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Undertaker completed his 25 years in the wrestling industry this week. Over the years, he has been seen in avatars that speak of the dead man going alive. Sometimes he was buried, set on fire and locked in caskets for upbringing a real fearless character. Here are 10 greatest moments from Undertaker's WWE career.
From the solid ghastliness of the Boiler Room Brawl to the dismal bad dream of the Last Ride Match, The Undertaker contended in more peculiar sessions, where few were as contorted as the Buried Alive Match. Initially pursued at In Your House 11 in October of 1996, the session set The Deadman against his long-lasting adversary Mankind in a fight that must be won by covering rival under six feet of soil. The Deadman stayed covered inside of snippets of the soil being tramped down, an electrical discharge broke over Indianapolis' Market Square Arena and Undertaker's hand burst through the ground. From that night forward, the message was clear - ain't no grave that can hold this body.
One of WWE's excellent storybook stories, the 1991 wedding between "Macho Man" Randy Savage and his woman affection Miss Elizabeth was romantic to the point that it was charged as "The Match Made in Heaven." But the August ceremony of these ring legends soon turned horrendous when The Undertaker and Jake "The Snake" Roberts attacked their gathering. To start with surprise as to stun the cheerful couple a venomous snake was hidden in toaster stoves they gifted as wedding displays, The Undertaker and his debilitated partner raged into the corridor and battered Savage in his gold tuxedo before threatening the shouting lady with a dangerous cobra. Curved and horrifying, it was an awful assault that conveyed a dim end to one of WWE's brightest days.
The most significant thing The Undertaker learned from Jake Roberts during their brief alliance was the power of shock. The Snake knew how to psychologically toy with his rivals and he was able to pass these dark gifts onto The Deadman's Royal Rumble bout with Bret "Hitman" Hart. It was in the closing moments of Big Daddy Cool's Steel Cage Match with Hart when it happened. As the big man attempted to stop his opponent from escaping, the ring suddenly opened up like the mouth of hell and The Undertaker appeared, grabbing Diesel's leg and dragging him down into the hole. As confident and intimidating as Diesel was, the former WWE Champion looked truly terrified as The Undertaker pulled him through the ring and into the nightmare of some unknown fate.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship was Brock Lesnar's to lose at WWE Battleground 2015: The Beast had his sniveling usurper, Seth Rollins, dead to rights after an absolute mauling that left The Architect on his last legs. But before Brock could reclaim the prestigious championship, his assault was cut short by the tolling of a gong and the reappearance of The Phenom. In his first confrontation with Lesnar since their fateful WrestleMania 30 match, The Deadman left no doubts as to why he had returned, spiking his Conqueror into the ground with a Tombstone and setting the stage for the final act of their decade-spanning rivalry.
The Undertaker confronted what was maybe his most noteworthy test yet when he conflicted with the unhinged Sid for the WWE Championship at 1997's WrestleMania 13. A genuine war of steady loss, the almost 7-footers battered one another for the majority of 20 minutes before Bret "Hit Man" Hart - a foe of about everybody in WWE at the time - raged the ring and diverted Sid, permitting The Demon from Death Valley to nail a Tombstone for the triumph and his first real title following #1 Wrestler.
The story is a hard one to forget - as for children, The Undertaker and his half-brother Kane grew up in a funeral home before The Deadman burned the building to the ground, resulting in the death of his parents and, presumably, Kane. But The Big Red Monster made a shocking return years later at Bad Blood 1997 when he brutally attacked his brother, igniting a fiery rivalry that still burns to this day. In the years since that fateful night, the siblings have battled in Casket Matches and even the Hell in a Cell, but none of their encounters was as dangerous as 1997's Inferno Match. Contested in a ring surrounded by searing flames, the bout's objective was to literally set your opponent on fire. Career threatening in the truest sense of the words, the match was ultimately won by The Phenom when Kane's arm was set ablaze, but both Superstars still bear the scars of this horrifying showdown.
The Undertaker's dull forces were never as clear as they were at the 1994 Royal Rumble. Tackling the enormous Yokozuna in a ruthless Casket Match that night, The Deadman tumbled to the sumo champion after a crowd of heavyweights including Bam Bigelow, Adam Bomb and Crush brutalized The Phenom and constrained him into a coffin. Supposing they had expelled their most perilous opponent, the reprobates wheeled the coffin away before an unusual smoke started exuding from the case. As of now, the lights in the Providence Civic Center cut out and The Deadman himself showed up on video screens all through the coliseum. Vowing to never "rest in peace," The Undertaker stunned the WWE Universe when he ascended through his coffin like an apparition and climbed into the rafters of the building.
In the months taking after The Undertaker's chilling revival at the 1994 Royal Rumble, another Deadman started to frequent the rings of WWE. Supported by The Million Dollar Man - the same Superstar who presented The Demon from Death Valley at the 1991 Survivor Series - this imposter Phenom was a dead ringer for the grotesque Superstar, however his deceitfulness was at last uncovered at Summer Slam in 1994. The first Undertaker came back to face his impostor. The limit swarm in Chicago's United Center may have attempted to make sense of which Deadman to pull for - the genuine Phenom wore purple gloves, the fake wore dark. Their disarray was settled when The Last Outlaw hit his twofold with a jumping Tombstone and stuffed him in a coffin. The "Under-faker" was then trucked away by druids, never to be see.
Yearning for force in the spring of 1999, the Undertaker and his Ministry of Darkness slipped upon WWE like a substantial mist covering a burial ground. Everyone was panicked by The Phenom's malevolent expectations as Mr. McMahon's little girl, Stephanie. Taking after a "higher force," The Deadman and his followers stalked The Chairman's youngster for a considerable length of time before stealing her. In addition, strapping her to a foreboding image and compelling her to partake in a contorted wedding service on Raw. The Billionaire Princess was minutes from getting to be Mrs. Taker before "Stone Cold" Steve Austin raged the ring and spared the maiden in trouble. It was a courageous minute for The Rattlesnake, yet Mr. McMahon's daughter was never fully the same.
Above picture highlights a helpless man lying inclined and broken on the top of the Hell in a Cell. Above him, The Undertaker stalking over the broken steel cross section of the structure, unmoved by the slaughter he just made, completely purpose on accomplishing more harm. In the minutes prior to the minute was caught, The Deadman mercilessly hurled his psychotic opponent from the highest point of the hazardous enclosure, diving The Hardcore Legend 20-feet to the solid underneath and damaging him up half.