taker off the turnbuckle to the mat. Flair hit some chops and then started stylin and profilin but was sidewalk slammed for his troubles. Taker went for a cover to end it but Flair got a shoulder up at 2. Flair refused to die and chopped Taker then hit a big right hand sending Undertaker to the floor. Flair then pulled a lead pip off Taker’s motorcycle and used it against the Phenom. A now busted open taker drove Flair back against the apron sending the pipe flying across the ring and out of sight. The fight continued up the entrance ramp with Flair using a metal sign as a weapon. Flair had a rush of adrenaline and took control of the match as we go back to the ring. Taker attempted a chokeslam but Flair kicked him in the little Takers. Then Ric Flair pulled out his trademark Figure Four Leg Lock. Taker was able to force a break by grabbing Flair around the neck and nailed a big chokeslam. Flair miraculously got a shoulder up at 2 on the cover. A another hook of the leg lead to another rear fall. Poor Charles Robinson was driving hard against the turnbuckle. Taker retrieved the pipe but Flair kept Undertaker from using it with a kick to the shins and chops. Arn Anderson then appeared out of no where to give The Undertaker a Spinebuster. Flair went for the cover but Taker powered out at 2. Arn Anderson got busted open via a big boot. With Taker distracted Flair got a chair and hit Undertaker in the back. Taker counted the chair shots by kicking the chair in Flair’s face. Taker tried to get Flair up for The Last Ride, but Flair fought out. Then Taker hit the Tombstone Piledriver and cemented his victory at 18:47.
R.I.P. Ric Flair
Streak Count 10-0
The following year Undertaker started a feud with The Big Show since Show put Taker out of action for 3 months that past October. He defeated Show at No Way Out. A match was scheduled for WrestleMania XIX on of Big Show and A-Train vs Undertaker and newcomer Nathan Jones. During Sunday Night Heat before Mania Jones was attacked by Show and A-Train and was deemed unable to compete. Thus the match went on as a 2 on 1 Handicap match.
Before the bell A-Train spat on Taker’s motorcycle to cause a distraction. Big Show tried to attack Undertaker from behind but Taker saw it coming. Then we got the bell to start the match.
Show and A-Train had to tag each other in and out of the match so A-Train started as the legal man. Taker was quick on the draw with a chokeslam and a cover but Big Show made the save by pulling The Deadman out of the ring. Show was then tagged in. Taker started in with the big right hands forcing Show to retreat to his own corner. Taker started punching both men leading to A-Train being tagged in. A hip toss sent A-Train to the mat. Big Evil then delivered Old School to A-Train. Show tried to get involved allowing A-Train to hit the Baldo Bomb…er I mean De-railer. Rather then going for a cover Train tossed The American Bad Ass out to the floor where Big Show was waiting for him. Show drove Taker back first against the ring post and dropped him on the steel security barrier. Show then rolled Taker back in the ring. A-Train distracted the ref while Show got a couple more shots in then A- Train hung Taker up on the ropes only getting 2 on the cover. Show was tagged back in tried to work on the knee of The Deadman but Taker fought back. Show went for a chokeslam, but Taker countered into an armbar. A-Train made the save put got locked in a cross arm breaker of his own. Show broke it up with a huge legdrop and both big man kicked away. A trio of head butts lead to an abdominal stretch on Taker. A-Train grabbed Show’s hand to add leverage to the hold. Taker refused to quit so Show broke the hold and tagged out. A-Train then applied the Abdominal Stretch. Taker broke it with a punch to the face and locked A-Train in the Abdominal Stretch. Train broke it but suffered a Gut-Wrench Suplex. A huge clothesline put Taker down for 2. A-Train started insulting Taker mixed with a few slaps. Taker fought back with right hands to the face and a DDT leading to a near fall after Show broke the pin. Referee Brian Hebner tried to get Show back to his corner, but Taker started in with his big “soup bones” then clotheslined both men repeatedly. Taker looked as if he was gonna try a chokeslam on the 500 pound Big Show but A-Train broke up the attempt. A Flying Clothesline put Show on the mat. A-Train hit a bicycle Kick but was unable to make the cover. Big Show hit a huge chokeslam. Then the man who was supposed to be Undertaker’s tag partner Nathan Jones showed up and battle Big Show on the entrance ramp. A-Train finally made the cover but Taker refused to die and got a shoulder up at 2. A-Train got a Big Boot from Jones followed by a Tombstone Piledriver from Taker to end the match at 9:42
R.I.P A-Train and Big Show
Later in that year Vince McMahon would cost Undertaker the WWE Championship thus leading to a Buried Alive match at Survivor Series between Taker and McMahon. Thanks to Undertaker’s brother Kane, McMahon got the victory and The American Bad Ass was buried alive. Then at the Royal Rumble in January after Kane’s entrance the buzzer sounded for a new entrant to come out. Instead the lights went out and Undertaker’s gong sounded. Kane stared at the entrance ramp waiting to see his brother come out but was dumped over the top rope thanks to the distraction. Then Kane started being tormented by strange occurrences such as a rainstorm occurring indoors just around him ,a casket containing only an urn, and the entire ring levitating a few inches off the ground. Kane then demanded a match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania XX in the legendary Madison Square Garden arena in New York City on March 14, 2004. An interesting note here is that Undertaker was not actually seen until his WrestleMania match. Also this was the first time Undertaker fought the same man twice at Mania.
Kane made his way out to the ring. Then the lights went out and we saw the return of the Druids with torches lining the entryway. Then out came Paul Bearer holding the infamous urn. Followed by The Undertaker himself. This was not The American Bad Ass from the previous few years. Nor was it The Ministry Taker. This was a full blown return to The Deadman Undertaker started his career as. Kane tried to act like he wasn’t intimidated, but you could see the fear in his eyes.
The bell sounded and the match was underway. Brother started down brother with Undertaker beating Kane in the battle of wills. Kane touched Taker to see if he was real. Taker responded with a series of punches to the face as the match truly got going. Undertaker dominated Kane and sent the referee running out of the ring. Taker signaled for a chokeslam but Kane retreated to the floor. Taker followed and Kane finally got in his first shot in the form of a punch to the face. Taker reversed an Irish Whip sending Kane crashing against the ring apron. Kane was placed on the apron and Undertaker delivered an elbow to the throat. That was followed by a patented Undertaker apron legdrop. Back in the ring Kane was whipped into the corner and hit with a massive clothesline twice. Taker went for The Last Ride but Kane countered with a back body drop. Kane hit a kick to the face and started to pound away on his brother. Taker countered and started in with shots of his own. Kane nailed a sidewalk slam and went to the top rope. A diving Clothesline but Taker on the mat and earned Kane a near fall. Both men exchanged big right hands. It was a knee to the face that but Kane on the mat. That was followed by a leg drop. Taker attempted Old School but was caught around the neck by Kane. Then both men grabbed each other by there necks. Taker tried to go for a chokeslam but Kane fought him off. Then Kane delivered a choke slam. Kane taunted Paul Bearer but Undertaker sat up. A kick to the face by Kane only made Taker mad. Taker hit a flying clothesline and nailed a chokeslam. Then Taker signaled for the end and hit the Tombstone Piledriver to vanquish his brother again at 6:36.
R.I.P again Kane
So we come around another year. Despite being the youngest World Heavyweight Champion in history Randy Orton was unhappy with the path his career was going. “Superstar” Billy Graham gave Orton some advise to do something no ones ever done before. Orton decided to live up to his “Legend Killer” moniker and end The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania 21 on April 3, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. This is seen as the point were The Streak really became The Streak.
The bell sounded and Randy danced around to avoid the right hands of The Phenom. Randy got in the first blow in the form of a slap to the face. Randy’s speed helped him avoid the Undertaker’s punches. Finally Taker was able to apply a side headlock. Orton escaped and hit a dropkick leading to a cover but Taker kicked out at 1. Orton stayed on the attack with a big back body drop but Taker ended his offense with a huge right hand to the face. Taker pounded away on The Legend Killer in the corner until referee Earl Hebner forced a break. Randy used the distraction to roll up The Deadman but only got 2. AN RKO attempt was countered by tossing Randy over the top rope and to the floor. Orton was positioned on the apron for a huge legdrop. Taker continued his attack with Old School. Orton ducked out of the way of a boot to the face swinging the momentum back to him. A dropkick sent Taker off the apron and face first into the steel barricade at ringside. Back in the ring Orton nailed an uppercut. Taker fought back with his huge right hands until a clothesline put him down for 2. Taker responded with a DDT for his own near fall. Undertaker hit a sidewalk slam for another count of 2. Taker continued the attack with a pair of huge clotheslines in the corner. Taker looked to be going for the Tombstone Piledriver, but dropped Orton fac first on the turnbuckle instead. Orton got back on the offensive with a big shoulder block for 2. Orton followed that up with clubbing blows to the chest. Orton thought he had the upper hand until Undertaker simply sat up. A few rights and lefts had The Deadman reeling but he stayed on his feet. The men traded right hands in the center of the ring with Undertaker coming out on top after a clothesline and a 2 count. A side headlock almost had Orton knocked out but he came to and hit a big DDT. Orton barely got an arm across Taker and only got 2. Orton then went for a rear naked choke that Taker was able to battle out of. Orton then went old school with a sleeper hold but a side suplex broke that up. In desperation Orton hit a powerslam and went for a cover but Taker got a shoulder up and The Streak was still alive for the time being. Orton got Taker in the corner and mounted the turnbuckle for the 10 punches to the head. Orton hit 9 of the punches but stopped to pose before the 10th allowing Taker to attempt The Last Ride but Orton escaped. An RKO attempt lead to Taker inadvertently shoving Orton into referee Earl Hebner who went down like he was shot by a cannon. Taker went for The Last Ride but Orton countered with a blow to the head that cause Taker’s knees to buckle. Then in ran Randy’s father “Cowboy” Bob Orton who used his trademark cast on his arm as a weapon against Undertaker. Cowboy Bob draped his son over the fallen legend and revived Hebner to make the count. It looked like the end of The Streak but somehow Undertaker got the shoulder up after a long 2 count. Cowboy Bob was like “The fuck?” as Taker sat up. Taker blocked Orton’s right hand and unloaded with rights of his own. Cowboy Bob was on the apron ready to use the cast again but got a boot to the face for his troubles. Taker went to end it with a chokeslam but it was countered into the RKO. Orton got an arm across Taker’s chest but The Phenom still refused to die kicking out at 2. Orton got frustrated. Nothing he could do would keep Undertaker down. Randy taunted Undertaker by using his own thumb across the throat signal to end things. Orton attempted a Tombstone Piledriver. Undertaker reversed it into a Tombstone of his own and got the victory at 14:14.
R.I.P Randy Orton
After finishing up with Orton Undertaker set his sights on Kurt Angle and the World Heavyweight Championship. During a match for the belt Undertaker hit his Tombstone Piledriver on the champion. Mark Henry interfered by splashing Undertaker through the commentary table. causing a disqualification. Undertaker won the match, but not the title. To get revenge Undertaker challenged Mark Henry to a casket match at WrestleMania 22 on April 2, 2006 in Rosemont, Illinois where the object of the match was to incapacitate your opponent enough that you could put him in a casket and close the lid. Prior to Mania Henry’s manager Davari was injured at the hands of The Undertaker via a Tombstone Piledriver on the lid of a casket.
The druids rolled out the casket to be used in the match. Mark Henry tried to hide his fear of the casket but failed. Undertaker however was un-phased. The casket match is his speciality after all.
Mark Henry went right on the attack as Undertaker was removing his coat and hat leading to the bell abruptly ringing. Henry dominated the early going in the match but Taker finally got out of the starting gate. A pair of shoulder blocks did nothing to phase the World’s Strongest Man though. Taker went for a 3rd shoulder block but was clotheslined to the mat. Henry proceeded to choke The Deadman. With the match being no disqualification the referees could only watch. Outside of the ring Undertaker slammed Henry’s head into the ring steps and ring post but still the big man stayed on his feet. Henry slammed Taker’s head into the ring steps and rolled him back in the ring. Undertaker’s “soup bones” got Henry reeling so Taker went to the top rope for Old School but a right hand to the gut put a stop to that. A couple kicks put The Phnom on the mat so Henry ordered the referees to open the casket. Henry tried to force Taker in but Undertaker fought back. Henry charged at Taker in the corner but a boot to the face broke Henry’s momentum. Undertaker then went back to the top for a 2nd attempt of Old School. This time it connected but Henry still never left his feet. Undertaker went outside his comfort zone and tried for a Russian Leg Sweep but Henry shoved him on his ass. Again the casket was opened. Henry went to choke Taker on the ring ropes but Taker avoided it and Henry landed in the casket. Henry pulled Undertaker in the casket as well and a fistfight broke out. Undertaker ended up with the upper hand but Henry rolled of the casket. Undertaker went for a flying clothesline but was caught mid-air and given the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry went for a pin but there are no pinfalls in a casket match. Henry demanded the casket be opened a 3rd time and rolled Taker in. Taker however hung Henry on the middle rope and climbed out. Henry was reeling after a headbutt but was still on his feet. Undertaker however was floored by a huge clothesline. Henry got Undertaker in the corner and went for 10 punches to the head but Taker reversed it into The Last Ride…kinda. Taker tossed Henry toward the casket but the lid was closed so Henry simple rolled over it. A huge suicide dive over the casket floored Henry. The World’s Strongest man was rolled back in the ring. The end came when Taker nailed the Tombstone Piledriver. The casket was opened. Henry was rolled in and the lid closed at 9:28.
R.I.P (literally) Mark Henry
Undertaker went on to make history again as he was the first man to win the Royal Rumble from the coveted #30 entry spot. The victory was hard fought though as 5 other men were in the ring when Undertaker entered. Shawn Michaels, Edge, MVP, Randy Orton and the dominate Great Khali. Undertaker was able to end Khali’s WrestleMania hopes with a clothesline to the floor. After Khali it was easy pickings to eliminate MVP. MVP slipped a chair into the ring and Randy Orton used it to weaken The Deadman. Despite being busted open Undertaker put up a great fight against Rated RKO until a chair shot by Edge put him down. Shawn Michaels took out Edge and Orton leaving 2 men in the ring. The two legends waged war in the match for 6 and a half minutes until Undertaker countered Sweet Chin Music by dumping HBK over the top rope and earned a title match at WrestleMania 23 in Detroit, Michigan on April 1, 2007. Undertaker choose to challenge Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Again my boy Charles Robinson was reffing the match.
As soon as Lil Natch rung the bell Batista tackled The Undertaker. Taker got back to his feet and pounded away on The Deadman in corner. Lil Natch forced a break allowing Taker to turn the tides trapping the champion in the corner. Batista reversed things and got Taker in the corner again. Finally the fight left the corner as Batista leveled Taker with a clothesline. Then Taker was clotheslined out of the ring pulling Batista out with him. Both men hammered away on each other on the floor with Batista whipping Taker into the ring steps. Back in the ring went to the top rope and delivered a flying shoulder block getting 2 on the cover. Batista hammered away until Undertaker hit a big boot. Batista returned the favor with another huge clothesline but only getting 2 again. Right hands were exchanged again until the champion scoop slammed the challenger. Undertaker responded with a series of jabs to the gut and an uppercut. Once again the two big men traded right hands. Undertaker got the upper hand this time with a pair of clotheslines in the corner. Undertaker then dropped the Animal face first on the turnbuckle and nailed a big boot. Following a legdrop Undertaker went for a cover but Batista kicked out at 2 to save his title. Undertaker went to the top rope and delivered Old School and signaled for a chokeslam. Batista fought out but was met with a flying clothesline for a near fall. A trio of right hands sent Batista rolling to the floor. On the floor Batista’s head was slammed into the ring steps before he rolled back under the bottom rope. On the apron Batista suffered two elbows to the throat and a huge legdrop. Batista fell to the floor in a huge lump. Undertaker hit a suicide dove over the top rope. Batista’s head was bounced off the barricade. Taker rolled in and out of the ring to break the referee’s 10 count allowing Batista to recover and whip The Phenom into the timekeeper’s table. Batista had guaranteed a pinfall victory so he rolled in and out of the ring to break the count. Batista sent the commentator’s running as he cleared off the desk and laid Taker on it and pounded away. Then Undertaker was Powerslammed through the commentary table. Not wanting a count out victory Batista rolled Undertaker back in the ring and went for a pin cover. Somehow Undertaker was able to get a shoulder up. In frustration Batista hammered away on the #1 contender going for a cover again but again Taker kicked out. Batista set up for the Batista Bomb but Undertaker drove him backwards into the corner. Batista got out of the corner and landed a belly to belly suplex going for a cover but once again only getting a 2 count. Batista got Taker in the corner and landed 9 punches to the head before going on The Last Ride. Undertaker made the cover but Batista got a shoulder up. Taker hit some huge right hands but then faced a Spinebuster. Batista signaled for the end and looked to be going for the Batista Bomb but Undertaker caught him by the throat for a chokeslam but again Undertaker only got 2. Undertaker signaled for the end and went for the Tombstone Piledriver but Batista countered with a Spear and the Batista Bomb. Somehow, someway Undertaker kicked out. Batista went for a 2nd Batista Bomb but was back body dropped. Batista then looked to put Undertaker away with the Tombstone Piledriver but was shoved In the corner. Then Undertaker hit the Tombstone for the 1..2..3 at the 15 minute mark. We have a new champion.
Streak Count 15-0
Undertaker became the first man to win both the WWF/WWE Championship and the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania as well as put all 4 members of Evolution (Triple H, Ric Flair, Randy Orton, and Batista) down on the Grandest Stage Of Them All.
Undertaker and Batista had an epic Last Man Standing match that ended in a draw. Then Undertaker and Batista had a Steel Cage end in a draw when both men’s feet touched the floor at the same time only to have Edge cash in his Money In The Bank briefcase and steal the title moments later thanks to an ambush by The World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry.
Edge vacated the belt due to injury causing Batista to regain the title. At Survivor Series Batista defended the title against The Undertaker inside Hell In The Cell. Edge made his return from injury disguised as a camera man inside the cell to cost Taker the title. Edge would then win it in a 3 way match against Batista and Taker.
At No Way Out Undertaker won an Elimination Chamber match to become the #1 Contender and earn a title shot against Edge in the main event at WrestleMania XXIV on March 30, 2008 in Orlando, Florida.
After an intense stare down the bell rang. Taker signaled for the end right off the bat. Edge shoved him backward, ducked a right hand shot and hammered in some punches of his own. Taker knocked the World Heavyweight Champion off his feet with a vicious clothesline then hit another to send Edge out of the ring. Taker chased him out but Edge being the Ultimate Opportunist ran back in and kicked Undertaker while he slide back in leading to Edge getting hung on the top rope. The Phenom got the champ back in the corner and used his “soup bones” to take care of business. He whipped Edge to the opposite corner and went for a clothesline but Edge got a foot up to kick Taker in the face. Edge tried for a clothesline of his own but The Deadman ducked and delivered a swinging neck breaker leading to the first near fall of the contest. Undertaker went up for Old School but Edge tried to arm drag Taker of the top which he reversed sending The Rated R Superstar flying across the ring. Edge was again backed into a corner. Taker hit a huge knee to the face that sent himself through the ropes to the floor. Undertaker got on the apron allowing Edge to hit a spear sending Taker flying backward into the steel barricade. Undertaker again tried to get back in the ring but was drop kicked back into the barricade. Edge then left the ring himself and drove Taker into the ring apron. Edge returned to the ring but still wouldn’t allow Undertaker to do the same hanging him up on the top rope. Undertaker was finally able to get back between the ropes but Edge went right on the attack hitting a spear on Taker in the corner. Undertaker went for a scoop slam but Edge reversed it into a pin for 2. A dropkick but The Deadman on the mat again. Edge tried going to the top turnbuckle but was shoved off and fell to the floor. That lead to Taker hitting a suicide dive over the top rope that caused both men to be down. Taker got to his feet first and positioned the champion on the apron for the big legdrop. The #1 Contender made the cover but Edge kicked out at 2. Undertaker was getting frustrated and went for The Last Ride. Edge was able to stop the attempt and hit a big boot to the face. Edge went for the cover but Undertaker managed to kick out at 2. The fight went back outside of the ring with Undertaker slammed back first on the steel barricade landing in the crowd. Undertaker managed to get to his feet and was rolled back into the squared circle for the pin but again Undertaker got a shoulder up in time. Edge applied a single leg Boston Crab to punish the lower back of the challenger. Undertaker countered that into a roll up. Edge kicked out at 2 to save his title for the time being. Edge went back to the single leg crab but was to close to the ropes. He went to pull Undertaker to the center of the ring but The Deadman kicked him off. Right hands were exchanged in the center of the ring with Undertaker getting the upper hand. Edge was whipped in the corner and clotheslined viciously then dropped face first on the top turnbuckle. Taker set up for a flying clothesline but Edge countered with a dropkick and a near fall. Edge went to the top for a double axhandle but was caught by the throat Edge countered the first chokeslam attempt so Undertaker tried again. Again Edge countered. This time into a DDT. Edge made the cover but the will of the Undertaker could not be beaten just yet allowing him to kick out at 2. Edge looked to end things with a Spear but was kicked in the head and chokeslammed. Edge barely got the shoulder up in time but the match continued. Undertaker went up for Old School but again Edge countered it by shaking the ropes causing him to fall. Taker was still sitting on the top turnbuckle so Edge hit a superplex. It still wasn’t enough to keep Undertaker as he kicked out at 2 once again. Taker was in the corner so Edge mounted the turnbuckle for the 10 punches to the head. After 9 Undertaker attempted to counter with The Last Ride but Edge reversed that into a neck breaker and a near fall. 3rd time proved be the charm as Taker finally hit The Last Ride on the champion. Somehow, someway Edge rolled a shoulder up at 2. Taker signaled for the end and went for the Tombstone Piledriver. Edge was able to reverse that into another neck breaker getting 2 on the cover. Edge was showing signs of frustration as both men collided in the center of the ring knocking them both off their feet. Again 3rd time proved to be the charm as Taker finally hit Old School. Taker went to follow that up with a knee to the face but Edge ducked causing Taker to take out referee Jim Korderas. Edge taunted the Undertaker but was caught by the throat. Edge countered that by kicking Taker in the little Takers. Edge then left the ring and attacked the camera man thus stealing the TV camera. Edge nailed Taker in the head with the camera just like he did at Survivor Series then tried to revive Korderas. Undertaker simple sat up. Edge mocked Undertakers R.I.P taunt and went to use the Tombstone Piledriver. Taker reversed that into his own Tombstone but we still had no ref to make the count. Taker covered Edge and my boy Charles Robinson ran down to make the count. The entrance ramp was so long however that it gave Edge time to kick out. Then the Edgeheads (Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder) ran down. Taker took care of them with ease by chokeslammng Hawkins on top of Ryder. Edge used the distraction to hit a Spear but heart of the Phenom could not be broken as he kicked out. Edge hit another Spear but the pin attempt was countered into the triangle choke later named Hell’s Gate. Edge had to choice but to tap out giving us a new champion at 23:50
Streak Count 16-0
Undertaker would beat Edge in a rematch for the title but was stripped of the title because she deemed Hell’s Gate to be an illegal hold. Undertaker beat Edge again but this time by count out. Vikkie Guerrero refused to award Taker the title due to not winning by pin or submission. Edge then beat The Undertaker in a TLC for the vacant belt thus banning Taker from the WWE. Edge then cheated on Vikkie Guerrero with Alica Fox so to get back at him she reinstated Undertaker and put him and Edge inside Hell In The Cell at SummerSlam. Shortly after that Hell’s Gate was decreed to be a legal submission hold again.
After retiring Ric Flair at WrestleMania XXIV Shawn Michaels was not having a banner year. Monetary issues forced him into going to work for JBL. After a month or 2 Shawn won his freedom in a match vs JBL. Shawn decided to challenge The Undertaker and end The Streak but had to defeat his former boss JBL and Vladimir Kozlov to do so. Shawn won both matches are earned the right to face The Undertaker at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania in Houston, Texas on April 5, 2009
Shawn made his entrance symbolizing descending from Heaven by being lowered down to the stage via a cherry picker while wearing all white to combat the darkness of The Undertaker. In a flash of pyro Shawn stripped off the white suit to reveal his usual ring attire. Undertaker symbolized raising up from Hell by being raised up to the stage through a trap door.
The bell rang as the legends of the Squared circle simple stared at each other. Undertaker made the first move going for a big right hand that was ducked allowing Shawn to hit a knife edge chop. Taker again went for a right hand but was chopped twice for his troubles. Shawn’s speed helped him avoid The Deadman and get him in the corner where he pounded away on Undertaker’s head until the referee forced a break. Taker finally got some offense in blocking the right hand of HBK and violently tossing him into the corner. In defiance Shawn did the DX crotch chop and went for a cross body that was easily avoided. Shawn faked rolling his ankle and caught The Phenom off guard with a Thez Press. Undertaker was not amused. He tossed Shawn into the corner and pounded away with right hands. Taker and Shawn traded right hands and chops until HBK was whipped into the corner and back body dropped. Then Undertaker lifted Shawn up for a military press. That was followed up by an elbow drop and a cover which Shawn kicked out of before even a 1 count. A pair of shoulder blocks led to Taker nailing Old School. Shawn retreated to the corner. Taker charged but Shawn sidestepped him causing Taker to get hung up in the ropes. Shawn capitalized with an Atomic Drop and a chop block taking The Deadman off his feet. Michaels went for a Sharpshooter but Taker blocked it. Shawn instead locked in the Figure four Leg Lock. Undertaker powered out by punching The Showstopper in the head. Taker stumbled to his feet but was floored again by a drop kick to the knees. Shawn charged at Taker but was driven into the corner and dropped on the turnbuckle followed by a big boot and a legdrop. Taker went for a cover but only got 2. A chokeslam attempt was countered into a crossface. Undertaker rolled Shawn over into a pin cover. Shawn rolled back over to break the pin but keep the hold on. Undertaker used his power to get back on his feet and broke the hold with a side slam. Taker went for a cover but only got 2. A kick to the face and a pair of chops only made Taker mad. A flying clothesline from HBK put both men down. Shawn was first to his feet via a kip up. Taker got back to his feet leading to a pair of inverted Atomic Drops. Shawn then nailed another flying clothesline to but The Deadman back on the mat. Mr. WrestleMania went to the top but Undertaker sat up and caught him by the throat mid air. The chokeslam was countered into a kick to the gut and a Figure Four attempt. Undertaker reversed THAT into Hell’s Gate. Shawn was barely able to get a foot on the rope but it was enough to force a break. The fight went outside the ring with HBK meeting the ring steps face first before being placed on the apron for a leg drop. Shawn was able to pull his head back under the rope causing Taker to miss. Undertaker went to get back in the ring but a drop kick but him back on the floor. Shawn went for a moonsault off the top turnbuckle to the floor but Undertaker side stepped causing Shawn to crash and burn. The referee was checking on Michaels so Undertaker laid on the met to catch his breath. When Shawn got back to his feet Undertaker went for a suicide dive. Shawn shoved the referee aside and pulled a cameraman in the path of the dive causing Undertaker to take out the cameraman. At this point we had Taker down, Shawn down, the referee down, and a cameraman down. Shawn got to his feet and rolled the referee in the ring and tried to revive him so he could count The Undertaker out. Undertaker rolled back in on the count of 9 to save The Streak. Shawn looked to end it as he started tuning up the band. Taker countered Sweet Chin Music and hit a huge chokeslam. He went for a cover but the heart of Shawn Michaels allowed him to kick out at 2. Undertaker went to end it with a Tombstone Piledriver but Shawn countered and went for Sweet Chin Music. That in turn was countered into a chokeslam attempt that was countered into Sweet Chin Music. Shawn was barely able to drape an arm across the chest of the Deadman but he got a shoulder up at 2. Michaels got back on his feet with a kip up and went to taunt Undertaker until he was caught by the throat. Rather than a chokeslam, Taker went for The Last Ride that Shawn reversed into a Sunset Flip attempt. That was countered into The Last Ride but Shawn dug deep down to kick out at 2. Undertaker went to the top for a diving elbow but Shawn rolled out of the way. Both men struggled to their feet. Shawn charged but Taker went to throw him over the top rope. Shawn held on and skinned the cat only to get caught and Tombstoned. Rest…In..NO! Shawn kicked out at 2. The camera zoomed in on the classic “O COME ON!” look on Taker’s face. The Undertaker lowered the straps on his singlet and signaled for the end. Undertaker went for a 2nd Tombstone but Michaels reversed it into a DDT. Shawn used the rope to get to his feet and slowly climbed to the top and delivered the flying elbow. Again using the ropes to stand he tuned up the band and delivered Sweet Chin Music. But STILL The Streak lived as Taker got a shoulder up. On their knees both beaten and weary men locked horns trading chops and right hands. A kick to the face put Michaels on the mat. Taker went for a Tombstone Piledriver but Shawn fought out and went back to the chops. Shawn was whipped in the corner but hit a boot to the face of the charging Phenom. Michaels struggled but made it to the top turnbuckle. He went for a moonsault but was caught in mid air and given a Tombstone Piledriver. Undertaker made the cover for the 1…2…3 after 30 epic minutes of battle.
R.I.P. Shawn Michaels
Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels won the Slammy Award for Match Of The Year that year. Shawn said he wanted another shot at (at that time) the World Heavyweight Champion Undertaker. Undertaker refused the rematch. Shawn kept bugging Taker for the match. The more Taker refused the more determined Shawn was to get it going as far as attacking Charles Robinson and Teddy Long after he lost out on winning The Rumble and a #1 Contendership match at the Elimination Chamber PPV. Shawn snuck into Undertaker’s Chamber match and cost The Deadman the title. The next night on raw Undertaker finally accepted the match for WrestleMania XXVII in Phoenix, Arizona on March 28, 2010 on the condition that if Shawn were to lose he would be forced to retire. Shawn said if he can’t end The Streak then he had no career and accepted those terms. Then to guarantee a winner the match was made into a no count out or disqualification contest with my boy Charles Robinson being the referee.
Before the bell Shawn mocked the thumb across the throat sign Undertaker does to signal the Tombstone Piledriver.
When the bell rang Taker charged at Michaels but Shawn sidestepped getting The Deadman into the corner. That lead the Taker reversing in putting Shawn in the corner and Shawn reversing THAT to get Taker in the corner. Undertaker whipped HBK hard into the corner sending Shawn landing awkwardly on the turnbuckle. Then Taker dropped Michaels face first on the turnbuckle and nailed a boot to the face. That was followed up with a running clothesline in the corner and Old School. Then Undertaker went for a chokeslam but Shawn countered with kicks to the shin. Taker went right back on the attack with a huge right hand and then set up Shawn for the Tombstone Piledriver. Michaels countered that and started wrenching the arm of The Phenom. Undertaker then went for a chokeslam again but Shawn kicked him off. Taker went for a short arm clothesline but Shawn ducked and hit Sweet Chin Music but Taker stayed on his feet. Shawn noticed the Deadman favored his left knee so that’s where he focused his attack. Undertaker got back on the offense getting Shawn in the corner and hammering away with huge right hands. Then was clotheslined out of the ring to the floor. Taker looked to be going for a suicide dive but Shawn ran back in the ring and tackled him. Shawn went for the Figure Four to punish the knee but was kicked off and through the ropes. Taker left the ring and drove Shawn back first into the steel ring post. Shawn was positioned on the apron for the leg drop that seemed to hurt Undertaker just as much as Shawn. Back in the ring Shawn was able to lock in the Figure Four Leg Lock. Undertaker was able to roll over thus reversing the pressure of the hold until Shawn broke it. Right hands were exchanged all over the squared circle with Shawn getting the upper hand after a flying clothesline. Undertaker was un-phased as he hit the chokeslam and went for a cover. Shawn got the shoulder up at 2. Undertaker set up HBK for the Tombstone Piledriver but Shawn reversed it into the Ankle Lock. Taker crawled toward the ropes but Shawn grape-vined the leg. A pair of kicks to the head with the free leg broke the hold. Shawn then clotheslined Undertaker to the floor and landed on the apron himself. He tried a springboard cross body but was caught midair and given a Tombstone Piledriver on the arena floor. WWE’s Dr. Sampson came over to check on Shawn but was shoved aside by The Phenom. Shawn was rolled in under the bottom rope and covered but enough time went by to allow him to recover and kick out at 2. Undertaker went to make Shawn take The Last Ride but his knee buckled leading to Shawn making a cover and getting a near fall. The Showstopper than climbed the turnbuckle to deliver the flying elbow but Undertaker got his knees up in time. Undertaker then locked in Hell’s Gate. But Shawn flipped over to make it a pinning combination. Undertaker broke the hold at 2. Both men struggles to there feet and Shawn hit Sweet Chin Music. He went for the cover but Undertaker got a shoulder up at 2. Michaels then started tuning up the band for Sweet Chin Music again. Undertaker got his arms up to block it and hit The Last Ride but only getting 2 on the cover. In frustration Taker hurled Shawn out of the ring. Undertaker cleared off one of the commentary tables and went to hit The Last Ride through it but Shawn countered and hit Sweet Chin Music. Taker was laying on the table so Shawn crawled to the apron and slowly climbed the turnbuckle. Living up to his moniker The Showstopper Shawn hit a diving moonsault through the table. Michaels then quickly got Taker back in the ring where he hit Sweet Chin Music once again. Undertaker not only kicked out at 2 but rolled over Shawn. Michaels used the ropes to get to his feet and started to tune up the band again. Sweet Chin Music was countered into a chokeslam. Rather than pin Shawn Undertaker hit a Tombstone Piledriver. The career of Shawn Michaels survived for now as he kicked out. The straps on the singlet came down and Taker started to signal for the end but stopped. He yelled at Shawn to stay down but Shawn actually used Undertaker to get to his feet. Then in defiance Shawn made the thumb across the throat sign to end things. A slap to the face pissed off Undertaker enough that he hit another Tombstone Piledriver. This time Shawn stayed down for the 3 count at 23:59.
R.I.P x2 Shawn Michaels and R.I.P Shawn’s career.
Streak count 18-0
In a show of respect Undertaker helped Shawn to his feet and shook his hand and the two hugged to close out the show.
A couple months later cryptic videos started playing along with the Johnny Cash song “Ain’t No Grave”. Undertaker made his return but before he could address the crowd Shawn Michaels’ best friend Triple H came out to the ring. Neither man actually said a word but Triple H’s body language made it clear he wanted to avenge HBK by ending The Streak. The match was made for WrestleMania XXVII in Atlanta, GA on April 3, 2011 with a No Holds Barred stipulation to make sure we have a clear winner.
Worst referee in the history of referees Scott Armstrong rang the bell to get underway. Trips and Taker immediately went after each other with Triple getting the first shots in with right hands to the face. Undertaker tried fighting back but his punches were easily ducked. Undertaker got a hold of The Game and launched him over the top rope and crashing to the floor. Undertaker left the ring where Triple H started in with the right hands again before Undertaker whipped him into the ring steps. Undertaker walked over and cleared off the Spanish Commentary Table with evil intentions. He went to retrieve his victim but Triple H tackled The Phenom and they crashed through the Plexiglass box Michael Cole had next to the announce table that he called “The Cole Mine”. Triple H returned to the ring. In the wreckage of The Cole Mine Undertaker sat up and gave Triple H a look that clearly said “The fuck?”. Then he returned to the ring himself and unloaded with right hands. A shoulder block was used to weaken The Game and then Taker went up for Old School but was brought to the mat by an arm drag. The cerebral Assassin then clotheslined Undertaker to the floor. Outside of the ring Triple H slammed Taker’s face against the steel barricade and then whipped him into said barricade. Then dicknose cleared off the English Commentary Table and set up Undertaker for a Pedigree. Undertaker countered and went for a chokeslam but that was countered into the Pedigree. Triple H was back body dropped off the table and to the floor. Undertaker returned to the ring and Triple H struggled to his feet. Then The Deadman went airborne with a suicide dive. Taker was first to his feet and positioned the ring steps near the Spanish Commentary Table. He mounted the steps to deliver the Tombstone Piledriver but Triple H reversed it with a headbutt. Taker regained his composure and charged but Triple H hit a massive Spinebuster through the table. Undertaker was rolled in the ring. Triple H looked to be going for a Pedigree but it was reversed into a chokeslam and a cover for a count of 2. Undertaker was looking for The Last Ride but was driven back first into the corner. Triple H mounted the turnbuckle for 10 punches to the head but only hit 4 before taken up for The Last Ride. He reversed and set up the Pedigree but Taker reversed that by dropping him face first into the turnbuckle. Taker went to follow but with a big boot but was given a Spinebuster and covered. Undertaker got a shoulder up after 2. A steel chair was introduced into the match but before Trips could use it Undertaker hit the big boot to the face. Undertaker now had the chair and hit a vicious shot on the legs of The Game. Undertaker looked to be swinging for the fences but Triple countered the chair shot and finally hit the Pedigree. Again the heart of The deadman allowed him to kick out and save The Streak. Undertaker struggled to his feet and was sat on the top turnbuckle. Triple H went for a Superplex but Undertaker reversed the attempt into The Last Ride. The Last Ride was enough to put Triple H away 10 years prior at WrestleMania x-7 but not on this night as he kicked out at 2. Undertaker moved his thumb across his throat in a sign to end it and hit the Tombstone Piledriver. He made the cover and got 1…2…NO! Trips kicked out. Undertaker grabbed the chair and lifter Triple H up for a 2nd Tombstone, this time with his head hitting the chair. Triple H countered and hit a DDT with Taker’s head being the one to bounce off the steel. Both men had to use the ropes to stand up. Triple H then hit a 2nd Pedigree. He made the cover but The Deadman kicked out again. Triple H hurried to his feet and hit a 3rd Pedigree but AGAIN miraculously The Undertaker kicked out. Triple H took hold of the chair and used it to attack the lower back of The Phenom yelling at him to stay down. Undertaker pulled himself to his feet but was leveled with a chair shot to the head. Triple H did not go for the cover however. He yelled at Undertaker to “STAY DOWN!” and “JUST DIE!”. He got in the fac of The Deadman and has caught by the throat. Trips broke the grip and mocked the thumb across the throat signal to end things. He hit The Deadman’s own Tombstone Piledriver but again the heart of The Undertaker proved to be to much. Triple H then went under the ring and pulled out his trusty friend, Senor` Sledgehammer. Before he could the sledgehammer Undertaker locked in his Hell’s Gate submission hold. Triple H dropped the hammer. He tried reaching for again but couldn’t hold on to it. After almost 2 full minutes in the Hell’s Gate hold Triple H tapped to end the match at 29:33
R.I.P. x2 Triple H
Streak Count 19-0
On the night after the Royal Rumble Undertaker returned. He didn’t want the lasting memory The Streak being him carted away after the match and challenged Triple H to a rematch. Triple H refused saying that seeing The Deadman given the stretcher job was just as good as a victory. Shawn Michaels returned to try to convince Trips to accept the match but still he refused. Finally Undertaker used the “Marty McFly” method of getting him to agree by calling him a coward. In a feat of rage Triple H accepted on one condition. The match be held within the confines of Hell In The Cell. Shawn Michaels then announced that he would be the special referee for the match being labeled “An End Of An Era.” Making it 3 legends of Hell In The Cell involved in the epic battle inside the Devil’s Playground at WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami, Florida on April 1, 2012.
Triple H and now short haired Undertaker stared each down as the Cell lowered and surrounded them.
Shawn rang the bell and the war commenced with both men trading huge right hands. Undertaker got the upper hand and tossed Triple H to the floor. Trip’s head was slammed into the ring steps. Undertaker tried to capitalize but Triple H forced The Deadman’s head into the side of the cell. Undertaker responded by whipping Triple H into the steel and a high back body drop on the floor. A series of head butts kept The Game off his feet. Trips was once again whipped into the side of the cell. Taker pounded away on Trips. Shawn Michaels tried to get them both back in the ring but was shoved aside by Undertaker. Ignoring Michaels Taker whipped Trips into the cell once again followed by another slam on the ring steps and a whip into said steps. Back inside the ring, Triple H started to fight back with an inverted Atomic Drop. His momentum was stopped by a clothesline from The Phenom. The Undertaker went Old School on The Cerebral Assassin. Again Trips was tossed outside where the ring steps came into play once again. Triple H was positioned on the apron and suffered the huge legdrop. Back inside the ropes Triple H got back on the offensive with a DDT and by slamming Taker’s head into the ring steps that Undertaker himself brought into the ring. Triple H looked to end it with a pedigree on the steps but was back body dropped to the mat. Undertaker starting throwing “soup bones” but was given a spinebuster onto the steps. The Game went for a cover but was locked into Hell’s Gate instead. Triple H used his power to lift up Undertaker and slam him down to the mat to break the hold. Triple H went for the first cover of the match. Shawn used a steady cont but it was only 2 before Undertaker kicked out. Triple H then went under the ring to pull out not 1 but 2 steel chairs. One chair used was to punish the back of The Deadman. The ring steps were propped up in the corner and Undertaker was whipped into them. The steps were thrown out of the ring and the chair was brought into play once again. Triple H hit Undertaker in the spine area TEN times with the chair until Shawn Michaels stepped in to stop him. After 3 more chair shots, Shawn grabbed the chair and tossed it aside. Triple H then told his fried “YOU WANT IT DONE THEN YOU END IT!” Shawn tried to reason with Triple H knowing The Undertaker wasn’t gonna quit. Shawn pleaded with Trips to just cover Undertaker but Triple H picked up the other chair instead. Shawn then turned his attentions to The Undertaker and begged him to let Shawn ring the bell and end the match. Triple H shoved Michaels on his ass and went back to the chair attack of the spine. Triple H told Michaels “YOU END IT OR I WILL!” Michaels again begged Undertaker to let him end the match. Undertaker simply said “Don’t stop it.” Triple H yelled at Taker to stay down. The chair was driven into the gut then the spine of The Undertaker. Finally we went for a cover but the will of The Undertaker was still to strong. Shawn again pleaded with The Undertaker to let him end the match while Triple H went under the ring and pulled out his trademark weapon, the sledgehammer. Shawn Michaels begged The Game not to use the hammer. Triple H “I’M ENDING THIS ONE WAY OR ANOTHER!” Michaels told Undertaker was gonna ring the bell. Triple H took Undertaker down with a sledgehammer shot to the head. And a cover but AGAIN The Deadman gets a shoulder up in time. Triple H went to bring the hammer down on Taker’s skull but Shawn dove in and took it away. The sledgehammer was tossed outside of the ring. Shawn went to ring the bell to end the match and The Streak but ended up getting locked in Hell’s Gate. A sledgehammer shot to the back broke the hold was Shawn was out cold. Triple H went to bring the hammer down again but Undertaker countered with a shot to the nads and Hell’s Gate. Triple H got hold of the sledgehammer but lost his grip. Trips was able to grab hold of it again but his body went limp. Undertaker broke the hold. Meanwhile my boy Charles Robinson ran to the ring and unlocked the cell door to take over for HBK. Triple H was chokeslammed and covered but somehow The Game kicked out at 2. In frustration Undertaker hit a chokeslam on Lil Natch. Undertaker went for a Tombstone Piledriver. Triple H shoved him away and right into Sweet Chin Music from the recently revived Michaels followed by a Pedigree. The Streak looked be over but Undertaker dug deep down to kick out at 2. Neither Triple H nor Shawn Michaels could believe it. Triple H grabbed the sledgehammer once again. Shawn begged Trips not to use it but Triple H tossed Michaels out of the ring and into the steel cell. Undertaker sat up and had a wild look in his eye as he nailed a huge boot to the face and a series of right hands. He built up a head of steam with a clothesline then dropped Trips face first on the turnbuckle followed by another boot to the skull and a legdrop. Then he hit the Tombstone Piledriver. Shawn got back in the ring to make the count but Triple H got a shoulder up at 2. Triple H was down. Undertaker was down. Charles Robinson was still down. Shawn Michaels sat in the corner crying. Both men were still down but Undertaker hit a head butt and Triple H nailed a weakened punch. Getting on their knees the two legends of the ring exchanged right hands. They used each other to stand up and continued the exchange. Interesting not is during this exchange Charles Robinson snuck of the ring and the cell. Triple H seemed to win the battle of punches but Undertaker went for a Tombstone. Triple H reversed it and hit a Pedigree. Trips made the cover but somehow, someway Undertaker got a shoulder up to save The Streak. Triple H crawled over to the sledgehammer while Undertaker crawled to one of the steel chairs. Undertaker stood on the sledgehammer to keep Triple H from picking it up. Then he punished The Game with the chair like Trips did to him earlier in the match. After a plea from Shawn Michaels, Undertaker made the cover, but Triple H was STILL able to kick out. Triple H had hold of the hammer but didn’t have the strength to lift it. He finally got to his feet and charged The Phenom, but Undertaker blocked the hammer shot and took the hammer away. In one final act of defiance Triple H did the DX crotch chop and walked right into a hammer shot. Taker forcefully tossed the hammer aside and started up at the Titan Tron. The straps on the singlet came down. Triple H used Undertaker to get back on his feet. Taker signaled for the end and hit the Tombstone Piledriver. Michaels made the 3 count and this brutal war mercifully ended at 30:52.
R.I.P. x3 Triple H
The Cell rose back up to the ceiling. Shawn Michaels helped Undertaker to his feet and the two shared an embrace. Then in the ultimate show of respect Undertaker and Shawn Michaels led Triple H to the back.
That is where we currently stand. 20-0. Who will be the next one to step up to try to end The Streak? Can anyone do it? Will Undertaker hand up his urn at an even 20-0?
We have yet to see an answer to these questions. Even if someone does come along and hands Undertaker his first loss at WrestleMania 20 consecutive wins on the grandest stage of them all alone is worthy of a spot in the Hall Of Fame.
17 men. 20 matches. 1 winner. The Undertaker. No one can come close to touching that record.
And that is how I’m close out my 200th edition of The Way I See It. Here’s to 200 more columns and to Undertaker’s dominance at WrestleMania.