Next year, the 27th annual WrestleMania will take place at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
I don't think it is too soon to start thinking about plans for that event, and more specifically, plans for the streak and the deadman.
This year at WrestleMania 26 in Arizona, The Undertaker defeated Shawn Michaels to move to 18-0 and remain undefeated during mania matches.
With that victory, he also ended the illustrious career of Michaels.
Before we talk about the future of The Undertaker, let's look back and see who he defeated to get to 18-0 at WrestleMania.
WrestleMania VII (1991) - Jimmy Snuka
WrestleMania VIII (1992) - Jake "The Snake" Roberts
WrestleMania IX (1993) - Giant Gonzalez
WrestleMania XI (1995) - King Kong Bundy
WrestleMania XII (1996) - Kevin Nash "Diesel"
WrestleMania XIII (1997) - Sycho Sid
WrestleMania XIV (1998) - Kane
WrestleMania XV (1999) - Big Boss Man
WrestleMania XVII (2001) - Triple H
WrestleMania XVIII (2002) - Ric Flair
WrestleMania XIX (2003) - Big Show & A-Train
WrestleMania XX (2004) - Kane
WrestleMania XXI (2005) - Randy Orton
WrestleMania XXII (2006) - Mark Henry
WrestleMania XXIII (2007) - Batista
WrestleMania XXIV (2008) - Edge
WrestleMania XXV (2009) - Shawn Michaels
WrestleMania XXVI (2010) - Shawn Michaels
WrestleMania XXVII (2011) - ???
If the legendary Undertaker didn't miss the WrestleMania's in 1994 and 2000, his streak would already be 20-0 and a little more impressive.
Still, you can't deny that the streak is impressive.
I wonder when WWE Chairman Vince McMahon or a creative writer decided that Undertaker was about to go on this historic run.
I think when he beat Giant Gonzalez at WrestleMania IX at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, his character really started to impress.
The Undertaker was put against a hated character in Gonzalez, which wasn't the case when he faced Jimmy Snuka and Jake Roberts the previous years.
That day, he came to the ring with the dark smoke, and the vulcher on a funeral chariot .
At this point, his fan base was already growing.
It was at the end of this match where the crowd erupted for The Undertaker . During the match, he was choked out by Gonzalez, using a rag and the substance known as chloroform.
Undertaker was taken to the back on a stretcher. The crowd at the time was chanting for Hulk Hogan, the fan favorite.
It was then, that the bell tolled once more and The Undertaker staggered back out to the ring area to take out Gonzalez to a huge ovation.
This is where I think the WWE realized they had something going.
Fast forward seventeen years later, he is still undefeated at WrestleMania and sits at 18-0.
So, what lies ahead for The Undertaker as he nears the end of his amazing, storybook twenty-plus year career in the WWE?
One has to think he will be at WrestleMania 27 in Atlanta, but who will his opponent be?
More importantly, will he have any gold on his shoulders at the time of the event?
Currently, The Undertaker is out with injuries sustained during a match with Rey Mysterio back at the end of May. During that match, he suffered a concussion, and a broken orbital bone.
He is expected to recover and return in a matter of time.
A storyline has the scene set as Undertaker being attacked over the Memorial Day weekend by an unknown person. Kane, the new World Heavyweight Champion, has vowed to find the person responsible for attacking his brother.
However, it may very well be Kane himself who did the dirty work.
After all the smoke clears on this situation, it won't be long before Undertaker sets his eyes on WrestleMania.
Here is a look at some wrestlers whom I think could be possible opponents for The Undertaker at WrestleMania 27:
John Cena: The fan favorite, the face of the WWE, John Cena. With his never give up, never back down attitude, a match with The Undertaker on the grandest stage of them all could be perfect.
Randy Orton: With his popularity souring high, a rematch from WrestleMania 21 could be a possibility. This time, with more experience and a few championships under his belt, Orton could put up more of a fight.
I think a rematch at this point in Orton's career would be perfect, even if he lost. I still remember when Orton reversed a chokeslam into an RKO , wow.
Triple H: Another victim Undertaker has already taken out once before. A rematch between these two can't be counted out. After all, he needs to get some revenge for his friend, and just maybe, HBK will be in Triple H's corner?
Other possibilities could be: Kane, Edge, Chris Jericho, Rey Mysterio, Jack Swagger, Sheamus.
So, who do you think the deadman will face and do you see this streak living on forever?
I am banking on it being Cena or Orton.
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