It seems that the one match at WrestleMania 27 that is getting the most hype does not have a world championship on the line.
For the third straight year, The Undertaker's WrestleMania match is stealing some of the thunder from the rest of the night, as The Deadman looks for his 19th WrestleMania victory against The Game, Triple H.
In order to understand this match and what to expect from it, there are three different aspects to keep in mind.
First off, what is the appeal of this match? Also, what is the history of these two future Hall of Fame inductees? Lastly, what condition will these two men be in when they square off in 25 days at WrestleMania?
Why Watch This Match?
Simply put, these two are the last of the larger-than-life superstars that many of us grew up with in the 1990s and into the early 2000s. These two men hold the last remnants of the Attitude Era in many of our hearts. They are both rather high in age and don't have much left to prove. It's matches like these that these men are still around for.
Specifically, for The Undertaker, his 18-0 record at Mania is a big part of his legacy. It's like a football team that wins every time they are in the championship game—and while The Undertaker is not always dominant in his matches (he won via DQ against Giant Gonzales, back in the day), he'll always find a way to win.
If coming close to defeating The Deadman makes you a household name (just ask Randy Orton), then imagine what it would do to be the one who actually completed the impossible act.
As for Triple H, the Cerebral Assassin has won more world titles than almost anyone in history. He's helped to take some of the most memorable types of matches to debut in the WWE and make them household names.
However, his WrestleMania record is less than stellar, at 7-7.
Before beating Randy Orton at WrestleMania 25, Triple H had not won a match at the event since beating Booker T at WrestleMania 19. His victory over Sheamus last year made for the third instance of consecutive wins at WrestleMania for Triple H—but he has never won three matches in a row.
What Is the History Between Them?
There have not been a lot of altercations between the two men. The one glaring fact that is being ignored in the storyline is that The Undertaker has already defeated Triple H at WrestleMania.
It was at WrestleMania 17, exactly 10 years ago, that The Undertaker had a feud with The Game. This was during the period when Triple H used the sledgehammer at pretty much any chance he had.
Meanwhile, The Undertaker, as the American Bad Ass, was telling everyone that he would "make them famous" and that the ring was his "yard."
A night after this match, Triple H helped "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in a match against The Rock, forming The Two-Man Power Trip with Austin.
Together, they would win the tag team titles from The Undertaker and Kane at Backlash. This would be the last time that the two would be slated to face at a pay-per-view until 2002, when Triple H lost a title match at King of the Ring for the Undisputed Championship against the champion Undertaker.
WrestleMania 27 marks just the fourth time that the two men have had a match at a pay-per-view. Let's also not forget the altercation between the two when Triple H faced The Rock in an Ironman match at Judgement Day 2001. The Undertaker returned during the end of the match and attacked Triple H, causing a disqualification for The Rock and giving The Game the title.
What Can We Expect From This Match?
Well, we have seen both men talk to each other, be it with words or when they did charades to one another in person.
Both men are returning from injuries and both men will likely be counting down to their retirements. This may be the last hurrah for both men, especially with recent news about The Undertaker's injuries not being able to fully heal.
The ring rust will be evident in both, since I doubt that we will see either wrestle on television before WrestleMania. I know that Triple H will be performing at house shows, but The Undertaker is still in pain, clearly.
It becomes interesting when you bring in comments from The Undertaker offering to make the match a No Holds Barred match—for anyone who saw their first Mania match a decade ago, that match went anywhere and everywhere in the arena.
I'm not quite sure what the two have planned for their match this time around, but they are not the men that they were 10 years ago from a physical standpoint.
I personally do not believe that this match can live up to the hype that is being put upon it—and I don't believe that it makes much sense to have The Undertaker lose his streak at this point, unless they have to make us believe that it is the only way to lose The Deadman.
Why build up a streak over two decades and have it be destroyed by Vince McMahon's son-in-law? Not only is the streak on the line at WrestleMania, but so is the legacy of The Undertaker. His legend certainly takes a hit with a loss.
And no, I'm not calling him The Last Outlaw. That's a stupid nickname. It's almost as stupid as turning his classic entrance theme variations and exchanging them with a Johnny Cash song. Almost...