The Undertaker has undoubtedly the greatest WWE career of all time. Spanning an incredible 26 years, his incomparable legacy has saw him win championships, steal the show and win 21 consecutive matches on the biggest stage imaginable. We all remember that time he won his first WWE Championship in 1991 and when he wrestled his brother Kane in the first ever Inferno Match in 1998. And who could ever forget that time both he and Shawn Michaels stole the show at WrestleMania in 2009?
But, as you'd expect from a three decade long career, there are some equally as amazing moments that you might not remember. So, let's delve back into the Deadman's career and look at some of his greatest moments that you might have forgotten.
1. The Deadman Meets Nailz
Event: WWF Superstars (October 24th, 1992)
Back in 1992, deranged superstar Nailz refused to leave the ring, and ended up getting confronted by the Deadman himself — who was due to have a match in that very ring. The Undertaker was un-phased by Nailz and eventually stared him out of the ring. This intriguing staredown was supposed to lead to a match between the two but unfortunately it never happened. But it's still one heck of a moment though!
2. Undertaker Joins The All-Americans
Event: WWF Superstars (November 13th, 1993)
After Tatanka was taken out, the All-Americans Lex Luger and the Steiner Brothers needed a fourth member for their Survivor Series team. The moment they announced the Undertaker as their new partner, the arena exploded with cheers. Plus, it was so cool to see the Undertaker open his coat to reveal the American flag on the inside. Perhaps a little foreshadowing of the American Badass within.
3. Coming Oh So Close To Gold
Event: Royal Rumble 1996
We know Bret Hart and Undertaker collided at SummerSlam in 1997 but they also fought on PPV a year earlier when the Undertaker almost defeated Bret Hart to win the WWE Championship. Diesel's interference sparked the Lord of Darkness's iconic rivalry with the big man and the two squared off at WrestleMania 12.
4. When He Faced Off Against Sycho Sid
Event: RAW (February 17, 1997)
When Sycho Sid won the WWE Championship from Bret Hart, it wasn't long before he got up close and personal with the No. 1 Contender as the Undertaker marched to the ring and let the monstrous Sid know what he was in for. The two giants stared each into each other's eyes, none of them flinching, and we knew we were in for a gargantuan championship match at WrestleMania 13.
5. The Deadman's Pipebomb
Event: RAW IS WAR (June 1, 1998)
You think CM Punk was the first to drop a verbal pipebomb? Not at all. Back in 1998, the Undertaker marched out to the ring in normal clothes and demanded a title shot from Vince McMahon, telling it like it is and reminding us all what he did for the company.
6. The Second Inferno Match
Event: RAW IS WAR (February 22, 1999)
We all remember the iconic Inferno Match in 1998 between the Undertaker and Kane, but do you remember the rematch that took place on RAW less than a year later? When Undertaker's Ministry Of Darkness went after Mr. McMahon, Vince hoped Kane would destroy his brother inside the ring of fire. While the match wasn't quite as amazing as the first one, it was still an unbelievable spectacle and is still the only one that ever took place on RAW.
7. Where To, Stephanie?
Event: Backlash 1999
Our first of three times the Deadman took great pleasure in driving his targets to their fate. After stalking Stephanie McMahon throughout 1999, the Undertaker finally commandeered her limo, snapping his head around to face her asking, "Where to, Stephanie?" as he cackled sadistically.
8. When He Was Handcuffed To His Own Symbol
Event: RAW IS WAR (May 17, 1999)
You remember the iconic image of Stone Cold Steve Austin tied to the Undertaker's symbol as the Lord of Darkness posed below, but what about that time Austin tied Taker to his own symbol? As he ascended into the sky, the Deadman began to laugh demonically and the arena descended into darkness. Goosebumps.
9. Buried Alive On The Blue Brand
Event: SmackDown! (September 9, 1999)
There have only ever been five Buried Alive matches in WWE history, so the fact that one of them took place on SmackDown! is reason alone for this moment to be on the list. The Undertaker and Big Show successfully recaptured their Tag Team Championships from Mankind and the Rock in a highly entertaining fight that ironically featured the two competitors from the first Buried Alive match — Taker and Mankind.
10. A Badass First Impression
Event: RAW IS WAR (May 22, 2000)
The Undertaker made his American Badass debut by raising some hell at Judgment Day. But, the next night on RAW, he raised some more hell, destroying the McMahon-Helmsley regime before circling the ring on his motorcycle, threatening to run over anyone in his way. The big dog had returned to reclaim his yard.
11. The Brothers Of Destruction Era Begins
Event: SmackDown! (January 25, 2001)
The beginning of 2001 saw the face Undertaker coming to the rescue of the heel Kane and vice versa, making us all wonder if the brothers had formed an unholy alliance. Suddenly fans started to cheer Kane again, especially when he aided the the Undertaker against Haku and Rikishi on this episode of SmackDown!. And as the Undertaker raised Kane's hand, we all got our answer — the Brothers of Destruction were back together!
12. Standing Up To The Two Man Power Trip
Event: RAW IS WAR (April 26, 2001)
Do you remember how that iconic rivalry between the Brothers of Destruction and the Two Man Power Trip started? Austin and Triple H were busy destroying everyone, claiming they were the most dominant force in WWE and the Undertaker and Kane took exception to that and stood up to these bullies, saving Lita in the process. An amazing moment that received an incredible ovation.
13. Hello, Boys!
Event: SmackDown (May 03, 2001)
I think you know where this one is going. When Austin and Triple H injured Kane and destroyed Deadman Inc.'s motorcycle, the Undertaker decimated Austin so brutally, the Rattlesnake needed an ambulance. But our favorite Deadman just loves his vehicles, so he had no problem taking over the role as ambulance driver, hilariously shouting "Hello boys!" before pummeling Austin some more.
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14. When He Sent Brock Lesnar For A Ride
Event: SmackDown (October 16, 2003)
Brock Lesnar thought he was being clever by ambushing the Undertaker from behind and dragging him out to the arena with a steel chain. But Big Evil got the better of the Beast and sent him for what is quite possibly the sickest chokeslam in WWE history.
15. That Time He Almost Won The WWE Title, But Not From The Champion
Event: SmackDown (August 26, 2004)
When an injured JBL couldn't compete, GM Teddy Long forced his henchman Orlando Jordon to defend JBL's WWE Championship against the Undertaker. And for a moment, it really looked like the Deadman was going to win the Championship for a 5th time, but unfortunately JBL got the match thrown out. But the Undertaker made him pay.
16. When He Was Ambushed By Old Friends
Event: SmackDown (September 16, 2004)
JBL turned to some of the Deadman's old friends to stop him in 2004 and I remember watching in shock as Gangrel and Viscera returned to ambush the Undertaker. But the Phenom didn't go down without a fight, sitting up and taking on Viscera, Gangrel and Orlando Jordan before JBL took him down.
17. The Non PPV Match With Randy Orton
Event: SmackDown (September 16th 2005)
We all remember the amazing rivalry between Undertaker and Randy Orton that took place throughout 2005. Their WrestleMania 21 match was legendary and their Hell In A Cell match was the perfect hellacious conclusion that the rivalry deserved. But the two also had an incredible match in September of that year which main-evented SmackDown. The Ortons even brought out an Undertaker mannequin, but nothing would stop the Undertaker from winning this one.
18. Ambushed By The Viper
Event: SmackDown (December 16, 2005)
Undertaker got so deep inside Orton's head that the young star finally snapped and brutally ambushed him, proving he wasn't just another kid for the Deadman to destroy inside Hell In A Cell. For this one very brief moment, we actually thought Orton might do it. But the Undertaker would make him pay inside the Cell. This was the kind of brutality that made the Ruthless Aggression era thrived on.
19. Saving Kane From A Double Team
Event: SmackDown (November 17, 2006)
When Kane found himself on the wrong end of double beatdown by MVP and Mr. Kennedy, the Undertaker came to rescue his little brother. While Kennedy got away, MVP suffered the wrath of the Brothers of Destruction, getting a double chokeslam. An underrated moment in a long line of Undertaker and Kane memories.
20. That Time He Completely Snapped After A First Blood Match
Event: Survivor Series 2006
Mr. Kennedy thought a cheap win over Undertaker in a First Blood match was enough to end the Phenom's career. Mr Kennedy was wrong. An enraged Deadman rose, more aggressive than ever and pummeled the bloody Kennedy, delivering the most horrifying steel chair shot in WWE history. A bloody Undertaker is a scary Undertaker.
21. No DQ With An Old Rival
Event: SmackDown (April 25, 2008)
Undertaker and Batista had five amazing matches throughout 2007 and an enjoyable enough clash at TLC in 2009, but we often overlook the brutal No DQ match that the two had on SmackDown back in 2008. The two men were involved in separate rivalries at the time, but the old rivals still tore each other apart.
22. Buckle Up, Teddy!
Event: SmackDown (September 18, 2009)
Hell hath no fury like a Deadman scorned. When GM Teddy Long screwed the Undertaker out of the World Championship, the Phenom retaliated by taking control of Teddy's limousine. The undead chauffeur hilariously remarked "Buckle up Teddy!" as he drove the vehicle out of the arena. Don't cross the Deadman!
23. Righting The Wrongs Of Breaking Point
Event: SmackDown (October 23, 2009)
I think we'd all rather forget WWE's attempt at rehashing 1997's Montreal Screwjob at 2009's Breaking Point where Teddy Long, referee Scott Armstrong and CM Punk screwed Undertaker out of the World Championship. However, the silver lining was the great rematch that took place a few weeks later on SmackDown where the Deadman defended his recently won Title against Punk in the same match with the same ref. Despite nearly being screwed again, Undertaker defied the odds and retained the championship, laying the Montreal Screwjob 2.0 to rest for good.
24. Finally Besting Kane
Event: SmackDown (October 1, 2010)
Undertaker and Kane's 2010 rivalry wasn't their best but there were some amazing moments in there, especially after the beaten Undertaker reunited with Paul Bearer. With Bearer and the Urn back by his side, a revitalized Phenom was finally able to get some payback on Kane — who was unstoppable at this time — as the two brawled throughout the arena. It was also a special moment as it was the last time the Undertaker bowed to Paul Bearer before Bearer's untimely death in 2013.
25. Getting Revenge For An Old Friend
Event: RAW (March 25, 2013)
When Undertaker's longtime friend Paul Bearer passed away, WWE honored his memory by featuring him in the Phenom's WrestleMania 29 storyline, which saw CM Punk take the Urn to play mind games with Undertaker. But the Deadman snapped and unleashed an aggression we hadn't seen in quite some time, when he appeared out of the darkness on RAW and unloaded on Punk. He would pay the ultimate tribute to Bearer by defeating Punk at Mania, reclaiming the Urn and bowing to it, in front of 80,000 people.
26. When The Turncoat Druids Got Burned
Event: RAW (November 16, 2015)
Last year, the Undertaker and Kane re-emerged from the darkness in one of RAW's most memorable moments ever. The following week the Brothers of Destruction cut their first live promo together on RAW in 15 years. And when rivals the Wyatt Family tried to play mind games by taking control of the Undertaker's druids, the Brothers of Destruction responded by destroying each of the sheep mask-wearing traitors. It was incredible to see the brothers enter together the ring side by side and destroy anything that moved.
There you have it, some of the lesser-known but equally as awesome moments from the Undertaker's iconic career. In such a lengthy run at the top, it's understandable that some moments may fall under the radar, but that doesn't mean these awesome encounters aren't worth remembering — because they are!
26 years into his legendary career, the Undertaker is still taking souls and digging holes. And with him officially being back, expect to see many more awe-inspiring and underrated moments added to a long list of incredible memories from the Phenom, the Undertaker.
What is your favorite Undertaker moment? Let us know in the comments!
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