Wrestlemania Spotlight: The Streak

For every WWE superstar – man or woman – their goal is to have a match at Wrestlemania. Win or lose, it doesn’t matter. Just getting the chance to shine on the biggest show of the year is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many. But one guy has had more Wrestlemania matches than anyone else – and he’s won them all.

The Undertaker currently stands at 18-0, and there’s no reason to think he won’t be 19-0 by this time next week. At this point, I don’t believe they’ll ever decide to end the streak. He’s beaten some of the company’s biggest stars, and some of them more than once, so at this point I don’t think they can build anyone up to the status required to break the streak.

Many of his earlier Wrestlemania bouts weren’t anything to write home about. It wasn’t until the early ’00s, around the time that he was 9-0 or 10-0 that they started to acknowledge the undefeated streak. In recent years, that’s all his Wrestlemania feuds have been about. His challengers have wanted nothing more than to be the guy to finally end the streak.

The beauty of the storytelling is that every year we all know that the streak is definitely not coming to an end at this point. However, there are always one or two instances in his matches where it looks like all is lost and you get sucked into the moment and you wonder if they could be foolish enough to actually end it. And then they don’t and everything is alright with the world.

Through the streak, he has won world titles on three separate occasions at Wrestlemania, defeating Psycho Sid in ’97 at WM13 and then beating Batista and Edge to regain the gold at back-to-back WMs, 23 and 24.

But it was his last two matches that have garnered more praise than any of his WM predecessors. Both were 30+ minute classics with Shawn Michaels. At WM25, the match got fans in such a frenzy that they were worn out for the rest of the show, causing the event to fizzle out to an anticlimactic end. They wisened up last year and gave the two superstars the chance to steal the show once more, this time in the main event – a rare feat, since 22 of the 26 WMs have had main events which didn’t feature a world title on the line. This was just a one-on-one match with Shawn Michaels’ career on the line. But we’ll get to him later in the week.

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