The Undertake entered this year as the World Heavyweight Champion however he was constantly hounded by a challenger who was not interested in taking the Undertaker’s title. Shawn Michaels was hell bent on getting a rematch at Wrestlemania. Michaels had failed at the Royal Rumble to earn a match with the champion Undertaker. Michaels made his presence known in the Elimination Chamber as he costed Undertaker the title.
The Undertaker declared that he would now accept Shawn Michael’s challenge on one stipulation, that Michael’s career would be on the line. Michaels obliged and we went to Wrestlemania with the rematch of the Match of the Year. Undertaker and Shawn Michaels were able to put on another classic but in the end the Streak improved to 18-0 and Shawn Michaels was forced to retire.
As Michaels career was over, the Undertaker remained an active superstar on the roster. Injuries to the Undertaker began to pile up and would begin to affect how consistently we would see the Undertaker in the ring. Kane would eventually take credit for eliminating the Undertaker from the WWE and would be the new phenom. The Undertaker returned to challenge Kane, who was now the World Heavyweight Champion. Kane, however, would defeat his brother at three straight pay-per-views. At Night of Champions Kane would pin the Undertaker in the middle of the ring. At Hell in a Cell, Kane would win with the assistance of Paul Bearer who appeared to be aligned with the Undertaker but would end up betraying him Lastly, at Bragging Rights, the Nexus would help Kane bury the Undertaker in a Buried Alive match. The Undertake rarely lost, let alone three straight times. Was this signifying the end of the legendary Undertaker?