|Taker wins, again (WWE)|
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I should probably not admit this, but I really thought Wrestlemania 23 was going to mark the end of the streak for the Undertaker. He had been undefeated at 14 manias at that point. I really didn't think it would go on forever. Plus, his opponent was the world heavyweight champion Batista. "The Animal" was on top of his game back then and had been relatively dominate. Plus, there were backstage rumblings that Batista and Triple H were pretty tight, so I figured it made sense. Right?
While the Undertaker put his streak on the line, Batista put his gold belt up for grabs too. And in true Undertaker fashion, he tombstoned the dominate champion and pinned him. We had a new heavyweight champion and a wrestler who was 15 and 0 at Wrestlemania. I think it may have been that moment that I realized the streak would never die. The key would be putting the Undertaker in there with opponents who could at least threaten it though. And I think since Wrestlemania 23, the WWE has done a pretty good job of that. Of course, four of those Manias have featured two of the same challengers...
|HBK vs Cena (WWE)|
A couple of other big points from Wrestlemania 23, Mr. Kennedy won Money in the Bank. Remember when fans thought he was going to finally get the big one in WWE? He lost out on the opportunity of cashing in as they thought he was going to require surgery for an injury and be off the shelf for an extended period of time. Edge ended up winning the briefcase and Kennedy took time off, only to find out his injury wasn't as extreme as first thought. D'oh! That match also featured a pretty sick spot by Jeff Hardy onto Edge. I think both men were taken out of the match.
|Haircut time (WWE)|
Wrestlemania 23 had some highs and lows (Khali vs. Kane anyone?), but overall I think it was a pretty good card. This is the only Mania since 22 that we haven't seen live. So the rest of these Mania Memories blogs will be from the perspective of actually being there.