The Streak (Wrestling)

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The Undertaker

The Streak{{#tag:ref|Along with WWE, multiple news outlets have dubbed this run of victories as "The Streak".[1] was a series of 21 straight victories for professional wrestler The Undertaker (Mark Calaway) at WWE's premier annual event, WrestleMania. It began at WrestleMania VII in 1991 when he beat Jimmy Snuka, with the final win coming against CM Punk at WrestleMania 29 in 2013; The Undertaker was absent from WrestleMania X (1994) and WrestleMania 2000, owing to injury.[2][3] Overall, he defeated 18 men during The Streak, which included three bouts with Triple H and two each opposite Kane and Shawn Michaels

Background[change | change source]

The current official WrestleMania logo

WrestleMania[change | change source]

WrestleMania is the premier annual event of the largest professional wrestling promotion in the United States, WWE. Formed as a counter to Jim Crockett Promotions' successful Starrcade event, WrestleMania I was broadcast to one million nationwide via closed-circuit television and pay-per-view. WrestleMania's widespread success helped transform the sport of professional wrestling and made WWE the most successful wrestling promotion in the world, prompting WWE to promote the event as the "Super Bowl of sports entertainment".[4]

The Undertaker[change | change source]

Born Mark William Calaway on March 24, 1965 in Houston, Texas, The Undertaker is an American professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE, where he has worked since 1990, making him the company's longest-tenured in-ring performer. Calaway began his wrestling career with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) in 1984. After wrestling for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as "Mean" Mark Callous from 1989 to 1990, he signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE) in 1990. In WWE, The Undertaker is a seven-time world champion, having won the WWF/E Championship four times and the World Heavyweight Championship three times, as well as the winner of the 2007 Royal Rumble. He is recognized as the fourth youngest WWF/E Champion in history, having won the title aged 26 years, 8 months, and 3 days.[5]

Match statistics[change | change source]

Undefeated WrestleMania streak of The Undertaker[6]
Streak Date Match time Venue Note
1–0
Jimmy Snuka
March 24, 1991
WrestleMania VII
4:20
Pinfall
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
Los Angeles, California
2–0
Jake Roberts
April 5, 1992
WrestleMania VIII
6:36
Pinfall
Hoosier Dome
Indianapolis, Indiana
3–0
Giant González
April 4, 1993
WrestleMania IX
7:33
Disqualification
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas, Nevada
4–0
King Kong Bundy
April 2, 1995
WrestleMania XI
6:36
Pinfall
Hartford Civic Center
Hartford, Connecticut
5–0
Diesel
March 31, 1996
WrestleMania XII
16:46
Pinfall
Arrowhead Pond
Anaheim, California
6–0
Sycho Sid
March 23, 1997
WrestleMania 13
21:19
Pinfall
Rosemont Horizon
Rosemont, Illinois
This was for the WWF Championship
7–0
Kane
March 29, 1998
WrestleMania XIV
16:58
Pinfall
Fleet Center
Boston, Massachusetts
8–0
Big Boss Man
March 28, 1999
WrestleMania XV
9:48
Pinfall
First Union Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This was a Hell in a Cell match
9–0
Triple H
April 1, 2001
WrestleMania X-Seven
18:17
Pinfall
Reliant Astrodome
Houston, Texas
10–0
Ric Flair
March 17, 2002
WrestleMania X8
18:47
Pinfall
SkyDome
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
This was a no disqualification match
11–0
A-Train and Big Show
March 30, 2003
WrestleMania XIX
9:45
Pinfall
Safeco Field
Seattle, Washington
This was a 2-on-1 handicap match
12–0
Kane
March 14, 2004
WrestleMania XX
7:45
Pinfall
Madison Square Garden
New York City, New York
13–0
Randy Orton
April 3, 2005
WrestleMania 21
14:14
Pinfall
Staples Center
Los Angeles, California
The first time the Undertaker was challenged explicitly to end The Streak. This was also where The Streak was given its name.
14–0
Mark Henry
April 2, 2006
WrestleMania 22
9:26
Casket
Allstate Arena
Rosemont, Illinois
This was a casket match
15–0
Batista
April 1, 2007
WrestleMania 23
15:47
Pinfall
Ford Field
Detroit, Michigan
This was for the World Heavyweight Championship
16–0
Edge
March 30, 2008
WrestleMania XXIV
24:03
Submission
Citrus Bowl
Orlando, Florida
This was for the World Heavyweight Championship
17–0
Shawn Michaels
April 5, 2009
WrestleMania XXV
30:44
Pinfall
Reliant Stadium
Houston, Texas
18–0
Shawn Michaels
March 28, 2010
WrestleMania XXVI
23:59
Pinfall
University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Arizona
This was a No disqualification streak vs. career match
19–0
Triple H
April 3, 2011
WrestleMania XXVII
29:24
Submission
Georgia Dome
Atlanta, Georgia
This was a No Holds Barred match
20–0
Triple H
April 1, 2012
WrestleMania XXVIII
30:50
Pinfall
Sun Life Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
This was a Hell in a Cell match with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee
21–0
CM Punk
April 7, 2013
WrestleMania 29
22:07
Pinfall
MetLife Stadium
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Brock Lesnar wore merchandise celebrating the end of The Streak

Following the Undertaker's WrestleMania XXX loss to Lesnar, he had further matches at the annual event against Bray Wyatt (WrestleMania 31),[7] Shane McMahon (WrestleMania 32),[8] Roman Reigns (WrestleMania 33)[9] and John Cena (WrestleMania 34),[10] winning all but the Reigns encounter.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Undertaker". WWE. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  2. Shoemaker, David (August 14, 2014). "What's at Stake When John Cena Wrestles Brock Lesnar at 'SummerSlam'". Grantland. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  3. Woodward, Buck (January 29, 2011). "Undertaker, Royal Rumble, Vickie Guerrero and more". PWInsider. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  4. "The Home of the Jets and the Giants Will Become Body Slam Central for a Night". The New York Times. 6 April 2013. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  5. Powers, Kevin (9 August 2013). "10 youngest WWE Champions ever". www.wwe.com/. WWE Official Website. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  6. "WrestleMania Cards". www.profightdb.com/. The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 24 December 2014.
  7. Caldwell, James (March 29, 2015). "CALDWELL'S WM31 PPV RESULTS 3/29: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of WWE World Title match, Taker's return, Sting vs. Triple H, Cena vs. Rusev, Rock/UFC surprise, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  8. Caldwell, James. "4/3 WrestleMania 32 PPV Results – CALDWELL'S Complete Live Report on Mainland PPV". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  9. Burdick, Michael. "Roman Reigns def. The Undertaker". WWE. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  10. Benigno, Anthony. "The Undertaker def. John Cena". WWE. Retrieved April 8, 2018.