With a career in WWE that lasted from 1990 t0 2020, The Undertaker competed with the most iconic names, but one match in particular has been called “close to perfect” by The Dead Man.
Legends like Hulk Hogan, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Bret Hart, Brock Lesner, Roman Reigns, Edge and “Macho Man” Randy Savage all faced cold days in hell, before the lid came down one final time after beating AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36.
Looking back across 30 years in WWE, The Undertaker has now named his favorite match, one that formed part of a series in a unique story that he feels was “as close to perfect a match” he had competed in.
Speaking with Ariel Helwani of BT Sport, the Hall of Famer was asked about his favorite match and didn’t hold back in explaining why facing Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 25 was the greatest he had been involved in.
The Undertaker felt that this match not only stands out as his best, but that it allowed the creation of three more huge matches as he defended the streak against Michaels and his best friend Triple H.
“It has to be WrestleMania 25 with Shawn. I mean, that was close to perfect that I’d ever been involved in. It was so cool, like, those four matches the two with Shawn and then the two with Triple H.
You know, that’s the way I look at it and everything’s about storytelling. Like that’s one continuous story. It’s four WrestleMania’s where the story just kind of kept developing, right?
So, you know, heaven or hell, I think with Shawn was the first which was 25 is about as close to perfect a match that I had I’d ever been in.”
The back-and-forth match saw fans wonder if The Streak would come to an end as Michaels wouldn’t give up, despite the physicality throughout.
By building a four year story, it allowed for The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Triple H to showcase their very best, ending with an unforgettable moment as the trio embraced and looked back upon the crowd at WrestleMania 28.
During the interview, The Undertaker also gave Helwani his opinion on Triple H’s approach to creative in WWE and if he feels Vince McMahon will return.
After debuting at Survivor Series in 1990, The Undertaker began to form an unbeatable streak of wins at WrestleMania, starting with a win over Jimmy Snuka at ‘Mania 7.
With matches against Jake Roberts, Randy Orton, Edge, Batista and Kane, the streak went to 21-0 with victory over CM Punk.
But at WrestleMania 30, the wrestling world was shocked after an injured ‘Taker was defeated by Brock Lesner.
Since that defeat The Dead Man has seen off Bray Wyatt, Shane McMahon and John Cena at the Grandest Stage of Them All, but suffered a second defeat at the hands of Roman Reigns, who the night after WrestleMania 33 started Raw by claiming “It’s My Yard Now”.
H/t to Inside The Ropes