Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Undertaker's Wrestlemania History

Bray Wyatt gets his answer
Photo courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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The Undertaker has accepted Bray Wyatt's challenge for Wrestlemania 31, marking the Deadman's 23rd Wrestlemania. It's quite a feat, as the Undertaker has only missed two Manias (10 & 16) over the last 24 years.  I'm sure this has been talked about before, but I'm looking back at how life was when Undertaker embarked on his Wrestlemania journey in 1991.

My senior photo (when the Streak started)
I was 18 years old, a senior in high school, on the night the Undertaker pinned the legendary "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka at Wrestlemania VII.  Who knew that night so many years ago, we'd still be talking about Taker?  I certainly didn't.  I thought he'd be a flash in the pan, but to the credit of Mark Calaway he's created the greatest gimmick in the history of the business (IMO).

When The Streak started George HW Bush was President of the United States.  Three other men have served in the White House since then. 

The national average for gallon of gas in 1991 was $1.01. 

Undertaker vs. Jimmy Snuka: Wrestlemania VII
Photo courtesy: WWE
The night after Undertaker's first Wrestlemania win, Kevin Costner's "Dances with Wolves" won the Oscar for Best Picture.

The Internet as we know it today was still about four years away from hitting computers everywhere.  Twitter, Facebook and YouTube were more than a decade away.

Bray Wyatt, Taker's opponent this year, was months away from celebrating his fourth birthday.  

NXT Women's Champion Sasha Banks wasn't even born yet.

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin was simply "Stunning", Goldust was "The Natural" and John Cena was in junior high school.

Jim Ross was the voice of WCW and Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan called Wrestlemania that year.

Courtesy: variety.com

There have been five different company logos since Wrestlemania VII.

The only thing that has remained a constant through the last 24 years is that Vince McMahon is still in charge.  I am intrigued by this matchup for Wrestlemania 31 and can't wait to see what happens that night.

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