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The Undertaker’s Best Singles PPV Matches, According To Dave Meltzer

How do The Undertaker's PPV matches measure up to The Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer? Let's see The Deadman's top-rated PPV battles!

There will probably never be another pro wrestler like The Undertaker. He was a cornerstone of WWE programming across decades, working great matches, entertaining fans, and committing to his character way more than most would.

Sure, a couple of matches towards the end of his career weren’t the best, but they did nothing to tarnish a legacy that was set in stone years ago. The Phenom not only demanded respect in the ring and backstage, but he also shared a relationship with Vince McMahon, the likes of which other wrestlers would merely dream of having.

Over the years, The Deadman has worked some breath-taking matches that have been highly praised all around the world, with Dave Meltzer rating them highly as well.

10 The Undertaker Vs. Edge At WrestleMania XXIV (4.25 Stars)

In the main event of WrestleMania XXIV, Edge put his World Heavyweight Championship on the line against The Undertaker. The match started off slow, with both opponents just feeling each other out before a dive to the outside from The Phenom quickened the pace.

Edge managed to counter his way out of every signature move ‘Taker threw at him, but even interference from The Edgeheads was not enough for him to pick up the win. The Deadman trapped The Rated R Superstar in the Hell’s Gate submission to extend his unbeaten streak and win the gold. The match earned 4.25 stars.

The Undertaker Vs. Brock Lesnar At Hell In A Cell, 2015 (4.25 Stars)

In the main event of SummerSlam in 2015, The Undertaker defeated Brock Lesnar by Technical Knockout when The Beast passed out in the Hell’s Gate submission. This led to a rematch in the main event of Hell in a Cell. 

In the namesake structure, both men decimated each other for several minutes, but neither man was able to put the other way. Towards the end, Lesnar resorted to a low blow before dropping The Phenom with an F-5 on the exposed ring floor to pick up the win. It was a violent, exciting match that received 4.25 stars from Dave Meltzer.

The Undertaker Vs. Mankind At King Of The Ring, 1998 (4.5 Stars)

In the penultimate match of King of the Ring in 1998, The Undertaker took on Mankind inside Hell in a Cell. Mankind was hell-bent on making history, which he did when The Undertaker threw him off the top of the cell early in the match.

Somehow, he made it back to the match before he was Chokeslammed through the cell roof and through the ring canvas. The end of the match saw Mankind lose via pinfall when The Undertaker hit him with a Tombstone Piledriver on thumbtacks. While the in-ring action may not have been the best in the world, the match immediately etched its name in history and established Mick Foley as a hardcore legend. The match received 4.5 stars from Meltzer.

The Undertaker Vs. Edge At SummerSlam, 2008 (4.5 Stars)

At SummerSlam in 2008, The Undertaker sent Edge to the fiery depths of hell. Both men met in the main event of the evening inside Hell in a Cell. After brutalizing each other with several weapons, which included Edge bumping like crazy, the Rated R Superstar lost after a Tombstone Piledriver.

That wasn’t the end though; ‘Taker saw Edge stirring after the match, so he returned to Chokeslam him off the top of a ladder through the ring canvas, which erupted in flames, as a means to write Edge off. It was shocking, violent, and wildly entertaining, earning 4.5 stars from Meltzer.

The Undertaker Vs. Triple H At WrestleMania XXVII (4.5 Stars)

The Undertaker sought to add another victim to his amazing WrestleMania Streak, when he took on Triple H in a No Holds Barred match at the WrestleMania XXVII. Special entrances and a rabid audience gave this match a big fight feel before the action got underway.

Both men broke each other’s bodies with several weapons, with The Undertaker in particular taking more chair shots than anyone could count. But somehow, he persevered to pick up the win via submission and remain undefeated at The Show of Shows. He couldn’t make it up the ramp without help, but that didn’t matter, as he worked a classic that received 4.5 stars.

The Undertaker Vs. CM Punk At WrestleMania XXIX (4.5 Stars)

After four years of back-to-back classics at WrestleMania, fans wondered how The Undertaker would ever live up to expectations at WrestleMania 29. But with CM Punk as his dancing partner, he lived up to those expectations, at least in terms of in-ring action, even if the match lacked an emotional core.

Punk and ‘Taker threw everything they had at each other, with a series of counters eventually giving way to the Tombstone Piledriver and pinfall victory for The Phenom. As he headed up the ramp, ‘Taker reclaimed the urn that had been stolen from him by his opponent, as he earned 4.5 stars from Dave Meltzer.

The Undertaker Vs. Shawn Michaels At WrestleMania XXV (4.75 Stars)

At WrestleMania XXV, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker stepped in the ring to work what is perhaps the greatest match of all time, regardless of ratings. Fans knew that both men had great chemistry in the ring and were capable of amazing things, but no one was prepared for what happened at the event.

Michaels and The Undertaker worked a match full of near-falls, impossible reversals, huge spots, and fantastic character-work that had audiences enthralled from start to finish. An ill-advised attempt at a Moonsault allowed ‘Taker to catch The Heartbreak Kid and hit him with the Tombstone Piledriver that earned him the win. It was an instant classic that received 4.75 stars from Dave Meltzer.

The Undertaker Vs. Shawn Michaels At WrestleMania XXVI (4.75 Stars)

After failing to beat The Phenom at WrestleMania XXV, Shawn Michaels became obsessed with ending The Streak, putting his career on the line in the main event of WrestleMania XXVI, which was a No Disqualification match as well.

Fans have long debated which of the two was better, but their outing this year had much higher stakes, as viewers around the world wondered if that was truly the last time they would see The Heartbreak Kid work a match. Michaels went down fighting, as he taunted The Phenom for one last time, before falling to the Tombstone Piledriver. 1-2-3, Shawn Michaels’ career was over. The match earned 4.75 stars.

The Undertaker Vs. Triple H At WrestleMania XXVIII (4.75 Stars)

At WrestleMania XXVIII, The Undertaker faced the biggest threat to The Streak up to that point, when he entered Hell in a Cell against Triple H, with Shawn Michaels serving as the special guest referee. The match, which was billed as the ‘End of an Era’ brought an end to a four year story which had seen the leaders of DX try to defeat The Phenom at WrestleMania. 

But despite Shawn Michaels briefly getting in on the act, there was no beating The Undertaker. He rose from the dead, to hit a Tombstone Piledriver and extend his streak to 20-0. As they made their way up the ramp, pretty much carrying Triple H in their arms, they embraced, turning to face an audience that had witnessed history. Dave Meltzer gave the match 4.75 stars.

The Undertaker Vs. Shawn Michaels At Badd Blood: In Your House, 1997 (5 Stars)

In the first ever Hell in a Cell match, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels waged war to determine who would become the new number one contender for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

With The Undertaker on the verge of victory, red lights bathed the arena as Paul Bearer emerged with the monstrous Kane by his side. The Devil’s Favorite Demon headed straight for the ring, ripped the door of its hinges, assaulted the referee and hit The Undertaker with a Tombstone Piledriver. It was shocking, jaw-dropping and surreal. As Michaels and the referee regained their senses, The Heartbreak Kid crawled over The Phenom to pick up the win. The match was awarded 5 stars by Dave Meltzer and is the only 5-star outing of The Undertaker’s career.

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