"The Streak" turned into a legendary part of WrestleMania and WWE history. What initially started out as good luck, quickly transformed into something special for The Undertaker. Year after year, Taker would showcase his dominance on the biggest stage of them all. While early matches were mostly mid-card filler, each year seemed add more significance and prestige. During the course of twenty-one WrestleMania matches, The Undertaker has won multiple World Championships, fought against Hall of Famers, and stolen the show numerous times.
While The Undertaker is often left standing tall, many fans may wonder what has happened to some of his opponents. WWE Superstars like Randy Orton, Triple H, Kane, and Bray Wyatt are still actively competing, but what about the other victims of the streak? This list looks back on his opponents and reflects on what happened after they fell victim to Undertaker's WrestleMania dominance. For some, it meant the end of their careers, while others, would continue to feud with The DeadMan. As The Undertaker continues to wrestle at the huge event, we'll take a look at what happened to some of his former foes. Enjoy!
Edge had a small WrestleMania streak of his own heading into WrestleMania XXIV. He was never defeated in a singles match at the event and would put that streak on the line against The Undertaker. The two Superstars put on a competitive match, often reversing finishers and having close pin counts. Despite help from Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder, Edge could not overcome The Undertaker and was forced to tap out to the Hell's Gate submission maneuver.
Edge would continue to main event several WrestleMania matches until he was forced to retire from active competition due to a neck injury. Currently, Edge has a lot of acting roles and has his own show on the WWE Network, alongside his partner Christian. He also has two children with former WWE Diva Beth Phoenix.
14 Jake "The Snake" Roberts
At WrestleMania VIII, the bond between The Undertaker and Jake “The Snake” Roberts crumbled and led to a one-on-one match. Without Roberts' ability to use snakes to strike fear into his opponents, The Undertaker was easily able to defeat Roberts. He delivered a "Tombstone Piledriver" outside the ring and then pinned Roberts clean to keep his early streak alive. That loss would mark Roberts' last WrestleMania singles match.
Jake would spend the next years joining other wrestling promotions while battling his addictions to drugs and alcohol. His struggle to get sober would be captured for a revealed documentary that followed Roberts as he tried to change his life for the better. At the age of 61, Roberts currently tours the country and encourages people to get sober as a motivational speaker.
13 King Kong Bundy
Once a WrestleMania main event performer, King Kong Bundy became a jobber for his match against the Undertaker at WrestleMania XI. The match lasted barley over five minutes as Taker won using a flying clothesline. It was an odd finish and an overall forgettable match. If the two were given more of a program, you'd think the match would have been much better, but that wasn't the case for this particular showdown.
Today, Bundy keeps relevant on Twitter, showcasing his “Five Count” nickname and hashtag. He still performs stand-up comedy and makes appearances at independent wrestling shows. Bundy has also included himself as part of the class-action lawsuit against the WWE.
He is still yet to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, but his career is certainly worthy of a spot. With his participation in the lawsuit however, he'll likely not see his name get inducted any time soon.
12 Giant Gonzalez
What could have been a great battle of the giants turned into one of the strangest and least-entertaining WrestleMania matches for The Undertaker. At WrestleMania IX, The Undertaker extended his streak to three and zero in a rare disqualification win. Giant Gonzalez used a washcloth soaked in chloroform to force The Undertaker to pass out. After getting carried off to the back, The Undertaker rushed out to the ring again and got one last attack on the seven foot monster.
The massive size of Giant Gonzalez caused several health issues and forced him to retire from wrestling at a young age. He lived out the rest of his life in Argentina, where he battled with diabetes and heart problems. Giant Gonzalez eventually passed away at the age of 44.
11 Sycho Sid
WrestleMania 13 was an important event for The Undertaker. It would be his first title match at the PPV and ended up being one of the more significant matches of his streak. The Undertaker's opponent was Sycho Sid, creating another giant versus giant battle for The Deadman. With a little help from Bret Hart, The Undertaker was able to hit Sid with the Tombstone and pin him for the WWE Championship.
Sid is now retired from pro wrestling. He returned briefly in 2013 to help celebrate the 1,000th episode of WWE Raw, but no longer wrestles on a full-time basis. Instead, he chooses to focus more on his family, but he does remain active at wrestling conventions to this day. His son has appeared on multiple episodes of the series Big Brother, while Sid openly comments and cheers on his son. Sid also appears in the WWE 2K17 as a DLC character.
10 Big Boss Man
WrestleMania XV featured the first ever Hell in a Cell match at the event. The Undertaker was leading The Ministry of Darkness into a bitter feud with The Corporation. This led to a match against The Big Boss Man. After winning the match, The Undertaker celebrated his victory by hanging The Boss Man in the center of the ring. This move was done in poor taste and took a little bit away from The Undertaker's eight WrestleMania victory.
The Big Bossman left the WWE in 2003 after training wrestlers for several months. Upon his retirement, he suffered health issues and passed away due to a heart attack in 2004. He was only 41 at the time of his death. Recently, The Boss Man was inducted into the Hall of Fame by his wife and children. It was a special moment that honored his underrated career.
9 Ric Flair
Many wrestling fans will remember Ric Flair's retirement match against Shawn Michaels, but the legend practically stole the show in his match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania X8. Flair was bloodied quickly as the two beat each other around the ring. The Undertaker ended the match by delivering a Tombstone and ending Flair's misery in the ring after a long brawl outside of it.
Despite officially retiring, Ric Flair cannot seem to stay away from the world of pro wrestling. He managed his daughter Charlotte as she transitioned to the main roster in 2015. ESPN spent several weeks filming Flair for a special 30 for 30 documentary. Several other Superstars were interviewed for this special look at one of the most famous pro wrestlers. The final movie will air sometime in 2017.
Trying to up the challenge, The Undertaker had two opponents to take on at WrestleMania XIX. In a handicap match, The Undertaker had to fight off both Big Show and A-Train. While they dominated most of the match, The Undertaker eventually overcame the odds and had a little help from Nathan Jones. The Undertaker pinned A-Train in the match and extended his streak to the delight of his fans.
A-Train would go on to wrestle all over the world. For a few years, he returned to the WWE spotlight under the new ring name, Tensai. When the character drifted off, A-Train would get a job backstage as a WWE trainer. Nowadays, he goes by his real name, Matt Bloom, and he is one of the head trainers at the WWE Performance Center.
7 Mark Henry
After years of competing at WrestleMania, The Undertaker was never involved in one of his signature matches – the casket match. That would change at WrestleMania 22 when Mark Henry challenged The Undertaker to his specialty match. The two Superstars competed in a hard fought battle that saw The Undertaker execute an impressive leap over the casket onto Henry. After rolling the big man into the casket, The Undertaker closed the lid on another WrestleMania victory.
Currently 45 years old, Mark Henry is still under contract with the WWE. He only really competes part-time and is not in many of the active storylines. During the summer of 2016, Henry represented the WWE at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio. He continues to do a lot of media appearances to help promote the WWE and is generally regarded as a company ambassador today.
WrestleMania 23 marked one of The Undertaker's toughest WrestleMania challenges. Taking on The Animal, this match was just one of many in a year-long feud that really propelled both stars. For this World Heavyweight Championship match, it would be The Undertaker that stood tall in the end. The huge win came off of a Royal Rumble victory and was a great career moment for The Deadman.
Batista did not let the loss get to him. He continued to compete in the company, winning multiple championships and having memorable feuds against many other stars. In 2014, he had a brief return where he would win his second Royal Rumble and later reform Evolution. Currently, Batista is focused on his acting career. He is slated to appear in the second Guardians of the Galaxy movie in 2017.
5 Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka
The Undertaker's WrestleMania debut may have been lackluster, but it was an important moment in the start of the streak. In less than five minutes, Taker disposed of WWE Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. Long before his bout with The Undertaker, Snuka had a great WWE career, but it didn't last long after this match.
In recent years, Snuka's health has been deteriorating. He's battled with stomach cancer for several months and was also diagnosed with dementia. He was declared unfit for a murder trial involving the death of his ex-girlfriend. His conditions and health ailments have led him to become part of the class action lawsuit against the WWE for concussions and injuries suffered while performing for the company. His last major WWE appearance was in a handicapped match against Chris Jericho at WrestleMania XXV.
WrestleMania XII was highlighted by the Iron Man match between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart, but one of the other matches to steal the show was the big man battle between Diesel and The Undertaker. After both men were unable to compete for the title, they set their sights on each other and ended up having a great brawl. Diesel lost the match and ended up leaving WWE for WCW shortly after this.
Diesel, AKA Kevin Nash, is currently 57 years old. While he does not actively compete, he is often seen making appearances on WWE programming. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame and will appear at small wrestling shows all over the country. He also loves to act, appearing in both Magic Mike films alongside Channing Tatum. He is still pursuing acting to this day, spending most of his time on various Hollywood sets.
3 CM Punk
CM Punk made his WrestleMania match against The Undertaker truly personal. After the death of Paul Bearer, Punk mocked The Undertaker's former manager for several weeks, until The Undertaker accepted a match against Punk. Their intense match at WrestleMania was a great back and forth battle that made you think Punk was going to win. Ultimately, The Undertaker won, making this his final victory during the course of the active streak.
CM Punk left the WWE in 2014 and has not been back since. He started a career in MMA where he trained for two years until his debut match in 2016. He lost his debut UFC match in just a couple of minutes, being forced to tap out by his opponent Mickey Gall. He is a huge sports fan, currently supporting the Chicago Cubs and other teams from the city.
2 Shawn Michaels
One of the more intense WrestleMania feuds The Undertaker was involved in at WrestleMania was against Shawn Michaels. They fought against each other two years in a row, with Michaels career on the line at WrestleMania XXVI. The Undertaker continuously kicked out of HBK's finishers, eventually defeating Michaels both times with a Tombstone Piledriver. Among several career highlights between the two, this pair of matches will go down as some of the very best for both of these legends.
After losing to The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVI, Shawn Michaels officially retired from wrestling. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame one year later and still makes brief appearances at the big event. Currently, Michaels plans to relocate and join Triple H at the Performance Center down in Florida as a coach. He is also being linked to a possible in-ring return for January at the Royal Rumble set to take place in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas.
The Big Red Machine and The Undertaker will be forever linked through their brotherly bond and rivalry in the WWE. As any sibling rivalry goes, it typically culminates in huge fights. It was no different for the Brothers of Destruction as they battled at both WrestleMania XIV and WrestleMania XX. Their first battle was more back and forth, with multiple near-falls and great moments. The second fight was more of a one-sided affair as the Undertaker returned as the Dead Man character and dominated Kane.
While The Undertaker only really returns for an annual appearance, Kane is still active in the WWE. He is currently on the SmackDown brand, feuding with stars like Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton. Kane also lives a very active political life. He is a libertarian, often speaking out on issues and blogging about them through various websites. After his WWE career winds down, he may be found running for office.
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