From No DQ to the Boneyard Match- Best WrestleMania Matches of The Undertaker

Published 03/31/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
The Undertaker vs Kane during Wrestle Mania XX at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

We’re just days away from WrestleMania, and when we’re on the Road to WrestleMania, how can we not talk about The Undertaker? His name is synonymous with the ‘Show of Shows!’ Today, we check out the Top-5 WrestleMania matches of the ‘Phenom.’


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The Undertaker vs Kane (WrestleMania XIV)


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WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2021 inductee, Kane made his WWE debut at In Your House: Bad Blood in 1997. He attacked his brother, The Undertaker, with a demonic Tombstone Piledriver.

Despite this, Taker refrained from facing his brother as he didn’t want to fight his own flesh and blood. The ‘Phenom‘ finally caved and fought his brother for the first time at the ‘Showcase of the Immortals’ in 1998.

Paul Bearer was on Kane’s side and did his best so the ‘Demon’ could inflict the most pain on Taker. The Undertaker finally won the match after 3 Tombstones!

The Undertaker vs Ric Flair (WrestleMania X8)

The Undertaker faced the 16-time World Champion Ric Flair at WrestleMania X8 in a No Disqualification Match. It was after this match that WWE began acknowledging Taker’s undefeated streak as he reached 10-0. Both Taker and Flair took each other to the extremes, fully using the No DQ stipulation.

The match had fun moments, like Arn Anderson coming in and hitting Undertaker with the Spinebuster. It seemed like that would be the end, but Taker was never one to give up so easily.

He got back and put away the ‘Nature Boy’ with a devastating Tombstone Piledriver. The effects of the match truly showed on both men’s faces.

The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania 25)

Undertaker and Shawn Michaels restarted their rivalry from the 90s on the Road to WrestleMania 25. HBK vowed to break Taker’s streak and make it 17-1.

Everything about their match at Mania 25 was awe-inspiring. Their entrances, the entire emotion, storytelling, and action just made it a perfect match.

The neck and neck contest between both men had fans in splits over who would walk out the victor. The end for Michaels came when Taker caught him in mid-air when he attempted a moonsault. The ‘Deadman’ then hit him with a Tombstone Piledriver and extended his streak to 18-0.

An iconic battle- Taker vs HHH (WrestleMania XXVII)

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 03: Triple H and Undertaker battle during their WWE No Holds Barred Match at ‘WrestleMania 27’ at the Georgia World Congress Center on April 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

After ending Shawn Michaels’ career at WrestleMania XXVI, The Undertaker fought HBK’s best friend Triple H at WrestleMania XXVII in a No Disqualification match.

The rivalry began in iconic fashion, and the match was the perfect end to it. Both men went above and beyond with their performances. This wasn’t just a match, but more.

The entire Georgia Dome skipped a heartbeat when Triple H hit Taker with a Tombstone Piledriver! In the end, the ‘Phenom’ prevailed! The two fought again the following year in another iconic match, often dubbed as the ‘End of an Era.’

Boneyard Match (WrestleMania 36)

The Undertaker wrote the final chapter of his 3-decade-long career at WrestleMania 36. He fought ‘The Phenomenal’ AJ Styles in a Boneyard Match. Although the two were scheduled for an in-ring match, the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to take the cinematic route.


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The cinematic route of the Boneyard Match paid off as fans loved it. The Undertaker looked like his former self and silenced all critics who were gunning for an end to his tenure over the past few years.

This match had everything from the story to the performance. We saw all highlights of Taker’s personas in this iconic match.

These were our picks for The Undertaker’s Top-5 WrestleMania matches? Which are your Top-5 matches of the ‘Phenom’ at Mania? Let us know in the comments below!


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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.