The Undertaker's WrestleMania streak in review: Part 2

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When we left off, the Dead Man was 10-0. It only gets better from here. From A-Train to Triple H, with five epic matches in between, it's the second half of The Streak.

WrestleMania XIX: Big Show and A-Train

Undertaker, now completely over as a face, comes to the ring with an American flag on the back of his motorcycle (it was just days after the Iraq war started). He was supposed to team with Nathan Jones, but Jones was taken out pre-match by Big Show and A-Train (you now know him as Tensai), and the contest became a two-on-one handicap match.

There are six really good matches in WrestleMania XIX, arguably the best WrestleMania of them all. This is not one of them. Undertaker dominates early. A-Train and Big Show take control after five minutes. Big Show hits a chokeslam, but Nathan Jones shows up to land a big kick to eliminate Big Show, then another on A-Train to set up the Tombstone. 11-0, but I have no idea how having an outsider enter the ring and take out the opposition isn't a disqualification. Patriotism, I guess.

A note about WrestleMania XIX:

WrestleMania XIX was the night that the Attitude era effectively ended. The Shawn Michaels-Chris Jericho match is a Mount Rushmore WWE performance, Brock Lesnar wrestled absolutely his best match ever against Kurt Angle in the main event, and Rock-Stone Cold had both a clash of the era's two great titans and an air of melancholy, as everyone knew they were both basically done with wrestling (though the Rock's pending departure seemed much more certain than Stone Cold's). Even Triple H had a good match, defeating Booker T.

Stone Cold never wrestled again after that match with The Rock, and Rock was done -- temporarily, it turned out -- just days later. Brock Lesnar had one more year to go before he and Goldberg effectively ended their own careers at WrestleMania XX, just minutes after John Cena had first appeared on the big stage. This match was not worth watching, but this event was, and is.

Nine years later, Undertaker and Triple H wrestled the "End of an Era" match (see below), but it was long past due. WrestleMania XIX was the true end.

WrestleMania XX: Kane II

The first repeat opponent during the streak! And of course it's Dr. Yankem. The storyline here is Vintage Undertaker: Kane interfered on Vince McMahon's behalf during The Chairman's buried alive match with Undertaker at Survivor Series (there's a reason why guys like Rock and Stone Cold had pretty much left by this point; that last sentence probably summed it up nicely). Kane buried Undertaker, and nobody saw him again for four months. Kane said he was dead. There were signs -- the Undertaker's bell distracted Kane during the Royal Rumble, leading to his elimination, and someone dumped a bucket of water on Kane's head that they claimed was an indoor rainstorm -- but Kane came to the ring at WrestleMania muttering that his opponent had been killed four months earlier.

Kane first didn't believe Undertaker was real, then couldn't adjust when he realized that Undertaker was, in fact, there to kick his ass.

Paul Bearer, making his own return, announced Undertaker's resurrection as only Paul Bearer could do: With eight druids, an urn, and a smoke machine. Undertaker, back to his old gimmick, was again set up to ensure victory. Kane first didn't believe Undertaker was real, then couldn't adjust when he realized that Undertaker was, in fact, there to kick his ass. Taker pummels him early and went for a quick Tombstone, but Kane countered and briefly took the upper hand after landing a choke slam off a pretty cool counter to Old School, but Undertaker sat up from the slam, stunning Kane and giving Undertaker the chance to land a chokeslam of his own, followed by a Tombstone and the cover. 12-0.

WrestleMania 21: Randy Orton

This was the height of "Legend Killer" Randy Orton, so the match made all too much sense. And while Orton is pretty good now, he was really damn good then. So good, in fact, that he made this the best Undertaker WrestleMania match until Shawn Michaels.

Orton starts fast and goes for an RKO, but Undertaker kills the youngster's momentum by picking him up mid-move and chucking him out of the ring and into the announcers table. Undertaker starts grinding away with big moves, but Orton ducks a splash and knocks Undertaker over the top rope and into the ringside barricade with a perfect dropkick. It quickly becomes big moves countered by bigger moves. Undertaker lands a DDT and giant sidewalk slam, then a pair of splashes in the corner, before dropping "snake eyes" (a face-first slam into the top turnbuckle) on Orton. Orton recovers quickly and levels Undertaker with a nasty elbow.

The two combatants exchange submission holds and big counters: The Dragon sleeper from Undertaker, countered by a spinning DDT, the sleeper by Orton countered with a massive suplex. It's actually jarring to watch Orton here compared to his current form. At one point, Orton hits that brutal scoop slam off the ropes that now so often leads to him slithering around and punching the mat like an idiot. This time, he simply uses the slam to go for a pin. There are no Five Moves of Death, just really good wrestling. He is amazing in this match, so much so that it's a little sad to watch.

Eventually, Orton gets Undertaker in the corner and, while landing shots to the head from the second turnbuckle, inadvertently gets himself damn near Last Rided to Hell. He slips Undertaker's hold and goes for an RKO, which Undertaker shoves his way from. Orton flies into referee Earl Hebner, evidently killing the ref. Orton's dad, Cowboy Bob Orton, clubs Undertaker with his arm cast, sets up Randy for the pin, and revives Hebner, but Orton only gets a two count. After a furious exchange, Undertaker sets up a chokeslam, which Orton inexplicably counters with a ridiculous RKO. Orton's incredible move only gets him a two count, though.

Orton gets full of himself. He does the throat slash, then went for a Tombstone. Undertaker toppled Orton, reversed the setup, and landed the Tombstone for the pin. 13-0. Maybe more importantly, this is the first time that Undertaker's contest is the best match on the card. It would not be the last.

WrestleMania 22: Mark Henry

God, I love Mark Henry (though I wish he was using his current music in this match). And while Kane had looked on in horror at Undertaker's return two years prior, Henry is shouting expletives at Taker for the entire walk to the ring. Heel Mark Henry is KING HOSS, people.

Oh, and did I mention this is a casket match? It's a casket match. The casket looks to be a hollowed-out grand piano.

Henry jumps him early. Undertaker recovers slightly, but can't knock Henry off his feet with two flying clotheslines before taking a vicious clothesline from Mizzark. Henry takes the match out of the ring, where everyone gets hit in the head by the metal steps (UNDERTAKER WIG SPLIT). He rolls Undertaker back into the ring, then batters his opponent toward the casket ("OPEN IT" he commanded, before Undertaker mounted a comeback).

Undertaker starts focusing on Henry's shoulders, which would be effective if Mark Henry had shoulders and not just really long biceps.

Undertaker starts focusing on Henry's shoulders, which would be effective if Mark Henry had shoulders and not just really long biceps. Henry lands a shot to Undertaker, and the Dead Man drops across the second rope near the casket. Henry, who missed the day they taught physics in school, goes for a big splash presumably to knock Undertaker into the casket. Undertaker moves out of the way, and Henry lands feet first in the casket but still standing, so the match continues. Henry drags Undertaker into the casket with him, then beats him down ... until Undertaker lands the choke to stop the assault.

Henry rolls out of the casket into the ring, with Undertaker in pursuit. Undertaker goes into the ropes for a flying clothesline, but Henry catches him in midair and lands a massive slam. He then goes for a pin, because Mark Henry also missed the day they taught casket matches at school. Henry eventually gets Undertaker in the corner and inexplicably goes to the second rope to choke him. For the third time during the streak, Undertaker uses the opportunity to set up a power bomb; Michael Cole pimps it as "THE LAST RIDE OF MARK HENRY", but this was more a "cradle the guy and drop him on his back," but Mizzark is 400 pounds, so I'll give him a break. Taker follows it by knocking Henry out of the ring, then flying over the top rope and hammering Henry with a clothesline on the floor. Undertaker rolls Henry back into the ring, hits the Tombstone, and rolls Henry into the casket. 14-0.

WrestleMania 23: Batista

Five things about Undertaker-Batista:

(1) The vast majority of Undertaker's WrestleMania matches have been non-title bouts. When he faced Batista for the World Heavyweight Championship, it was his first title match on the big stage since he defeated Sycho Sid a decade earlier. He would wrestle for the title again the next year, probably for the last time.

(2) This match inadvertently became the template for Undertaker's later WrestleMania matches: Batista came out and dominated early -- Batista even goes to the top turnbuckle and lands a shoulder block! -- before Undertaker staged a comeback after five minutes of punishment. They followed the initial flurry of activity with a bunch of big spots outside the ring and ended with an orgy of finishers. This works extremely well for Undertaker, who can still give a solid 10-15 minutes and can extend matches with big moves, allowing for time to rest while WWE shows replays of the last ridiculous move. It also sets up a ton of drama, as each combatant comes up with counters to every finisher and dramatic kickouts. It was awfully good in this match. It was awesome in the next five.

(3) The effect of MMA on pro wrestling was evident by WrestleMania 23, when Michael Cole started referring to Undertaker as "the best striker in the history of the game," terminology that did not exist in wrestling before this and would be considered somewhat absurd 10 years before.

(4) At one point, a fatigued Batista counters an Undertaker whip outside the ring, sending Taker through the bell table and giving Undertaker another great WrestleMania achievement: Taker had now broken the English announcing, French announcing, Spanish announcing, and ring bell tables at WrestleMania. It's the EGOT of ring tables, a feat which I'm relatively sure nobody else has accomplished. He followed that up with one of the most vicious slams I've ever seen, through the Smackdown announcer table.

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It was so big that Michael Cole's voice did something I've never heard him do before: It turned into Vince McMahon for just a second.

(5) The end of this one is pretty great. Batista kicks out of a Last Ride and a chokeslam, and sets up a spear leading to a Batista Bomb that damn near broke Undertaker's neck. Undertaker kicks out, somehow. When he goes for a second, Undertaker breaks the hold and, after a series of counters, lands the Tombstone for the win. 15-0.

WrestleMania XXIV: Edge

If there was going to be someone who broke The Streak, Edge would be an interesting choice. He had successfully feuded sporadically with Undertaker over the course of an entire year -- Edge had cashed in a Money in the Bank contract to take Undertaker's title only a few weeks after the last WrestleMania, then held the title for two extended runs -- and, at the time, was getting massive heat for his "relationship" with Vicki Guerrero. Plus, Edge had never lost to Undertaker in a singles match. Throw in the belt, and he might have even been a slight favorite to win.

Undertaker and Edge wore their matching leather dusters for the match, a nice touch that led to The Miz's unfortunate wardrobe choice for every pay-per-view in 2011. Much as done with Batista the previous year, Edge and Undertaker trade offense throughout the first act. Edge "goes after Undertaker's low back" early on, mostly by kicking Undertaker into the ringside barricade repeatedly. Edge takes control from there, battering away at the Dead Man for an extended period that made Undertaker look extremely vulnerable.

Of course, he makes the mistake of getting into a punching contest with The World's Best Striker, which ends with Edge on the floor after Undertaker pushed him off the top turnbuckle. He goes through his standard outside-the-ring move set -- flying headbutt, leg drop on the apron, etc. -- before attempting a Last Ride and coming up short due to his back injury.

From there, they do it all over again: Edge hurts Undertaker out of the ring and focuses on the back inside the ropes, then gets into a series of punches with Undertaker that he inevitably loses. Edge countered a big kick off the ropes with a dropkick of his own, then countered a chokeslam attempt with a DDT. A spear attempt was met by a knee from the Undertaker, and a chokeslam got the Dead Man a two count. Old School was countered by Edge and converted to a superplex off the top turnbuckle. Again, a two count.

Edge makes a mistake that every Undertaker opponent for five years made: With Undertaker in the corner, he went to the second turnbuckle for some head shots and set himself up for the Last Ride, but he slipped out of Undertaker's grasp and landed a neckbreaker. Edge's next move -- an attempted flip off the ropes -- was countered into a Last Ride, but Edge kicked out at the last second. Undertaker's second attempt at a kick off the ropes was ducked by Edge, and Undertaker caught the referee instead. The plot thickens further.

Edge camerajacks a cameraman and hammers Undertaker in the head with it. Edge attempts a Tombstone, but Undertaker counters into a Tombstone piledriver of his own. And the hilarity begins, as referee Charles Robinson runs to the ring to replace the unconscious official. The ramp at the Citrus Bowl was probably 100 yards long, and the diminutive Robinson has to sprint down it to count the pin, as the WWE production team cuts back and forth between him and the pin in the ring. It had a certain Monty Python and the Holy Grail quality to it:

Robinson gets there just in time to give Undertaker a two count, and Edge's friends -- Hawkins and Ryder, who had helped Edge screw Undertaker out of the title previously -- distract Undertaker long enough for Edge to set up the Spear. Undertaker kicks out, of course. A second spear was totally no-sold by the Undertaker and converted into a triangle choke (eventually dubbed Hell's Gate), and Edge tapped out just inches from the ropes. 16-0.

WrestleMania XXV: Shawn Michaels I

There's a reason why the guy who is 20-0 at WrestleMania is not known as Mr. WrestleMania: It's because Shawn Michaels stole the show every year. Nobody brings it on the big stage like HBK did -- just watch that match with Jericho at X-9 and tell me it isn't the best match you've ever seen -- and so a matchup between the company's best performer and best WrestleMania storyline worked out perfectly. WWE grafted on a "darkness vs. light" thing to add some sort of heat to the feud, but it didn't really need anything more than these two at this time in their careers.

The match starts with Michaels avoiding big punches and landing Ric Flair-patented chops on the run and quick punches in the corner. For a match between the company's two best attractions, it starts a bit sloppy. Michaels was a perfect foil for Undertaker, though, with a Flair-in-his-prime ability to sell Undertaker's brutal, physical offense. Undertaker would whip HBK into a turnbuckle, and Michaels would hit it at 60 miles per hour. Undertaker would miss a punch, and Michaels would reply with three quick shots like Little Mac.

Michaels starts attacking Undertaker's leg, hammering at the knee to set up a Figure Four. Undertaker eventually punches his way out, then catches Michaels going for a splash and hammers him into the turnbuckle. It's Undertaker's turn to take control, and he batters HBK with a series of slams and kicks, but the counters begin again when Michaels drags down the arm of a chokeslam-pursuing Undertaker and puts him in a crossface. Undertaker breaks the hold with a sidewalk slam and a two count. Reset.

Michaels and Undertaker exchange blows, and Michaels eventually chops Undertaker down. A second Figure Four attempt is countered into Hell's Gate, though, and Michaels was saved only by a foot on the bottom rope. They roll out of the ring, and Undertaker lands a big kick before missing on the leg drop on the ring apron. HBK, now back in the ring, hits Undertaker with a sliding kick, then attempts an ill-fated moonsault off the top turnbuckle onto the arena floor. Undertaker rolls back into the ring and prepares for a flying headbutt, but Michaels moves out of the way (and inexplicably pulls a cameraman into the path). The combatants are out, the referee is out, the cameraman is out. This match has serious collateral damage.

Michaels sets up for the superkick as Undertaker reenters the ring, but Undertaker dodges the kick and lands a MASSIVE chokeslam ("Good God Almighty what a chokeslam!" says JR). Michaels kicks out at two, somehow. Michaels breaks out of a potential Tombstone and lands the superkick, but Undertaker kicks out at two. The crowd clearly thinks this can end at any time with either wrestler winning, and we're barely halfway done.

Undertaker hoists Michaels for a Last Ride, but Michaels rolls out into a Sunset Flip. Undertaker somehow drags Michaels through his legs, hoists him again, and obliterates HBK with the nastiest Last Ride ever. It has to be over, and yet Michaels kicks out at two. Undertaker attempts an elbow from the top turnbuckle and misses. The two men stagger to their feet. Michaels runs at Undertaker, and Undertaker sidesteps to send HBK over the top rope. Michaels catches the top rope and tries to hoist himself back into the ring, but while inverted is grabbed by Undertaker. Tombstone piledriver. Arms folded. Tongue out. Eyes rolled back. Thanks for playing.

And Michaels kicks out.

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Undertaker goes for a second Tombstone, but Michaels counters into a DDT, then lands an elbow from the top turnbuckle. He hammers Undertaker with the superkick again and goes for the sure cover. Sexy boy music. DX hand signals.

And Undertaker kicks out.

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When Pitchfork reviewed Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the reviewer said, "No one is too good for this album; it is better than all of us." This match is the pro wrestling equivalent, a surreal build of drama and athleticism and storytelling by two guys near the end of the line. It had to end, because ... because it just had to. And so Michaels and Undertaker went back to where they started: Throwing punches and kicks. Michaels slips out of one final Tombstone attempt and throws two more blows. He stops a charging Undertaker with a boot. But Undertaker caught him mid-flip on a final moonsault and landed one final Tombstone, and that was it. 17-0, and the best match of Undertaker's career.

WrestleMania XXVI: Shawn Michaels II

The storyline was that Michaels became obsessed with breaking the streak, to the point where he was shooting about it during the Slammy Awards presentation for Best Match of the Year. Undertaker refused to wrestle him, though, and Michaels had to find a way into WrestleMania. He promised victory in the Royal Rumble and came up short. He tried to win any number of No. 1 contender matches to chase the World Heavyweight Championship and could not win any of them. Finally, Michaels cost Undertaker the title at Elimination Chamber by emerging from under the floor to superkick Undertaker and give the championship to Chris Jericho. Michaels would have his match, the Undertaker conceded, but he would have to put his career on the line.

How could these two old dogs find new tricks half as exciting as the year before?

The match itself isn't as good, only because it's a frame-for-frame remake of the prior year's epic. That's no knock on Michaels and Taker; how many moves could they have left in the bag? How could these two old dogs find new tricks half as exciting as the year before?

Undertaker lands the first chokeslam out of nowhere 15 minutes in, but Michaels kicks out. Michaels throws a long, brutal ankle lock on Undertaker (that was new!) but Undertaker refuses to tap out. Michaels goes for a moonsault onto Undertaker, who is leaned against the barricade on the arena floor, but Undertaker catches him for a Tombstone (that was not new), but he does not capitalize. Undertaker rolls him back into the ring and goes for the Last Ride, but Michaels uses a new counter: He grabs Undertaker by the hair and drives his face into the mat. Undertaker locks in Hell's Gate, but Michaels somehow flips over and nearly pins Undertaker. He hammers Taker with the superkick after the two reach their feet, but Undertaker kicks out. A second superkick is countered into a Last Ride -- almost identical to the giant one in the previous match -- and Michaels still somehow kicks out.

Undertaker finally goes where he would not go the year before: He takes the monitors off the announce table and attempts a Last Ride into it, but Michaels slips out and lands another superkick, dropping Undertaker onto the table. Michaels scales the top rope and lands a gigantic moonsault, then sells it like nothing before. But even after that (and a third superkick for his trouble), he could not get a cover.

Undertaker counters an attempt at a fourth superkick with a gargantuan chokeslam, then sets up a Tombstone, but of course it's not over. Undertaker rolls away in disbelief. And then it happens:

Undertaker stops the throat slash, then tells Michaels -- pawing at his boots -- to stay down. Michaels drags himself up and gives himself the throat slash, then slaps Undertaker to light the fuse. Undertaker hits one final, massive Tombstone -- he actually leaves his feet -- and covers him for the pin. 18-0.

WrestleMania XXVII: Triple H II

Anything Shawn can do H can do better, right? So of course Triple H tries to avenge his friend's retirement/death (this is a theme they have revisited in Hunter's match with Lesnar this year) by taking out the Undertaker the next year. Oh, and no holds barred, so that Triple H can do Triple H stuff. The tables will be smashed in the first 20 minutes.

Triple H comes out in full-on Shao Kahn garb, because of course. There's a standoff before the bell, and full-on boxing regalia with the combatants charging out of their respective corners. It's outside the ring within 30 seconds. Let's count the implements on this one:

TABLES: Undertaker is clearing the Spanish announce table within the first minute of the match when magic happens:

One of the feuds entering WrestleMania was between the Raw announcers, Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler. In an attempt to shield himself from Lawler, Cole had taken to broadcasting from a plexiglass box called "The Cole Mine." It was really funny for about five minutes but, as most funny things in WWE, lasted for weeks after that. Triple H threw Undertaker through it, and Undertaker's Announcer Table EGOT just added its first ESPY award.

Later, Triple H throws Undertaker into a barricade, then clears a second announcing table (even though the first one was still standing), but his Pedigree attempt was blocked by a back drop onto the arena floor ("He may have shattered some internal organs," Dr. Jim Ross says). Undertaker goes back to the ring only long enough to jump over the top rope and land a flying headbutt. An Undertaker attempt at ... I'm honestly not quite sure what ... was countered into a spinebuster through the Spanish announcing table. Two tables down, one to go.

STEEL CHAIRS: Undertaker stops a chair shot, then lands a vicious shot ("the resounding splat of steel on the human anatomy"; seriously, JR was on fire in this one) to Triple H's back. The King of Kings stops a second chair shot attempt and hits the Pedigree.

Later, after the third Pedigree, Triple H unloads on Undertaker with eight -- EIGHT -- chair shots, yelling "Stay down!" at his opponent. The Undertaker did not oblige, and HHH takes him down with a massive chair shot to the forehead.

SLEDGEHAMMERS: Come on, it's a Triple H no disqualification match. No sledgehammer would be like Brutus Beefcake without hedge clippers. Triple H never gets to use it, though, because ...

FINISHERS: We have two chokeslams, one Last Ride (and a second attempt that Triple H got out of), one Tombstone (one delivered by Triple H that everyone thought would end the match), three Pedigrees, DDTs onto steel chairs. And as Triple H sizes up Undertaker for a sledgehammer shot, the Dead Man puts on Hell's Gate for the submission victory. 19-0.

The thing that puts this match -- and don't get me wrong, it's a great match -- below the Michaels matches is that there was not the same sense of intelligent wrestling. There was brutal violence and destruction, but the counters-on-counters-on-counters that made the Michaels matches so compelling are missing here. In fact, Triple H could have won this match about 20 times, especially after the chair assault, but didn't even attempt a cover. I get the storyline of it -- the great champion at the end of the line, needing to be put out of his misery completely -- but it's a wrestling match for the greatest streak in sports entertainment. And when that story turned over to Undertaker's undead-ness after Triple H landed the Tombstone but could not get a cover, well, it took a turn to the surreal.

Undertaker left the ring on a cart rather than under his own power, and there was serious belief that he'd never be seen in a ring again. Undertaker wasn't quite done yet, though.

WrestleMania XXVIII: Triple H III

So now we get the "End of an Era" match, a.k.a. THIS BUSINESS. Shawn Michaels as special guest referee in a Hell in a Cell match ("that Satanic structure is morally corrupt," JR informs us). The premise of the feud was pretty simple: Undertaker didn't like going out on a cart, so he demanded a rematch. Plus, these two were the last two standing from 90s-era WWE, so they obviously needed to beat the hell out of each other. The build-up featured a lot of meandering promos about the nature of the wrestling business, plenty of staring, and absolutely no wrestling. In fact, this is the first time that Undertaker took an entire year off between WrestleManias (he's doing that again this year).

Hell in a Cell is built for plenty of cage spots -- there isn't much else to do, honestly, because tables and chairs are mostly outside the cell. There's ring steps and chain link fence, and the first 10 minutes of this match were Undertaker brutalizing HHH outside the ring. The steps came back into the ring with the combatants, used to great effect by Undertaker, and the Dead Man almost won with the Hell's Gate again. Triple H countered by lifting and slamming Undertaker.

Helmsley found some chairs, and the obligatory horrendous chair shot section of the match began. Triple H turns Undertaker bright purple with two dozen chair blows but refuses to cover Undertaker, demanding instead that Shawn Michaels stop the fight. The sledgehammer was next, and a shot to Undertaker's jaw was not enough to end it. Michaels stopped Triple H from attempting a bigger shot that probably would have killed Undertaker, but Michaels still refused to end it, and pin attempts only resulted in near-falls.

Triple H's demands that Michaels end the fight slowed the match to a crawl, but it picked up when Undertaker inexplicably put Michaels in the Hell's Gate, with Triple H breaking the hold with a sledgehammer shot. Undertaker then got Helmsley into the triangle choke a second time, apparently rendering HHH unconscious, but the lack of a referee precluded a win (for the second time in an Undertaker WrestleMania match, Charles Robinson runs to the rescue; this time, the ramp wasn't so long). Undertaker's pin attempt was broken at two. Undertaker responded by chokeslamming Robinson.

Undertaker attempts a Tombstone on Triple H, but Helmsley slips out and pushes Undertaker into a Michaels superkick, following it with a Pedigree. It's still not enough, and that basically guarantees Undertaker is going to win. Undertaker hits HHH with a massive sequence, ending in a Tombstone and a pin attempt, but Helmsley kicks out, and that basically guarantees HHH will win. Michaels retires to the corner, looking like he's seen a ghost.

The two wrestlers get to their knees, then their feet, throwing punches the entire time. It's basically the end of Rocky IV. Undertaker kicks out of yet another Pedigree. Undertaker grabs a chair. Triple H grabs the sledgehammer. Undertaker gets there first, and hammers away at HHH with a vicious string of chair shots, mangling the chair in the process, yet Triple H kicks out of a pin attempt.

Triple H tries to attack with the sledgehammer, but there's nothing left. Triple H gives the DX salute, Undertaker blasts him with the sledgehammer and lands the Tombstone. 20-0.

Star-divide

Welp, that's it until Sunday evening, when Undertaker returns to go for 21-0 against CM Punk. Will The Streak continue? Is CM Punk, the WWE Champion for the entirety of 2012, worthy of the win? Will anyone else -- The Rock, John Cena -- break The Streak? Or is this Undertaker's last ride?

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