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John SpartanJohn Spartan *
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United States Champion4 years agoLikeReply
 
What I've wondered for quite some time is at what point someone really figured out Taker had the streak going and basically decided it would never end. Well I suppose it could end but I can't for the life of me imagine the streak will end unless Taker volunteers it, I just can't see Vince/HHH telling him "you're gonna lose this time"

I guess as a related question, when was the last time any of us had a realistic chance of thinking this would be the year it stops. I suppose for me it would have been X-Seven with HHH. The streak was only at 8-0 by then and HHH was in his prime then. Stopping it now would almost seem a travesty, but 5 or 8 in a row (back then) isn't nearly the momentous feat that 20+ now is.
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  MRUNHOLYIntercontinental Champion4 years agoLikeReply
  
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Originally Posted by John Spartan
What I've wondered for quite some time is at what point someone really figured out Taker had the streak going and basically decided it would never end. Well I suppose it could end but I can't for the life of me imagine the streak will end unless Taker volunteers it, I just can't see Vince/HHH telling him "you're gonna lose this time"

I guess as a related question, when was the last time any of us had a realistic chance of thinking this would be the year it stops. I suppose for me it would have been X-Seven with HHH. The streak was only at 8-0 by then and HHH was in his prime then. Stopping it now would almost seem a travesty, but 5 or 8 in a row (back then) isn't nearly the momentous feat that 20+ now is.

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I agree Taker's streak at WM should never be broken but don't be surpirsed if one day it does come to an end and while I think if for some reason Taker and Taker alone would go to Vince or HHH and say let this person end the streak is the only way it should end if Taker wants it to end.
 JerichoholicX Division Champion4 years agoLikeReply
 

I think Randy Orton was the turning point. Without considering the future value in a streak, the right move was for Orton to win. By not having Orton winning, WWE sent out a message that they were getting behind the Streak.
Apart from that, Streak vs Career was the only time since then I thought the Streak might have been in jeopardy.
 
 TechnodromeTechnodromeIcon4 years agoLikeReply
 
Favorite Undertaker match = Ground Zero Hell in a Cell vs. Shawn Michaels 1997
Favorite Undertaker feud = Tied between Kane and Kurt Angle
Favorite Holy sh## moment = When Big Show choke slammed him through the ring on Raw
Favorite look = 2007

I think his last 3 Wrestlemania opponents should be Cena, Y2J, and Bray Wyatt with Bray beating the streak.  I think Bray is the perfect opponent to pass the torch to because the man scares you for reals.  Undertaker has no doubt left huge shoes to fill with his impressive career.   
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 Quintus L. BatiatusQuintus L. BatiatusIntercontinental Champion4 years agoLikeReply
 
Out of all the matches in the streak...the one with Snuka will always be my fave. To be a kid and to watch him take apart Snuka who was one of my fave wrestlers back then was amazing. Who would of thought from that day the streak would still be going.

Good blog...I'm enjoying your series but you still need to work on putting videos for the key moments you're talking about it will make the presentation better and stand out more.

When writing your blog...

Right click on the YT video
Click COPY embed code
Click the HTML link on your blog
Right click PASTE to add the embed code on your blog
Click on DESIGN/PREVIEW and you should see the video right there.

Simples.






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Herr NitestalkerHerr Nitestalker *
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The Undertaker has had the single greatest gimmick in the history of professional wrestling...  Irregardless of the stats of the streak, or how many belts he's carried or anything else like that...  This was a guy that came from WCW... he came to WWE with a unique look.... Vince in his infinite wisdom came up with a character and the rest is history...  The undertaker has survived almost 25 years of longevity and is still over with the fans...  Sure Hogan was huge, and I think Austin made a better champion,  but overall his gimmick has stood for 25 years and should be a testament to how a good gimmick can carry a wrestler through his career... Looking back the only person who comes close... Even though there are many wrestlers who have achieved lots, Like Rock, Austin, and Foley just to name 3...  But the only one who comes close in terms of longevity is Hogan.... But I think most of us can agree that Hogan's career has achieved the rank of pathetic the last few years... perhaps even 10...  It's like trying to get water from a stone, or beating a dead horse, once it's done, it's done... Hogan continues to rely on his name and legacy to continue to make himself money, which I cant blame him for... However when one resorts to donning a thong to sit on a motorcycle to make some money, one has to question... has this wrestler reached the point of patheticism in his career...  Whereas the Undertaker, although many may say that he should have retired years ago after his body started to break down, still carries the aura and respect that he deserves.. And I believe he knows that the end is near and he will not stay past that... I don't think that once he is done he will come back just for a paycheck or take another stab at glory...  Once Taker is done he will be done and he will take that respect with him for the rest of his life... That's why I say... the Undertaker is the single greatest gimmick of all time...  Perhaps not the greatest champion or performer... but the greatest gimmick for sure...
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  TheMan__X Division Champion4 years agoLikeReply
  
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The Undertaker has had the single greatest gimmick in the history of professional wrestling...  Irregardless of the stats of the streak, or how many belts he's carried or anything else like that...  This was a guy that came from WCW... he came to WWE with a unique look.... Vince in his infinite wisdom came up with a character and the rest is history...  The undertaker has survived almost 25 years of longevity and is still over with the fans...  Sure Hogan was huge, and I think Austin made a better champion,  but overall his gimmick has stood for 25 years and should be a testament to how a good gimmick can carry a wrestler through his career... Looking back the only person who comes close... Even though there are many wrestlers who have achieved lots, Like Rock, Austin, and Foley just to name 3...  But the only one who comes close in terms of longevity is Hogan.... But I think most of us can agree that Hogan's career has achieved the rank of pathetic the last few years... perhaps even 10...  It's like trying to get water from a stone, or beating a dead horse, once it's done, it's done... Hogan continues to rely on his name and legacy to continue to make himself money, which I cant blame him for... However when one resorts to donning a thong to sit on a motorcycle to make some money, one has to question... has this wrestler reached the point of patheticism in his career...  Whereas the Undertaker, although many may say that he should have retired years ago after his body started to break down, still carries the aura and respect that he deserves.. And I believe he knows that the end is near and he will not stay past that... I don't think that once he is done he will come back just for a paycheck or take another stab at glory...  Once Taker is done he will be done and he will take that respect with him for the rest of his life... That's why I say... the Undertaker is the single greatest gimmick of all time...  Perhaps not the greatest champion or performer... but the greatest gimmick for sure...
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TheMan says: Taker is a legend, but the gimmick has been stale since he turned back to being the Deadman. The gimmick has been stale for years. The Streak is what's keeping him relevant, not the stale gimmick. It's easier to keep the gimmick fresh when you've never been the main attraction and then become a one-match a year attraction. He's never around, so how exactly can people get tired of him?
 PhenomvsIconJobber4 years agoLikeReply
 
Nice blog. 

Thoughts:
1. This one still confuses me. I have rewatched this match countless times. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqiJDXiniig

At 14:18 - 14:24, you can clearly see Taker holding Bret Hart for Greg Valentine before he got back onto the apron, which means he must have tagged out. Yet he was counted out. The only explanation I can figure is that rules were different back then. Nowadays, if you're not legal, I don't think you can be counted out. Since he tagged out, Taker was not legal.  Nonetheless, a most dominant debut.

2. I agree. The Taker/Paul Bearer pairing remains my favorite wrestler/manager pairing. Their characters really allowed them to stand out as a unique pairing. Paul holding up the Urn when Taker was "in trouble", Taker saying Paul was his link between the real world and The Darkside, Paul doing most of the talking, allowing Taker to say 1 or 2 lines...

3. Definitely a highlight. The fact that he dominated Snuka the way he did, like Monsoon said at Survivor Series 1990, "Awesome is the only word I think can think of to describe this Undertaker."

4. Also a highlight. This happened when Hogan, despite losing to Warrior a year earlier at WM6 was still thought to be unbeatable, immortal, everyone's hero, etc and Taker not only beat him, he pretty much dominated the match. Considering Taker's success, I personally thought this would have taken place earlier than Survivor Series. Interestingly enough, Taker came in as the heel, but as the match went on, he was being cheered as the people got behind this emotionless, dark character.

5. I don't know if I'd call this a highlight. I guess it was a turning point of sorts. Aside from the face turn leading to the first Casket (then called Coffin) match, and adding Snake Roberts as Taker called him to The Streak, the turn wasn't really a highlight, IMO. It lead to some really pointless feuds and matches with limited guys. Berzerker, Damien Demento, Kamala, Gonzalez, which if Taker was still a heel, doubt he'd face off with these guys.

6. While his feud with Yokozuna not being his greatest feud, I enjoyed it. Not the matches themselves. But for Taker's promos leading up to The Rumble along with the post-match speech that's still talked about today. His Survivor Series 1994 match with Yoko.....after the match was over, the closing shot was Taker flipping his hair back and the camera closing in on his eyes-rolled face. That shot is legendary as it's always shown in Taker highlights and has been a part of a number of his entrance videos,. It's the opening shot of his current one following that blue line.

7. Bad feud. Bad match, Best parts? The entrance and the three Tombstone's. 

8. Already spoke of Survivor Series 94 so I'll talk about #9 here. One of Taker's (and Foley's) best feuds. Would make a great Rivalries set one day. 

10. The build to Kane's debut along with his rivalry was some of the best TV's, especially in that specific year. WWE apparently liked it as they kept the rivalry going until 2010.

11. Taker's HIAC match with Foley is legendary, If there was ever a HOF candidate for matches, this would be an obvious lock to headline it like Bruno Sammartino did last year.
As legendary as it is though, it kinda makes their other matches underrated. They may not be as legendary, but their matches at KOTR 96, The Boiler Room Brawl at Summerslam which had Paul Bearer betray Taker, Survivor Series which was Taker's rebirth as he had a Batman-like entrance and was in an all black costume without gloves on his hands, and the first ever Buried Alive match which had Taker's purple hand come out in the end after a lighting bolt, were all great in their own way as they all featured something memorable.

12. Taker described his Ministry days as a low point because it allowed him to join up with The Mcmahons meaning whatever went on with Taker revolved around The Mcmahons. Watch My Yard for proof of this.

Jeff Hardy.....Taker's always been good at elevating talent, regardless of who wind and who loses. Hardy's a good example. Kennedy's another good example. He feuded with Taker in 2006. The yhad three straight PPV matches together. The first two times, Kennedy beat Taker in controversial fashion. The last time they met in 2006, Taker won a Last Ride match. Yet a tthe following PPV, The Royal Rumble, Kennedy got his first Title shot and at WM23 that year, he won MITB.

13. Taker, who the IWC often criticize for not jobbing to anyone or at least they used to, jobbed to Lesnar more than anyone during Lesnar's first run in WWE. So what happaned next? Instead of Lesnar repaying the favor, he takes his ball and walks out on a multi-million dollar contract, talks negatively about Taker saying he'll rip his arm and beat him with it, and now he's back in WWE after all that. 

14. The Hybrid persona is the longest persona of his career. Like all his other personas, I happen to like it. Only downside to The Hybrid? Paul Bearer wasn't with him for very long. If he was here, he;d do most of the talking with Taker providing the last 1-2 lines just like the old days.

15. Orton was the first guy to challenge The Streak and claim he'd end it. That's been the focal point for every WM going forward since then. Orton, Batista, Edge, HHH, HBK, Punk, they all tried.....and failed.

16. The Taker/Batista feud in 2007 was the feud of the year. And for good reason. Like Michael Cole said, it showed the evolution and adaptation of Taker while showing the maturation of The Animal, Batista.

17. The HIAC match between Taker and Edge did what it was supposed to - end the 2008 feud between them. I just feel like Punk's return in 2011, Taker's return in 2008 was a bit early and didn't allow the banishment or in Punk's case, the leaving WWE angle play out as effectively as it should have. If it were up to me, Taker's return to finish his feud with Edge would have been at Survivor Series or Armageddon.

I would have put The Streak under one highlight instead of spreading them out over 3 numbers (3, 17, 20) added agility, evolution/adaptation, longest-running gimmick (you covered ABA and Deadman, but never mentioned taker has the longest gimmick in history), backstage rep/respect/locker room leader as highlights 

As for Titles, I always saw Taker as a guy who never needed Titles. I feel he just beat Hogan for the Title because when they first met, Hogan just happened to be The Champion and being that it was a major PPV, they put the Title on the line. Even if Taker was never World Champion once, it wouldn't mean his legacy would be diminished. Look at Mr. Perfect and Jake Roberts.Despite never being World Champions once, Jake's remembered and has been requested by many to be in the HOF and Mr. Perfect is a HOF'er.

As for streaks/records, Taker's got three other ones. A record for having the longest gimmick if you wanna think of that as a record, never losing a televised match in the 90's (till he lost to Hogan in 1991 at the Tuesday In Texas PPV in December), and having the most appearances at WM out of everyone on the roster, which during this time he defeated both members of the original DX and all four members of Evolution.

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