TOP 10 WWE | Undertaker WrestleMania Matches
Like his character, the Undertaker, Mark Calaway is something of a phenom. He somehow managed to perform his greatest matches ever during the twilight of his career. And even at the ripe old age of 53, he's still managing to hang with superstars decades younger than himself – albeit on a much more restricted, part-time basis. It's unclear whether or not the Deadman will return this upcoming WrestleMania, given his wrestling contract with the WWE has now expired. But in any event, his legacy with “The Show of Shows” will never topped, nor should it ever be forgotten. I mean, for crying out loud, this man had a 'Mania streak of 21 and 0 before the tough guy with incredibly bizarre teeth – don't tell him I said that – destroyed all of our childhoods with perhaps one too many F5s! It was over the course of this impressive unbeaten run, obviously, that 'Taker had his memorable matches up and down the card. So with WrestleMania 35 right around the corner, and since lists and the internet seem to go together like zombies and spooky lightning, here is the Undertaker's top 10 WrestleMania matches...
Number 10. Ric Flair, WrestleMania 18
Here's a question, what happens when you pit two of the greatest of all time against one another at the Grandest Stage of Them All? If you said pure magic, then you weren't far off. Taking on a heel version of The Biker Undertaker, Ric Flair fought to protect the honour of his son in a bloody No Disqualification match. It wasn't the most technical bout, as a result, which probably explains its low-key nature, but that's not to say it wasn't a ton of fun. Even Arn Anderson got in on the action, helping out his former Horseman with a bone-crunching spinebuster! When all was said and done, all three competitors were bleeding, the entire crowd was on their feet, and The Undertaker was hobbling away with his tenth straight win at WrestleMania!
Number 09. Triple H, WrestleMania 17
Believe it or not, this isn't the last time the man with three H's will be popping up on today's list. I guess when you're dating the boss' daughter, a prominent position on the WrestleMania card is all but a guarantee. In all fairness, though, Triple H is one hell of a performer with one hell of a wrestling CV! Either point were on full display in yet another underrated 'Mania match involving the Deadman. This time around, the No DQ stipulation somewhat existed, albeit in an unofficial capacity. One of the most ridiculous ref bumps of all time, you see, allowed either competitor to battle up and down the staging area for over ten minutes... This only added to the unpredictable nature of the match, however, and since The Undertaker's streak wasn't really a thing at this point, Triple H could have easily come out as the victor. Alas, 'Taker hit his opponent with a devastating Last Ride Powerbomb for the one, two, three!
Number 08. Batista, WrestleMania 23
Some people out there still seem to think Batista can't “go” in the ring. To them I say, go watch this match! Go watch this match right now! For the World Heavyweight Championship, the Animal and the Phenom stole the show by throwing absolutely everything they had at one another. Irish Whips into the steel steps, shoulder tackles from the top rope, dives onto the outside, slams through the announcer's table, the nearest of near falls, and one final Tombstone Piledriver. This was a fantastic match all around, one which blew away its rather low expectations.
Number 07. Randy Orton, WrestleMania 21
With a title like the “Legend Killer”, fans across the globe couldn't help but wonder if the time was finally right to end The Streak. Of course, this wasn't the case, but that didn't stop Randy Orton from pushing 'Taker to his absolute limits. The young up-and-comer, with help from his meddling father, Hall of Famer Bob Orton, nearly pinned the grizzled veteran on a number of occasions, and even hit the Deadman with one of the greatest RKOs you'll ever see!
Number 06. Triple H, WrestleMania 27
It's back to Triple H again, who – having learned form the ridiculously long ref bump ten years prior – actually had a No Holds Barred match this time around with The Undertaker. The saving grace of a forgettable, if not abysmal WrestleMania, this bout should have absolutely headlined The Show of Shows. Knowing they could quite easily outshine The Miz Vs John Cena, however, either man seemed content with knocking lump after lump out of one another in a brutal, chaotic and exciting affair. To put this match into context, it somehow rivalled the extravagant entrances of either future Hall of Famer, which were definitely over the top, and it was probably just as long as 'Taker's infamous walk to the ring... So, yeah.
Number 05. Triple H, WrestleMania 28
Outdoing its two predecessors not only because it was in Hell in a Cell, but more so the fact it had one of the most convincing near falls of all time. Seriously, how was that not a 3 count! As if the match itself wasn't incredible enough, the final shot of Triple H, The Undertaker and guest referee Shawn Michaels arm in arm was a truly heartfelt moment – one that you, I and the annals of WrestleMania will never forget... Or at least until both men decided to do it all over again for the “Last Time Ever” at 2018's Super Show Down. “End of an Era”, eh? Yeah, right!
Number 04. Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania 26
To be honest, any of the next four matches could have easily made the number one spot. Hell, this particular entry in many fans' eyes is greater than the first encounter between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker a single WrestleMania prior. However, sequels often struggle to capture the success and special feel of their predecessors, as is the case with many Hollywood films – unless it's The Empire Strikes Back, I guess. This, unfortunately, was also the case with the Streak Vs Career match in 2010. But that's not to say Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker failed to live up to expectations or performed poorly. They actually had a very emotional and story-driven bout glued together with memorable and immense spots. Seriously, the video package alone was something special! The ending to the match didn't hurt either with Michaels goading the Deadman into giving him one final Tombstone.
Number 03. Edge, WrestleMania 24
Another head to head for the World Heavyweight Championship, Edge and The Undertaker, with interference from Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder, put on such a clinic that it literally laid the blueprint for 'Taker matches at the Grandest Stage of them All. Setting the standard for near fall drama, for example, Charles Robinson sprinted to the ring after a ref bump to Jimmy Korderas only to count one, two... but not three! What made this match different from any other on today's list, however, is that it ended with the Hell's Gate, not a Tombstone Piledriver. This ultimately etched yet another win in the Deadman's impressive WrestleMania record, making him 16-0.
Number 02. CM Punk, WrestleMania 29
CM Punk and the WWE, let's just say, are not on the best of terms – so much so that if the latter were to ever publish a list similar to this one, CM Punk would fail to even get a mention, let alone land the number two spot. However, this is Inside Wrestling and not the WWE, so therefore the Chick Magnet himself still exists! The match he and the Phenom had at WrestleMania 29 wasn't great because it featured two immensely talented superstars, but more so the fact Punk was pissed off and had a point to prove. As if failing to main event WrestleMania once more wasn't bad enough, CM Punk was forced to drop the WWE title to part-timer The Rock at that year's Royal Rumble. So if the WWE were going to overlook one of their top stars yet again, said top star was going to steal The Show of Shows anyway, all the while flipping off his boss, Vince McMahon! This match of the year candidate had everything, really – an electric atmosphere, great drama, plenty of move stealing, an elbow drop onto the announcer's table, and an amazing finish involving reversal upon reversal. This. Was. Awesome!
Number 01. Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania 25
I know, I know... this match is now something of a cliché with how many times it's brought up on lists such as these. But, I mean... Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, WrestleMania 25. It does not get any better than this! At the 25th “Anniversary” of this iconic PPV – which I say sarcastically as it was actually the 24th anniversary, but that's neither here nor there – the Phenom took on Mr WrestleMania himself in perhaps the greatest showdowns of all time! I'm definitely sounding like a little kid here, marking out for all the cool wrestling. But to prove my point, just go back and watch the contrasting entrances, the reversals, the botched suicide dive, the near falls, the incredible summersault-piledriver finish. Honestly, you will not be disappointed!
Know of any more incredible Undertaker WrestleMania matches? Perhaps you think I should have included the likes of Kane, Diesel and Brock Lesnar! Either way, let me know in the comments below. I've been Matt from Inside Wrestling, thanks for reading!