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WWE WrestleMania 29: 5 Unique Matches for CM Punk vs. the Undertaker

Adrian FylonenkoSenior Analyst IIDecember 26, 2016

WWE WrestleMania 29: 5 Unique Matches for CM Punk vs. the Undertaker

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    The Undertaker and CM Punk rivalry is extremely personal and— as of right now—they are competing in a normal wrestling match at WrestleMania 29. However, it would not be surprising to see The Undertaker name/ask for a stipulation or gimmick match to make sure CM Punk suffers for disrespecting Paul Bearer.

    Of course, there is a chance that the match will be contested under normal rules, but CM Punk has been taking shots at The Undertaker and the recently deceased Paul Bearer for weeks, and it has obviously upset The Deadman.

    A normal match just isn't going to cut it. CM Punk must learn a lesson and pay for his sins.

    Over the years, The Undertaker has been in many different types of matches. He has a lot of experience when it comes to gimmick matches and maybe believes that picking one will help him defeat the younger and faster CM Punk.

    Here are five unique gimmick matches that we could see The Undertaker and CM Punk compete in at WrestleMania 29.

Honorable Mention: Three Stages of Hell Match

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    Three Stages of Hell Match: A "Three Stages of Hell" match is a variation of a two-out-of-three falls match, where each fall is contested under different rules/stipulations.

    In order to win the match, a wrestler must pick up two pin falls.

    Example: The first fall can be a regular wrestling match, the second fall can be a tables match and the third fall can take place inside the Hell in a Cell structure.

    Virtually any match/stipulation can take place in this type of match.

    This honorable mention slide features a match that we would love to see, but know we won’t. No doubt, there are a lot of matches that the WWE Universe hasn’t seen in a really long time, but let’s be a realistic. We aren't going to see a "Three Stages of Hell" match between CM Punk and The Undertaker—but damn, wouldn’t it be entertaining?

    A Three Stages of Hell Match would be a pleasant surprise and would get a lot of people talking, but you can’t expect The Undertaker to be fit for that kind of match-up.

    Despite the fact that The Undertaker and CM Punk can pick any three matches to take place, both Superstars are reportedly wrestling injured, and this kind of match would really take a toll on the both of them.

     

    Fun Facts: The "Three Stages of Hell" format has only been contested three times in WWE history. Triple H has competed in all three matches and has a 2-1 record.

Last Ride Match

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    Last Ride Match: The only way to win a "Last Ride" match is for one wrestler to force their opponent into the back of a hearse, close the door, and drive out of the arena.

    Aside from putting your opponent in the hearse, there are no rules.

    WWE fans haven’t seen a "Last Ride" match since The Undertaker defeated Mr. Kennedy (Kennedy) at Armageddon 2006. Because of The Undertakers experience, this type of match would give him a distinct advantage. Also, Punk has never competed in a "Last Ride" match.

    If The Undertaker wants to make CM Punk second guess his decision to disrespect Paul Bearer, then this match could do the trick.

    Imagine Punk in the middle of the ring, and he sees the hearse come out of the back and the doors open. He’d be shaking in his wrestling boots!

    A "Last Ride" match at WrestleMania 29 may be a stretch, but it would be something fresh and different to see.

     

    Fun Facts: There have only been two "Last Ride" matches in WWE history. John Bradshaw Layfield won the very first "Last Ride" match. The Undertaker created the format and has a 1-1 record.

Hell in a Cell Match

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    Hell in a Cell Match: The "Hell in a Cell" match is a cage match, but unlike a standard cage match, there is no escaping. Also, the cage/fencing extends beyond the ring apron and is lowered around the ring.

    The match can only be won by pinfall or submission.

    CM Punk and The Undertaker have competed in a "Hell in a Cell" match against each other once before at the 2009 Hell in a Cell PPV. It’s worth noting that CM Punk was the World Heavyweight champion, and The Undertaker beat him to win the title.

    A "Hell in a Cell" match would be the perfect structure to have The Undertaker dish out a lot of punishment to CM Punk. Punk would have nowhere to run, and it would be very difficult for someone to interfere in the match. 

    Undertaker has defeated CM Punk in this type of match before, and because of the victory, he may feel confident in picking this type of match for their WrestleMania 29 encounter.

    A normal match or a "Hell in a Cell" match between the Deadman and the Second City Saint, which do you prefer?

     

    Fun Facts: CM punk has been in four "Hell in a Cell" matches and has a 1-3 record. The Undertaker has been in 12 "Hell in a Cell" matches and has a 6-6 record.

Casket Match

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    Casket Match: In order to win a "Casket" match, a wrestler must place his opponent inside a casket and then close the lid. The casket is placed near the entrance of the ring, and aside from putting your opponent inside the casket, there are no rules.

    The Undertaker is synonymous with casket matches and has been involved in almost every one that has taken place in the WWE. There has only been one casket match at WrestleMania; it was between The Undertaker and Mark Henry at WrestleMania 22.

    Taker was victorious.

    CM Punk has no experience when it comes to casket matches, and worst of all, he knows that this type of match is The Undertakers specialty.

    Also, considering that you need to put your opponent inside the casket and then close the lid, it would be very difficult for CM Punk to lift The Undertaker when he is dead weight.

    There is no denying that a casket match would favor The Undertaker at WrestleMania 29.

     

    Fun Facts: According to WWE.com, there have been a total of 18 casket matches that have taken place on WWE TV, and The Undertaker has been a part of 16 of them. In casket matches, The Undertaker has an overall record 10-5-1. 

Buried Alive Match

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    Buried Alive Match: The object of the match is to throw/drag your opponent into a six-foot deep grave that is set up outside of the ring.

    Once he is in the grave, the wrestler must then bury his opponent with dirt.

    Along with the "Last Ride," "Hell in a Cell" and casket matches, a "Buried Alive" match is also one of The Undertaker’s specialties. With a "Buried Alive" match, there are endless possibilities as to what can happen.

    In most cases, the majority of the match takes place outside of the ring, which can be exciting for a large majority of fans.

    Like the majority of the matches in this slideshow, this type of match would be a wise choice for The Undertaker, because CM Punk has no experience in "Buried Alive" matches. Punk is a very talented and cerebral wrestler, and if The Undertaker wants to continue his WrestleMania streak, then he can bury and get rid of CM Punk forever.

    With reports of CM Punk taking time off after WrestleMania due to lingering injuries, a "Buried Alive" match would be a great way to write him off of WWE TV for a while. That is, if CM Punk loses.

     

    Fun Facts: There have been a total of five "Buried Alive" matches, and The Undertaker has competed in all of them. He has an overall record of 1-4, but has not lost a "Buried Alive" match cleanly.

    There has always been some sort of interference.

Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match (Urn Hanging)

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    Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match: A TLC match is a variation of a ladder match, which is modified to include two tables and two chairs. The goal is to climb a ladder and grab the item (usually championship belts), which starts the match suspended above the ring.

    Finally, a match that favors CM Punk!

    Why would The Undertaker choose this type of match you ask? Well, he may not have any other choice.

    CM Punk has something that The Undertaker wants: the urn.

    Because of his age, pace and experience, CM Punk knows that he has the advantage in this type of match and since he has The Undertakers' urn, we could very well see a TLC Match at WrestleMania 29. Most TLC Matches have championships or contracts hanging up above on a hook, but in this case, Punk will have the urn hanging in front of 75,000 people at MetLife Stadium.

    How disrespectful!

    A TLC Match at WrestleMania 29 between CM Punk and The Undertaker could be remarkable. These two Superstars will give everything they have and I wouldn’t be surprised if they put forth a Match of the Year performance.

     

    Fun Facts: CM Punk has competed in three TLC Matches and has a perfect record of 3-0. The Undertaker has only competed in one TLC Match and has an overall record of 0-1

     

    What did you think of the slideshow? Will The Undertaker and CM Punk have a normal match or gimmick match at WrestleMania 29? Please leave your comments below!

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