Over the last several weeks, the WWE Network has been hosting The Last Ride a documentary series following the Undertaker in the last few years of his career. In the final episode, Undertaker seemingly announced his retirement. I feel like this would be a good opportunity to discuss the Undertaker moments that I find to be the most memorable.
The Streak Broken
One of the defining things about the Undertaker’s career is his undefeated streak at WrestleMania. He defeated legends, peers, and newer talent, and each time he came out victorious.
At WrestleMania 30, ‘Taker walked in with a 21-0 winning streak. Brock Lesnar came in with something to prove. This wasn’t a great match, seeing as how the Undertaker got a concussion during the match and wasn’t performing at his best. In the end, Brock Lesnar got the win, breaking the Undertaker’s streak.
‘Taker has wrestled at 5 WrestleMania’s since his loss to Lesnar, and he won all but one of those matches. (He faced a loss to Roman Reigns at WM33)
His First Ladder Match
My favorite match as a kid was when the Undertaker defended his Undisputed Championship against my favorite guy, the high flying daredevil, Jeff Hardy in Hardy’s specialty, a ladder match. Jeff was way out of his league but fought a hard battle.
Jeff held out a strong performance, but ultimately, he fell victim to the Undertaker and lost the match. The thing worth pointing out is that the Undertaker had a really good competitive match with a guy who wasn’t yet on his level. That was Jeff’s first WWE title match, and it was a really good one.
They Killed Him
The Undertaker competed in the first-ever Hell in a Cell match again Shawn Michaels. But that’s not the focus here, he also was in the second Hell in a Cell match against Mankind. The match begins with Mankind climbing to the top of the cell and the Undertaker follows him up. After battling up top for a while, ‘Taker tossed Mankind off the top of the cell. Medical personnel was rushed to the ring to take care of Mankind, but he came back and climbed back up for more.
The battle continued up top until the undertaker choke slammed Mankind through the cell roof on the matt below. He then followed Mankind, pinned him, and won the match. This match probably took years off of Mankind’s career, but It is one of the most memorable wrestling moments of all time.
The Shawn Michaels WrestleMania Series
At WrestleMania 25, Shawn Michaels challenged the Undertaker in one of the greatest matches in WWE history. They went to war, and at certain points, it looked like Michaels might actually win. Of course, Undertake came out victorious, keeping his streak alive.
For the following year, Shawn Michaels was obsessed, trying to make sure he would get to wrestle ‘Taker again at WrestleMania 26. Undertaker was denying him the match, saying he had nothing to offer him. So, Shawn Michaels agreed to put his career on the line for the match. This was another incredible fight, though I don’t like it as much as the year before, gosh darn these two men really have great chemistry. Undertaker won again, retiring Michaels in the process.
His Last Match?
At WrestleMania 36, AJ Styles challenged the Undertaker to a Boneyard Match. Nobody knew what this was. Well, it turned out to be a cinematic masterpiece with creative spots and some fantastic storytelling. I don’t want to give away too much, because this match needs to be seen to be believed.
I appreciate the Undertaker, but I’m glad to see him end his career with such a good match and on his terms.
By: Benny Uhlich CruelFan.com