The Undertaker’s 21 match undefeated streak at WrestleMania was one of, if not the biggest feat in wrestling history. Sure, wrestling is scripted and every one of those wins was based on a booking decision made by Vince McMahon, but the greatness of “The Streak” isn’t about the actual victories themselves. In an industry where careers are shortened by injuries, lives have been ended far too early, and gimmicks are often dropped and superstars’ careers derailed to push other superstars, Mark Calaway has managed to not only survive, but thrive for more than two decades.
“The Streak” speaks volumes about The Undertaker’s longevity and his place in wrestling history and the kind of respect and admiration he commands from fans, fellow superstars, and Vince McMahon himself. The fact that year in and year out fans continued to want to see the Undertaker win, some of wrestling’s top names like Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair were willing to end their careers to him on wrestling’s grandest stage, and Vince McMahon was willing to book him as the winner at each WrestleMania is what truly makes “The Streak” great.
So when The Undertaker’s illustrious winning streak finally came to an end, and the Deadman lost to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX, wrestling fans were livid. “The Streak” was viewed as the Undertaker’s legacy and many thought it never would or should be broken. The idea to end it was viewed as short-sighted, unnecessary, and disrespectful. Nevertheless, it happened and ‘Taker will still be remembered as one of the all-time greats, despite the blemish on his record, while the title of “best wrestler to never lose at WrestleMania” will have to belong to someone else.
The are several superstars who remain undefeated on wrestling’s grandest stage, but none of them compare to the 21-0 record the Undertaker once had. Here’s a look at 15 wrestlers with perfect WrestleMania records.
15. Michael Cole – 1-0
Michael Cole’s lone win came during that awkward period in 2011 when the long-time “voice of the WWE” was a heel, feuding with fellow commentator Jerry “The King” Lawler. The two met up at WrestleMania XXVII with Jack Swagger in Cole’s corner and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as the special guest referee. Lawler actually won the match after Cole tapped out to the ankle lock, but had the victory overturned by the anonymous raw general manager who gave Cole the win via disqualification due to bias from Austin.
14. Diamond Dallas Page – 1-0
DDP’s time in WWE was very forgettable. After a ridiculous storyline in which he was revealed as The Undertaker’s wife’s stalker, he was basically turned into a joke, despite once being one of WCW’s top stars. He does have one feather in his cap though; an untainted 1-0 WrestleMania record.
In DDP’s lone match on the grandest stage of them all, Page, now playing the gimmick of a motivational speaker defended the European Championship against Christian, who had turned on his motivational mentor. Page would get the win following a Diamond Cutter, but would be out of the company later that year. At 59 years old, it’s unlikely Page will ever compete at a WrestleMania again, meaning his unblemished record will stay intact. Bang!
13. Ax – 3-0
All three of Ax’s WrestleMania victories came while teaming with his Demolition brethren at three consecutive WrestleManias. Ax picked up the decisive pin in each win and Demolition left the event with the Tag Team Titles every time. At WrestleMania V, Ax and Smash defeated Tito Santana and Rick Martel for the belts after Ax pinned Martel. The following year they successfully defended the titles against The Powers of Pain and Mr. Fuji with Ax pinning Mr. Fuji for the win.
They completed their run of WrestleMania wins at Wrestlemania VI when Ax pinned Haku to regain the Tag Team Titles from Haku and Andre the Giant. Prior to the following year’s event, WWE commissioner Jack Tunney ruled that Demolition could only compete with two members and Ax stepped aside in favor of Crush who teamed up with Smash and suffered Demolition’s first defeat at WrestleMania at the hands of Genichiro Tenryu and Koji Kitao while Ax remained undefeated.
12. Sable – 3-0
Sable made her in ring WrestleMania debut at Wrestlemania XIV where she pinned Luna Vachon to pick up the victory with Marc Mero in a mixed tag match against Vachon and Goldust. The following year she retained the Women’s title with a WrestleMania victory over Tori. Five years later, at Wrestlemania XX, Sable teamed up with Torrie Wilson to defeat Stacey Keibler and Jackie Gayda in an evening gown match, extending her undefeated streak at Wrestlemania to 3-0.
11. Legion of Doom – 3-0
The dominant tag team of Hawk and Animal marked their WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania VII by defeating the team of Power and Glory in just 59 seconds. At Wrestlemania 13, they teamed up with Ahmed Johnson to beat The Nation of Domination in a Chicago Street Fight. The following year the Legion of Doom won a 15-team battle royal to stay undefeated on the “Grandest Stage of Them All”.
10. Shane McMahon – 2-0
Shane McMahon’s first of his two WrestleMania victories came when he beat X-Pac to retain the European Championship at WrestleMania XV. Two years later, Shane O Mac beat his father, Vince McMahon, in a street fight with Mick Foley as the special guest referee. He provided us with his biggest WrestleMania moment in that match when he leaped coast to coast from the top rope to kick a trash can into the face of his father.
9. Tatanka – 2-0
Tatanka made his WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania VIII, having not lost a televised match in the then WWE and kept his winning streak alive by defeating Rick Martel. By the time the following year’s WrestleMania came around, Tatanka had remained undefeated on television and challenged Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental Title. He defeated the Heartbreak Kid via countout to keep his winning streak intact, but left without the belt.
8. Terry Funk – 2-0
At the second ever WrestleMania, Terry Funk teamed up with his brother Dory to defeat Junkyard Dog and Tito Santana. After several years away from the WWE, Funk returned in 1998 and under the Chainsaw Charlie gimmick teamed up with Cactus Jack to defeat the New Age Outlaws for the Tag Team Titles in the first and only dumpster match in the promotion’s history. Despite being one of the biggest names in the history of the business, Funk was really just an afterthought at the WrestleManias he competed in.
7. Virgil – 2-0
After Virgil served for “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase for several years, the two were involved in a feud that culminated with a match at WrestleMania VII with Virgil picking up the win via count-out while DiBiase was distracted by “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. The following year Virgil teamed up with the Big Boss Man, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, and Sgt. Slaughter to defeat Repo Man, The Mountie and The Nasty Boys in a match that lasted less than five minutes and ended with Virgil pinning Brian Knobs after he was accidentally knocked out by his own partner, Jerry Sags.
6. Rick Rude – 2-0-1
“Ravishing” Rick Rude is the only member of this list to have not won all of his WrestleMania matches but remain undefeated. At WrestleMania IV, Rude wrestled Jake “the Snake” Roberts to a 15 minute time limit draw. The following year Rude picked up his first WrestleMania victory by defeating the Ultimate Warrior for the Intercontinental Title. At Wrestlemania VI he stayed undefeated by beating Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka in a match that lasted less than four minutes.
5. AJ Lee – 2-0
The recently retired WWE Diva picked up her first WrestleMania win at WrestleMania XXX when she won the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational over Tamina, Naomi, the Bella twins, Natalya, Emma, Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes, Layla, Aksana, Eva Marie, Cameron, and Summer Rae after making Naomi submit.
At this past year’s WrestleMania, AJ Lee remained unbeaten when she teamed with Paige to defeat the Bella twins after Lee forced Nikki Bell to submit. She would retire just a few days later.
4. Mr. T – 2-0
The actor played a key role in each of the first two WrestleManias. At the inaugural event, Mr. T teamed up with Hulk Hogan to defeat “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. The following year, Mr. T battled Piper in a boxing match and picked up the victory via disqualification after being bodyslammed at 1:15 of the fourth round. Come to think of it, is there any celebrity that isn’t undefeated at WrestleMania?
3. Chyna – 3-0
Chyna didn’t really start getting significant in-ring action until 1999, after spending a couple of years primarily as a valet/bodyguard to Triple H.
“The Ninth Wonder of the World” picked up her first win on wrestling’s biggest stage at WrestleMania 2000 where she teamed up with Too Cool to defeat the Radicalz after she pinned Eddie Guerrero.
One year later, Chyna remained undefeated at WrestleMania by easily defeating Ivory for the Women’s Title and shortly thereafter she departed the WWE.
2. Cesaro – 1-0
Given that the WWE doesn’t count Van Dam’s pre-show loss at WrestleMania, there’s a good bet that they don’t count any of Cesaro’s pre-show matches either. Cesaro and Jack Swagger lost a four team elimination match for the Tag Team Titles in a pre-show match at WrestleMania XXX, but during the actual event, Cesaro won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
At WrestleMania 31, Cesaro and Tyson Kidd successfully defended the Tag Team Titles in a fatal four-way pre-show match and then Cesaro lost the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal which this time was relegated to the pre-show as well.
So to summarize, Cesaro is 1-0 at WrestleMania, but 1-2 at WrestleMania pre-show matches which the WWE doesn’t count against him, and his lone WrestleMania win that does count came in a match that he would go on to lose the following year when it didn’t count. So for now he remains undefeated at WrestleMania, we think.
1. Rob Van Dam – 4-0
With The Undertaker’s streak dead, the longest active WrestleMania undefeated streak belongs to Rob Van Dam. RVD picked up his first WrestleMania win with a victory over William Regal for the Intercontinental title at Wrestlemania X-8.
Two years later, he teamed with Booker T to successfully defend their Tag Team titles in a fatal four way match. At Wrestlemania 22, he became Mr. Money in the Bank when he won just the second Money in the Bank ladder match. Van Dam’s last Wrestlemania victory came at Wrestlemania 23 when he teamed up with fellow ECW Originals Tommy Dreamer, Sabu, and Sandman to defeat The New Breed, with Van Dam pinning Matt Striker for the win.
Technically, Van Dam does have a WrestleMania loss on his belt, having lost a match for the Tag Team Titles, while partnered with Kane, against Lance Storm and “Chief of Staff” Sean Morley on the pre-show of WrestleMania XIX. However, the WWE, doesn’t count that loss against his WrestleMania record as the match didn’t take place on the official card.
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