25 Years of the Undertaker: 2003

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2003

The Undertaker was an exclusive superstar to the Smackdown roster. Ar this time, Smackdown had a young roster of up and coming guys hungry to prove themselves. Some of the names include Kurt Angle, Brock Lesnar, Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero, Edge, Chris Benoit, Rey Mysterio and a young John Cena. This would lead to fresh opponents for the Undertaker to square off against. After the Royal Rumble, The Undertaker would enter a feud with two behemoths in the Big Show and A-Train. The Undertaker would take a young man, Nathan Jones, under his wing but wound up defeating this giant tandem in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match at Wrestlemania.

Undertaker would continue to step in the ring with young Smackdown talent such as the members of the “FBI”: Nunzio, Johnny Stamboli and Chuck Palumbo. As the year progressed, John Cena who was proving to be and up and comer would run his mouth and call out the Undertaker. Cena’s lack of respect did not sit well with the Deadman. The Undertaker would exchange wins with John Cena, giving Cena a monumental win en route to the career he has to present day.

The Undertaker would set his sights back on the WWE Championship. Kurt Angle was the champion at the time and Angle and the Undertaker would have a competitive title match however Brock Lesnar would interrupt this match and cost the Undertaker the championship. Lesnar would win the title in the following weeks and he too would defend the title against the Undertaker. Mr. McMahon would interfere costing the Undertaker the title which would set up a fight between these two.

McMahon and the Undertaker have had their issues throughout the years but this was the first time the Undertaker would get a chance to fight the boss. The two would square off in a Buried Alive Match, a match suited to the Undertaker’s previous persona as a grave digger. Kane, unmasked at this time, would interfere and bury the Undertaker. Kane would deliver a eulogy implying that we would never see the Undertaker again!

 

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