WWE: Looking Back at the Undertaker's Best Returns
The Undertaker made his dramatic return to the WWE on Monday Night Raw and will be putting up his 20-0 streak against CM Punk at WrestleMania XXIX on April 7.
This was just one of a number of dramatic returns to action during the Phenom's career. Ahead are some of the most exciting and dramatic returns in The Undertaker's time in the WWE.
SummerSlam August 29, 1994: Undertaker vs. Underfaker
Following The Undertaker's loss to Yokozuna in a casket match at the 1994 Royal Rumble, The Undertaker promised he would return and that he "will not rest in peace."
Three months later Ted DiBiase reintroduced The Undertaker. However, this was not The Undertaker. This version, dubbed The Underfaker, was a phony. The real Undertaker would return four months later at the 1994 SummerSlam to take on the imposter and vanquish him from the WWE.
Monday Night Raw March 2,1998: Undertaker Challenges Kane
At the 1998 Royal Rumble Shawn Michaels defeated The Undertaker in a casket match with the help of Kane. Kane would end up padlocking the casket and setting it on fire. When the casket was opened Taker was nowhere to be seen.
He would return two months later on Raw to challenge his brother to a match at WrestleMania XIV, a match (spoiler alert) he would end up winning.
Judgement Day May 21, 2000: American Bad Ass Debut
During an Iron Man match versus The Rock and HHH, ominous music began to play, and soon after the Undertaker returned for the first time in nearly six months.
Taker immediately began attacking everyone in the ring, finishing with Triple H. Undertaker would hit HHH with a chokeslam and a Tombstone Piledriver.
This would officially mark the beginning of The Undertaker's American Bad Ass character.
WrestleMania XX March 14, 2004: The Dead Man Returns
The Undertaker had been buried alive by his brother Kane and Vince McMahon during a buried alive match at the 2003 Survivor Series. This would be the final match that The Undertaker would wrestle under his biker gimmick.
The Dead Man would return at WrestleMania XX to get retribution on his brother, and extend his winning streak at the show of shows.
Survivor Series November 27, 2005: Randy Orton Fears the Phenom
Randy Orton had defeated The Undertaker in a casket match. Following the match both Randy and his father, Bob Orton, poured gasoline over the casket and set it on fire.
However, when the casket was opened The Undertaker had mysteriously disappeared.
He was not seen again until the Survivor Series PPV. Randy had just pinned Shawn Michaels to win the match for the Smackdown brand when Taker decided to make his presence known, entering in a burning casket. This set up a Hell in a Cell match at Armageddon, which Undertaker would win.
SummerSlam August 23, 2009: CM Punk's First Brush with Darkness
After being off of television for four months The Undertaker returned to attack the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk, at the 2009 SummerSlam PPV. CM Punk had just won the title off of Jeff Hardy in a TLC match when The Undertaker hit him with a chokeslam.
The Undertaker would go on to challenge CM Punk at the Breaking Point PPV for the title, a match that CM Punk would win in a Montreal Screwjob-esque situation. The Undertaker would eventually beat CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Hell in a Cell PPV.
Monday Night Raw February 21, 2011: A War Without Words
On a night where both The Undertaker and HHH made exciting returns, they challenged each other to a match at Atlanta's WrestleMania XXVII.
The unique thing about this confrontation is that neither superstar uttered a single word; none was really needed. This is just a testament to the strength of both of these characters.
Monday Night Raw January 30, 2012: A Double Dose for HHH
Following WrestleMania XXVII, The Undertaker was not on TV for over 10 months. He made his exciting return on Jan. 30, 2012 to challenge HHH to a rematch at WrestleMania XXVIII.
He would need to challenge The Game again before HHH accepted the match. This clash would lead to the "End of the Era" Hell in a Cell match.
Raw 1000 July 23, 2012: Brothers of Destruction Reunite
The Undertaker had not been on television since his WrestleMania XXVIII match against HHH three months prior.
But, The Undertaker returned to help his brother Kane as The Brothers of Destruction proceeded to lay waste to everyone else in the ring in a very cool moment on a very special night.
Monday Night Raw March 4, 2013: CM Punk to Take on the Streak
It was unknown if The Undertaker was going to make an appearance heading into this year's WrestleMania XXIX at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
All those doubts were emphatically put to rest on Monday as The Undertaker kicked off the show with his return, making his intentions known without ever speaking a word.
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