DVD Release Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2012
MATCH #1: Undertaker vs. Jimmy Snuka, WrestleMania VII, 3.24.91
For some reason Snuka turns his back on the Undertaker after the bell and he pays for it. Undertaker slowly goes to work, wearing Snuka down. He hits the flying clothesline, impressing the crowd. Snuka reverses a whip into the corner but then runs into a boot and crashes to the floor. Undertaker suplexes him back into the ring. He misses an elbow drop and Snuka unleashes a flurry of offense. Snuka misses a flying body press and lands on the ropes, then crashes to the floor. He tries to springboard back into the ring but Undertaker catches him. Undertaker sets him down and punches him in the face, then hits the Tombstone Piledriver to get the pin at 4:20. That was a solid squash to make Undertaker look like a big deal.
MATCH #2: Undertaker vs. Jake Roberts, WrestleMania VIII, 4.5.92
Roberts starts of with some right hands but they seem to have no effect. One punch sends Undertaker to the floor but he lands on his feet and pulls Roberts out with him! Undertaker throws Roberts into the post. Back in the ring Roberts continues trying to wear Undertaker down but Undertaker seems completely indifferent to it. Undertaker chokes Roberts down but the referee is too intimidated to do much about it. The Dead Man hits a big elbow drop and the flying clothesline. Roberts is able to catch a quick DDT and Undertaker sits up! The Snake hits a second DDT, but he gets distracted going after Paul Bearer on the floor. Undertaker goes out after him and hits the Tombstone Piledriver! Back in the ring Undertaker makes the academic pin at 6:43. Roberts was gone right after this so it was a good way to use him, once again making Undertaker look great.
MATCH #3: Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzalez, WrestleMania IX, 4.4.93
Gonzalez has the greatest ring gear ever. He also has Harvey Wippleman in his corner. The monstrous Gonzalez slugs at Undertaker to start, and Undertaker shrugs him off and fires back. Gonzalez uses a choke now so Undertaker climbs up to the second rope and chokes him back, and Gonzalez hits a blatant low blow. The referee (Bill Alphonso) does nothing about it. Undertaker perseveres and hits Old School. Gonzalez shrugs that off and throws Undertaker around the ring some more. The fight spills to the floor and Gonzalez continues the abuse, ramming Undertaker into the steel steps. Back in the ring Gonzalez stays in control. Undertaker fights back and knocks Gonzalez down to one knee. The managers get up on the apron and Wippleman tosses Gonzalez a rag. Gonzalez knocks Bearer off the apron and then smothers Undertaker with the rag, which the commentators say has chloroform on it. Alphonso calls for the bell at 7:33. That was pretty brutal, as Gonzalez could barely move and the finish was pretty stupid. They’re pretty lucky they went with the DQ finish here rather than put Gonzalez over, or else this Streak DVD may not have existed.
After the match Undertaker gets helped to the back, but as Gonzalez and Wippleman celebrate Undertaker makes his way back out and they brawl some more, with Undertaker getting the better of it.
MATCH #4: Undertaker vs. King Kong Bundy, WrestleMania XI, 4.2.95
McMahon mentions on commentary that Undertaker has never lost at WrestleMania, so I guess that’s the earliest mention of The Streak. Bundy is a part of the Million Dollar Corporation, so he has Ted DiBiase in his corner. He tries to squash Undertaker in the corner right away but Undertaker moves out of the way and goes to work. Undertaker hits Old School and takes Bundy down with a succession of clotheslines. Bundy comes back with a clothesline that sends Undertaker to the floor, where he’s able to grab the gigantic urn from DiBiase and hand it back to Paul Bearer. Back in the ring Undertaker goes to work as DiBiase calls Kama out to ringside to reclaim the urn. Undertaker tries to stop him but DiBiase, Kama, and Bundy are too much to overcome. Bundy is in control now and he clotheslines Undertaker to the floor. Back in the ring Bundy keeps Undertaker on the mat and uses his girth to wear him down. Bundy hits the Avalanche but the Dead Man comes right out of it and kicks Bundy in the face. Undertaker bodyslams Bundy and then hits the flying clothesline to score the pin at 6:41. That was probably as good as you were going to get from Bundy at this time. Or any time, really.
MATCH #5: Undertaker vs. Diesel, WrestleMania XII, 3.31.96
Diesel shows no fear and attacks Undertaker right away. He clotheslines Undertaker to the floor but Undertaker lands on his feet and pulls Diesel out with him. Undertaker slams Diesel’s head off the ring steps. Back in the ring Diesel cuts Undertaker off but tries a back body drop and pays for it with an uppercut. Undertaker tries the Tombstone and Diesel slips out, but Undertaker hits a cross body block of all things for a two-count. The Dead man goes up and hits Old School but Diesel doesn’t even go down. Undertaker tries another cross body block and Diesel ducks this one, but Undertaker is not that hurt and he snaps Diesel’s neck off the top rope. They go back to the floor and Undertaker rams Diesel’s back into the ring post. Undertaker tries to hit Diesel with a chair but misses and hits nothing but post. Diesel whips Undertaker into the guardrail. Big Daddy Cool is in control now, using his strength to work Undertaker over. He hits a Big Boot to the face. Diesel spends several minutes wearing Undertaker down, and then Undertaker fights back and both men hit a simultaneous big boot to knock each other out. Both men rise and Diesel takes control with a bearhug. Diesel switches it up to a headlock and Undertaker suplexes his way out of it. Undertaker hits a big elbow drop. He goes up top and this a huge flying clothesline for two. Diesel fights back and this the Jackknife! He gets cocky and Undertaker sits up! Diesel hits another Jackknife but Undertaker refuses to stay down. Undertaker grabs Diesel by the throat and gets to his feet. Diesel fights him off and hits a back suplex. Undertaker gets right back up again and hits Diesel with the flying clothesline. He hits a devastating Chokeslam and both men are down. Back on their feet Undertaker hits the Tombstone for the win at 16:47. That was much faster paced than I would have expected, and was actually quite good. These two matched power for power and complimented each others’ styles very well.
MATCH #6: WWE Championship Match – Sycho Sid vs. Undertaker, WrestleMania 13, 3.23.97
Sid has been the Champion since 2.17.97, and this is his third defense. Right when the bell rings Bret Hart makes his way out to interject himself. Shawn Michaels is on commentary with Vince McMahon, Jerry Lawler, and Jim Ross, by the way. Bret calls Michaels a “phony little faker” and tells him to stay out of the match. He then tells Undertaker that they’re no longer friends after he slammed the cage door on his head. Bret then turns to Sid and tells him that the WWE Title belongs to him and Sid is a fraud. Sid wants nothing to do with that and drops Bret with a hard powerbomb. He tells Bret to take his whining ass out of here. Sid continues to talk trash and the Undertaker attacks him from behind. The bell rings again so I guess the match was not official before.
Undertaker unloads on Sid, wearing him down from the get-go. He hits a Stinger Splash and a bodyslam for a two-count. Undertaker hits Old School. Sid comes back and locks on a bearhug. Undertaker breaks free and the fight spills to the floor. Sid kicks Undertaker over the Spanish Announce Table. He then drops Undertaker across the barricade twice. Sid slams Undertaker on said table and then rams him into the ring post. Back in the ring Sid covers for two. Sid continues the punishment and when Undertaker tries a comeback Sid cuts him off with a powerslam for two. Sid drops the leg for two. Undertaker comes back with the flying clothesline. They go back to the floor again and Undertaker throws Sid into the crowd. Undertaker throws some punches and then slams Sid’s face into the steps. Back in the ring Undertaker misses an elbow drop and Sid locks on a chinlock. Undertaker fights out and hits a big powerslam for a two-count. He tries to follow up but Sid fights back and both men hit a big boot to the face at the same time. Sid recovers quicker and makes a cover for two. He goes to the second rope and hits an ax handle without breaking his own leg. Sid goes back up and hits a clothesline, miraculously not breaking his leg this time either. He covers for two. The third time is not a charm though, as Undertaker gets his fist up into the solar plexus. Sid cuts Undertaker off with a bodyslam and this time goes all the way to the top and Undertaker sits up! Undertaker knocks Sid down and slams him to the mat. Now Undertaker goes to the top rope and hits a flying clothesline for two. Undertaker goes for the Tombstone but Sid reverses it to one of his own! Sid crosses Undertaker’s arms for the cover but only gets two! He throws Undertaker to the floor and Bret Hart makes his way back out. Bret cracks Sid across the back with a steel chair twice. Officials come out and drag Bret to the back. Undertaker takes advantage and drives Sid’s spine into the ring post. Back in the ring Undertaker hits the Chokeslam for a two-count. Undertaker misses the flying clothesline and Sid sets up for the Powerbomb. Bret comes back out to distract Sid, which allows Undertaker to hit the Tombstone for the pin and the title at 21:22. Undertaker and Sid should not have been given 20-plus minutes, as 15 would have suited them much better. They had some good stuff sprinkled throughout, but it was just too long. The Bret Hart interference gave the match an unpredictable feel, which actually helped out given the storylines at the time.
MATCH #7: Undertaker vs. Kane, WrestleMania XIV, 3.29.98
They’re actually moving pretty quickly in the early going, with Kane initiating most of the offense and Undertaker being forced to counter him. Kane works Undertaker over, sending him to the floor and using the ring steps as a weapon. Bearer gets some cheap shots in too. Kane gets an early Choke Slam and pulls Undertaker up at two. He continues the punishment for a while, until Undertaker dumps him to the floor. He tries a big dive and Kane sidesteps him, and the announce table takes the brunt of the impact. Back in the ring Kane hits a clothesline off the top rope for two. Kane hits a Tombstone for another two-count. Undertaker recovers and hits a Choke Slam. He follows with a Tombstone but Kane kicks out! He hits another one and Kane kicks out again! Undertaker goes to the top rope and hits a flying clothesline. A third Tombstone is enough to get the pin at 16:58. The match was slow and plodding, and the crowd only popped for the big spots. Bearer and Kane beat Undertaker down after the match, with Kane hitting a Tombstone on a steel chair.
MATCH #8: Hell in a Cell Match – Undertaker vs. Big Boss Man, WrestleMania XV, 3.28.99
Boss Man attacks right away in this odd, rare heel versus heel matchup. Undertaker strikes back with a series of right hands. Boss Man hits a swinging neckbreaker for two. Undertaker doesn’t think much of that and they go to the floor. He throws Boss Man into the cell wall. Boss Man then reverses a whip and sends Undertaker into the wall. He finds a pair of handcuffs and punches Undertaker in the face with them. Boss Man cuffs Undertaker to the cell and finds a nightstick to abuse him with. As Undertaker falls down the handcuffs snap. Oops. Undertaker fights back and is slightly bleeding from the forehead. He hits Boss Man with a chair. Back in the ring Undertaker hits the flying clothesline. Undertaker goes for Old School but Boss Man kicks the top rope to knock him down, and then Boss Man shoves him into the cell wall. Back in the ring they trade punches and Undertaker lands one to the nuts. Undertaker goes for the Tombstone but Boss Man slips out. Boss Man whips Undertaker into the corner and tries a clothesline but misses. Undertaker hits the Tombstone to get the pin at 9:48. That was dull and not at all engaging. This was the opposite of Undertaker’s zenith as a worker, and by far the worst Hell in a Cell match of all-time.
MATCH #9: Undertaker vs. Triple H, WrestleMania X-Seven, 4.1.01
The fight begins on the floor and both men are tearing into each other. They make it to the ring to start the match proper. Right hands aplenty are flying from both men. HHH hits the Harley Race high knee and Undertaker gets right up. Undertaker hits a back body drop and a powerslam. He misses an elbow drop. HHH fires off some right hands but Undertaker cuts him off with the flying clothesline. Undertaker goes for Old School but HHH throws him down to the canvas. HHH hits a neckbreaker for two. He takes control now, keeping Undertaker down. HHH hits the Facebuster and then goes outside for his sledgehammer. The referee stops him from using it. HHH goes for the Pedigree but Undertaker sweeps the legs and catapults the Game right into the referee. Undertaker hits a Chokeslam but only gets two. The referee recovered rather quickly. Undertaker is mad though, so he kicks the referee and then drops an elbow on him. They take the fight to the floor and Undertaker backdrops HHH into the crowd. They fight through the crowd and into an eagle’s nest type area with lots of tech equipment. HHH hits Undertaker with a chair repeatedly. Undertaker recovers and grabs HHH by the throat and Chokeslams him off the eagle’s nest. He follows the Game down with an elbow drop. They fight back through the crowd and make it back to the ring. Undertaker finds the sledgehammer. He tries to hit HHH with it but HHH kicks him in the nuts. HHH tries to use the hammer now but Undertaker delivers a big boot. They trade right hands now. HHH tries the Tombstone but Undertaker reverses to one of his own but there’s no referee to count. Undertaker goes for the Last Ride but HHH had picked up the sledgehammer and he drills Undertaker with it! The referee has recovered to make the count but Undertaker kicks out! Undertaker is busted open. HHH delivers mounted punches in the corner but Undertaker counters to the Last Ride to get the pin at 18:19. That match gets a lot of love but I’m not enamored with it. It is enjoyable and the crowd heat is good, but the spend a lot of time outside the ring and that wasn’t all that thrilling. The final minutes were great though, and while I hate that finish now it wasn’t nearly as overused in 2001 so it totally works.
MATCH #10: Street Fight – Undertaker vs. Ric Flair, WrestleMania X8, 3.17.02
Flair charges the ring and away we go. He unloads with strikes and they go right to the floor. Flair tackles Undertaker over the announce table and peppers him with right hands. He jumps off the apron but Undertaker catches him and rams him into the ring post. Undertaker gets distracted by the fans and back in the ring Flair goes back on offense. Undertaker quickly cuts him off though and begins hammering away. He knocks Flair to the floor with a big boot and unloads on him with right hands. Flair is busted open. Back in the ring Undertaker continues hammering away. Flair fights back with chops but Undertaker cuts him right off. Undertaker hits a superplex and pulls Flair up at the count of two. He continues to dominate for several minutes, but he misses a big elbow drop. King finally asks the question we’ve all been wondering – what the hell is booger red? Undertaker goes for Old School but Flair pulls him down off the top rope. Flair tries to build momentum but Undertaker catches him with a side suplex for two. They go back to the floor and Flair finds a lead pipe to crack Undertaker in the face with. Flair continues the lead pipe abuse and also uses one of the signs from ringside. Back in the ring Undertaker grabs Flair by the throat so Flair kicks him in the nuts. Flair locks on the Figure-Four Leglock and Undertaker sits up and grabs him by the throat to break it. Undertaker hits the Chokeslam for two. An angry Undertaker takes out the referee just for fun. Undertaker finds the lead pipe and tries to use it but Flair hits a few chops. Arn Anderson pops in from out of nowhere to hit a perfect Spinebuster and Flair covers for two. I’m not sure why they had to knock the referee out and have Anderson hide since it’s a Street Fight but whatever. Undertaker brings Anderson in the ring and busts him open. He locks on a Dragon Sleeper and Flair breaks that with multiple chair shots. Undertaker responds with a big boot. He goes for the Last Ride but has difficulty and decides not to do it. Instead he hits the Tombstone Piledriver to get the pin and go 10-0 at 18:47. I liked this one about as much as I like the Triple H match from the year before. Undertaker dominated, and given that Flair was semi-retired at this point it made sense. Flair looked great fighting from underneath, and their dynamic worked really well. The blood also helped make this feel as hate-filled as it needed to.
MATCH #11: Handicap Match – Undertaker vs. Big Show & A-Train, WrestleMania XIX, 3.30.03
Jones was taken out by Show and A-Train in the showers earlier tonight on Heat, It’s probably for the better that he’s not in this match actually. Undertaker immediately sends Show to the floor and hits A-Train with a Chokeslam for a near-fall. That would have been great if it was the finish. Undertaker continues fighting off the two behemoths in the early going. He hits A-Train with Old School. Show distracts Undertaker from the apron, allowing A-Train to hit the Derailer. A-Train throws Undertaker to the floor and Show rams him into the ring post. Show and A-Train work Undertaker over briefly before Undertaker fights back and puts Show in a Fujiwara Armbar. A-Train breaks that up. Undertaker then puts A-Train in a Cross Armbreaker and Show has to break that up. Show and A-Train try to wear Undertaker down again, but it doesn’t last long before Undertaker hits A-Train with a back suplex. A-Train cuts him off with a clothesline. Undertaker comes back with a DDT. Undertaker dominates the two big men until A-Train blasts him with a Bicycle Kick. Show hits a Chokeslam and then Nathan Jones comes running down the aisle. When Show goes to meet him Jones takes him out with a spin kick. Jones then gets in the ring and hits A-Train with a big boot to the face. Undertaker hits A-Train with the Tombstone Piledriver to get the pin at 9:45. This makes Undertaker 11-0 at WrestleMania. This was a pretty lousy match and Undertaker never appeared to be in any actual danger. Also, why was Nathan Jones allowed to interfere if it had been officially announced as a handicap match? Eh, who cares.
MATCH #12: Undertaker vs. Kane, WrestleMania XX, 3.14.04
Kane is less than pleased to see his brother after burying him alive five months ago. Undertaker is accompanied by Paul Bearer. Kane approaches Undertaker cautiously, not wanting to believe he’s real. As soon as Kane lays a hand on his brother, Undertaker unloads on him with right hands. Undertaker signals for the Chokeslam and Kane bails fast. Out on the floor Kane hits a few right hands but Undertaker comes back and whips him into the apron. Back in the ring Undertaker continues the onslaught. Undertaker goes for the Last Ride and Kane throws him up in the air. It looks like Kane was trying a back body drop and it almost ended very badly. Kane goes on offense now. He hits the clothesline off the top rope for two. Undertaker fights back and hits a big boot and a leg drop. How is that not the finish? Undertaker tries Old School but Kane grabs him bu the throat on the way down! That was neat. Undertaker grabs Kane’s throat at the same time, but Kane fights him off and hits the Chokeslam. For some reason Kane just stands there and celebrates instead of going for a pin. Undertaker sits up and Kane is in trouble now. The Dead Man hits a sloppy Chokeslam and follows with the Tombstone for the pin at 7:47. The crowd popped for the entrance and the finish, but little in between. It was a pretty dull match but it was a good choice to go on between the two title matches. Undertaker is now 12-0 at WrestleMania.
MATCH #13: Undertaker vs. Randy Orton, WrestleMania 21, 4.3.05
This is one of the few times where the Streak seemed to be in real jeopardy. Things are heated pretty quickly and Orton hits a nice dropkick for a one-count. Undertaker fires back with a huge right hand and he continues unloading with strikes. Orton catches a quick schoolboy rollup for two. He tries the RKO but Undertaker catches him and dumps him to the floor. Undertaker hits the legdrop on the apron. Back in the ring Undertaker hits Old School. Undertaker goes for a boot in the corner but Orton moves and Undertaker crashes to the floor. Back in the ring Orton tries to wear the Dead Man down. Undertaker comes back with a DDT. Undertaker hits Snake Eyes and goes for a big bot but Orton catches him with a back elbow for a two-count. Orton foolishly celebrates and Undertaker sits up. The Legend Killer doesn’t get flustered though and goes right back on the attack. Undertaker comes back with a clothesline for two. He locks on a standing Dragon Sleeper and Orton counters it with a DDT. Orton locks on a Sleeper but Undertaker counters with a back suplex. Undertaker comes off the ropes and Orton catches him in a powerslam for a near-fall. Orton foolishly goes for mounted punches in the corner, and just guess how that ends. Orton is able to slip out though and he goes for the RKO but Undertaker pushes him into the referee, knocking him out. Undertaker goes for the Last Ride but Orton falls on him. Cowboy Bob runs in and drills Undertaker with the cast! The referee rolls over to make the count and Undertaker kicks out! Undertaker sits up and he’s mad now. Cowboy tries to use the cast again but Undertaker kicks him off the apron. Undertaker goes for a Chokeslam but Orton counters with an RKO! Undertaker kicks out! Orton tries a Tombstone but Undertaker reverses it to one of his own to get the pin at 14:14. That was a terrific match with lots of drama around the Streak. Both guys did a great job countering each other and Undertaker made Orton seem like a legitimate threat. I think this is kind of a forgotten match but it’s really good. Undertaker is now 13-0.
MATCH #14: Casket Match – Undertaker vs. Mark Henry, WrestleMania 22, 4.2.06
Henry attacks Undertaker from behind before the bell and slugs away on him. Undertaker tries to fight back but Henry cuts him off with a clothesline. The fight spills to the floor and Henry continues to dominate, surprisingly. Back in the ring Henry continues to batter the Dead Man. Everything Undertaker tries Henry has an answer for. Finally Undertaker is able to hit Old School but it doesn’t even take Henry off his feet. Undertaker tries the Flatliner but Henry trips him down instead. The fight spills into the casket and Henry takes it to the Undertaker, showing no intimidation. The casket is Undertaker’s playground though, and he fights his way back into the match. Back in the ring Undertaker tries to build momentum but Henry catches him in the World’s Strongest Slam. Henry tries to put Undertaker in the casket but he can’t close the lid. He continues the abuse and foolishly tries mounted punches in the corner. Why would Mark Henry decide to do that for the first time against the one guy who counters it with his finisher every time someone does that to him? I hate stuff like that. Undertaker throws Henry to the floor and follows him out with an impressive dive over the casket. Back in the ring Undertaker delivers the Tombstone and rolls Henry into the casket. Undertaker slams the lid for the win at 9:26. Outside of the dive this was a pretty ho-hum match without much in the way of excitement. Undertaker is now 14-0 at WrestleMania.
MATCH #15: World Heavyweight Title Match – Batista vs. Undertaker, WrestleMania 23, 4.1.07
Batista has been the Champion since 11.26.06, and this is his fourth defense. The Champion hits an immediate Spear and unloads in the corner. Undertaker fights back but Batista won’t back down. They take it to the floor and Batista whips Undertaker knees-first into the steps. Back in the ring Batista goes up top and hits a shoulderblock for a two-count. Undertaker hits a big boot and Batista comes right back with a clothesline for two. Batista continues to dominate, as he definitely has something to prove here. Undertaker gets back in it and hits a legdrop for two. He goes up top and hits Old School. Undertaker tries a Chokeslam but Batista fights it off so Undertaker hits the flying clothesline instead. They go back to the floor and Undertaker hits the legdrop on the apron. Undertaker follows with the no hands dive to the floor, wiping out the Animal. Batista reverses a whip and sends Undertaker crashing over the timekeeper’s table. He rearranges the announce table and powerslams Undertaker from one table through the other! Back in the ring Batista covers but only gets two! Batista goes for the Batista Bomb but Undertaker fights it off. Undertaker goes for a whip but Batista reverses and catches him with a belly-to-belly suplex for two. Batista foolishly hits mounted punches in the corner which of course gets countered to the Last Ride. That gets two. Batista comes back with a spinebuster and Undertaker sits up. Undertaker hits the Chokeslam for two! He goes for the Tombstone but Batista slips out and hits a Spear! Batista hits the Batista Bomb but Undertaker kicks out! He goes for a second one but Undertaker backdrops his way out of it. Batista goes for Snake Eyes but Undertaker pushes him into the corner. Undertaker then hits the Tombstone Piledriver to get the pin, win the title, and keep The Streak alive at 15:47. That was a great slug-fest between two powerhouses that really got the crowd riled up. Both guys were throwing bombs throughout the match to try and keep the other guy down. No one expected this match to be this good.
MATCH #16: World Heavyweight Title Match – Edge vs. Undertaker, WrestleMania XXIV, 3.30.08
Edge has been the champion since 12.16.07, and this is his fourth defense. I love Undertaker’s WrestleMania feuds, because all they have to do is bring up the streak and presto! Just for fun, Undertaker has defeated, in order – Jimmy Snuka, Jake Roberts, Giant Gonzalez, King Kong Bundy, Diesel, Sycho Sid, Kane, Big Boss Man, Triple H, Ric Flair, Big Show & A-Train, Kane again, Randy Orton, Mark Henry, and Batista. They keep trying to sell Edge as undefeated at WrestleMania, but he did not win the Money in the Bank match that he was in last year and to me that counts as a loss. They should have never booked him in that match; people were even saying that last year.
Edge refuses to be intimidated by Undertaker and goes right after him. Undertaker hits a “physical clothesline,” which I guess is harder than a regular one. They go outside for a brief moment and then back in Undertaker slugs away at the champion. Undertaker hits the flying clothesline, or “vintage Undertaker,” and I realize that it’s the commentary that makes Undertaker matches so hard to enjoy sometimes. Edge is able to toss Undertaker over the ropes and he tries to recover in the ring. Undertaker gets on the apron and Edge spears him down, and when he tries once again and Edge hits a baseball slide. I guess that makes him the “master manipulator.” Edge keeps Undertaker on the floor, which is pretty good strategy by the champion. Back in the ring finally, Edge maintains control and works over the back. Edge goes to the top rope and Undertaker shoves him down to the floor and soars over the top rope with a nice tope. Back in the ring Undertaker gets a near fall. He goes for the Last Ride but Edge blocks it and hits a big boot to the face for a two count. They go back outside the ring and Edge back suplexes the challenger on the guardrail and into the crowd. Undertaker makes it back to the ring and Edge puts on a half Boston Crab. Undertaker rolls through it to a cradle for two, but Edge goes right back to the hold. They get back to their feet and exchange blows, but you know the Undertaker is the “best pure striker in sports-entertainment history.” Edge comes back and tries a flying ax handle but Undertaker grabs him by the throat. Edge avoids it once, and counters it a second time into a DDT, but Undertaker kicks out at two. Edge goes for the spear but Undertaker kicks him in the face and this time hits the Chokeslam for two. Undertaker goes for the rope walk, but Edge counters it and hits a superplex for a near-fall. Now Edge stupidly goes for the punches in the corner and Undertaker tries the Last Ride but Edge slips out and hits a neckbreaker. Undertaker comes back and this time hits the Last Ride but Edge actually kicks out at two! Now Undertaker goes for the Tombstone but Edge again counters and hits the Edge-o-Matic for two. Why don’t they call it that anymore? Undertaker comes back and tries a big boot but Edge moves and the referee takes it instead. Edge hits a falling DDT like Christian used to do, and decides to talk trash, so Undertaker grabs him by the throat. The champ wisely counters that with a kick to the junk. Edge goes out and grabs one of the cameras and levels Undertaker with it. He tries to revive the referee and Undertaker sits up. Edge goes for the Tombstone and Undertaker reverses it and hits one of his own but there’s no referee. Charles Robinson sprints down to the ring, and that’s a long run, but by the time he gets there Edge is able to kick out. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder come down to try and interfere but Undertaker dispatches them in short order. That gives Edge the chance to hit a Spear but Undertaker kicks out at two! Edge hits another Spear, but Undertaker grabs onto him with a Gogoplata, and Edge taps out at 23:50 and Undertaker goes to 16-0. Annoying commentary aside this was a terrific match and showed that Edge belonged in the main event of WrestleMania. He wrestled a smart match did a lot of cool reversals, and Undertaker was his usual reliable self.
MATCH #17: Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania XXV, 4.5.09
Shawn tries to use his speed early on, and Undertaker counters with his extraordinary power. Undertaker takes control early on, working on Shawn’s back. He hits Old School but misses a charger in the corner and Michaels goes after the knee. They trade control back and forth a few times. Michaels locks on the Crossface and Undertaker powers out with a side slam for two. The ever-resilient Michaels storms back with a flurry of offense. Michaels tries an ax handle off the top rope but Undertaker catches him by the throat. He avoids that and knocks Undertaker down with a kick and tries the Figure-Four. Undertaker counters and locks on Hell’s Gate. Michaels reaches the ropes. Undertaker tries the legdrop on the apron but Michaels moves, and then follows up with a baseball slide to knock Undertaker back. Michaels tries a moonsault but misses and lands hard on the floor. Undertaker recovers and launches himself over the top rope but Michaels pulls a cameraman in front of him and the cameraman does a horrible job of catching Undertaker, who appears to land directly on his skull. Michaels revives the referee and tries to get him to count Undertaker out, but the Dead Man just barely makes it back to the ring before the count of 10. He sets up for Sweet Chin Music but Undertaker counters with a Chokeslam and Michaels kicks out at two! Undertaker looks incredulous. He tries the Tombstone but Michaels counters to hit the Sweet Chin Music and Undertaker kicks out! Michaels gets back to his feet but Undertaker grabs him by the throat and goes for the Last Ride. After several counters Undertaker hits the move but Michaels kicks out at two! Undertaker hooking the leg and overtly showing his frustration is great touches. He goes to the top rope and misses a big elbow drop. They get back to their feet and Undertaker throws Michaels over the ropes. Michaels skins the cat, but Undertaker catches him with the Tombstone but Michaels kicks out! The look on Undertaker’s face is priceless. Undertaker pulls the straps down and goes for the Tombstone but Michaels counters to a DDT. Michaels goes up top and hits the elbow. He sets up for Sweet Chin Music and nails it, but Undertaker kicks out at two! They get back to their feet and trade blows. Michaels counters another Tombstone attempt and kicks a charging Undertaker in the face. He tries a Moonsault but Undertaker hits the Tombstone to get the win in this absolutely epic match at 30:41. If anything even comes close to this in Match of the Year voting I’ll be stunned. This is the real match of the year, because the fans aren’t chanting “Match of the Year” and the wrestlers didn’t hug each other and talk about the great match they just had. Everyone in the building simply knew. I think this might be the greatest match of All Time.
MATCH #18: Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania XXVI, 3.28.10
Michaels makes the throat slashing gesture at Undertaker, which angers the big man and away we go. Undertaker hits Snake Eyes and a big boot right off the bat, as they’re setting a pretty torrid pace. He tries a Chokeslam but Michaels blocks it. Undertaker then tries a Tombstone but Michaels avoids that too. Michaels almost hits a Superkick but Undertaker is able to duck that. Now Michaels wisely goes after Undertaker’s knee, which seems to be the weak spot. Undertaker comes back and knocks Michaels to the floor. It looks like he’s going to go for the tope but Michaels catches him with a shoulder right to the knee. Undertaker fights back and targets Michaels’ back, which was actually injured in a match these two had together back at Royal Rumble 1998. He hits the leg drop on the apron. Back in the ring Michaels puts on the Figure-Four Leglock and Undertaker reverses the hold. Michaels hits the flying forearm but when he kips up Undertaker grabs him and hits the Chokeslam! That only gets two. What a great spot. Undertaker goes for the Tombstone but Michaels wriggles out and puts on the Ankle Lock but it gets broken. Michaels clotheslines Undertaker to the floor and then tries the springboard cross body block but Undertaker catches him and hits the Tombstone! That’s what beat Jake Roberts at WrestleMania VIII. A doctor tries to tend to Michaels but Undertaker shoves him away and throws Michaels back in the ring for a two-count. Undertaker goes for the Last Ride but Michaels counters with the X-Factor for two. Michaels goes up top and tries the elbow drop but Undertaker gets his knees up! Undertaker grabs Michaels in the Hell’s Gate but Michaels gets a jackknife pin for two. Michaels gets up and nails Sweet Chin Music! Undertaker kicks out at two. Michaels tunes up the band but Undertaker catches it and this time hits the Last Ride but Michaels kicks out! Undertaker pitches Michaels to the floor and follows him out. He gets the Spanish Announce Table ready for the Last Ride but Michaels slips out and this Sweet Chin Music! Undertaker is laid out on the table and Michaels goes to the top rope and breaks the table with a Moonsault! Michaels rolls Undertaker back in the ring and hits another Sweet Chin Music but Undertaker kicks out! This is amazing. Michaels tunes up the band again but Undertaker grabs him by the throat for another Chokeslam! Undertaker picks him up and hits the Tombstone but Michaels kicks out! The straps come down and Undertaker goes to make the throat slashing motion but he stops, looking at Michaels crumpled beneath him. Michaels pulls himself up, clawing at Undertaker’s chest, and he makes the throat slash, asking for Undertaker to put him away, slapping him across the face. Undertaker obliges, hitting a jumping Tombstone Piledriver to end the greatest career of all-time at 23:59. Technically this was just a shade under last year’s match, but with the added drama of it being Michaels’ last match, and the brilliant finish that literally gave me goose bumps, I can’t think of a reason not to rate this as high as I can.
MATCH #19: No Holds Barred Match – Undertaker vs. Triple H, WrestleMania XXVII, 4.3.11
The Game comes out swinging but the Dead Man is up to the task, throwing HHH to the floor. Undertaker throws HHH into the steel steps, and HHH comes back by driving Undertaker through the Cole Mine. Back in the ring Undertaker looks more annoyed than hurt, and he hits the flying clothesline. Undertaker goes for Old School but HHH whips him down to the mat. They go back to the floor and HHH whips Undertaker into the barricade. HHH clears off the announce table and goes for the Pedigree but Undertaker backdrops him to the floor! Undertaker follows up with the flying tope and manages not to spike himself. Back up on their feet Undertaker charges and HHH catches him with a spinebuster through the Spanish Announce Table. Back in the ring Undertaker hits a Chokeslam for two. HHH comes back and tries mounted punches in the corner (you think he’d learn) and Undertaker tries the Last Ride but HHH slips out and hits another spinebuster for two. The Game goes outside and brings in a steel chair, but Undertaker books him in the face. Undertaker hits HHH with the chair a couple of times but HHH hits a Pedigree from out of nowhere for a two-count. HHH goes for a superplex but Undertaker reverses to the Last Ride! That only gets two. Undertaker hits the Tombstone Piledriver but HHH kicks out again! He goes for another one but HHH slips out and hits a DDT on the steel chair.
They sell their exhaustion for a while and when they get back up HHH hits a second Pedigree but Undertaker kicks out. HHH hits a third Pedigree and Undertaker kicks out again! Now HHH grabs the steel chair and goes all Stone Cold at WrestleMania X-Seven, and yells for Undertaker to “stay down.” Now while Undertaker is lying on the mat, why doesn’t HHH go for a cover? Undertaker gets up and HHH blasts him right in the face with the chair. HHH continues telling Undertaker to “stay down” and “die,” but I still can’t figure out why he won’t cover him. Undertaker grabs HHH by the throat but there’s not much behind it. He tells HHH to bring it, so HHH makes the throat slash gesture and then hits the Tombstone! The crowd buys it but Undertaker kicks out! A desperate HHH goes outside the ring and grabs the sledgehammer. Before he can use it, Undertaker grabs HHH in the Hell’s Gate! HHH grabs the sledgehammer but it falls from his hand and he taps out at 29:21. There are a lot of divergent opinions on this one, and I land somewhere in the middle. They did their damnedest to make this one feel epic, and it worked to a point, but it definitely seemed like they were trying really hard and that’s always a turnoff. I liked HHH’s strategy of going for big moves throughout the match and Undertaker just doing his best to survive – other than the Shawn Michaels matches, which are perfect, this is the most vulnerable Undertaker has seemed during the Streak. Forced epic is always really hard to pull off, and I can’t fault the effort, and if they didn’t have to live up to the Shawn Michaels matches this might have seemed better, but it is what it is.
MATCH #20: Hell in a Cell Match – Undertaker vs. Triple H, WrestleMania XXVIII, 4.1.12
Jim Ross joins the commentary team. He mentions that there have been 24 Hell in a Cell matches, and these tow men have been in 19 of them. Undertaker wastes no time in unloading with strikes, but HHH is right there to match him. The battle quickly spills to the floor and Undertaker slams HHH into the ring steps. Undertaker whips HHH into the cell wall and back body drops him. He continues throwing HHH around ringside and otherwise dominating him. Back in the ring Undertaker remains in control. Undertaker hits Old School and then they go back to the floor, where he drives the steel ring steps into HHH’s face. Back in the ring HHH is able to hit a DDT from out of nowhere. He sets up a Pedigree on the steps but Undertaker backdrops his way out of it. Undertaker charges and HHH catches him with a spinebuster on the steps. Before HHH can follow up Undertaker grabs the Hell’s Gate but HHH powers out of it! That was awesome, and it gets a two-count. HHH uses a chair and sets up the steps in the corner to ram Undertaker’s face into. He then destroys Undertaker with a chair, focusing on the spine. HHH tells Michaels to end it, refusing to go for a cover. Michaels tries to ask Undertaker if he surrenders, and of course he doesn’t so HHH throws Michaels out of the way and beats on Undertaker some more with the chair. Undertaker begs Michaels not to stop it, so HHH continues the chair assault. HHH covers but only gets two. HHH uses the chair some more and Michaels isn’t happy with him. He tells Michaels to “end it or I will.” HHH brings the sledgehammer in and cracks Undertaker in the face with it. Undertaker kicks out! HHH goes to crush Undertaker’s skull and Michaels takes the sledgehammer away from his best friend. That’s bull crap, the referee shouldn’t get involved in a No Disqualification Match. Michaels almost calls for the bell because Undertaker is defenseless, but the Dead Man begs him not to again. Undertaker then grabs Michaels in the Hell’s Gate to prevent him from stopping the match! HHH breaks that up with the sledgehammer. He goes to hit Undertaker with it again but Undertaker blocks with a low blow! Undertaker locks on Hell’s Gate but there’s no referee. Charles Robinson makes his way down to replace Michaels, but Undertaker has released the hold. Undertaker hits a Chokeslam and Robinson counts two! An angry Undertaker then Chokeslams Robinson! Undertaker then goes for the Tombstone but HHH slips out and pushes him right into Sweet Chin Music! HHH then hits a Pedigree! Undertaker actually kicks out! That’s the most anyone has ever bought The Streak being over right there. Michaels tries to reason with HHH about using the sledgehammer, so HHH tosses him to the floor. Undertaker sits up and unleashes fury! HHH’s reaction to that was amazing. Undertaker hits the Tombstone and Michaels comes back in to make the count but only gets two! They rise and slug it out, and Undertaker goes for the Tombstone again but HHH slips out again and hits another Pedigree and it only gets two! Both men go for weapons, as Undertaker grabs a chair and HHH grabs the sledgehammer. Undertaker rises first and steps on the hammer to prevent HHH from picking it up. That’s awesome. Undertaker then unloads on HHH with the chair and covers but only gets two. HHH tries to use the sledgehammer but Undertaker simply takes it away from him. The defiant HHH delivers a crotch chop and Undertaker blasts him with the hammer. The straps come down and Undertaker makes the throat slash motion. Undertaker delivers the Tombstone to End the Era at 30:54. That was a huge improvement over last year’s match, and about as emotional and dramatic as a wrestling match could be. Taking this entire story going back to Shawn versus Flair from WrestleMania XXIV makes this an extremely dense and detailed storyline. The match itself was unique in the sense that no two other guys on the roster could have pulled it off. It never really felt long and they worked some great spots and some harsh brutality. As a match it may not be entirely perfect, but with the intangibles I think that pushes it all over the edge.