POSITION NUMBER 20: THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR
In an unforgettable edition of Paul Bearer’s “Funeral Parlor” in April 1991, Warrior was attacked by Taker and locked in a coffin. After that night, Warrior was no longer the same, so he convinced Jake Roberts to help him on this mission, and that’s how he got his coffin, and filled it with venomous snakes. But when the former WWE Champion was bitten by a cobra, it was revealed that Roberts was working undercover with Undertaker all that time. Ultimate Warrior defeated Taker in a Bodybag Match at Madison Square Garden in July 1991.
POSITION NUMBER 19: KAMALA
After falling in with Jake Roberts, The Undertaker faced a different adversary from the others in the final months of 1992. Dr. Harvey Wippleman brought the hunter from Uganda named Kamala. Kamala was a powerful opponent, and Undertaker was able to find his weak point: fear. So his loyal manager Paul Bearer began to accompany the Taker in ringside with a coffin. Kamala eventually had to face their fears and fought in the first Casket Match in Survivor Series 1992. After hitting Kamala with Bearer’s urn, Taker won the victory after locking the Ugandan in the coffin.
POSITION NUMBER 18: DIESEL
After failing to win the WWE Title in Survivor Series 1995, Diesel set his sights on the Undertaker. After costing Deadman the WWE Title in Royal Rumble 1996, Taker had his revenge on In Your House 6: Rage In The Cage, when in the Diesel vs. Bret Hart match in a Steel Cage for the WWE Championship, Undertaker came out of the bottom Of the ring and took to the force to the Big Daddy Cool. Their feud reached its highest point when they met in WrestleMania 12.
POSITION NUMBER 17: KING MABEL
After winning the 1995 edition of King Of The Ring, the former Men on a Mission member attacked Undertaker on Raw in October 1995, and even due to the brutal attack, Taker had to spend some time outside. But he returned in Survivor Series with a new image and mask to protect his injured face, and had his revenge.
POSITION NUMBER 16: CM PUNK
After three years climbing to the top of WWE, CM Punk finally seemed to have hit it in 2009. But after retaining the World Heavyweight Title against Jeff Hardy at SummerSlam 2009, there was a small blackout in the arena, which was the signal of return Of the Dead man. Undertaker had won after Punk Hell’s Gate, but GM came out of SmackDown, Teddy Long, to tell Dead man that the key had been banned. The match was restarted and Punk took the victory after applying the Anise Vise, although The Phenom had never surrendered. 1 Month later, Undertaker defeated the young champion in a wild Hell In A Cell Match. But both will have an even more epic encounter when they are measured at WrestleMania 29.
POST NUMBER 15: BIG SHOW
The rivalry between Undertaker and Big Show began in Mr. McMahon’s group called The Corporation that emerged next to the Ministry of Darkness led by Taker in 1999. Without being welcomed in the new group, Big Show faced the Phenom and applied a Chokeslam that made him cross the ring on June 7, 1999, being the starting point for a rivalry. After their initial battle in Raw, they formed a duo where they won 2 times the World Tag Team Championship. Years later, they met in the first Punjabi Prison Match and then in WrestleMania 19 where Big Show joined forces with A-Train, where it turned out to be in vain as it was not enough to break the Deadman streak. In 2008 the feud was reborn after a Big Show betrayal, and the feud culminated in Survivor Series 2008 in a Casket Match.
POSITION NUMBER 14: BROCK LESNAR
Since debuting in March 2002, Brock surprised the fans and only 5 months later, he was WWE Champion. His first match against Undertaker was for the title in Unforgiven, a battle that ended in double disqualification, leaving unsatisfied the WWE Universe. His intense rematch took place at No Mercy in a Hell In A Cell Match where Lesnar took the win.
POST NUMBER 13: JAKE ROBERTS
One of the Undertaker’s first allies was Jake “The Snake” Roberts , who had uncovered his dark side in the summer of 1991. The fearsome duo injected the WWE Universe’s heart with fear as they disrupted the reception of the “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth, releasing a venomous snake that bit Savage’s arm. We then discovered that, somehow, the Taker had some heart in his soul when he prevented “The Snake” from hitting Miss Elizabeth with a chair. That annoyed Roberts who attacked him and Paul Bearer applying a DDT. Both faced off at WrestleMania 8, where of course, Taker took the win.
POSITION NUMBER 12: MR.MCMAHON
When The Ministry of Darkness terrorized WWE in the late 1990s, Undertaker set his sights on Mr. McMahon and his power in WWE. While competing in an Inferno Match, Undertaker was carrying a box containing something hidden, which seemed to have a message to McMahon who was at the comment table. Content turned out to be an old teddy bear that was set on fire by Taker. During that time Undertaker also kidnapped his daughter, Stephanie, and planned to marry her. Years later, in 2003, his fief was reborn to the point of arriving at a Buried Alive Match in Survivor Series 2003.
POSITION NUMBER 11: YOKOZUNA
At the 1994 Royal Rumble, the image of the Undertaker’s body coming out of the coffin and disappearing into the heights of the Providence Civic Center was a memorable situation. That night, Yokozuna, with the help of a layer of villains, defeated Undertaker. Obviously, Taker did not spend much time outside. Upon returning, he first took care of disappearing the false Undertaker, and then went in search of revenge. In Survivor Series 1994, Undertaker and Yokozuna returned to face in Casket Match with Chuck Norris like Special Enforcer of the combat. Undertaker that nocho took revenge and locked Yokozuna in a casket specially made for his body.
POSITION NUMBER 10: BATISTA
After winning the 2007 edition of the Royal Rumble Match, Undertaker had the opportunity to face the World Heavyweight Champion Batista at WrestleMania 23. At the show, The Phenom defeated The Animal to win the title, but their rivalry would not end yet. After that epic encounter, both got into one of the most physical rivalries of the decade. His bouts after WrestleMania (a Last Man Standing Match in Backlash and a Steel Cage Match in SmackDown) ended in a draw. After that, Edge traded his Money In The Bank in the next edition of SmackDown, so the rivalry between Batista and Taker had been frozen. But months later, the duo resumed their affairs on Cyber Sunday 2007, where Undertaker again challenged Batista for the World Heavyweight Title. Batista retained the title, and then re-faced for this at Survivor Series inside a Hell In A Cell, which ended with an intervention by Edge. Their last showdown came in WWE TLC 2009 where The Phenom retained the title against The Animal in a brutal Chairs Match.
POSITION NUMBER 9: MILLION DOLLAR CORPORATION
Possibly “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase was jealous of the Undertaker. Despite having such a large amount of money, DiBiase never enjoyed the success of the championship or the adulation of fans, things that Undertaker received naturally. Maybe that’s why DiBiase brought WWE its own version of Undertaker in 1994. The real Phenom had been out of business for most of the year, but came to SummerSlam to disappear the impostor. But DiBiase was not finished. He formed the “Million Dollar Corporation” in 1995 where they entered a rivalry with the Deadman. In Royal Rumble 1995, Taker defeated Irwin R. Schuster, then King Kong Bundy in WrestleMania 11, and then also a competitor named Kama known as “The Supreme Fighting Machine”. Finally, Undertaker ended up with the corporation.
POSITION NUMBER 8: EDGE
After a brutal Steel Cage Match where Taker retained his World Heavyweight Title, Edge traded his Money In The Bank to win the title, triggering a series of clashes that took place within about a year and a half. After several efforts, the Undertaker finally won the chance to face Edge at WrestleMania 24, where Undertaker of course took the win and the championship. In Backlash, Taker again defeated Edge in a Backlash Submission Match with his Hell’s Gate, but Vickie banned the key and stripped Taker of the championship. In Judgment Day, neither of them managed to win the championship, and in a TLC Match in One Night Stand, Edge finally defeated Taker and this one was dismissed by the stipulations of the combat. But to the inal, Edge was his own worst enemy. He married Vickie Guerrero for privileges, but their relationship began to go downhill, and because of that, Vickie decided to bring Undertaker back. Edge was brutalized in a Hell in a Cell Match at SummerSlam.
POSITION NUMBER 7: HULK HOGAN
One year after its debut in Survivor Series 1990, The Deadman faced the biggest superstar of that era by the WWE Title, Hulk Hogan. They met in the 1991 edition of Survivor Series where Undertaker dethroned Hogan after the intervention of Ric Flair. WWE President Jack Tunney ordered another title bout the following week in San Antonio, where Hogan was able to recapture the title. Several years later, precisely in 2002, their paths crossed again, and Taker challenged Hogan for the WWE Title on Judgment Day. More than a decade after their last big showdown, The Phenom defeated their old rival to win the WWE Championship for the fourth time.
POSITION NUMBER 6: RANDY ORTON
At WrestleMania 21, a 24-year-old Orton looking to make a name for himself in the company, tried to be the man who would break Undertaker’s streak at WrestleMania. As expected, The Phenom took the win, but Orton had not yet surrendered. In SummerSlam, The Legend Killer met this time when he defeated Undertaker with the help of his father, the WWE Hall Of Famer, “Cowboy” Bob Orton. The rivalry continued at SmackDown during 2005 and the two Ortons defeated the Deadman again in a Handicap Casket match at No Mercy. After locking him in the coffin, they threw gas at him, set him on fire, and Undertaker disappeared for weeks. When Taker returned, he could claim revenge with just one stipulation, the right one, the perfect one to close his long rivalry with Orton: Hell In a Cell. Taker finally defeated Orton at Armageddon to close a big rivalry.
POSITION NUMBER 5: TRIPLE H
Few rivalries produced as many epic bouts as Undertaker and Triple H. At WrestleMania 17, in 2001, they were measured in a bout that spanned the entire Houston Astrodome. No place in the arena was safe, they broke the table of commentators, they fought in the production area and used whatever they had on hand to hurt the other. Taker took the win and raised his streak to 9-0. It would be 10 years before they faced again at WrestleMania, this time in a No Holds Barred Match. After half an hour of combat, Triple H could no longer do so after failing the count of 3 after 3 Pedigrees and a Tombstone. Taker finally did render the game with his Hell’s Gate, and raised his streak to 19-0. The following year, under the subtitle “End Of An Era”, they faced a third time this time in a Hell in a Cell Match and with Shawn Michaels as special referee. Nearly 80,000 people at Sun Life Stadium witnessed Undertaker’s 20-0 streak after a 2-time Tombstones hit Triple H.
POST NUMBER 4: STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN
When “Stone Cold” Steve Austin challenged Undertaker for the WWE Title in In Your House: A Cold Day In Hell, few could predict the tremendous battle that was about to be witnessed, and the rivalry to come. During 1998, The Texas Serpent savored the titular success while The Deadman was enfeebled with his brother Kane, and when he broke up with him, Undertaker challenged Austin in an epic battle at Madison Square Garden on SummerSlam. Faced with a failure to win the title, Undertaker formed his Ministry of Darkness, and fought Austin in a Buried Alive Match, and at one point infamous, “sacrificed” Austin in a macabre ceremony. In the spring of 1999, Taker won the Austin title, giving him even more power to the now-called Corporate Ministry.
POSITION NUMBER 3: MANKIND
After defeating Undertaker in King Of The Ring 1996, Mankind and Taker faced off again in a Boiler Room Brawl at SummerSlam, where surprisingly Paul Bearer betrayed his longtime ally to join forces with Foley. He finally defeated Mankind in the first Buried Alive Match, and again in Survivor Series. The rivalry resumed in 1998, where they fought in that more than historical Hell in a Cell, a combat that defined the legacy of both fighters.
POSITION NUMBER 2: SHAWN MICHAELS
As a special referee at SummerSlam 1997 during the Main Event between Undertaker and Bret Hart, Michaels accidentally hit the Phenom with a chair, in a move that cost him the WWE Championship. That started a rivalry that ended in the first Hell In A Cell Match in history, which ended controversially. 3 months later, Shawn retained his WWE Title before the Deadman in a Casket Match, where he suffered a back injury that kept him 4 years out of activity. 10 years later, Michaels and Undertaker restarted their rivalry where they met at WrestleMania 25 and 26 where both bouts were contemporary classics. Before those two matches, Undertaker had never been able to beat Michaels on PPV, but after WrestleMania 26, Taker raised his streak to 18-0, and Shawn’s legendary career had come to an end.
POSITION NUMBER 1: KANE
No rivalry had as much love-hate as this one that began with Kane’s first appearance in Badd Blood 1997. Kane and Undertaker met in Hell in a Cell Matches, Buried Alive Matches, and even an Inferno Match. They also had times where they decided to join forces, and they did very well, sometimes won the World Tag Team Title. Their last appearance together was in the edition 1000 of Raw. His battles in WrestleMania 14 and in WrestleMania 20, are remarkable moments in that great rivalry.