The Undertaker vs. Jimmy
Snuka – WrestleMania 7 – March 24, 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 5, 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, from the crowd reaction, you can
clearly hear that 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 supernatural wrestling zombie? Anyway,
while he struggles with Paul, The Undertaker comes from behind 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 |
The Undertaker vs. Giant
Gonzalez – WrestleMania 9 – April 4, 1993
This match was set up after Taker
defeated Kamala in a set of matches and his manager, Harvey Wippleman, brought
in Gonzalez to exact 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 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 2, 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 and takes it away. Afterward, Bundy and 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 31, 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, with plenty of fists thrown in between power moves like sidewalk
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 23, 1997 – WWE Championship
After Hall and 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, and Sid
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 28, 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
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. Big Boss
Man – WrestleMania 15 – March 28, 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 Boss Man hung from the cage. JR says it’s symbolic.
Symbolic of what? A hanging?
Undertaker forces Boss Man to eat a Tombstone for the pin at 9:46 | DUD
The Undertaker vs. Triple H
– WrestleMania 17 – April 1, 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
Undertaker gives HHH the Last Ride into the pin at 18:57 | ****1/2
The Undertaker vs. Ric Flair
– WrestleMania 18 – March 17, 2002 – No DQ
think of a match with a more uneven build up and execution than this one? Soon
after it starts, Flair does the post-flip and takes a sweet boot the face,
cutting him open. Honestly, I think it’s the best boot I’ve seen Taker deliver.
Flair gets his momentum back for a moment with the help of a low-blow and a
barrage of chops, later he gets a lead-pipe, busting open the man JR keeps
calling Booger Red. The match is a real war, with Flair giving a hell of a
performance in that he refuses to die. While he gives a great performance,
Double A gives about as perfect a spinebuster as I’ve ever seen. You also have
to dig two powerbomb-botches in a row. Great match.
Undertaker hits the Tombstone and the pin at 18:47 | ****
The Undertaker vs. Big Show & A-Train – WrestleMania 19 – March 30, 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 14, 2004
I thought Paul Bearer was a nice touch, as this was seriously the fourth or fifth
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 3, 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 and 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
The Undertaker vs. Mark Henry – WrestleMania 22 – April 2, 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 old, and this is just a bunch of
punching, kicking, and attempts to put one another in the casket in a most
‘Taker puts Henry in the casket at 9:26 | *
The Undertaker vs. Batista – WrestleMania 23 – April 1, 2007 – World
This was my favorite feud of 2007, as Taker and 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 their money’s worth,
trading finishers and near-falls until the crowd is frothing at the mouth. One
hell of a 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 30, 2008 – World Heavyweight
As the year before saw Undertaker and 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-star range,
and it all started at WrestleMania 24 for the WHC.
A fantastic match, that showcased and 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 5, 2009
I’ve seen this match 6 times. Why you ask? Because I think it’s the most overrated
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 seventh 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 |
The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels – WrestleMania 26 – March 28, 2010 – Streak
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 overdoing 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 storyline aspect. Awesome
Shawn eats a Jumping-Tombstone & pin at 24:00 | ****3/4
The Undertaker vs. Triple H – WrestleMania 27 – April 3, 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 was for Triple H, the other
half was 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 1, 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 | ****
Showcase Showdown: 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 its 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.
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