WrestleMania 29 is less than a week away. While titles are up for grabs and rivalries are shown on the grandest stage WWE has to offer, one tradition of WrestleMania sees its 21st edition looming around the corner. WrestleMania is the time of the year where The Undertaker prepares for a match and defeats whoever he faces. The Undertaker has competed in all but eight WrestleManias in history, beginning with WrestleMania 7 and Jimmy Snuka. Triple H, the opponent of The Undertaker at WrestleMania three times, including the last two years, will compete in his 17th WrestleMania match this Sunday. That mark ties his longtime friend and multiple time victim of The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, for the most WrestleMania matches for anyone that isn't The Deadman.
Whether he defeats CM Punk this Sunday or not, The Undertaker's win-loss record at WrestleMania is easily among the most startling facts about WrestleMania. In fact, it isn't all about the high amount of wins someone may attain. The lack of getting a signature win at WrestleMania has haunted some of the greatest superstars of today and of all-time. A great record at WrestleMania doesn't guarantee a Hall of Fame career, but it does make for an interesting look at superstars and their careers. Here's a look at 10 of the best and worst records at The Showcase of The Immortals.
It's still a bit shocking that Mr. T hasn't ended up in the WWE Hall of Fame yet. Celebrity inductions are an annual thing at this point, and some of the latest celebrity inductions don't even have WrestleMania victories or wins in any match for that matter. Mr. T may pity the fool but didn't take much pity on his opponents during both of his WrestleMania matches.
Mr. T was a part of the first two WrestleManias and began the original WrestleMania win streak. At WrestleMania I, Mr. T teamed with Hulk Hogan to defeat Paul Orndorff and Roddy Piper in the main event.
The following year saw Mr. T in a rematch with Piper, this time taking him on in a boxing match. Piper got himself disqualified on purpose, but it counts as the second victory for the actor. Mr. T's wrestling career helped launch the event and bring it to the forefront of pop culture.
It can honestly be said that Mr. T is one of the few WrestleMania participants to be involved in multiple matches at WrestleMania and remain undefeated. Sure, keep on talking about The Undertaker, but don't keep up that jibber jabber around Mr. T.
So much for being perfect.
Even though he was beloved by wrestling fans as the charismatic Mr. Perfect, Curt Hennig just couldn't figure out WrestleMania. In fact, the promising beginning to his career was taken down a peg because of WrestleMania. Hennig had an undefeated streak that lasted from the fall of 1988 and cruised through a win over The Blue Blazer at WrestleMania V, his only victory at the event.
That undefeated streak kept going until WrestleMania VI. In front of a raucous Toronto crowd, Hennig had his dominance cut down to size by Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake. With his first loss behind him, it was time for Hennig to move on to championship gold.
Hennig became a two-time Intercontinental Champion and won the title for the second time prior to his WrestleMania VII clash with Big Boss Man. Mr. Perfect lost by disqualification, thus losing but remaining champion. Hennig's reign would end at 280 days. Since that reign ended in August 1991, no reign with that title has been able to surpass Mr. Perfect's mark.
Hennig would lose to Lex Luger in controversial fashion at WrestleMania IX before being a special referee at WrestleMania X. Injuries shortened Mr. Perfect's production in WWE, and Hennig was gone from WWE by late 1996.
CM Punk deems himself as the Best In The World, but his WrestleMania record is far from the best. Even though the record isn't quite as stellar as one would hope, the matches Punk has had to go through in those six WrestleManias are more tiring than most others have had to put up with. In fact, half of Punk's first three WrestleMania matches were all the same match type: the Money in the Bank ladder match.
Back before Money in the Bank yielded its own pay-per-view, CM Punk took part in three Money in the Bank ladder matches at WrestleMania. It began at WrestleMania 23, where Punk would lose to Mr. Kennedy.
The two years that followed would be better for Punk, who won the briefcase at both WrestleMania XXIV and WrestleMania XXV. Punk is still the only multi-time Money in the Bank ladder match winner in history.
By WrestleMania 26, the singles matches began kicking in. It started with a loss to Rey Mysterio in a heated rivalry that would see Punk get his head shaved in the weeks following.
The next year saw Punk in a fantastic bout with Randy Orton that ultimately brought Punk a loss.
Last year, Punk came into WrestleMania as WWE Champion and defeated Chris Jericho to keep the title reign going. Punk now hopes to bring his record above the .500 mark but needs to take down the 20-0 mark of The Undertaker to do so.
Tito Santana is among the greats that brought WWE to the mainstream in the 1980s and helped build the annual WrestleMania event. Santana and Hulk Hogan are the only men to appear at all of the first nine WrestleManias, though Santana's record stands with only eight decisions. That's because his victory at WrestleMania IX was a dark match and doesn't officially count in his record.
Even still, Santana was only able to win once at WrestleMania officially. Ironically, it was a very historic match, being the first-ever match in WrestleMania history. Santana defeated The Executioner via submission at the first WrestleMania.
Santana would team with The Junkyard Dog at WrestleMania 2, losing to The Funk Brothers in the last match prior to Hogan and King Kong Bundy in the main event. One year later, Santana teamed with The British Bulldogs in a losing effort to The Hart Foundation and Danny Davis. Santana was a member of Strike Force, who lost the tag team titles at WrestleMania IV to Demolition prior to the WWE Championship tournament final. A year later, Strike Force lost again, this time to The Brain Busters.
Tito Santana would end his WrestleMania with more losses, these times in the singles variety. Santana would lose to The Barbarian at WrestleMania VI, The Mountie at WrestleMania VII and, as The Matador, to Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania VIII.
Should The Undertaker's streak fall at WrestleMania, the next largest streak around would belong to the unique Rob Van Dam. RVD promised the world that he was one of a kind, and, aside from The Undertaker's streak, Van Dam's own version of the streak is unique as well.
This mini streak began at WrestleMania X8, when Van Dam became the Intercontinental Champion by defeating William Regal. Van Dam lost the following year, but the match was featured on Sunday Night Heat and doesn't count against the streak. At WrestleMania XX, RVD teamed with Booker T to take down three other tag teams and defend the World Tag Team Championships.
At WrestleMania 22, Van Dam achieved his greatest accomplishment at the event, winning the Money in the Bank ladder match. Van Dam would use the briefcase to become the WWE Champion and revive the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, becoming the only man to ever hold both titles at the same time.
A year later, RVD's loyalties to ECW would be on display as he teamed with Sabu, Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman to take on the group known as The New Breed. With the victory, Van Dam's career at WrestleMania would end at 4-0, a mark that likely won't be tested again.
Van Dam could have some company in the 4-0 club should The Miz keep his undefeated WrestleMania streak alive this year at WrestleMania. Facing off against Wade Barrett, The Miz will try to expand upon his first three WrestleMania matches, all of which ended in victory for The Awesome One.
To be honest, the streak nearly ended before it began. At WrestleMania 25, the two tag team championships were unified and the match was pushed off to the dark match. The Miz and John Morrison were defeated by Carlito and Primo, but that match does not stand in the record books. The streak actually began a year later, when The Miz was with a different tag team partner. Alongside Big Show, ShowMiz defeated Morrison and R-Truth to keep themselves as the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions.
The Miz would ultimately lose those titles and that tag team partner, but gain the Money in the Bank briefcase and become WWE Champion. That title reign lasted into WrestleMania 27, when The Miz was the main event of the evening against John Cena. Despite a concussion and some interference by The Rock, it was The Miz walking out of WrestleMania as the WWE Champion. Last year, the streak went to three in a row as The Miz joined Team John Laurinaitis and got the winning pinfall, handing control of both RAW and Smackdown over to Big Johnny.
The Miz needs to defeat Wade Barrett at WrestleMania 29 to make that streak 4-0. Assuming they both win, could that ultimately set up a Streak vs Streak match at WrestleMania 30 between The Miz and The Undertaker?
Another one of The Undertaker's WrestleMania victims was The Big Boss Man. The corrections officer from Cobb County, Georgia lost to The Deadman at WrestleMania 15 in a Hell in a Cell match. Following the match, Big Boss Man had a noose tied around his neck, which was tied to the cell. As the cell rose to the ceiling, so did Big Boss Man. It is still one of the more graphic and vivid memories from The Undertaker at WrestleMania. It was also the only loss Big Boss Man ever had at WrestleMania.
It all started at WrestleMania V, when Big Boss Man was aligned with Akeem, forming The Twin Towers. The duo defeated a young team known as The Rockers, which included future all-time great Shawn Michaels. It was his partner, Akeem, that would be the next WrestleMania opponent for Big Boss Man the following year.WrestleMania VII saw Big Boss Man win by disqualification over Intercontinental Champion Mr. Perfect.
The Big Boss Man would win as a member of an eight-man tag team match at WrestleMania VIII, leaving WWE the following year for a stint in Japan and on the WCW roster.
Big Boss Man would return in 1998 and would be subject to that loss at the hands of The Undertaker at WrestleMania XV. His final WrestleMania match took place as the opening bout for WrestleMania 2000. Together with Bull Buchanan, they defeated D'Lo Brown and The Godfather in a tag team match.
Jeff Hardy sure has some memorable WrestleMania moments as he flew around and stole the show. Unfortunately, he never stole a victory while he was at it.
In five attempts at winning at WrestleMania, Jeff Hardy was unable to win once. Hardy probably took too many chances with the bright lights of WrestleMania shining and was unable to achieve that glory.
At WrestleMania 2000, Jeff debuted at WrestleMania, along with brother and tag team partner, Matt Hardy. The duo was a part of the infamous Triangle Ladder match for the tag team titles. The Hardy Boyz would face off against The Dudley Boyz and the winners of the match, Edge and Christian. This match became the launching point for the TLC match, which all three tag teams would participate in months later.
TLC was born at SummerSlam that year, and the match made its first appearance at WrestleMania the following year at WrestleMania X-Seven. With the same three teams facing one another as the previous year, it was the same winning team as Edge and Christian walked out as champions.
At WrestleMania X8, it was a Four Corners Elimination match for the tag team gold. Even without Edge and Christian there, it was the same result for The Hardy Boyz. Billy and Chuck won the match that also featured The Dudley Boyz and The APA. It would be the last time Jeff Hardy would appear at WrestleMania for five years, returning at WrestleMania 23 for the Money in the Bank ladder match—a match won by Mr. Kennedy.
Hardy was supposed to be in the Money in the Bank ladder match the following year at WrestleMania XXIV but was suspended and removed from the match prior to that night. Hardy's final WrestleMania match was the following year, when it was brother against brother at WrestleMania 25. Jeff took on Matt as the two Hardy brothers had formed an intense rivalry with one another. Matt would defeat Jeff with a Twist of Fate performed with Jeff's head wedged in the middle of a folding chair.
Shawn Michaels has been referred to as Mr. WrestleMania, mainly for his ability to have memorable moments on the grand stage. It doesn't always mean that he won, though. It's a bit hard to believe that Michaels nearly lost twice as many matches as he won at WrestleMania. Michaels holds the mark for the second-most WrestleMania matches competed in, behind The Undertaker. Triple H will compete in his 17th WrestleMania match this Sunday, tying The Heartbreak Kid.
Michaels had his first few WrestleMania matches alongside Marty Jannetty in a tag team known as The Rockers. Their first WrestleMania match was a loss at WrestleMania V to The Twin Towers, Akeem and The Big Boss Man. At WrestleMania VI, it was the same result for The Rockers as they lost to Sato and Tanaka, known as The Orient Express. Their first win as a team came at WrestleMania VII, when The Rockers defeated The Barbarian and Haku.
The Rockers would split in the year that followed, and The Heartbreak Kid was born.
Michaels would defeat El Matador at WrestleMania VIII on his way to singles gold and was Intercontinental Champion when he faced Tatanka at WrestleMania IX. Michaels lost by countout, keeping his title and Tatanka's undefeated streak at the time both in tact.
His first WrestleMania moment came at WrestleMania X. Even in a loss to Razor Ramon, Michaels was remembered for his splash off a ladder in the first-ever ladder match at WrestleMania.
Michaels was suddenly up into the world title picture. He faced his former ally, Diesel, at WrestleMania XI but couldn't take the title away from him. A year later at WrestleMania XII, Michaels and Bret Hart had an epic Iron Man match that lasted over an hour, with Michaels getting the only pinfall of the match to become WWE Champion.
After a year off from the event, Michaels returned at WrestleMania XIV to face Stone Cold Steve Austin. Thinking special enforcer Mike Tyson was on his side, Austin won on a quick count from Tyson.
Shawn Michaels would not compete at WrestleMania again until WrestleMania XIX, when he had an underrated match with Chris Jericho, which he won. At WrestleMania XX, Michaels tried to win the World Heavyweight Championship but lost in a triple threat match.
HBK would lose once again at WrestleMania 21 in another instant classic with Kurt Angle. A street fight at WrestleMania 22 saw Michaels win over Mr. McMahon, but Michaels would try once again to win the WWE Championship a year later, losing to John Cena at WrestleMania 23.
Michaels would win once more at WrestleMania XXIV, ending the career of Ric Flair in the process. What followed for The Heartbreak Kid was two incredible matches with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 25 and WrestleMania XXVI. The latter of those two saw Michaels put his career on the line and lose, effectively ending his career that night.
It's a streak that will never be duplicated, whether it will be broken or not. Nobody else has ever competed in 20 WrestleMania matches, much less won all of them.
The Undertaker is a part of WWE culture and his WrestleMania matches will be missed when they are all done with. It almost seems to be that The Undertaker will not truly rest in peace until someone defeats him at WrestleMania. CM Punk can possibly be the one to do just that.
The list of victims for The Undertaker at WrestleMania is just about a who's who. It began with Jimmy Snuka, one of four Hall of Famers on the list, with more likely to follow. Be it Jake Roberts, Big Show, Diesel or any of the others, there's a bunch of future Hall of Famers that have fallen by the wayside from the hands of The Deadman.
Then, there's the multiple victories over some greats of this era. The Undertaker has defeated Kane twice, Shawn Michaels twice and Triple H three times at WrestleMania. Including his match with Punk, one-third of of matches have taken place against those three, who are among the greatest of the Attitude Era. Punk joins the honorable list of opponents, but can he become the one in 20-1? We will see this Sunday at WrestleMania.