The Undertaker: WrestleMania Streak Made It Okay For Me To Work Once A Year

The Undertaker stopped working a full-time schedule in 2010 following being buried alive by Kane at Bragging Rights. Undertaker would return at WrestleMania 27 to face Triple H and would continue to work WrestleMania, and sometimes a handful of other matches, each year until 2019.

The drawing power of The Undertaker at WrestleMania was the streak, an undefeated streak that went to 21-0 before it ended at WrestleMania.

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"WrestleMania is the creme de la creme in our industry. For me, it's big time. [The Streak] just happened, man. Someone brought it to my attention. Someone was like, 'You're undefeated at WrestleMania.' 'Oh, really? That's cool,'" Undertaker recalled on The Last Ride. "The Streak is what made it okay for me to only work once a year. I had to defend The Streak. It takes its toll. I had a five-year stretch where my schedule would be -- prepare for Mania, Mania match, some kind of surgery to repair what had bothered me going into the match, then go straight to rehab, right into training, to be able to go into Mania again."

From WrestleMania 27 to WrestleMania 31, Undertaker wrestled just eight total matches with five of those taking place at WrestleMania. Undertaker picked up his schedule a bit following WrestleMania 31, working seven matches in 2015 before his match against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33, which looked to be his retirement bout at that time.

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