The Undertaker Defeats John Cena at WrestleMania 34

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2018

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The Undertaker answered John Cena's challenge Sunday at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans and defeated the leader of the Cenation to improve his all-time record at The Showcase of the Immortals to 24-2.

The Undertaker made quick work of Cena, dispatching him in two minutes, 47 seconds.

The turning point came when The Undertaker sat up as Cena was attempting the Five Knuckle Shuffle, stopping the 16-time world champion dead in his tracks. The Deadman then delivered a chokeslam and Tombstone Piledriver for the win:

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Although Cena challenged The Deadman several weeks ago, it was unknown entering WrestleMania if the match would happen at all.

Cena was resigned to simply watching WrestleMania as a fan after falling short in the Elimination Chamber match to become the No. 1 contender for the Universal Championship, but he made a last-ditch effort to get on the card.

Despite saying he was told a match against The Undertaker could never happen, Cena laid down the gauntlet and dared The Phenom to show up in New Orleans.

The likelihood of that happening initially seemed low since Taker appeared to retire following a loss to Roman Reigns at WrestleMania last year.

After the defeat, The Undertaker left his hat, coat and gloves in the middle of the ring, and his emotional response to the fans honoring him suggested the end of his incredible career had finally come.

WWE never said definitively The Undertaker was retired, and a cryptic promo he cut on the 25th anniversary edition of Raw added even more mystery to the equation.

Cena took a unique approach to coaxing The Deadman out of his potential retirement, as he attempted to get under The Phenom's skin.

The 16-time world champion questioned The Undertaker's courage and stressed he owed it to the WWE Universe to at least give an answer.

Cena even went through The Undertaker's brother, Kane, in order to get to him. The Big Red Machine tried to make The Champ pay for disparaging The Deadman, but Cena beat him in a match and continued to taunt Taker.

On the go-home episode of Raw prior to WrestleMania, Cena made one final plea to The Undertaker, but when he once again no-showed, it left the blockbuster match in limbo.

Since nothing else was planned for Cena, however, there was a feeling among the WWE Universe that The Deadman would emerge in the Big Easy.

Due to the fact The Undertaker's first WrestleMania loss occurred four years ago in New Orleans against Brock Lesnar, there was some unfinished business for him at the Mercedes-BenzΒ Superdome.

Facing Cena at WrestleMania provided him with an opportunity to atone for that defeat, and that is exactly what The Undertaker did by picking up the victory Sunday.

The fact The Undertaker wrestled at WrestleMania 34 after seemingly retiring last year makes it difficult to predict what might be next for him, but beating Cena in his final match would be a fitting way to go out.

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