Reliving 'The Streak:' The Undertaker defeats Triple H at WrestleMania 17
Now that The Undertaker's famous undefeated streak has ended, we can now look back it in its entirety. In the days leading up to WrestleMania 31, we will take a look back at every memorable chapter of the feat that can never be duplicated. Here's a look at what became the holy grail of professional wrestling.
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The Undertaker vs. Triple H (9-0)
WrestleMania X-Seven | Reliant Astrodome — Houston, Texas | April 1, 2001
Match length: 18:57
The year 2000 marked a decade since The Undertaker first set foot in a WWE ring.
It also brought about a jarring change for the character.
An injury forced The Undertaker to sit out WrestleMania in April of 2000, making it the last WrestleMania he has missed to date.
When he returned in May of that year, he came back sans the darkness, the iconic music and the unforgettable look. He came back as a normal person.
Sure, he was still The Undertaker, but he was no longer the Demon from Death Valley. He was now the American Badass from Houston, Texas that rode a motorcycle to the ring.
Instead of the gong ranging throughout the arena, it was a guitar rift and Kid Rock (or in later years Limp Bizkit) blaring through the speakers.
It was shocking to see The Undertaker undergo such a change, but by WrestleMania X-Seven in his hometown of Houston, wrestling fans had grown accustomed to this humanized version of the Lord of Darkness.
While The Undertaker had undergone a change, his WrestleMania winning streak remained in tact. Fortunately, someone had been paying attention to that fact. That someone was play-by-play commentator Jim Ross, who made the distinct notion that The Undertaker entered his match against Triple H 8-0 at the showcase of the immortals.
It was here when The Streak became a thing. It was here when people began to notice that The Undertaker had something special. Now, it took a couple of more years before it became one of the biggest selling points of the show, but it was pushed to the forefront of The Undertaker's WrestleMania career in 2001.
The match itself pitted The Undertaker against Triple H, who had come off what is still probably the best year of his career in 2000. The two had never crossed paths in a marquee match, which made it worthy of being the semi-main event on one of the most stacked cards of all time.
WrestleMania X-Seven is, in my opinion, the best WrestleMania ever from top to bottom and part of the reason why I put the show on the high of pedestal is because The Undertaker's match with Triple H.
Before the bell even rang, the action started at a break-neck pace. The two combatants spent very little time in the ring before fighting their way through 67,000 screaming fans.
The brawl eventually got back to the ring where The Undertaker ended the match with his new last ride finisher.
This match had a great story going into it, great action during it and a satisfying ending. Not to mention it more than made up for The Undertaker's previous appearance at WrestleMania, which turned out dreadful.
The Undertaker and Triple H would square off at two more times at WrestleMania, but this particular encounter is still a personal favorite of mine.