|By Jesse Collings | March 28, 2013 | Comments|
Billed as the "Legend Killer", Randy Orton was certainly in position to take on the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Accompanied by his Hall of Fame father, "Cowboy" Bob Orton, Orton came within a microsecond of snapping the streak in what is in my opinion, the best match of Randy's career.
#14 Undertaker vs Mark Henry Wrestlemania
The first casket match to ever take place at Wrestemania, this would be the final match in which the Undertaker would not be booked in one of the top matches at Wrestelmania. Henry dominated most of the match, but the Undertaker prevailed after executing a very impressive Last Ride/Tombstone combination on the 400+lb Henry. The real tragedy is that the Undertaker and Kurt Angle did not meet at this Wrestlemania. Angle and 'Taker met at No Way Out two months prior in an absolute classic match over the WHC. If the Undertaker and Angle had had a rematch at Wrestlemania, we may be talking about GOAT level stuff.
#15 Undertaker vs Batista Wrestlemania 23
The Undertaker captured his second World Championship at a Wrestlemania when he claimed the World Heavyweight Championship from the incumbent Batista. The match was solid, but only lasted an unsatisfying 15 minutes. Batista turned in one of his better performances of his career as his sheer power and high-impact moves made it seem like the streak was on the verge of ending.
#16 Undertaker vs Edge Wrestlemania XXIV
`The Undertaker the WHC title for the second year in a row when he forced Edge to submit using the Hell's Gate choke hold. It was the first time Undertaker had used the move and the first recorded victory for the Undertaker via submission. The match was an exciting back and forth affair, and one of the top matches of both men's illustrious careers.
#17 Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels Wrestlemania XXV
HBK vs Undertaker was what Flair vs Undertaker could have been. Often credited with being the best match of the decade, Michaels and Undertaker put on a modern classic at the 25th anniversary of Wrestlemania. HBK was one of the few superstars who were on equal legacy footing with the Phenom and it showed in what was definitely the best WWE match in the last 5-10 years.
#18 Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels Wrestlemania XXVI
The rematch one year in the making was not as great as the first one (although how could it have been?) but it may have been more dramatic as Shawn Michaels put his career on the line in hopes of breaking the streak once for all. Michaels came up short, but the match was a fitting tribute to the end of HBK, and was booked as the main event despite not being for any major title.
#19 Undertaker vs Triple H Wrestlemania XXVII
Both the Undertaker and Triple H returned to the WWE for the first time in almost a year on the February 21st episode of Raw and settled on a match at Wrestlemania. Although it was given ample time, the match was in my opinion, disappointing. Both men essentially traded finishers until the Undertaker forced the Game to submit. The important aspect of the match took place after, when HHH left under his own power, but the Undertaker needed a lot of assistance to make his way to the back.
#20 Undertaker vs Triple H Wrestlemania XXVIII
The third Wrestlemania match between HHH and the Undertaker took place inside the vaunted Hell in a Cell. The HIAC match, which was billed as the "End of an Era" match and also featured Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee, lived up to expectations and delivered one of the top matches of 2012. Although not exceptionally fast or full of technical holds, the match captured the often forgotten art of telling a story during a wrestling match.
So how does the Undertaker's upcoming match compare to the 20 past ones? I think that it is safe to say between how much attention the match is getting on Raw and how dominant Punk has been in the past year that the match will be a long and epic affair. Will it be as good as the Undertaker's matches with Shawn Michaels? Probably not. Punk is good but he is not as good as Michaels was. I'm predicting from a quality standpoint, the match should be on par with the Undertaker's matches with Edge, Orton and Triple H, which should give us all something good to look forward to next Sunday.
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