WrestleMania 28: 5 Reasons Undertaker vs. Triple H in Hell in a Cell Makes Sense
So it has come down to this.
We have seen for weeks that Triple H has been reluctant to accept the challenge of The Undertaker, but in their first face-to-face encounter since The Undertaker returned to the WWE, the heated promo came down to Triple H accepting the challenge after questions of cowardice and whether or not he was better than Shawn Michaels.
Last year, we saw a battle for the ages—one that zapped The Undertaker of all of his energy—yet he got the win via the Hell's Gate submission.
It was no holds barred and both men pulled out all the stops in a match that, in my opinion, will not get the same reaction as the two previous Undertaker/HBK WrestleMania matches.
In six weeks, though, both men will step inside Hell in a Cell in a match that, as they put it, will be the end of an era.
Here are five reasons everything in this match makes sense.
End of an Era
As stated before, it is truly the end of an era in wrestling.
Some people who look outside the box may say, "Well, what about Christian or Mark Henry, they were on WWE TV frequently during the Attitude Era," but they would be wrong.
No two guys have been prominent, successful wrestlers for as long as Triple H and The Undertaker.
It was even said, when the brand split happened, that Triple H was the leader of the Raw locker room and The Undertaker was the same on SmackDown.
They are both pioneers of what wrestling was and wants to be; to reach that growth, the fans that have drifted away from the PG-13 style that we see today will even get excited about this match.
The Undertaker and Triple H will be future Hall of Fame inductees and their names are synonymous with guys like Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock—and nobody else on the roster has that distinction.
Let's explore more reasons and go in depth into this match that likely will spell the end of an era.
Hell in a Cell History
Yes, HHH and The Undertaker have been together inside the Cell before.
No two men have defined the legacy of Hell in a Cell quite like Triple H or The Undertaker.
You look in the history books and see that Triple H has competed eight times and The Undertaker 11 times.
Triple H sports a 6-2 record inside the Cell, the most wins by any competitor; The Undertaker is not far behind, with a 5-5-1 record.
Triple H has notable wins over legendary men like Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash, Chris Jericho and Cactus Jack.
The Undertaker was part of the first-ever Hell in a Cell match in October 1997 at Badd Blood, against Michaels—a match HBK emerged victorious, thanks to the debuting Kane.
Since then, The Undertaker has beaten Edge, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Big Boss Man and of course, Mankind.
It is definitely fitting that these two titans of Hell in a Cell lore finally lock up in the match they, in some way or another, put on the map and defined for many years.
Undertaker Curtain Call?
You think about the end of an era and you recall The Undertaker—about how much he has left in him to give and how much left he has to prove.
The fact of the matter is that we have been waiting for 20-0 for many years now, and the man will be just turning 47 (his birthday is March 24) by the time his match at WrestleMania comes.
Although he could be one of those guys like Ric Flair or Hulk Hogan and wrestle into his 50s, he could also take a step back; he has a family and his beautiful wife Michelle is also retired.
The Undertaker has done it all in this business.
He has beaten Hogan for the WWE title on two occasions. He has had a lengthy feud with his storyline brother Kane on a few occasions, including in 2010, where they got to perform in the same Hell in a Cell, a Buried Alive Match and has had instant classics with Shawn Michaels.
When you think of The Undertaker's legacy, you can't really pinpoint any other unanswered questions.
Skeptics may grill me for that last statement, but while you could put in some guys like John Cena or Chris Jericho as possible future WrestleMania opponents, that is something that will be said about any top-tier wrestler in the game today.
The Undertaker will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and will do so with a 20-0 record, because there is nothing more complete than an even number.
Of course, I could be wrong and he could go for blackjack and hit 21-0, but that, just like this slide, is mere speculation and will only be known when WrestleMania 29 comes around in New Jersey in 2013.
Possibility of Blood?
In the PG-13 era, there have been plenty of restrictions on what WWE performers can do in the ring.
In the opinion of long-time wrestling fans, it might have taken away from the product.
Sure, all the kids will get to see their hero John Cena fight The Rock in an epic encounter that will definitely have those restrictions, but when it comes to Triple H and The Undertaker, who knows what can happen.
Last year, we saw a chair shot to the skull. It was a hot topic with the Chris Benoit case that his brain was damaged by thousands of chair shots to the skull in the tenure of his career.
The end of an era is one thing but Triple H made this perfectly clear on Raw: "We do this, we go all out."
In saying that, we will see two performers give everything to this WrestleMania audience and it would be nice to see blood in this brutal environment.
When you think about the legacy both men have left inside Hell in a Cell, blood has made the matches more interesting and feel like a war has broken out.
We all know Triple H has donned the crimson mask on what seemed to be every PPV as a kid. Of course, even recently, I can still remember his match with Batista in 2005 inside the Cell, and the blood spilled in that one.
With The Undertaker, his career was made at the expense of the blood spilled by his opponents, more so than himself. You can even recall the first Hell in a Cell match with HBK and the amount of blood Michaels lost, including the puddle that was left in the ring by the end of it all.
Even First Blood Matches were a specialty of sorts for "The Deadman," but you wouldn't know it with his record in that type of match, losing to Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mr. Kennedy.
This slide defines hope and a link to the past. If it truly is the end of an era and both men are going to go all out, give the fans what they want, what they only remember seeing in the Attitude Era.
Give us some blood.
The Hell in a Cell match concept was created for one reason: to have a decisive winner and loser in a match and to settle things once and for all.
That issue became evident when HBK and The Undertaker were feuding as D-Generation X kept getting involved and creating situations that didn't end well for Taker.
Since then, Hell in a Cell has been used as the finale of most big rivalries in the WWE.
Triple H vs. Mick Foley (2000)
The Undertaker vs. Mick Foley (on and off between 1996-98)
Triple H vs. Batista (2005)
The Undertaker vs. Batista (2007)
You get the point.
The Undertaker wants redemption and vengeance, and when it comes to Hell in a Cell, those things will be achieved as both men can testify to having gained closure on plenty of feuds inside Satan's Structure.
At WrestleMania, Hell in a Cell will put an end to a feud that's lasted for over a year, it will define the end of an era and it could very well solidify The Undertaker's legacy at 20-0.
What are your feelings on this upcoming WrestleMania match?