WrestleMania 27: The Undertaker To End an Era...Or Continue Streak?
Last year, at WrestleMania 26, Shawn Michaels faced The Undertaker in a Streak vs. Career match. This would be a rematch from Michaels' very close match with The Undertaker a year before at WrestleMania 25.
Michaels would come closer than any other wrestler to ending The Undertaker's sacred WrestleMania streak, but would fall just short, ultimately costing him his career.
The Undertaker now sits at 18-0 at WrestleMania, on a streak that dates back to WrestleMania VII in 1991, where Jimmy Snuka was defeated by the Deadman.
Last July, I posted the following article, Who Will The Undertaker Face At WrestleMania 27?
One of those options, was Michaels' longtime buddy, and fellow DX member, Triple H.
What better way to get back at The Undertaker for the demise of his friend, than to go after the streak?
This past Monday night on Raw, The Undertaker made his return during the "2.21.11" promo.
However, as most of us figured, his soon to be WrestleMania opponent wasn't far behind him, and The Undertaker's music didn't even end before Triple H's music hit, as The Game made a return of his own.
While The Undertaker was returning from a four-month absence after his Buried Alive match with Kane at Bragging Rights, we haven't seen Triple H on WWE television since his street fight loss to Sheamus at Extreme Rules last April.
Two returns on one night was simply awesome, setting the scene for an ultimate stare down between these two icons.
No words were spoken as both men stood in the ring, locking eyes, as their heads turned towards the WrestleMania XXVII sign above the ring, setting up the potential match in Atlanta.
If the match does go down, which isn't official yet, Triple H will follow Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker's brother Kane, as the only wrestlers to face The Undertaker twice at WrestleMania.
Triple H previously lost to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 17 in 2001.
The knocked-out referee at WrestleMania 17 (Mike Chioda) allowed Triple H to prevent Undertaker performing his Last Ride finisher, by HHH nailing him with a sledgehammer to the skull.
However, The Undertaker kicked out of Triple H's pin attempt, and would eventually hit the Last Ride, getting the pin, and improving his WrestleMania streak, to a 9-0 record.
Ten years later, it looks like Triple H is going to give it another try, and it could end up being another Streak vs. Career match.
I don't think for one second this streak is about to come to an end. I will be near ringside in my hometown of Atlanta at this year's 'Mania.
If Triple H pulls off this upset, it would be the most shocking thing I have ever witnessed in attendance at an event. I just don't see it, though, can't even picture it happening.
What I do think is possible, is Shawn Michaels playing a role in this match. Maybe as a special referee, or just maybe a ringside seat to cheer on his buddy.
Shawn Michaels will be inducted to the WWE Hall Of Fame the night before this year's WrestleMania, so of course, he will be in town.
Words can't describe how amazing this record is, and one day, you will hear story after story behind the making of this streak and how it all went down. Honestly, WWE could make one heck of a documentary about it.
Let's take a quick look at all of The Undertaker's WrestleMania victims over the years:
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
Do you think The Undertaker's streak will ever be broken?
If that isn't impressive, I don't know what is. Yeah, wrestling is staged and winners are pre-determined, but that doesn't take away from the longevity of this streak and how special it is to a lot of wrestling fans.
I have never been a big fan of The Undertaker, but I respect the guy, and I love this record.
If Triple H is about to hang up his in-ring career, and puts his career on the line, it would heighten the excitement for this match.
At the end of the day, it just seems to me, that The Undertaker is about to be known as the man who ended the careers of both Shawn Michaels and Triple H.
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