For 20 WrestleManias, The Undertaker has conquered foes from Jimmy Snuka to Triple H to Shawn Michaels. Sure there have been a few clunkers, but the Dead Man has delivered some WrestleMania classics over the last decade. In honor of the streak, let’s look back at the best Undertaker WrestleMania matches.
There aren’t many more WrestleMania matches left in The Undertaker. More impressive than the streak has been the resilience of The Undertaker during the twilight years of his career. While most pro wrestlers slow down with age, The Undertaker has actually delivered his best WrestleMania matches over the last ten years. If there is one thing that you can count on over the last few years it is that The Undertaker’s WrestleMania match is going to be a great one.
1 – The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels…WrestleMania XXV. Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker had an absolute 31 minute WrestleMania classic. These two didn’t miss a beat since their exciting series of matches a decade earlier. This was a great back and forth match that had 70,000 plus going nuts from entrance to finish. The old dogs showed the current class of wrestlers what stealing the show at WrestleMania is all about.
3 – The Undertaker vs. Batista…WrestleMania XXIII. Batista reportedly walked back to the locker room after this match and screamed, “Top that!” He had every right to brag because this match was simply awesome. Even more impressive is that you had two guys with real low expectations. Nobody expected the WrestleMania classic that they delivered. This match had it all from brawling, close finishes, and was just non-stop action from bell to bell. There are some wrestlers that just have great chemistry and Batista vs. The Undertaker had exactly that. As good as HBK vs. The Undertaker’s WrestleMania XXVI match was, it wasn’t even close to as great as this one.
4 – The Undertaker vs. Edge…WrestleMania XXIV. While fans may have had low expectations for this one, the WWE hoped for much better and put these guys on last. This was another real fun back and forth match similar to the Batista match but different. Instead of the power moves you had from both guys, this one had a lot more “wrestling” with a lot of close near falls and cool transitions. Like above, Edge and The Undertaker had great chemistry here and lived up to their main-event billing.
5 – The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels…WrestleMania XXVI. I think the legend of this match has grown well past the match itself. Unlike the WWE announcers who tell us that this was the greatest WrestleMania match of all time, I tend to disagree. While this match was great, their WrestleMania 25 encounter blew this one out of the water. This one was a little too one-sided in The Undertaker’s favor as opposed to the first match which was fairly equal. However, taking a backseat to the above matches is nothing to be ashamed about.
6 – The Undertaker vs. Triple H No H0lds Barred Match…WrestleMania XXVII. I know he has a ton of haters but Triple H still had one of the best matches here in Mania history. These two old dogs never slowed down, keeping a high pace throughout the entire match. This was right up there with both HBK vs. Undertaker WrestleMania matches and some may argue that this was better. Others will argue that the amount of near falls got a bit ridiculous and it did, but it was no different than HBK vs. Undertaker from WrestleMania 25. This was just a tremendous match.
7 – The Undertaker vs. Ric Flair…WrestleMania X8. It amazes me how quickly people have forgotten about this great match. The finish of the match is one of the most climactic in WrestleMania history. A bloodied and beaten Flair constantly kicked out of the Undertaker’s finishes. The Undertaker got so frustrated he attacked the referee which was just tremendous. Unfortunately, Flair had nothing left after a Tombstone and went down 1-2-3, extending the Undertaker’s WrestleMania streak to 10. This was one hell of a war and an underappreciated classic.
8- The Undertaker vs. Triple H…WrestleMania X-Seven. It doesn’t get much better than seeing Motorhead play Triple H into WrestleMania. This was a real fun match which saw the two fight through the stadium. The highlight of the match saw The Undertaker chokeslam Triple H seven feet off the production area. Overall this was a great brawl which saw both guys elevate their WrestleMania game for the first time in either man’s career. I look back at this as a real breakout moment for both guys. Two veterans in the prime of their WWE careers (Hunter entering his) and a smart hardcore match that probably doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves.
From here on out you have a lot of WrestleMania clunkers thanks to The Undertaker. None of the other Undertaker WrestleMania matches are even close to as good as the top nine. Mark Henry, Sid Vicious, Giant Gonzalez, and Kane aren’t exactly Edge, Trips, Shawn Michaels, and Ric Flair. Out of respect to the future WWE Hall of Fame superstar I think I’ll stop here and call it a day.