After an exciting back and forth WrestleMania match against CM Punk, Undertaker came out victorious increasing the most exciting streak in sports entertainment (sort of) to twenty-one straight wins at WrestleMania. Taker has never lost a match on the WWE’s biggest stage and as it seems as this could be his last performance ever, the illustrious streak could go down in the history books unblemished.
Though the records books won’t recognize “near wins” by other opponents, Taker has had a few near missed if not matches he should have lost during his WrestleMania showcases. Not to discredit Taker, he deserves all the hype and the nostalgia the streak will receive when he officially hangs it up, but some of the matches were just a little too farfetched how The Phenom pulled it out.
WrestleMania IV: Undertaker vs. Giant Gonzales (3-0)
The 8 Foot monster Giant Gonzales basically dominated Undertaker this entire match, Taker really stood no chance. After Taker got a glimpse of the legendary Urn that Paul Bearer began to hold up, he was overcome with this undeniable will and would not go down after any of the Giant’s attacks. Gonzales became enraged and took a chloroform filled rag and suffocated Undertaker with it, after he refused to let go the referee disqualified him. Amazingly, shortly after being carried out on a stretcher, Undertaker came back out to lay the smackdown on the Giant for payback. This was the only match where take won by a disqualification.
WrestleMania XIV: Undertaker vs. Kane (7-0)
Undertaker was feeling a type of way about fighting his brother which allowed Kane to get the best of him that year. The trend continued in WrestleMania as Kane brutalized his older brother for the majority of the match. Undertaker got thrown into a table after jumping off the top rope then later got hit with a Tombstone after a Kane reversal. Somehow he gains control of the match and hits Kane with three straight tombstones, Kane kicks out of the first two pins following the finisher and on the last pinfall the referee give Kane the three count when it seemed as if he kicked at the last second.
WrestleMania 21: Undertaker vs. Randy Orton (13-0)
This bout came at a time where Randy Orton was referred to as “The Legend Killer” taking out any of the WWE’s legends he crossed paths with. This was one of the most exciting of Taker’s ‘Mania fights, each fighter seemed to go all out with a desire to win. At one point in the match, the referee got knocked out while Taker had the upper hand, shortly after Randy’s father ‘Cowboy’ Bob Orton came out to hit the Undertaker with with his caste. He shook the referee into consciousness after Randy managed to get the pin, the perfect WWE screwjob seemed to be in full effect but somehow Taker kicked out. Later on in the match, Orton reversed Taker’s chokeslam mid-air into his RKO finisher and again he managed to kick out. The match finally ended when Undertaker, ode to his WrestleMania match with Kane, reversed a Tombstone PileDriver by Randy Orton into his own tombstone to seal the deal.
WrestleMania XXV: Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels (17-0)
This was most likely the greatest of Undertaker’s WrestleMania matches. Both Taker and Shawn fought an incredible match with a numerous amount of shocking kick-outs by both competitors, but HBK hit Taker with four Sweet Chin Music finishers, FOUR! He also hit him with two high flying elbows, he gave Taker everything he had. After one last effort to hit The Dead One (I made that nickname up) with a backflip off the top rope, Undertaker caught Shawn Michaels mid-air and tombstoned him to his doom.
WrestleMania XXVII: Undertaker vs. Triple H II (19-0)
This fight in every way lived up to the match’s rules “No Holds Barred” which basically means no rules at all. The Game destroyed Undertaker with Chairs, Sledgehammers, Steel Steps, he was smashed through an announcers table, Pedigrees and even his own Tombstone Piledriver. Remarkably Undertaker kept getting up after every brutal attack so much so that Triple H screamed at Undertaker to just “stay down and die”. The Cerebral Assassin went for his patented sledgehammer one more time for a finishing blow and out of nowhere Undertaker locked him into his “Hell’s Gate” submission hold causing Hunter to tap out. After the battle, Undertaker was unable to leave the ring on his own power which sparked a rematch at the following year’s WrestleMania.
WrestleMania XXVIII: Undertaker vs. Triple H III (20-0)
Once again, Triple H had a GREAT shot at knocking off Taker at WrestleMania, and this time he had the added bonus of having longtime friend Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee. Like the fight before, Taker got hit by a barrage of chair shots. Triple H demanded HBK to call the fight after Taker lay lifeless but Shawn refused knowing the importance of the streak and the will of Taker. Shawn Michaels even hit Taker with a Sweet Chin Music which followed by a Pedigree from Triple H. After an amazing kick out by Undertaker, he dominated the rest of the match, Triple H simply ran out of gas and in a last ditch effort, walked right into a Sledgehammer which led to the final Tombstone Piledriver.