WWE WrestleMania 27: Undertaker vs. Triple H, A History of Their Rivalry

John BetschelCorrespondent IIMarch 28, 2011

WrestleMania 27 is finally upon us. The grandaddy of them all will happen next Sunday. Besides The Rock making his triumphant return, there is one match that has everybody talking. Snookie vs. Laycool!!! Haha, no, I'm just kidding; the match that has everyone talking is The Undertaker vs. "The Game" HHH.

Some may think that this rivalry just began a little over a month ago, but this has actually been brewing for years. There are so many different angles that they could use for this feud, but I think the WWE just wants people to forget. I'm here to make you remember.

As you already know, HHH and Shawn Michaels are BFF's so to speak. They both started DX together, and since then have been linked together much like Hogan and Savage in the 80's. Well, at the 1998 Royal Rumble, The Undertaker was facing Michaels in a casket match and had given Michaels a back body drop to the outside of the ring. However, Michaels smashed his lower back against the corner of the casket, causing him to herniate two discs and crush one completely.

This forced Shawn Michaels into early retirement, and at that time, Michaels was thought to never be able to wrestle again. Now you would think that this would spark a fire under HHH, with The Undertaker putting his best friend on the shelf permanently. But instead, the WWE took them in two different directions.

That is until about three years later, HHH stood on Smackdown now as The Game and was saying how he should be in the main event at WrestleMania, that he had taken everybody out, that there was no one left to fight. Then comes The Undertaker; this was during his American Badass gimmick. The two went back and forth at each other over the weeks to come, with HHH even destroying The Undertaker's motorcycle with his patented sledge hammer before rolling it off the stage.

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The Undertaker then demanded a match at WrestleMania, which, thanks to Kane holding Stephanie above his head over a balcony, he received.

To say the least, this was a classic match. Anyone who has seen this match will always remember when HHH was chokeslammed from close to 10 feet up off that little area in the crowd. I'm not sure how to really describe it, but look up the match on YouTube and you'll see what im talking about.

Toward the end, HHH was being lifted up for The Last Ride, but before being lifted up, grabbed the sledgehammer laying right next to him. Right before The Undertaker was going to drop him down, he smacked him in the back of the head with the Sledgehammer. Unfortunately, he didn't get the three count.

HHH then went and got The Undertaker in the corner and preceded to give him the 10 punches from the second rope, but he took his eye off the ball for one second to showboat to the crowd, and it cost him. The Undertaker lifted HHH up from the corner and slammed him down with The Last Ride, winning the match.

HHH should have won that match, though, via disqualification, as after The Undertaker didn't get the three count after he hit The Game with the Tombstone, he preceded to assault the referee. But since the ref was already dazed and pretty much out of it, he didn't see who hit him, so the match went on.

Now fast forward to 10 years later, and here we are again, The Undertaker vs. HHH. Since they've last met each superstar has accomplished so much. They have both won numerous world titles and competed in chambers, cells and cages.

However one thing still remains the same, and that is The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak. Nine men have fallen, and one of those men is HHH's best friend, Shawn Michaels, who put his entire career on the line at last year's WrestleMania in order to try one last time to end the streak. However, he rolled the dice and came up craps.

So HHH is out for revenge not only for himself for his loss to The Dead Man at WrestleMania 17, but for his fallen friend Shawn Michaels. HHH will be the only other person besides Michaels and Kane to face The Undertaker twice at WrestleMania.

Can he accomplish what he couldn't do 10 years ago? Can HHH do what no other man before him has done? I guess we'll just have to wait for WrestleMania to see.