The Undertaker WrestleMania streak [VIDEOS]: 5 worst victims of Undertaker's 21-0 winning streak heading into WrestleMania 30
The Undertaker's 21-0 undefeated streak at WrestleMania is legendary, and while The Deadman has had epic clashes with superstars such as Shawn Michaels, Triple H, CM Punk and Ric Flair, not every one of The Undertaker's victims on the path to his 21 victories at the WWE's marquee event have been memorable.
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As Brock Lesnar attempts to end The Streak at WrestleMania XXX on April 6 in New Orleans in a match dubbed as The Beast vs. The Streak when he takes on The Undertaker, we look back at the five worst matches The Undertaker has had at WrestleManias leading up to the biggest show of the year in order of when they occurred.
5) Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka at WrestleMania VII (1991):
This is where it all began. Jimmy Snuka was the first man to take on The Undertaker in a WrestleMania match, however this wasn't exactly a five-star classic. Imagine if the WWE had booked Snuka to win? History would be shaken up and the WWE would have lost a major storyline. However, the ending was never in doubt as Snuka was on his way out of the company and The Undertaker was so over with the crowds that the WWE would soon have to turn him into a babyface. This match is a squash that lasted under four minutes long and had a botched finish. Considering The Undertaker would go on to have matches that lasted over a half-hour at the biggest show of the year, this four-minute squash is mostly forgettable, if only notable because it marked his first victory.
4) Giant Gonzales at WrestleMania IX (1993):
WrestleMania IX is highly regarded as one of the worst WrestleMania events of all-time, and this is up there as one of the--if not THE--worst Undertaker match at the biggest show of the year. For those who don't remember, Giant Gonzales debuted at the Royal Rumble in January 1993 in a naked bodysuit and took out The Undertaker to set up this clash at Caesar's Palace. The match between the two was a snooze-fest that ended in a lame DQ finish, marking the only time The Undertaker didn't pin anyone cleanly or make them submit to win his WrestleMania match. Awful match that led to another terrible match in the blow-off of the feud at SummerSlam 1993, but The Undertaker became 3-0 at WrestleMania.
3) King Kong Bundy at WrestleMania XI (1995):
The Undertaker had a series of bad WrestleMania matches in the early portion of his streak, and this match was no exception. The most notable part of the match was that Major League Baseball umpire Larry Young served as the guest referee. During a time when The Undertaker was battling Ted Dibiase's Million Dollar Corporation, Bundy was the next to step up and take on The Undertaker. The match between the two was pretty boring and rested mostly on the outside interference of the Corporation and 'Taker's manager Paul Bearer, which ultimately served as bad distractions from an already terrible match. In the end, 'Taker got the win and went to 4-0 at the biggest show of the year.
2) The Big Boss Man at WrestleMania XV (1999):
The Undertaker and Big Boss Man were two guys who had been wrestling for years when they crossed paths at WrestleMania XV, however the match between the two inside of a Hell in a Cell proved to be a dud and didn't resemble a match between two guys with a lot of in-ring experience. The match was disjointed and plodded along before 'Taker finally put Boss Man and the crowd out of their misery by picking up the win. Adding more to the absurdity of it all, The Brood came out and hanged the Boss Man from the Hell in a Cell cage. The Undertaker became 8-0 in what is regarded by many fans as the worst Hell in a Cell match of all-time.
1) A-Train and The Big Show at WrestleMania XIX (2003):
After back-to-back solid matches with Triple H (X-7) and Ric Flair (X-8), 'Taker's streak of two straight quality matches came to a screeching halt in 2003. The WWE spared this from being really bad by taking Nathan Jones out of the match, which was originally supposed to be a tag team bout and would have served as an asterisk for The Streak as it would have marked the only time that 'Taker ever tagged with anyone to maintain his undefeated streak. 'Taker took on the big guys by himself and ended up winning the match with a little help from Jones, but this match probably would have been better suited as a one-one-one match between 'Taker and Show. The contest just never really came together and ended up being one of The Undertaker's worst defenses of The Streak. The Undertaker improved to 11-0 here, but would have so many better matches in the next decade at WrestleMania.
The Undertaker would go on to defeat Kane (XX), Randy Orton (21), Mark Henry in a casket match (22), Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship (23), Edge for the World Heavyweight Championship (XXIV), Shawn Michaels in back-to-back years (XXV, XXVI), Triple H in back-to-back years (XXVII, XXVIII), and CM Punk.
While these five matches were his worst performances at the biggest show of the year, The Undertaker would go on to prove that he can steal the show at WrestleMania in the years since these contests took place. Now, he and Brock Lesnar will try to steal the show one more time at WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans.
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