Some may argue the Undertaker has taken the coveted crown of "Mr. WrestleMania" from Shawn Michaels, but just about everyone would agree The Undertaker's streak at 'Mania has surpassed even the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships in terms of importance. In recent years, the Undertaker's matches have not only been the most anticipated but have also been worth the hype.
And now with a little over six months remaining, and with the Undertaker's storied career winding down, it's that time of year again when we explore the Undertaker's possible opponents at WrestleMania 28.
Certainly, I'm not going to entirely discount the chance of an Undertaker-Lesnar or Undertaker-Sting dream match, as both matches have been legitimately discussed in the last year; however, one would be hard-pressed to pigeonhole either as having a more than reasonable probability of occurring.
Thus we begin with the first of six possible antagonists to the mythic "streak," beginning in order from least to most probable:
#6) Chris Jericho. The former "Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla" and self-proclaimed "best in the world," before CM Punk adopted the moniker, has expressed an interest in wrestling the "Dead Man" on his Twitter in recent months. It just so happens that Jericho is the last remaining WWE Superstar who has not yet entered into a major feud with the "Phenom." With "Y2J" set to return before next year's event in Miami, what better way to feature him than by putting him in a marquee match that will also be fresh to viewers?
#5) Wade Barrett. Dating back to last year's Bragging Rights, The Undertaker still has unfinished business with the former leader of the "Nexus" who buried him alive. Barrett never got his comeuppance, really, as 'Taker only returned this past year to wrestle Triple H. The only factor against this possibility is the fact that Barrett has lost a lot of steam since last year, not to mention he's not a big enough name to suspend disbelief as to the outcome (not that it would be in doubt in the most ideal of circumstances, anyway).
#4) Kane. Who can forget his feud with the Undertaker last year, culminating in three PPV matches? I wouldn't put it past WWE to re-ignite this feud for the umpteenth time, as Kane, the old standby, is always a believable foe, even if his "brother" vanquished him at two prior WrestleManias. If this comes to pass again, I believe Paul Bearer will be caught in the middle, his allegiance to either Kane or The Undertaker up for grabs.
#3) Mick Foley. The "Hardcore Legend" is rumored to make his long-awaited return to the company, WWE, that made him famous. Why not pair him up, once again, after ten-plus years with the wrestler who made him "famous"? His epic bouts with the Undertaker at SummerSlam '96, Revenge of the Taker and King of the Ring '98, to name a few, are legendary. Also, more than enough time has passed that another encounter between the two would be more than welcomed, and a way to re-introduce their classic rivalry to newer fans.
#2) Triple H. The "King of Kings" nearly made it official the night after WrestleMania 27 when he eagerly laid down the challenge for another match, for a consecutive year, with the Undertaker at WrestleMania 28. However, upon returning to the WWE as COO, Triple H's persona compared to last year has taken on such a radical shift that it would almost be out of character for him, as an authority figure with responsibilities on his plate, to worry about the obsession of ending the "streak." He is now deeply embroiled in a conspiracy-laden storyline that will likely last for the foreseeable future.
#1) Mark Henry. The "World's Strongest Man" has been discussed as a viable opponent, according to WrestleNewz.com, in just the last month by WWE executives. And with Henry's sudden rise as of late, last defeating Randy Orton definitively to win the World Heavyweight Championship for the first time, his challenge to the "streak" would be much more formidable relative to his last unforgettable rendezvous at WrestleMania 22. Fans would definitely buy into their contest this time around, especially if Henry continues to be booked as an unstoppable monster laying waste to everything in his path (announcers excluded, hopefully).
No matter who The Undertaker faces at WrestleMania 28, members of the WWE Universe can take solace in knowing "The Last Outlaw" rarely disappoints on the grandest stage of all.
Thanks for reading.