In his first appearance on WWE programming since losing to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 30, The Undertaker got back to his winning ways on the grandest stage of them all by knocking off Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 31.
ESPN's Dan Rafael broke down how the match finished:
The finishing sequence of the match began when Wyatt was doing his trademark spider walk. The Undertaker then sat up, and the two locked eyes in a cool moment.
Wyatt then proceeded to pound 'Taker down before setting up for Sister Abigail. However, The Undertaker countered out and hit a massive Tombstone Piledriver for the victory.
The WrestleMania account captured Undertaker's legendary entrance with an extremely fired-up crowd:
Dan Rafael @danrafaelespn
YES!!!! UNDERTAKER HITS ANOTHER MONSTER TOMBSTONE ON WYATT AND GETS THE CLEAN PIN!!! THE PHENOM IS BACK!! A NEW STREAK BEGINS! #WrestleMania2015-3-30 02:26:27
Former WWE announcer Jim Ross thought The Undertaker was in great shape for the occasion:
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The #Undertaker arrives at @WrestleMania! http://t.co/U0AX600ET32015-3-30 02:20:54
When The Deadman's 21-0 undefeated streak came to a shocking end last year, many wondered if it marked the end of his storied career. The answer was an emphatic "no" when Taker accepted Wyatt's challenge of a clash at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Although The Phenom never actually appeared on television until his entrance at WrestleMania 31, he made it perfectly clear that he intended to silence Wyatt by accepting the match supernaturally, as seen in this tweet courtesy of WWE Universe on Twitter:
Jim Ross @JRsBBQ
Taker looks great....fuel left in tank...#WrestleMania2015-3-30 02:21:39
During the weeks leading up to WWE Fastlane, The Eater of Worlds cut a number of cryptic promos that were presumably in reference to The Undertaker. He ended all doubt at the pay-per-view, though, by coming to the ring in a casket and calling out Taker by name.
Wyatt continued to poke and prod The Undertaker on the microphone until he finally got the answer he desired. That led to the self-proclaimed New Face of Fear shifting his focus toward his motives for bringing The Deadman back from purgatory.
The up-and-coming Superstar essentially declared that he wanted to be the one to put an end to The Undertaker once and for all:
WWE Universe @WWEUniverse
The #Undertaker's fire still burns. #RAW @WWEBrayWyatt http://t.co/eDkTRGvS8h2015-3-10 02:57:54
Unfortunately for Wyatt, The Phenom proved at WrestleMania that he still has something left in the tank as he recorded his 22nd career win at the Showcase of Immortals.
With Taker's victory, there is reason to wonder if a match against Sting at WrestleMania 32 in Arlington, Texas, could be in the cards. It would certainly make sense for The Undertaker to go out in his home state, and there is no doubt that a bout with Sting is a dream contest for many wrestling fans.
Having The Undertaker beat Wyatt shows that he isn't done despite what happened at WrestleMania 30, and it sets the stage for a very interesting year ahead.
As for Wyatt, some might argue that losing to The Undertaker slows his progress, but the simple fact that he got into the ring with The Deadman at WrestleMania is a significant step.
Wyatt also gained some valuable experience leading up to WrestleMania, as he was tasked with selling the entire program on the mic due to the fact that Taker never appeared until the event itself.
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"At @WrestleMania, #Undertaker ... you can finally REST IN PEACE!" - @WWEBrayWyatt #RAW http://t.co/Sa8AnmYP7e2015-3-24 02:24:47
There is such a thing as being elevated in defeat, and that certainly seems to be the case with Wyatt.
Add in the fact that Taker needed to get back on track to set up a potential match for the ages at WrestleMania 32, and it is tough to argue with WWE's decision.
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